For generations, corsets have found a home in punk-inspired symbols of non-conformity, resistance, and for how straight-up gorgeously rebellious they can look. Before you delve into Corset Story’s unique and stunning punk-inspired range, how about a little history lesson?
The punk-and-corsets story can be traced back to eccentric English fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who helped bring modern punk and alternative, new-wave influenced fashion into the mainstream. Dame Westwood adored corsets and still avidly uses them in her designs to this day. In 2019, she delighted fashion and corest lovers alike as she announced she would be reviving her iconic 1987 Harris Tweed corsets for a limited time only, retailing in fashion sanctuaries Paris, London, New York, Milan and Los Angeles.
Many designers, from Stella McCartney, to Jean Paul Gaultier, to Alexander McQueen, have utilised the famous corset in their work. But its most enduring impact comes from Westwood, whose vision transformed the corset into a symbol of punk fashion and punk clothing.
How does punk and corsetry interact?
Once again, Vivienne Westwood gives us the answers. When she brought corsets to punk fashion in the 1970s, it was her intention to reframe the controversial garment. Corsets have a long-debated history. Westwood wanted to shift the corset away from its perception as an instrument of female oppression, reimaging it as a symbol of female empowerment. Her aesthetic pushed corsets further into the mainstream, where they could be worn both as underwear and outerwear.
By harnessing the power of corsets in her designs, Westwood’s fashions became known as one of loud and proud expressions, finding the perfect balance between racy and ambitious. The corset was transformed from a historical undergarment to must-have punk clothing, with the attitude to match.
There’s no end to how to style a punk-inspired corset, just like there’s no end to how ‘punk’ should look. It’s all about creativity, customisation and self-expression.
Inspired by punk fashion of all colours, Corset Story is home to some truly beautiful and extravagant corsets. Our punk corsets are designed to be worn as outerwear, so you can really make the most of building the perfect piece of punk fashion.
Our corsets take their inspiration from a range of subcultures, from the elegantly-offbeat steampunk, to the eternal goth aesthetic, to Victorian dandies, to more outlandish and sexy burlesque styles. In short, our corsets come perfectly made for you to dress up or dress down exactly how you want to.