While the ideal for beauty has changed over time, an hourglass silhouette has remained a constant object of admiration. The art of corsetry almost died out with the first and second World Wars, but was revived in the 1980s and 1990s and has now become an item of mainstream contemporary fashion.
This beautifully illustrated guide to corsets explores the varied history of the corset from the rudimentary tight-lacing found in Ancient Greece and Rome and extravagant designs worn by Edwardian women to the work of designers such as Dolce and Gabanna and Gucci today.
Filled with wonderful images of corsets throughout the ages, the work of current corset makers is particularly highlighted to provide inspiration for making your own corsets. This is a beautiful look at a fascinating subject: both a wonderful gift item and a resource book for fashion students or anyone with an interest in fashion.
About the Author
A graduate of the College of Marketing & Design in Dublin, Velda Lauder cut her teeth in the fashion co-ordination and display team at the department store of Brown Thomas & Company. After winning a prestigious Smirnoff Young Designer of Year award Velda joined the creative design team for premiere nightclub Ku in Ibiza. Relocating to London in 1996 she worked as a stylist for Tatler and Opera Now while designing clothing for rock stars and royalty. Her first UK collection Warrior Woman was featured at London fashion week with Wayne Hemmingway's Red or Dead label. Her design company and soho based store Pagan Metal provided the platform to launch her ground breaking corset collection "Vanity" in 1997 employing for the first time her unique 'Uber-Curve' method of corset construction and tailoring. Velda Lauder has designed for the Coco De Mer Couture Collection, been commissioned for one off pieces by Karl Lagerfeld, The Victoria's Secret annual TV shows, Dita Von Teese, Courtney Love and Sarah Brightman.
'In this beautiful, handheld guide from A&C Black, Velda traces the transformation of the corset from ancient to modern times, with particular reference to its recent revival as a piece of provocative, fashion outerwear. Fascinating historical background intertwines with modern fashion influences and gorgeous designs by Velda in this entertaining, authoritative and inspiring look at the shapewear that shaped the world.' Erotica magazine, 2010 'combines gorgeous images, fascinating historical background and unique inside knowledge in this entertaining, authoritative and inspiring look at the shapewear that has shaped the world.' www.plumesnoires.co.uk, Novermber, 2010
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Dimensions (cm): 17.3 x 14.5 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.53