Historical Note:

In the Victorian era, the rise of industry and manufacturing enabled coset-makers to use metal clasp-fastening busks in the front of corsets, allowing the lacing to be left in place between wearings. This made it possible for the wearer to fasten themselves into a corset without requiring assistance from another person. (Waugh, 1954)


August 2006

silk taffeta, silk dupioni, printed silk

application: Dancewear, evening wear

Chocolate Mint Ensemble

Sometimes a single fabric can inspire an entire outfit design. In this case, the delicious soft mint dictionary-print silk inspired a matching chocolate and mint Victorian overbust corset. This corset follows a Victorian long-line profile with slight waist reduction. It features gold-plated busk clasps and piped seams and edging for a touch of color.