The Corset's Rebirth in Fashion
I was surrounded by flirting Gen Z'ers and Cali-sober younger millennials at a recent SoHo party.
The outfits were fierce, with flesh showing everywhere, from little skirts to curve-skimming dresses and crop tops galore—yet, among the pounding techno and all that skin, I observed one young woman wearing a beautiful corset, laced up at the front.
I couldn't stop myself from inquiring about it.
"I adore the corset for a variety of structural and attractive reasons,"
Lizzy Cohan, a 26-year-old journalism student, responded.
She purchased it after spotting the lead singer of a favorite band, the Marias, wearing something similar and tracking down Christina Montoya, the creator of the California-based business Stiina.
Cohan had her after a DM and measurements were supplied.Cohan had her corset, which she wore with wide-leg cargos to this party.
Of all, years ago, the corset was something that restricted not just physically but also psychologically.
It gave ladies the wasp waist in the Victorian era, converting even a large stomach into a little concave triangle.
Long-term wear has severe consequences: organs were moved, and breathing might be difficult.
For these reasons, as well as fashion charting a route toward the freedom (and social scandale) of flappers, the corset has been a type of sartorial Debbie Downer for more than a century.
However, while corsets have traditionally been associated with women's subjugation when concealed behind gowns, when worn with confidence out in the open now, they feel like a bold representation of whatever wave of feminism we're presently experiencing.
While the corset has historically been the most feminine of garments, designed to accentuate and exaggerate a woman's curves.
It has recently become the most democratic of garments, worn by anyone and everyone, at a time when the landscape of gender, sexuality, and personal freedom is being policed like never before.
Dario Princiotta, a corset maker located in Palermo, Italy, built his first corset at the age of 11 and frequently models his designs on Instagram.
"I like wearing them because of the way they make me feel."
—they offer me a more assertive and dramatic appearance."
Celebs enjoy being tethered into them as well— Dua Lipa will wear a strapless one, Bella Hadid a denim one, and Kourtney Kardashian wedded Travis Barker (at the third of their three weddings) in a corset minidress.
No one likes a corset more than Lizzo, who collects them, wears them out, and performs in them.
She shined on the red carpet at the 2022 Met Gala in a black Thom Browne corset dress with an exaggerated peplum.
(She also has a corset with an image of the Mona Lisa on it, but the renowned face has been swapped with Lizzo's.)