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Wedding corsets and corseted bodices
 

peacock green silk victorian bustle dress    soft green eighteenth century sack back gown

Click on thumbnail image to see entire page detailing fabrics, trims and costs.
All designs can be varied in colour and detail.

18th century style corset in brocade and silk with false fron lacing

"Ophelia"
18th century corset

 

18th Century Corset combined with 20th Century in peacock blue silk dupion

Combined 18th and
20th century corset

 

"Seashore" corset

 

white silk eighteenth century style corset

"Cecilia"
18th century corset

 

18th century corset
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"Flora and Fauna"

 

 
19th Century Corset flatters the figure with a hourglass silhouette

"Lily"
19th century corset

 

Authentically cut 18th Century Corset with hand bound tabs and top-stitching to emphasise bone channels. Asymmetric ivy decoration.

"Ivy"
18th century corset

 

"Titania's Muse"
18th century corset

 

eighteenth century style corset in pale pink duchesse satin

Smooth pink satin
18th century corset

 

"Innes"
contemporary corset

 

18th Century Corset.

"Liquid gold"
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Patchwork themed 18th Century Corset.

18th century corset

 

"Flower of Scotland"
Contemporary corset

 

C18th corset with
removeable sleeves

 

18th Century Corset

"Titania"
18th century corset

 

18th Century Corset combined with 20th Century

Combined 18th and 20th
century corset

 

20th century style
corset

 

"Floribunda
Corset Gown"

 

"Evelyn"
Contemporary/ Medieval

 

Contemporary embellished corset

Contemporary embellished
corset

 

"Rosalind"
18th century

 

"Liquid Gold"
18th century corset

 

Blue silk corset

 

"Evelyn"
Purple/Green version
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18th century brocade corset made for an opera-ballet

18th century corset

 

"Rococo"

 

18th century corset
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"Miranda"

 

18th Century Corset with detatchable sleeves

18th century corset

 

Ready-to-wear variations of the made-to-measure designs are occasionally available. Please contact for details.
We can also be contacted for information on any of the wedding photographers whoses work is shown within this pages.
Thanks to Vanilla Photography (0845 2263159)
Murray photographs (01270 611177)
Angle Photographic (01223 852535)

These designs can be varied and individualised
to each made-to-measure order.

Copyright © 1987 - 2012 Theresa Blake. All Rights Reserved.

Notes From The Designer

The flat fronted 18th Century corset (think "Dangerous Liaisons", "Sleepy Hollow", "Marie Antoinette", "Interview With The Vampire"), is an easy shape to wear for the modern woman because the particular boning used takes the pressure off the waistand the diaphragm (unlike victorian corsets and "Tight Lacing" styles). If well cut, an 18th century style corset willcreate a cleavage which flatters the larger busted lady and enhances even the smallest of busts by compressing and lifting. All corsets will inevitably change the shape of the body, giving the illusion of a smaller waist. This effect can be enhanced by the old theatrical trick of intensely decorating, or using an accent colour or texture on the front panel of the corset or gown (stomacher panel) to kid the eye that the wearer is quite slim. So many clients comment on the unexpected comfort of the style, plus the surprise of their new silhouette!

18th Century corsets can be cut as authentic reproductions from original patterns (these corsets usually end at the waist, with or without tabs.) Alternatively, they can be modified to the modern figure with waists cut lower, less severe boning and even the possibility of elastic inserts at the shoulder and elsewhere for ease and comfort (as favoured by dancers and opera singers and some brides!) Take into consideration that lengthening the line of the corset can make the legs look shorter on any client under 5'5".

Whether ordering an authentic reproduction 18th century corset or a modern equivalent, the client has the choice of emphasizing the bone channels with top-stitching or opting for a smooth finish over the body of the corset/ stays. The key is to have adequate boning within suitable interlinings, the appropriate kind of boning (for the purpose - e.g. wedding or ballet) and correctly placed seams, otherwise the corset is likely to 'buckle' at the waist. (Be wary of dressmakers who think the eighteenth century shape can just be extended for a modern look. Signs of failure to understand this shape are wrinkles at the waist and upper hip. A properly cut and constructed eighteenth century style bodice will be smooth from neckline to base).

All Rossetti eighteenth century corsets are extremely well cut, will fit you like a glove and will provide an enviable cleavage without any discomfort.  They can be produced in a variety of fabrics and have endless possibilities for decoration and combinations of sleeve shapes.