Corset-Bodies (Bodysuits)


Madonna in the famous Gaultier corset-inspired bodysuit. Blond Ambition tour 1990.

A corset-body is a like a laced and boned leotard, or a corset and brief in one. It may be either overbust or underbust, but it extends down over the crotch area. These pieces give ultimate lower-tummy control; a mother’s apron falling out of the bottom of a corset is not an option with this cut, and under clothing this style of corset can be worn without fear of the bottom edge of the busk flaring out to create an unfortunate bump in the pubic region the way some conventional corsets do.

That said, corset-bodies are not the most convenient or practical of clothing, particularly if the crotch doesn’t have hooks or snaps to open; if you own one of these pieces, be sure to leave yourself lots of time to go to the restroom. These corsets may also be quite rigid, and in the case of overbust corset-bodies, you may feel that most of your torso has reduced mobility from your upper chest down to the bum. Nevertheless, they make a stunning addition to one’s collection and they reflect a certain mastery in patterning by the corsetiere.

*Corset makers, if you would like your corset-body featured in this gallery, please email me with a photo of your best work. Be sure to include a 1-sentence description and website or shop URL. Safe-for-work photos are preferred! Thank you!


This corset-body with cups and shoulder straps is the miraculous work of Royal Black (Austria), with layered lace and gold accents. Model: Ophelia Overdose. Photo: Moritz Maibaum.

 

This exquisite “Amethyst” corset bodysuit is the work of the incredibly talented JemCorsets. Model: Miss Tosh. Photo: Tigz Rice. Taken on location at Jesus College, Oxford University at the OCOC.

 

Starkers Corsetry (Canada) created this dreamy, feminine pastel overbust corset body with floral hip embellishments. Model: Holly Harlot. Photo: Courtney Reader.

 

Sparklewren (UK) has made easily half a dozen corset-bodies. This one is made from pink leather and sheer fabric, with over 1000 Swarovski crystals. Model: Chrys Columbine. Photo: Sean Elliott. MUA: SJE

Sparklewren (UK) has made easily half a dozen corset-bodies. This one is made from pink leather and sheer fabric, with over 1000 Swarovski crystals. Model: Chrys Columbine. Photo: Sean Elliott. MUA: SJE

 

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The “Valencia Rose” corset-body by Angela Stringer (UK) continues her floral and sheer theme and is my favourite piece from her to date. Model/style: Thenody in Velvet. Photo: Iberian Black Arts

 

The Quetzal corsetbody is inspired by the Resplendent Quetzal, featuring crystal embellished hips, chest and wings, as well as functional hip lacing. Model: Bailey Johnson. Photo: Aesthetic Aperture

The Quetzal corsetbody is inspired by the Resplendent Quetzal, featuring crystal embellished hips, chest and wings, as well as functional hip lacing. Model: Bailey Johnson. Photo: Aesthetic Aperture

 

Anachronism in Action (USA) created this underbust corset-body and matching bra top in black leather & quilted accents. Model: Erin Micklow. Photo: Girlie Show Pinups. Styling: Jordana Morgan

Anachronism in Action (USA) created this underbust corset-body and matching bra top in black leather & quilted accents. Model: Erin Micklow. Photo: Girlie Show Pinups. Styling: Jordana Morgan

 

From the gloves to the fur lined leather body corset, combining the universe of cosplay with the enthusiasm of tight lacing has really brought fantasy to life by the hands of the House of Canney (USA).

 

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The “Velvet Heart” corset-body by Irina IriSSa Pavshina is another expertly-patterned piece with a heart-shaped cut out at the bustline and embellished with lace.

 

This stunning corset body from Maison Blackkitten is made from cotton satin with a front panel of pearlescent moireé and accented with antique gold military buttons. Model: Morgane Humbert. Photo: Turk Photographies.

This stunning corset body from Maison Blackkitten is made from cotton satin with a front panel of pearlescent moireé and accented with antique gold military buttons. Model: Morgane Humbert. Photo: Turk Photographies.

 

This 2013 corset body creation from Persephone Corsetry (UK) uses layered lace appliqué subtly on the upper bodice and as a lovely accent to cover the hips. Model: Raven Lenore. Photo: Rococo Imaging.

This 2013 corset body creation from Persephone Corsetry (UK) uses layered lace appliqué subtly on the upper bodice and as a lovely accent to cover the hips. Model: Raven Lenore. Photo: Rococo Imaging.

 

This bullet bra corset-body is available as a pattern from designer Ralph Pink UK), so you can learn to fit and make your own! This piece requires powermesh though, so it does have some elasticity.

