Notes From The Designer
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