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.
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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.
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
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
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).
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 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.