 

Here Dita von Teese models a lacy corset-body designed by Mr. Pearl (France), encompassing her head-to-tush.

 

Model Victoria Dagger wears the Grable corset-body ($1195) made by Dark Garden Corsetry and Couture (USA).

 

This adorable “Bambi” corset-body with a 19″ waist is part of a larger burlesque costume for Daisy Lovelace. Made by Peau d’Âme Corsets (Switzerland).

*Please note that I have not personally tried every corset brand in this list, nor do I necessarily endorse every company on this list. This is for informational purposes only. Please contact the individual corsetieres directly if you have any specific questions about their corset bodysuits. Tiddly links are Etsy affiliate links which help keep these galleries free for corsetieres and shoppers alike.

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10 comments on “Corset-Bodies (Bodysuits)

  1. Hey, just wanted to let you know that the Irina IriSSa Pavshina image link seems to be expired!

  2. Lindsay on said:

    I cannot find a damn one online to buy! just a simple black one :(

  3. Hi lucy, I would like to ask you for some advice:
    I have never worn corsets and I’m not interested in bodyshaping/waist training; I am a singer and I would love to wear a corset-body for esthetic purposes only, and with the aim of performing, which means that in order to sing and dance I need to breath fully and comfortably.
    Do you think it is possible to have this result just by loosening the laces or, when it comes to the choice of the measurements, going for a larger waist, adding some centimeters to my actual size?
    And, just to know, generally, could I wear corsets without forcing my waist, and keeping my natural size? or just for the sake of the esthetics of the piece? thanks (:

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hi Robb, if you’re ordering this corset completely custom, then I’m sure you can discuss with your corset maker what elements you like and don’t like (for instance, adding some powermesh panels for mobility, and having your corset at zero reduction). I do normally recommend that a corset be fitted one or two inches smaller than the natural waist and then you can lace to adjust looser if you want; but a corset that’s the same size as your normal waist has a tendency to shift around and might chafe the skin.

    • Rahere on said:

      I suspect Robb is male. The criteria for a male singer are different, to some extent, but are not necessarily massively so.
      What I would suggest from the side of the podium, from a voice mentor, is that you have a look at how the Natural Voice theories work in this direction. The thing is, that whereas the upper voice ranges can work very well from the throat and chest, as you go lower, each octave requires double the vibrating mass, and we soon run out of push, so the guys learn to use the entire body cavity and beyond. Yes, the diaphragm still drives the lungs, but it’s no longer musculature, it’s resonance, and I suspect a more rigid torso may actually help that. The vocal chords are just the resonator which produce the tone, not the amplifier and resonant chambers which colour it, and are so small they don’t actually need huge amounts of air to work. The diaphragm is protected by the lower ribs, so as long as you aren’t into surgery or suchlike, there’s a practical limit to the amount of reduction you can achieve.
      OK, within that framework, how does this work? You build off the other rigid framework, which holds the rest together lower down, the pelvic basin. What happens below, around the loins, is rather immaterial to that, and the key measurement is from the crease at the solar plexus, where the thorax becomes the abdomen, to the cavity at the bottom of the sternum (breastbone) which conveniently is also just below where the breasts lie. You can go two ways here, reflected in the split between underbreast and belt corsets in women: you can form a rigid framework connecting the two anchor points, or you can target the soft tissues of the belly, producing a “wasp waist” – in which case you need to allow sufficient extra space for the excess flesh to fit between the bones of the corset and the pelvis below, and the ribs above. Generally, the underbreast approach is wiser.
      Therefore, part of the answer to your question lies both in your torso morphology and in how it’s approached. Rather than go for an all-out shape forced into place by boning, another option allows for that, a four-part corset where the sides are also laced. Not only does that allow for more gradual reduction, but it also allows for a known form to the back, which is muscular and shouldn’t change much, and the belly, which is less so. You end up with a cuirass, effectively, where breastplate and backplate are the most defined and the pull comes from joining them at the sides, rather than the classic corset, where the pull comes across the back.
      Hoping this gives something for people to think about…

  4. Is there anywhere I can purchase one for waist training + tummy control? I have been looking, but only come across ones without steel bone or made from latex. Please help =(

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hi Kay, if you click on any of these photos, it will take you to the website or fanpage of the corsetiere who made these corset bodysuits! There you can ask them how to start a commission. But if you have a low hanging tummy, it’s possible that you can still waist train using a longline corset and not one with a closed crotch, as that could get annoying when going to the bathroom. I have galleries for longlines corsets here (for long waisted people) and here (for short waisted people).

  5. BEST DAMNED LIST THERE IS! <3

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