Tag Archives: vintage dresses

Historic Photographs and Illustrations of Corseted Women

The NY Public Library just released thousands (187,000 to be more precise) of public domain photographs, ranging from the 11th to the 21st century. Not only that, they’ve created an amazing visualization tool which allows users to browse the photographs, prints, maps, and more with ease. Check it out!

I did a bit of scouring and found some images of interest to corset enthusiasts. This small collection of photos, illustrations, paintings, and other materials represent an interesting range of nationalities and varying social classes. I hope you enjoy these corseted ladies from history.

Dinner Menu from the Oceanic 1884.jpg
This is, purportedly, a dinner menu from “The Oceanic”  1884
Toilettes de Mme. Breant-Castel Fashion plate 1870
“Toilettes de Mme. Breant-Castel” Fashion Plate 1870
Woman in hat decorated with flowers, and striped blouse Date UN
“Woman in a Hat Decorated with Flowers” Date Unknown

Prinzesskleid aus Seidenreps Periodical 1878.jpg

Queen Elizabeth 1840.jpg
Queen Elizabeth 1840
In the omnibus. Drypoint 1891 Mary Cassatt.jpg
“In the Omnibus” Illustration by Mary Cassatt 1891 
Studio portrait of woman wearing hat and gloves and dress with bustle 1875.jpg
“Studio Portrait of Woman Wearing Hat and Gloves and Dress with Bustle” 1875

Ein peinliches Missverständnis Charicature 1886

Königl. Grossh. Luxemb. Jäger Corps Watercolor 1870 .jpg

I wants to be a leading lady Sheet Music 1901.jpg
Sheet Music 1901
Habit of a woman of Frascati in 1768 Greuze, Jean-Baptiste
“Habit of a woman of Frascati in 1768” Illustration by Jean-Baptiste Greuze
Habit of a Spanish lady of quality in 1700
“Habit of a Spanish Lady of Quality in 1700” Illustration by Jean-Baptiste Greuze

 

IMG_2356
Photo by John Carey Photographic Imagery, corset by Dark Garden, neck adornment by Chain Maille Mike

Love,

Euphrates X

 

Advertisements

Styling Corsets 2: in Pictures

Two laments I hear often:

• “I love the idea of a corset, but have no idea what I’d wear it with!”

• “More pictures on your blog, please!”

Perhaps both of these exclamations are symptomatic of the same desire, gasped by those seeking some inspiration for how to style corsets as authentic, non-costumed, wear (perhaps not, but let’s pretend).

I aim to please. The following are photos of men and women, all wearing corsets by Dark Garden Corsetry, as authentic outfits. Some of the photos are professional, some are selfies, and some are simple iphonography. So prepare yourself for the gamut…

Accessorize your corset!
Accessorize your corset!

 

French new-wave bicycle thief chic!
French new-wave bicycle thief chic!

 

Adorable!
Adorable!

 

Autumn looks gorg with a waspie over a vintage dress!
Autumn looks gorg with a waspie over a vintage dress!

 

Isn't she lovely!
Isn’t she lovely!

 

An innocent Ben Sherman button up is corrupted, er, adorned, FANCIFIED, by the leather overbust and accessories.
An innocent Ben Sherman button up is corrupted, er, adorned, FANCIFIED, by the leather overbust and accessories!

 

Leather, leather, and leather accents!
Leather, leather, and leather accents!

 

Don't I look smug!
Don’t I look smug!

 

Rockabilly inspired with a touch of leather!
Rockabilly inspired with a touch of leather!

 

Slouchy sweaters hold secrets of the waistline within!
Slouchy sweaters hold secrets of the waistline within!

 

Crop tops now show busk buttons, not belly buttons!
Crop tops now show busk buttons, not belly buttons!

 

Dandy up!
Dandy up!

 

Be yourself!
Be yourself!

 

T-shirt and jeans: BAM!
T-shirt and jeans: BAM!

 

With a cute, vintage sweater!
With a cute, vintage sweater!

 

So much goodness...
So much goodness…

 

Over a button up!
Over a button up!

 

Over your Gaultier gown!
Over your Gaultier gown!

 

Over your thrift store gown!
Over your thrift store gown!

 

Kristin casually enjoying coffee swathed gracefully in wools.
Swathed gracefully in wools!

 

Somebody told me this would be sexy :| Anyway -- a simple American Apparel dress is suddenly so much more!
Somebody told me this would be sexy 😐
Anyway — a simple American Apparel dress is suddenly so much more!

 

There are some ideas to get you started working corsets into your own personal style and wardrobe. Have fun!

For additional styling advice, see my previous post: Styling Corsets as Day Wear. 

LOVE,

Photo by John Carey Photographic

Euphrates X

Tightlacing Liaison | Expert Fitter

Dark Garden Unique Corsetry