Corsets had different shapes, styles and dimensions, depending on the trends and creative abilities of designers and corset makers. But the corset always remained the key underwear of the 19th century. The wasp waist, an ancient tradition in Europe, was further emphasized by advertising and photography. Women from all classes were encouraged to squeeze their waist, sometimes beyond reason, risking their lives for it. The medical profession condemned this deeply, but without success. It was impossible to ward off this fashion, especially as it glorified the women.
The corset served women throughout fashion history to discreetly emphasize or glamorize their femininity and beauty. This has not changed in the 20th and 21st centuries. From the 1990s, the corset became socially acceptable again. Models in the music scene and the fashion world paved the way for its wider use. Beata Sievi is the only corsetiere in Switzerland specializing in custom-made high quality and exclusive couture corsets. Her corsets are characterized not only by an original design, but also by precious materials, an excellent fit and perfect workmanship. The models in the exhibition show that a corset can also be worn with a pair of jeans or a pantsuit. The corset of today is a garment for brave women who are not afraid to show themselves and their body off.
Hip and happening designers such as Úna Burke have also rediscovered the corset for themselves. The exhibit features a leather corset in an avant-garde design style. It’s no wonder that the label Úna Burke Leather has risen to fame so dramatically, becoming a favorite of stars like Rihanna, Lady Gaga or Madonna.
The ephemeral corset creations of Patricia Krummacher explore a new dimension in the world of corsets. Dreamy, short-lived objects are created from willow, moss, foliage, and blossoms. As fleeting as youth and beauty.
This special exhibition is the only one of its kind and will only appear in this form in Basel.