Not too long ago I wrote an article on where to buy Gentlemen’s corsets, but there many people who were assigned male at birth who are looking to feminize their figures as adults. Some cross-dressers, gender-fluid individuals and MTF women will sometimes run into fitting issues while using conventional standard sized corsets – the main complaints being that a standard-sized corset may feel too tight/ small on the ribcage, the waist tape of the corset may sit too high on the wearer, and the hips may gape or feel too large. Some wearers bypass this by simply wearing a conventional corset upside-down, but a more effective solution would be to have a corset made specifically for your body.
Whether you’re looking to temporarily enhance your curves only when the corset is worn, or you’re interested in sculpting your natural figure long-term, several corsetieres and businesses are available to assist you. The following makers are respectful and confidential, and have experience drafting corsets comfortable for a masculine skeletal structure while giving a feminine silhouette. They can use clever patterning and colour combinations to make the ribcage and waist appear smaller and the hips appear fuller, and some of them can incorporate padding into the corset at your request. Some of these makers also have experience training the ribcage permanently smaller for a more hourglass figure even when not wearing the corset.
*Corsetieres, if you are experienced in making feminizing corsets and would like your work featured in this gallery, please send me an email here with a photo of your best work. Safe-for-work photos are preferred! Thank you!
Romantasy has nearly 25 years’ experience in the corsetry business. Above you see the impressive silhouette of a corset made by Sharon McCoy Morgan, and how the sweeping lines create the illusion of broader hips and a smaller ribcage on the model. Romantasy has a gallery of just a small selection of transgender clients they have served over the years, and Ann Grogan conducts gender workshops in her studio in San Francisco.
House of Canney from Georgia, USA is the official corsetier for Violet Chachki of RuPaul’s Drag Race Fame. Here Violet models the corset named after her: a super strong yet lightweight single layer corset made from spot broche ($225 USD). Anthony Canney is also an expert costumier and can create stunning fitted costumes and evening gowns over their custom corsets.
Contour Corsets has extensive experience in creating corsets for trans women. Fran herself is openly transgender, and she has created corsets for herself and undergone extensive waist training to help get her to the figure she has today. In the photo above you see her “Sweetheart” style corset which she explains was made to fit the proportions of a biological male client, yet the boning channels and panels are strategically placed to “give the flowing feminine lines of her woman’s designs – and be comfortable”, making the waist look much smaller. She also makes more intensive training corsets to slowly reshape the ribs, and while I am cis-female, I can also personally say that my Contour Corset has trained my ribcage more effectively than any other corset brand.
Electra Designs is also very experienced making corsets for clients of all body types, as you can see in the expertly-fitted underbust corset above. Alexis offers remote fittings using photos though email to obtain a beautiful shape for those who are not able to make in-person fittings. You can see a selection of both overbust and underbust corsets in her Facebook gallery, “Transgender and Cross Dresser Corsets by Electra Designs”.
Orchid Corsetry has experience making both masculine and feminine corsets for clients who were assigned male at birth. She offers feminizing corsets in three styles: Pride, Sloth and Nouveau, and the corsets can be designed to fit to the body like a glove, or to incorporate padding at the bust and hips to create the illusion of an even curvier figure.
Although most of the models on Puimond’s website are cis-female, Puimond has made both masculine corsets and feminizing corsets. Looking extremely curvy in a custom PY18 overbust by Puimond is Fontasia who took the honour of 2nd Runner-up at Miss Continental 2010!
Versatile Corsets has long been a favourite source of corsets, maid’s uniforms and other fashions for those into cross-dressing or stage performance, and they have a few styles that are particularly recommended for stereotypically masculine-shaped bodies (although any of their corsets can be upgraded to custom fit for a fee). For the past several years Versatile has supplied the one and only RuPaul with corsets, and in season 5 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, some of Versatile’s corsets were featured including this Nightshade corset modelled by Detox.
This sweetheart overbust by French designer Estelle Cloann borders on androgynous to me as the subtle peach colour is flattering on any gender, but I decided to put the corset in this gallery rather than the Gentlemen’s gallery due to the sweetheart overbust line, the beautifully tapered ribcage and impressive hip spring – certainly it reflect Estelle’s ability to make either masculine or feminine corsets for her clientele.
Bizarre Design has years of experience creating masculine-shaped corsets and feminine-shaped corsets. If you look through Bizarre Design’s photo album, you will find an up-to-date price list for corsets for both men and women.
*Please note that I have not personally tried every corset brand in this list, nor do I necessarily endorse every company in these guided galleries. This is for informational purposes only. Please contact the maker directly if you have any questions about their products.