Corseting responsibly and knowledgeably can improve one's well-being, both mentally and physically. Not much can compare to a well-fitted corset.
It can help improve self-confidence; it's really hard to slouch in a corset! Being unable to slouch makes it hard to feel meek and hunker down. Plus, there is just something special about wearing corsets. It can be like wearing armor, or it can feel especially feminine.
(Lucy Corsetry has compiled first-hand accounts and put them into a book of ways corseting has helped people all over the world. Since she has put so much work into this research, we have no desire to re-invent the wheel! You can check out her book "Solaced" here. )
Bound Angel Designs Corsets
At Bound Angel Designs, our goal is to create high end, premium corsets, and accessories to go with them, that are visually engaging and comfortable for every body (yes that space is intentional) that wants to wear them. All of the corsets made at Bound Angel Designs are hand crafted from the president of B.A.D, Lori's, studio in Portland, OR.
Bondage corsets are Lori's biggest passion. However, given the sensitivity of the topic, you'll need to check that section of the website here!
Cosplay corsets can be as simple or complex as the cosplayer wants. As with historical clothing, they can play important roles as foundation pieces designed purely with function in mind. We've used corsets to support and distribute the weight of large builds and prevent pressure point bruises. They can also be used as main statements pieces of the cosplay and play as complex or as simple a role in the entire build as desired.
Deep Purple taffeta bespoke corset (the result of the WIP image above right) with matching two layer skirt.
Image by EG Photography
Who is behind Bound Angel Designs
I'm Lori, President of Bound Angel Designs, corsetiere and madwoman.
I view corsetry is a functional art-form that is also a feat of engineering. Corsetry as art allows the creator to do things that one would not normally see with most articles of clothing or even accessories. The sky really is the limit with what you can create with a corset as the base of it. It's a feat of engineering because the creator is using fabric and some bits of metal to create these stunning pieces (plus, so much math! with corsetry the patterning and construction has be milometer specific!). Add to that the ability to use that sturdy foundation to add things to, such as wings, hip fins, skirts, etc... Corsets are an extremely versatile art form.
My history with corsets goes pretty far back into my childhood. I first got into corsetry when I was in the 7th or 8th grade. My parents and I were living historians and took part in American Civil War re-enactments across Southern California. At that time we started reenacting, I was too young to lace into a corset, but I would admire the corsets that other re-enactors would bring and I longed for the day I could have one of my own! For me, it was a mark of womanhood.
Aside from being able to portray historically accurate underpinnings (underwear), many of the dresses for adult women simply don't look right or wouldn't fit at all without a corset supporting them. The corsets helped to provided an accurate silhouette, which was very important for fashion at the time. They also helped distribute all the weight from wearing up to 8 skirts at once (yup, when re-enacting one winter I had 6 petticoats, 1 base skirt, and 1 overskirt!) Since my mom is a seamstress, once I became old enough that my mom judged it safe for me to wear a corset, we figured we could take on the challenge of creating our own corsets.
This was around 2004, and I'm not gonna lie, that first attempt was pretty bad! All we had were a couple of commercial patterns by "The Big 4" to go off of. They didn't have the greatest instructions. We didn't have access to, much less knowledge of, proper materials either. That first one really was a torture trap. It was a single layer cotton corset, that ended up about 3 inches too big on me all the way around, the shape wasn't all that great, and oh man the pressure points. We used welding rods as boning, which I don't recommend and will never do again. (Note: I also do not recommend minor's wearing corsets as their bodies have not developed.)
We weren't as computer savvy back in those days, so we didn't know about the online community that had really begun to take off during this time. Information on the subject seemed to be closely guarded by the makers, and we thought we were on our own. I have learned SO much since those days. But at the time my mom and I experimented with supplies we could get from JoAnn, Walmart and Home Depot.
I continued to dabble in making corsets from 2006 through 2013 while going to college full time and working full time but really didn't make much headway despite the years ticking away. It wasn't until 2015 that I really made breakthroughs in my craft after finding online resources such as Lucy's Corsetry and Foundation Revealed. Since then I have worked on honing my skills (I really want to say perfecting, but perfectionism has held me back, so I'm trying to break that habit!)
I am still learning, and view every project as an opportunity to learn something new.