Custom Corsets with Zippers


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 instead of plastic/ nylon teeth 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!

Contour Corset high reduction summer mesh waist training underbust (owned by Lucy).

Contour Corset high reduction summer mesh waist training underbust (owned by Lucy). Contour Corsets come with a zipper by default.

Pop Antique makes a stunning front-zip corset integrated into a soft red jersey dress. Model: herself (Victoria Dagger). Photo: Max Johnson.

Pop Antique makes a stunning front-zip corset integrated into a soft red jersey dress. Model: herself (Victoria Dagger). Photo: Max Johnson.

Immodesty Blaize models a burlesque outfit of pale blue and black lace, including a tightlacing overbust with zip closure, made by Sparklewren.

Immodesty Blaize models a burlesque outfit of pale blue and black lace, including a tightlacing overbust with zip closure, made by Sparklewren. Photo: Suzi Ovens & Catherine Day.

Seafoamy burlesque outfit from Whitechapel Workhouse in London, England, again featuring a zipper closure in the front. Model: Immodesty Blaize. Photo: Tigz Rice

Seafoamy burlesque outfit from Whitechapel Workhouse in London, England, again featuring a zipper closure in the front. Model: Immodesty Blaize. Photo: Tigz Rice

Northbound Leather (NSFW) in Toronto, Canada does stunning high-reduction corsets (both overbust and underbust) with a zip closure.

Northbound Leather (NSFW) in Toronto, Canada does stunning high-reduction corsets (both overbust and underbust) with a zip closure.

Silk underbust by KMK Designs, featuring a zip front closure.

Silk underbust by KMK Designs, featuring a zip front closure. Photo: Jen Montgomery

Scoundrelle's Keep Evangeline corset dress with front zip. All Scoundrelle's Keep corsets come with a zip closure option.

Scoundrelle’s Keep Evangeline corset dress with front zip. All Scoundrelle’s Keep corsets come with a zip closure option.

Sin & Satin in NYC makes beautiful ribbon cinchers with no side seam and the option for a front zip instead of a busk.

Sin & Satin in NYC makes beautiful ribbon cinchers with no side seam and the option for a front zip instead of a busk.

A happy client snaps a selfie of her custom mesh underbust from Mitchell Dane (MDC Designs) with a front zip closure.

A happy client snaps a selfie of her custom mesh underbust from Mitchell Dane (MDC Designs) with a front zip closure.

House of 1000 Corsets offers this sweet custom semi-mesh cincher with a front zip. Better photo to come soon!

House of 1000 Corsets offers this sweet custom semi-mesh cincher with a front zip.

An honorable mention goes to this corset with the biggest plastic zipper I've ever seen. I once saw this corset on Etsy and neglected to pick it up. If anyone remembers the name of the maker, let me know so they receive proper credit! (Hairbow by PureSin)

Jane’s Corsets made this overbust with pattern-matched Tatsu fabric and the biggest plastic zipper I’ve ever seen! Model: Miss Mischief, Photo: Shaun Vegas McCurry. Hairbow: PureSin.

Prior Attire made this Napoleonic style waistcoat corset with a zip closure, which is both concealed and reinforced by the lovely buttons.

Prior Attire made this Napoleonic style waistcoat corset with a zip closure, which is both concealed and reinforced by the lovely buttons. Photo: Pitcheresque Imagery.

 

*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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