Summer shopping: 30 things in Team IMAGE’s basket this week
Summer shopping: 30 things in Team IMAGE’s basket this week

Sarah Finnan

Marianne Smyth, aka @smythsisters, on her throw-on summer staples
Marianne Smyth, aka @smythsisters, on her throw-on summer staples

Marianne Smyth

Joe Alwyn’s voice in ‘Conversations with Friends’ is the new Connell’s chain
Joe Alwyn’s voice in ‘Conversations with Friends’ is the new Connell’s chain

Lauren Heskin

Stretch the legs: 10 scenic walks to enjoy around Ireland
Stretch the legs: 10 scenic walks to enjoy around Ireland

Grace McGettigan

This Edwardian Donnybrook home is on the market for €1.895 million
This Edwardian Donnybrook home is on the market for €1.895 million

Megan Burns

The psychology of the fast-fashion high
The psychology of the fast-fashion high

Sarah Finnan

This Irish business is raffling off designer handbags worth €5,000 for charity
This Irish business is raffling off designer handbags worth €5,000 for charity

Sarah Finnan

Easy breakfast: Holly White’s grain-free blueberry and quinoa granola
Easy breakfast: Holly White’s grain-free blueberry and quinoa granola

Meg Walker

Work smarter, not harder: four secrets to being more productive at work
Work smarter, not harder: four secrets to being more productive at work

Jenny Darmody

The secret rage of motherhood: ‘I never imagined that my child could be both the trigger and target of my anger’
The secret rage of motherhood: ‘I never imagined that my child could be both the...

Mairead Heffron

Image / Style / Shopping

The finest female-owned businesses selling corsets fit for a princess


By Sarah Gill
08th May 2022

Pexels

The finest female-owned businesses selling corsets fit for a princess

*The Bridgerton soundtrack plays softly in the distance*

Growing up watching movies about beautiful princesses in a land far far away, it’s no wonder that we find ourselves being drawn to the elegant romance and feminine whimsy of carefully crafted corsets.

Accentuating your womanly shape and making you stand that little bit taller, a quality corset has become something of a wardrobe staple in recent months. Since everyone and their mother binge-watched the second season of Shondaland’s Bridgerton, sales of corsets and opera gloves have soared, birthing a fashion trend aptly titled ‘Regency-core’.

Harking back to the 19th century, and more specifically a period towards the end of the Georgian era, the Regency era was characterised by sophisticated garments that speak to wealth and respectability. Similarly, the ‘gilded glamour’ theme of this year’s Met Gala drew inspiration from Gilded Age New York, which spanned 1870 to 1890, and was all about extravagance, grandeur, and all things excess.

While the empire line dresses, bustles and frills of days gone by may not be the most wearable option for 21st century dressing, there are plenty of designers and businesses providing a modern interpretation of the classic corset.

Allowing you to lean into your feminine energy and live your Bridgerton fantasy, an up-to-date iteration of the timeless corset can be styled up or down, depending on the occasion. Without further ado, here are some of the finest female-owned businesses selling corsets fit for a princess…

Aoife McNamara

Having just launched her latest collection — Enchanted by Nature, In a Disenchanted World — this Limerick-based designer has perfected the structure of the corset. Known for her conscious crafting and sustainable materials, each piece produced by Aoife marries innovation and tradition, the rebellious and the feminine.

Cat O’Brien

Specialising in historically inspired, one-off garments made from remnants and dead-stock fabric, Cat O’Brien designs relish the appeal of slow, mindful fashion. Investment pieces that are made to last, the brand also offers made-to-order pieces that are unique to you.

Past Trash

Operating through Depop and at pop-up shops throughout the UK, Past Trash sells vintage and pre-loved corsets that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. With plenty of ‘90s and ‘00s styles landing on their shop, there’s sure to be something to suit your style.

Wild Éire

Wild Éire specialises in one-off, hand-made reworks of second hand materials and fabric scraps that you won’t see anywhere else. Their corset remixes put a streetwear spin on the classic corset design, making them the perfect modern interpretation.

Immoral London

A self-proclaimed corset fairy, Aimee Belle Johnson makes corset dreams come true with her made to order designs. Varying in style and materials, each piece is more breathtaking than the last.

Reverie Vintage

If you’re a fan of underwear as outerwear, Reverie is the store for you. A carefully curated vintage store, the site is regularly updated with bodysuits, bustiers and corsets that will awaken your divine feminine energy.