S-Bend Edwardian Corsets

S-bend corsets, straight-front corsets or “health” corsets were invented in the early 1900’s during the Edwardian era and popularized by the Gibson Girls. At the time, the S-bend was thought to be healthier for the wearer as it placed less direct pressure on the front of the abdomen. It also promoted a “proud” posture where the pelvis tilted forward and the bum was pushed back while the shoulders and bust were thrust forward, and may have affected gait in such a way that caused a lady to swing her hips in a lovely manner (read: swagger). However, this corset style was later found to exacerbate lumbar lordosis (swayback) and thought to be worse for the spine, compared to a Victorian corset which maintains a more neutral posture.

Today, longline and straight-fronted corsets are quite popular, but are typically modernized to be merely ‘Edwardian-inspired’ and don’t cause/ support swayback the way that traditional S-bends had. I don’t condone regular use/ training in a traditional S-bend or Edwardian corset, but many women with natural lordosis and/or shelf-bums have expressed to me that they feel that traditional S-bend corsets would better suit their figures, and they’re beautiful for special occasions – so here is a non-exhaustive list of corsetieres who offer these Edwardian beauties.


Le Belle Fairy Edwardian overbust wedding corset ensemble, $599

La Belle Fairy is a corsetiere in BC, Canada, who specializes in traditional Victorian and Edwardian corsetry. She uses modern hardware in her corsets (including an extra wide German-steel busk to ensure the straight front), but she adapts vintage patterns to your measurements for a beautiful fit. Her Edwardian corsets start at $425.


Period Corsets 1905 Mae corset, starts at $280
Period Corsets 1905 Mae corset, starts at $280

Period Corsets is aptly named, as the business takes traditional patterns to make modern corsets in their studio in WA, USA. Their 1905 “Mae” corset nicely shows what the S-curve looked like on a human being without the bust pads or theatrical exaggerated posing by the Gibson models.


Skeletons in the Closet made-to-measure Edwardian corset in dupioni silk, $745

Skeletons in the Closet is the business name of a skilled corsetiere in the Netherlands. Sanni creates several different styles of Edwardian corsets (there was more than one corset during that era, after all!). You can find both made-to-measure pieces and heavily discounted samples in her Etsy store.


Morua Designs Edwardian demibust, from £475

Morua Designs creates breathtaking combinations of traditional and contemporary corsetry, such as the S-curve demibust shown above, modelled on an Edwardian mannequin to show proper form. Created with a true S-curve pattern, Gerry then embellished this particular piece with tulle, lace and crystals for a soft and ethereal finish. Her Edwardian S-curve corsets start at £475, or about $775.


Bizarre Design 'S-line' overbust corset
Bizarre Design ‘S-line’ overbust corset

Bizarre Design is the business owned by renowned corset maker Jeroen van der Klis, who has created works for Cathie Jung in the past. His business is also located in the Netherlands, and although Jeroen is better known for his unique engineering of extreme reduction corsets, he also occasionally makes sweet Edwardian pieces such as the one above. His custom overbust corsets start at €456, or about $615.


Corsets and More S-line underbust corset, starts at €345

Corsets & More is a one-woman business ran by Doris Müller in Germany. She is proficient in both historical and contemporary corsetry and ensembles, and has a fantastic gallery of longline and S-line corsets. Her underbust S-line pieces start at €345 or about $485.


C&S Constructions historial recreation of an S-bend demibust corset. Model: Karen

C&S Constructions has also made S-bend corsets in the past. Although it’s not what the business is usually known for, Stuart can certainly accommodate special requests for many types of historical corsetry.


Riwaa Nerona Art Nouveau historical corset
Riwaa Nerona Art Nouveau historical corset, 9500 CZK

Riwaa Nerona of the Czech Republic offers this beautiful corset called “Art Nouveau”. Made from an 18 panel pattern, this historical recreation demibust has a straight front, large hip gores and creates a dramatic curve in the lumbar area like a true S-curve. This style is 9500 CZK, or about $470 USD.


Melanie Talkington modelling her own historical recreation

Lace Embrace Atelier creates both historical reproductions and modern interpretations of Edwardian S-bend corsets. Lace Embrace was ‘born’ in 1997 and the owner Melanie Talkington has dressed the likes of Cathie Jung, Dita Von Teese and the cast of Sucker Punch. Most of the galleries have unfortunately been removed due to image theft, but you are still able to commission a custom S-bend corset through their custom form.


1907 reproduction corset made by Lovesick Corrective Apparel

Lovesick Corsets also accommodates commissions for historical reproduction corsets, like the 1907 S-bend corset seen above. They can be made to your measurements, keeping faithful to the pattern and posture while recreating them in any fashion fabric you desire.


Prior Attire Edwardian underbust
Prior Attire Edwardian underbust. Photo: Pitcheresque Imagery

Prior Attire in the UK specializes in historical reproduction corsetry and costumes from the Medieval period up to the 20th century, and even does some steampunk and contemporary costumes and gowns. Izabela keeps some Edwardian reproduction corsets in stock, starting at only £160, but can also create one made to measure starting at £200.

~Honorable Mentions~

Atelier Sylphe Corsets Edwardian reproduction

Atelier Sylphe Corsets is a name that every corset enthusiast should know. The owner, Joelle, is an antique corset collector in Lyon France, and she carefully studies and traces the pattern of each piece in her collection. Her patterns are tested by creating stunning replicas (like the one above), and she sells both the antique patterns (if you’d like to make your own corset) and often her sample/ replica corsets on Etsy. Atelier Sylphe no longer takes custom commissions, but occasionally creates and sells samples of the patterns she reproduces.


