Style

2018 trends: corsets and bustiers

13.09.2018

If Caterina de Medici banned ‘thick waists’ back in the 1550s for women who attended court events and introduced corsets as the possible way to make those wasp silhouette happen, corsets in 2018 are completely serving other purposes.

Forget that ‘restriction’ allure corsets and bustiers have had through history (who doesn’t remember Rose being brutally tied into a corset the night before the ship sank in romantic cult movie Titanic?), designers have given these garments a new breath of life. Worn over oversized suit jackets, corsets have gone from stiff and boney objects to expressing modern society’s changes, where gender fluidity is under exploration and feminism is one of those buzzwords that has almost become unfashionable to use.

 

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Body shape. Any decent fashion magazine features an editorial on how the ‘woman’ silhouette has changed through history. A lot has gone down from ‘abolishing thick waists’, where not only being curvy is OK, but a whole new era of ‘beauty freedom’ may have just begun. If today’s society’s big motto is ‘be who you are’, forcing your body into a whalebone corset is not a practical expression of it.

How not to mention the kinky relevance corsets and bustiers have had since the 1820s and Cancan in Paris, now flourished into the symbol of fetish practices in the shape of collar and corsets BDSM outfits.

 

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The catwalk has taken everything into account and turned it into magic once again, take this Balmain buttoned up corset dress, a modern transformation of those performance outfits seen back in Paris centuries ago that still reflects ‘the city’ innate sophistication and effortless fashion confidence.

 

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She definitely wouldn’t have needed waist restricting corset if she had lived in Caterina De Medici’s era: Jlo white lace corset dress does anything but limiting her curves. If you want to live la Dolce & Gabbana vita in Capri, she’s got the look to copy.

 

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We’ve been writing on how Paris Jackson has become a fashion muse and we will be seeing more and more of her and how she wears her black corset with petal rose tiara and necklace has the cuteness, the bohemian vibe as well as that toughness of all your fashion goals.

 

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Dior’s Cruise19 collection featured so many things and was presented in such a breathtaking show that we almost left this delicate as a petal corset go unnoticed. Enveloping, caressing and making the body look as natural as a lily, it’s the quintessence of sophistication.

 

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Here’s the change of scenery, actually a transformation. It’s how new men wear corsets, historically, it happened all before back in the 1840s, when they too, used it to slim their figure. Maison Margiela contemporary/avant-garde take on corsets is a nylon rib cropped tank top, worn with nothing underneath.

 

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Or in look 17 from Galliano’s Artisanal Men’s show as a nude silk corset worn over a midnight blue double-breasted herringbone suit, featuring as an accessory more than a ‘functional’ garment.

 

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For their Spring Summer collection for women a PVC see through corset worn over a polka dot blue dress is an example of how corsets have to be taken to other ‘surreal’ dimensions and used to layer the outfit into a whimsical ensemble.

 

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Vera Wang for the Fall Winter 2019 campaign made bustiers sporty with the use of a ‘scuba’ feel textile and matching them with boxing shorts.

 

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It was a story of ‘waist’ for the summer looks from Erdem, but more of a ‘high waist’ plot this time, with cropped corsets and bustiers matched with high waist with pleats.

 

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Alexander McQueen made it a matter of femininity with a a ruffle drop sleeve corset top matched with a ‘morpho’ butterfly print skirt, combining and blending flowy lines thanks to contrasting textures .

 

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