Kim Kardashian may be in the midst of a photoshopping scandal, but that hasn’t stopped her from sharing a series of glamorous photos from Diddy’s extravagant 50th birthday over the weekend. Wearing a vintage Vivienne Westwood wedding dress (another nostalgic notch on the Kardashian’s long vintage list), the buttercream silk gown nipped Kardashian’s famous hourglass shape fanning out into an elegant train at its end. But it was up top which is most significant, its corset bodice just another example of the corset trend which is fixating fashion, and in turn, Hollywood.
An archaic, rigid fashion practise, corsetry in the current fashion Zeitgeist has taken on softer – even functional – form, with modern iterations in snakeskin, jersey and lace thanks to Prada, Miu Miu, Versace, Loewe and of course, Dion Lee (Hollywood’s corset favourite). A trend backed by the celebrity set, this month has seen the corset in all its glorious incarnations transpire at almost every red carpet.
Last week, Kerry Washington attended Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Women in Entertainment in a lacy, cap-sleeved corset by Brock Collection.
Camila Cabello swapped out her elaborate pearl-crusted corset on the cover of album ‘Romance’ for another artful bodice by The Blonds, pledging her allegiance to the creative corset.
Lizzo wore the cummerbund waist variety for her performance on Jingle Ball, Kendall Jenner wore a fitted snakeskin bodice, while King Princess has been a corset advocate the entire month, wearing everything from gilt baroque-style corsets to mod fringed ones.
Even Hollywood’s Hayley’s – Hailee Steinfeld and Hailey Bieber – have backed the corset this month, with Steinfeld dining in New York in a sheer black corset and Bieber doing a coffee run in West Hollywood in Are You Am I’s nude corset.
But perhaps the corset which has caused the biggest stir in Hollywood is Dion Lee’s Sheer Jersey Corset, which has found fans in Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Dua Lipa, Michelle Pfieffer, Gigi and Bella Hadid. It’s been such a hit, Lee can’t keep the corset in stock.
A trend we’re too a fan of, it’s the ultimate piece to shape, curve and cinch the body, plus holds you in all the right places – particularly pertinent for the current festive gluttony. Just add a silky maxi skirt or wide-leg trouser and you’re good to go.