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Corset couture

The Victorian corset makes a comeback internationally but this time, it’s with a quirky twist, reports Girija Duggal.

india Updated: Jul 13, 2009 11:33 IST
Girija Duggal

Beam me up, Scotty
The final frontier of corsets? Maybe not. But these Star Trek-inspired creations, titled Trekkies, are definitely out of the world. Available in custom fits in the crew’s uniform colours — red, blue and gold — the outfit is ‘designed to take you in by 4-5 inches’, according to the Los Angeles-based creator who goes by the screen name of Evening Arwen. The 100 per cent cotton corsets come with six yards of satin ribbon, to provide an ultra-snug fit. What’s more, the models wearing the corsets have been shot at Vasquez Rocks, the same location that was used to recreate Vulcan, the home place of Spock. Price: $200 (Rs 10,000 approx). Available at:

Super trooper
Evening Arwen seems bent on inspiring inter-galactic fashion. After Trekkies comes the Galactica Empire Corset collection, designed ‘for aspiring Galactic oppressors’. There’s a vinyl black Lord corset, and a shining white Trooper costume with black lining. Each comes with a utility belt with six storage compartments and a cape-like shrug. To complete the ensemble, the Lord corset comes with a pair of black gauntlets and the Trooper with shorts, and bicep and forearm braces. Geeky, kinky or both? You decide.
Price: $600 (Rs 30,000) for Lord; $500 (Rs 25,000) for Trooper. Available at:

Girl power
It’s fashion with a feminist ideology. Launched earlier this year, the black military corset is a tactical, modular piece of clothing that comes with military specifications (MILSPEC) technology. As per the website, the piece is an attempt at creating ‘high-fashion high-function clothes for empowered women.’ It allows one to attach any number of gadgets and equipment, from pepper sprays and pistols to iPods, mobiles and even make-up! And if you’re really expecting to go into enemy terrain, they’ve body armour options, too! Price: Unavailable. Available at:

Dainty waist
Is it art? Is it couture? It’s a corset! Craft and sheer innovation come together in these hand-sculpted, wearable corsets made of ceramic. Created by artist Nicole Moan, each corset comes in four-six parts, to be held together by ribbons and strings. The kind of material used means that the artist-designer can ‘sculpt’ anything from curliques, flowers, flags, hearts and gothic themes, making each corset a unique creation. And before you ask, yes, they are supposed to be quite comfortable as far as corsets go. Price: Unavailable. Available at: