Corsets with Fan-Lacing


Two variations of metal sliders for fan-lacing (suppied by Vena Cava Design)

Two variations of metal sliders for fan-lacing (suppied by Vena Cava Design)

Fan lacing may also be referred to as “Camp” lacing, “Cross” lacing, or “Cluster” lacing. Fan-laced corsets are relatively rare today, but they can be useful for those who have limited strength or dexterity. Fan-laced corsets differ from ‘regular’ corsets by their utilization of metal slides (usually, but not always!). These slides have grommet-like small holes on one end through which the laces are secured, and an adjustable serrated slot which grabs securely onto a grosgrain tape or belt. This allows the wearer to tighten their corset the same way that they would adjust a bra strap; simply by pulling on a pair of belts on either side of the lacing panel. For those who are unable to reach behind them and ‘pluck’ the individual X’s of the laces, a fan-laced corset may be just the trick for quickly and easily adjusting one’s own corset; for those with disabilities who use corsets for medical purposes, the use of fan lacing can contribute to one’s independence when dressing oneself. For those who would like a fan-laced corset as a fashion statement, you will find this page useful as well. Scroll down to see a gallery of corset makers who are experienced with making fan-laced corsets!

*Corset makers: if you have made fan-laced corsets and would like to be included in the gallery, please submit your best photo to my email here with a 1-sentence description and your website URL. Safe-for-work photos are preferred! Thank you!*

Functional Fan-Lacing:

The following corsets employ fan lacing to actually tighten and loosen the corset, rather than being used simply for embellishment. Scroll down the page if you’d like to see corsets which simply use fan-lacing for embellishment.

PureOne Corset Works in Japan has an entire line of fan-laced corsets in various styles.

 

Fan-laced medical-inspired corset by Contessa Gothique Design in Croatia

Fan-laced medical-inspired corset by Contessa Gothique Design in Croatia

 

Contemporary fan-lacing design by Lovesick Corrective Apparel in Canada.

 

Dark Garden (San Francisco, USA) custom Victorian underbust with

Dark Garden (San Francisco, USA) custom Victorian underbust with “cross-lacing.”

 

Alice Corsets in Ukraine made this beautiful pristine fan-laced corset.

Alice Corsets in Ukraine made this beautiful pristine fan-laced corset.

 

Lovely Rat's Quality Custom Clothing (Texas, USA) made this cute and feminine "meta corset", a fan-laced corset with printed corset fashion fabric.

Lovely Rat’s Quality Custom Clothing (Texas, USA) made this fan-laced corset with printed corset fashion fabric.

 

Fan-laced underbust corset by Serindë Corsets (France)

Fan-laced underbust corset by Serindë Corsets (France)

 

A gorgeous fan-laced corset made by Ivy's Custom Corsetry in the USA.

A gorgeous fan-laced corset made by Ivy’s Custom Corsetry in the USA.

 

AusAsche on Etsy has made this smart-looking men's fan-laced corset. (USA)

Tyler’s Fibers on Etsy has made this smart-looking men’s fan-laced corset. (USA)

 

This gorgeous fan-aced corset was apparently made by

This gorgeous fan-aced corset was apparently made by “CorsetWonderland” on Etsy, but unfortunately further information could not be found on it.

 

Cicatrix Design (New Mexico, USA) is another talented corset maker who has unfortunately been inactive recently, but still shares pictures of her lovely designs.

 

Tailor of Two Cities is a costuming company in Oklahoma USA, which is experienced in making various types of corsets.

 

Fan-laced underbust made by Jill of the Romantasy team in USA, $390.

 

Dark Knits Boutique in Edmonton, AB Canada offers custom overbust fan-laced corsets ($344 CAD)

Dark Knits Boutique in Edmonton, AB Canada offers custom overbust fan-laced corsets ($344 CAD)

 

Fan-laced custom underbust corset made by SparkleyJem in the UK (£180)

Fan-laced custom underbust corset made by SparkleyJem in the UK (£180)

 

 Decorative Fan Lacing:

The following corsets have a fan-lacing embellishment, but their use is not imperative to the actual function of the corset. Faux fan lacing can have a stunning effect on corsets, especially when contrast laces are used.

V-Couture in Germany has made this decorative fan-laced overbust with 4 non-adjustable slides.

 

Decorative fan-laced overbust by Boom! Boom! Baby! Boutique in the UK, modelled by Twig (£140).

Decorative fan-laced overbust by Kirsteen Wythe (Boom! Boom! Baby! Boutique) in the UK, modelled by Twig (£140).

 

BattieClothing in the UK has made this oxblood faux-leather underbust with non-functional fan-lacing (£260).

Oxblood faux-leather underbust with non-functional fan-lacing (£260) by BattieClothing in the UK.

 

Gorgeous silver underbust with decorative fan lacing, by Atelier Sylphe (France)

Gorgeous silver underbust with decorative fan lacing, by Atelier Sylphe (France)

 

While fan-lace sliders were not utilized here, Anachronism in Action (USA) gets an honorable mention for her amazing fan-lace-like embellishment in this ensemble.

While fan-lace sliders were not utilized here, Anachronism in Action (USA) gets an honorable mention for her amazing fan-lace-like embellishment in this ensemble.

*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 for more information about their fan-laced corsets. Tiddly links are Etsy affiliate links which help keep these galleries online and free for everyone to use.

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