Antique stays with stomacher, France, c. 1730-1740
This gallery will include some Tudor-style stays, Elizabethan-style stays, Stuart-style stays, and Antoinette-style stays, spanning the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries (Please also note that I focused on the longer stays, and I did not include the unique shortened stays of the Regency Era – in the future I may add an exclusive gallery for these). I’m well-aware that I am grouping together some 300 years of undergarments in this gallery, but if you scroll through, you’ll discover that some of these corset makers also make hybrid stays and Elizabethan-inspired corsets without remaining historically accurate, so they would be difficult to further categorize. . At some point, I may consider splitting this gallery into multiple smaller ones to cover the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries individually, but for now enjoy a conglomerate of pre-industrial-era corsetry – use these visual cues to decide which era is your favorite for pairs of bodies, effigies, and stays!
*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!*
Woodsholme (USA) also makes lovely reproductions like this c. 1603 “Effigy” Elizabethan bodies, complete with historically-accurate sewn eyelets and spiral lacing, $300.
RedThreaded (USA) on Etsy is a treasure trove of historical reproductions, like these Tudor style stays in gold silk with a perfectly pattern-matched motif. ($318)
In the words of the corsetiere (Anachronism in Action, California), this payre of bodies is “made from satin coutil with plum silk satin binding and leather appliqué. Stays have functional spiral lacing, and a mixture of steel and artificial whalebone for support.”
I adore the subtle yet sophisticated scalloped detail in the back!
Serindë Corsets (France) created this entire Elizabethan ensemble and is experienced in making simply bodices as well. Photo: NB pix. Model & mua : Indis Tesla. Hair: Coraline Nega Tif. Jewelry : La Camériste
PeriodCorsets© (USA) makes reproduction stays and corsets ranging from 1560 – 1950. The one shown here is the 1660 “Kristina” corset. $440
Charlotte Raine Corsetry (UK) also makes Tudor/ Elizabethan stays (16th C), Stuart stays (17th C) and shown here the 18th C stays called the “Antoinette”. (Photo: Alter Ego)
Vanyanis (Australia) c. 1700 reproduction-stays feature the quintessential flattened bust and tabs at the hips.
Tailor of Two Cities (USA) made this stunning 18th century reproduction stays with floating stomacher ($480).
Rossetti is a well-respected maker of ballet costumes and unconventional wedding dresses, who also makes magnificent corsets and stays, like this “Ophelia” 18th century stay (£600).
Toile de jouy reproduction stays made from an original 1785 pattern by Crikey Aphrodite (Scotland), priced at £500 commissioned in your size.
Handmaid’s Trade (UK) made this 1776 corset pattern in a dove blue (£165).
Recreation of 18th century “Marie Antoinette” inspired stays by Corsets and Costumes (UK) for £165
Stunning 18th-century-inspired hybrid stays, by Entre-Nous (Switzerland)
Gorgeous Rococo-inspired stays by Alice Corsets (Ukraine)
18th Century tapestry jacquard stays by Madame Sher (Brazil).
Mysterious deep green 1700’s style stays by Viola Lahger (Sweden). Photo: Jocke Jonsson. Model: Tea
Gorgeous 1603 tabbed bodies made by Prior Attire, based off the late Elizabetan / Jacobean style. This sells for £165, but can be made bespoke. Photo: Pitcheresque
Skeletons in the Closet Corsetry (Netherlands) made this lovely hybrid of Marie Antoinette inspired stays. Photo credits: Amesbury Rose by Eline Spek. Muah Cloe
The Bad Button (USA) takes inspiration from new and old to create “Versailles”, a hybrid of 18th century and modern corsetry ($800 custom).
As an honorable mention, Tabistry created these “Stay Tab Tabbed Stays” made from ribbon and aluminum can tabs! Click through to find MielJolie’s shop where you can purchase the pattern and instructions to make your own!
*Please note that I have not personally tried every corset brand in this list, nor do I necessarily endorse every company in this list. This is for informational purposes only. Please contact the individual corsetieres for more information on their stays. Tiddly links are Etsy affiliate links which help keep these galleries online and free for everyone to use.