The historical origin of the female corset

Fashion history reveals the first recorded corset originated from Crete in Greece, worn by the Minoan people. Images on ancient pottery show both women and men sporting form fitting belts and vests with leather rings or straps that constrict and shape the waist. Culturally, this showed a women’s ideal shape, accentuating the beauty of her curves and often exposing bare breasts. Both Minoan men and women wanted a small waist. As children, both genders wore a girdle around their waists that was tightened as they grew in order to stop growth in the waist area. Grecian women wore an elaborate, stiff girdle called a zona on the outside of their garments to shape the waist and lift support the breasts.

Popular styles currently on the market

In todays society, corsets are usually reserved for costume, stage performance or waist training, yet some still purchase them for the uses that they were designed for hundreds of years ago. Stars such as Beyonce, Shikara and Lady Gaga wear corsets for their on-stage productions to add drama and femininity to their act. High fashion designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander use corsets in their collections. Corsets are seen in stage plays, operas etc. Among many celebrities, reality star Kim Kardashion uses a waist trainer to achieve a small waist. With the comfort of normal underwear, and a wider acceptance of all body types, wearing corsets to achieve one particular body shape is not as important to modern day women as it was to women centuries before, and for that, I'm thankful.

Problems with popular styles

In 1905 a French Doctor published a book on the effects of corsets on female health. Of course medicine and methods have come on a long way over the last 100+ years, but at the time it was reported that using a brand new technology - X-rays - that corsets changed the shape of the ribs and caused damage. Not only that, he also stated that corsets affected a woman’s behaviour too.

Because the current corsets are usually made of heavy-duty materials, after a day of use, the weight will cause damage to the waist, and in severe cases, it will lead to difficulty in breathing, which directly leads to physical discomfort and violates the principle of comfortable wearing.


The biggest feature of our corset is: lightweight design, which can be worn inside clothes to lose waist ,to be thinner, or outside clothes to play a decorative role.

 if you wear a high quality corset that has been designed and made properly, and if you wear it as it was intended to be worn, then your corset should not cause you any harm.

Today we know that if corsets are worn correctly, they do not cause damage to the spine, ribs or otherwise. And of course they do not change a woman’s behaviour, at least not in a negative way. Corset’s are not purely for aesthetics, they can also offer a real confidence boost, causing the wearer to have that ‘invincible’ feeling, which can be a real asset at high pressure events and occasions.

Perfectcorset is a company specializing in women's corsets, we break with tradition and make corsets a fashion that can be worn in a variety of ways.

Modern Corsets

Finally, to get the best results and ensure your corset doesn’t cause any level of pain or discomfort, it’s essential to get your size right. Our handy size guide will help you determine what size corset is right for deliver the best possible

No longer will you ask again ‘is wearing a corset bad for you?’. Our helpful tips and guides will ensure you might the right decision for your unique needs to help you find your perfect corset. For any further support with choosing a corset and finding your size, get in touch:

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