S-Curve underbust made by Jill Hoverman of Romantasy

Jill Hoverman, the youngest member of Romantasy’s corsetiere team, adapted a traditional S-curve into an underbust that would still give enough of an Edwardian line to be suitable for re-enactors of the time. You can see how the corset extends low at the sides and back, and the diagonal seams support a lower tummy. In July 2020, Romantasy peacefully concluded, and its owner Ann Grogan is currently enjoying retirement.

*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 corset makers for more information about their S-bend corsets. Tiddly links are Etsy affiliate links, which help keep these galleries online and free to use.

18 thoughts on “S-Bend Edwardian Corsets

  1. dear sir or madam,
    I am studying A-level fashion and textiles at Tarporley high school and sixth form college. For my coursework I am going to be making an Edwardian corset which is worth 60% of my final grade. I was wondering if it would be possible for you to help me by sending any samples or pattern pieces that would fit a size 14 person. This will help by contributing to my grades. I am keeping my fingers crossed that you can help. Thank you.
    Kind regards Abigail.

    1. Hi Abigail, my apologies I don’t have any patterns myself – however if you contact Atelier Sylphe or Aranea Black, either of them may be able to source some antique patterns for you.

  2. Hello! I recently messaged Joelle of AtelierSylphe, and she says she is no longer making commissions or made-to-order. <3 She will only occasionally have ready pieces in her shop

    1. Hi Kimberley, thank you for the update. We are slowly going through the galleries, one by one, and updating each of them in turn. I’ve moved Atelier Sylphe to the honorable mentions and added the note that they are no longer taking custom commissions, and in the coming weeks/months we’ll get to updating the entire gallery with more resources (as well as clarifying which ones have retired).

  3. Just out of curiosity, have you ever made an Edwardian corset? How much harder was it to do than making a more traditional Victorian style?

    1. Hi Stacy, I have made a couple in the past – the construction can be a little more tricky as the panels of Edwardian corsets tend to be more sweeping and curved (not to mention some pieces are designed to be cut on the bias!) compared to many Victorian corsets with relatively straightforward, vertical panels. But it’s not really that much harder. You might want to use slightly different hardware as well – for instance, many Victorian corsets liked having a little “pooch” in the front and so you might use a more flexible busk whereas an Edwardian corset may have a more rigid busk. I have also worn Edwardian corsets with more flexible bones in the back to help accentuate the S-curve, so for that reason you might want to use bones that are not fusion-coated and very rigid. You might want to shop around and get samples of steel bones before you buy enough to make your corset.

  4. Hi, I have scoliosis and have a “s” shaped spine as well as a large bum. I have tried countless waist trainers, corsets, Kimono tank, Spanx, girdles, and combinations of them. What usually happens is it pushes the fat other places and doesn’t help, or it will bunch in the back in the middle of my spine and pinch me or stick into my side on one side no matter what I’ve done, or what size I’ve tried, or material etc.. I was wondering if this could be something that would actually work? I’ve been working out over a year now just haven’t been able to minimize my abdominal fat and I’d like something that actually worked.

    1. Hi Sylvia, it sounds like the best situation for you would be to try a custom fit corset with a specially skilled corsetiere who has experience in making asymmetric pieces. They will not only fit you more comfortably, but can also minimize the appearance of your natural asymmetries and may even help stabilize your spine or help with back pain. Have you looked at the gallery of asymmetric corsets?

  5. Lucy I love you and what you do for all ladies and gents that have found you. I found you about 10 years ago on youtube while I was still in corsetiere training. So just wanted to say what an inspiration you arebddd

    1. Thank you Donna! :)

  6. Hey Lucy!
    Is it ok to use a s-bend corset as a waist training corset?
    I’m a skinny girl but I have rather big bum and that’s why I have a big curve in my lower back. I own many corsets but none of them has enough curve in the lower back so the corsets kind of change my posture and make my bum really flat. That’s why I sometimes have pain in the hip area when I’m wearing a corset.
    Is it really true that s-bend corsets cause back problems and wrong kind of posture?

    1. Hi Ansa, before you invest in an S-bend corset (which is a specialty item and not cheap!) what I might recommend you try first is to bend the back steels to suit your lumbar spine. I have a tutorial on Youtube on how to do this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9ZAT-IzOPg

  7. hello Lucy!

    What can i do to achieve this S bend instead of the other curves?
    Is there any specific way of lacing it or there is really a corset made to make you shape like this? i purchased a Cs 201 from Orchard , will it be ok for me to achieve this S bend? thank you!

    1. Hello Yumi, the shape is specifically made by the pattern of the corset (the way the panels are shaped and sewn together) and by the use of a very sturdy, flat busk and bones in front. One cannot achieve the S-bend look simply by lacing a modern corset in a special way. I also have an article on lacing gaps to help you understand more about the way corsets are laced, if it interests you.

  8. I’d like to add Jill Hoverman at Romantasy to this list…she makes amazing underbust s-curve Edwardian corsets. I am seasoning mine right now, and quite impressed.

    1. Thanks Amy, Jill’s corset is now added! :)

  9. I’m interested in corset made can you book me an apoinntment please antonia

    1. Hi Antonia, thanks for your comment. I’m not personally taking commissions at this time, but I know hundreds of other corsetieres willing to help you – have you checked the Corsetiere Map to see if any corset makers live close to you and would be willing to book an appointment?

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