Corsets with zippers, while not traditional, are becoming an attractive option these days for the ubiquity of the zips (they are easier to source for many corsetieres) and their familiar use compared to the brief learning curve required of busk use. While I tend to avoid OTR corsets that have zippers (they tend not to be properly supported by bones and don’t feature a stiffened ‘underbusk’ bone), there are many bespoke corsets made today that can be customized with a zipper, and these can even be suitable for waist training or tightlacing!
When looking for zippers, I recommend metal teeth (and as of 2021, more recently heavy-duty molded plastic) NOT lightweight spiral nylon zippers or dainty invisible zips, which can easily be warped or damaged. The two most common brands of zips I’ve seen in custom corsets include YKK (“the zipper behemoth”) and RiRi (“the Rolls Royce of zippers”).
Corsetieres, if you have a corset that features a zipper closure, send me an email with your best picture (safe-for-work photos preferred!) and a short description – you can have your work added to this gallery!
*Please note that I have not personally tried every corset brand in this list, nor do I necessarily endorse every company in my Guided Galleries. This is for informational purposes only. Please contact the individual corsetieres for more information about their zipped corsets. Tiddly links are Etsy affiliate links which help keep this site online and the galleries free for everyone.
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