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16th and 17th Century

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Wedding corsets and corseted bodices

peacock green silk victorian bustle dress    soft green eighteenth century sack back gown

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All designs can be varied in colour and detail.

18th century style corset in brocade and silk with false fron lacing

18th century corset


18th Century Corset combined with 20th Century in peacock blue silk dupion

Combined 18th and
20th century corset


"Seashore" corset


white silk eighteenth century style corset

18th century corset


18th century corset
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"Flora and Fauna"


19th Century Corset flatters the figure with a hourglass silhouette

19th century corset


Authentically cut 18th Century Corset with hand bound tabs and top-stitching to emphasise bone channels. Asymmetric ivy decoration.

18th century corset


"Titania's Muse"
18th century corset


eighteenth century style corset in pale pink duchesse satin

Smooth pink satin
18th century corset


contemporary corset


18th Century Corset.

"Liquid gold"
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Patchwork themed 18th Century Corset.

18th century corset


"Flower of Scotland"
Contemporary corset


C18th corset with
removeable sleeves


18th Century Corset

18th century corset


18th Century Corset combined with 20th Century

Combined 18th and 20th
century corset


20th century style


Corset Gown"


Contemporary/ Medieval


Contemporary embellished corset

Contemporary embellished


18th century


"Liquid Gold"
18th century corset


Blue silk corset


Purple/Green version
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18th century brocade corset made for an opera-ballet

18th century corset




18th century corset
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18th Century Corset with detatchable sleeves

18th century corset


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Murray photographs (01270 611177)
Angle Photographic (01223 852535)

These designs can be varied and individualised
to each made-to-measure order.

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Notes From The Designer

The flat fronted 18th Century corset (think "Dangerous Liaisons", "Sleepy Hollow", "Marie Antoinette", "Interview With The Vampire"), is an easy shape to wear for the modern woman because the particular boning used takes the pressure off the waistand the diaphragm (unlike victorian corsets and "Tight Lacing" styles). If well cut, an 18th century style corset willcreate a cleavage which flatters the larger busted lady and enhances even the smallest of busts by compressing and lifting. All corsets will inevitably change the shape of the body, giving the illusion of a smaller waist. This effect can be enhanced by the old theatrical trick of intensely decorating, or using an accent colour or texture on the front panel of the corset or gown (stomacher panel) to kid the eye that the wearer is quite slim. So many clients comment on the unexpected comfort of the style, plus the surprise of their new silhouette!

18th Century corsets can be cut as authentic reproductions from original patterns (these corsets usually end at the waist, with or without tabs.) Alternatively, they can be modified to the modern figure with waists cut lower, less severe boning and even the possibility of elastic inserts at the shoulder and elsewhere for ease and comfort (as favoured by dancers and opera singers and some brides!) Take into consideration that lengthening the line of the corset can make the legs look shorter on any client under 5'5".

Whether ordering an authentic reproduction 18th century corset or a modern equivalent, the client has the choice of emphasizing the bone channels with top-stitching or opting for a smooth finish over the body of the corset/ stays. The key is to have adequate boning within suitable interlinings, the appropriate kind of boning (for the purpose - e.g. wedding or ballet) and correctly placed seams, otherwise the corset is likely to 'buckle' at the waist. (Be wary of dressmakers who think the eighteenth century shape can just be extended for a modern look. Signs of failure to understand this shape are wrinkles at the waist and upper hip. A properly cut and constructed eighteenth century style bodice will be smooth from neckline to base).

All Rossetti eighteenth century corsets are extremely well cut, will fit you like a glove and will provide an enviable cleavage without any discomfort.  They can be produced in a variety of fabrics and have endless possibilities for decoration and combinations of sleeve shapes.