Eva brought in a pair of shoes and a Pinterest board filled with 18th century dresses and stays as her starting inspiration. Here is the final result:
Corsetry as an original foundation of ballet is often overlooked. Many of the ideals of carriage and motion hark back to the original clothing worn for ballet which was not like a modern bodice. The corset and structural underpinnings of original opera ballet costumes of the 18th century show full sets of stays underneath entire gowns with panniers. In the 19th century, the rise of Romanticism, woman dancers are able to have more freedom of movements in their corsets and tutus sans full gowns.
Here are some photos of the leather corset I finished earlier this summer for a gentleman in Belgium. It was created to give a 10cm reduction without any rib reduction. It is a beautiful lambskin with a two layers of black german coutil with a heavy duty busk.