Corsetry in Vogue

Fashion has an undeniable fixation on the manipulation of the female form – one such extreme example of this is the rise of the corset. Although the corset faded out of common use in the 20th century, the fascination and beauty of the garment is ever-present in modern editorial and fashion photography.

I took burlesque classes and performed in a few shows during my early years at uni, and I must say the feeling of wearing a beautifully constructed corset is something else. Sure, it’s hard to breathe for the first few minutes, (depending on how tightly you lace it up) but once you get used to it you don’t want to take it off!

Here are some of my favourite corsetry pictorials chosen from the Vogue archives:
Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, September 1939
[ Photographed by P Horst, Vogue September-1939 ]

Photographed by David Sims, Vogue, March 2009
[ Photographed by David Sims, Vogue March-2009 ]

Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, March 1999
[ Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue March-1999 ]

Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, October 1994
[ Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue October-1994 ]

Photographed by Tim Walker, Vogue, January 2012
[ Photographed by Tim Walker, Vogue January-2012 ]

Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, July 2005
[ Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue July-2005 ]

Photographed by Mario Testino, Vogue, December 2010
[ Photographed by Mario Testino, Vogue December-2010 ]

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