Some films have been rated as to their corset-visibility, using little 's.
One denotes little corsetry, while is a VERY GOOD corset-film.
Films with "lacing" scenes are denoted with "Lacing".
Films with corsets UNDER gowns only are denoted with "Gowns".
Obviously, these ratings have little to do with a critical evaluation of the film itself.
Note: All clips available here are for review purposes only, presented in order to entice the viewer to purchase the film in its entirety.
All copyrights are respected.
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THE NAME IN PARENTHESIS IS USUALLY THE WEARER'S
"TVM" = TELEVISION MOVIE or MINI-SERIES
"TVS" = TELEVISION SERIES
THE FUTURE III (MARY STEENBURGEN)
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The 'inside' story about Hollywood filmmakers and stars:
Ms. Turner plays an actress in a costume tryout for a fictional film,
wearing a 19th-century style dress - it
appears they were very
unsure of what period, as it combines features of the 1870s (a long train, extra fullness behind) with the 1890s (a wide, unshaped skirt), but they knew that a grand lady of the 19th century
ought to be corseted. Ms. Turner's waist is very small, and when the sequence starts, the costume designer is saying to the producer, "I don't know - the waist has to be that tight, and the
train has to be that long!" It appears that Lana can't manage her immense and elaborate gown, accustomed as she is to the relatively informal clothes of the 1950s (which, ironically, are now
seen as over-complicated and corseted by modern women!). The producer gives her some guidance, asking her to make a wider turn, and then calls her back to where he is sitting. "Now,
siddown!" he commands. Lana tries, and the line of the bottom of her corset stands out beneath her skirt. She stops halfway and looks scared. "Can you siddown?" the producer asks. "No!"
she says nervously. "That's perfect!" the producer declares, and sends the others out so that he can talk to her - standing up. No visible corsets, no corsets mentioned, but nonetheless an
attractively-corseted star. Narrative courtesy of Stephen K.
1994--- BAD GIRLS (VARIED) Click here for still-clip* Victorian
Various actresses walk around in corsets, mainly in the beginning of the film.
1970---- Gowns & Lacing THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE (STELLA STEVENS) Fifties "Victorian" Click here for still-clips
Hooker gets help with lacing her corset from a
long-lost customer and friend.
1968---- THE BALLAD OF JOSIE (DORIS DAY)
2021---- LE BALL DES FOLLES ("The Mad Woman's Ball")--French-- (LÉA SEYDOUX) StillClip & video
Contains many scenes where women wear corsets. In one of them, a woman is choking, her breathing is cut off by her corset, She tries desperately to untie her laces by screaming and suffocating.
2001----THE BALLAD OF LUCY WHIPPLE-- TVM
(JENA MALONE &
Very short glimpse of the top of a corset
18th century laced bodice - one short non-stringent lacing scene StillClip
Lots of corsets of a few types in this film. Here are some examples, as well as some "making of" images.
1957---- Gowns BAND OF ANGELS (YVONNE DE CARLO)
1968---- BARBARELLA--French (JANE FONDA)
The shooting of this film was very painful to Ms. Fonda for physical reasons. She was put in a steel corset and suspended ten meters above the ground by a metal brace; she was attacked in a cage by hundreds of crazed birds; bitten by cannibalistic dolls; and she was locked up in a pleasure machine. The costumes were often more than uncomfortable: her breasts and waist were pushed into a transparent mould. But she showed courage and patience beyond belief.
1998---- THE BARBER OF SIBERIA ("Sibirskij tsiryulnik") --Russian (JULIA ORMOND)
WIRE (PAMELA ANDERSON) Modern leather specialty
Ms. Anderson was at 17" for this film.
1984---- BACHELOR PARTY (TAWNY KITAEN)
Merry Widow at party.
1995---- BATMAN FOREVER (DEBI MAZAR) -- Click here for still-clip*
"Spice" in a "corsetted" waist.
1992---- BATMAN RETURNS (MICHELLE PFEIFFER)
Catwoman in PVC(?) corseted cat suit.
1963---- BEACH PARTY (DOROTHY MALONE)
A corset on one of the blonde heroines has been spotted.
BEAUTIFUL BUT DANGEROUS (GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA)
Black satin hourglass w/o front closure and apparently cut lace knots
Released originally in France (in Italian), as La Belle des belles
The crowd is shocked when Ms. Lollobrigida removes her coat, giving everybody a good view of her amazing hourglass figure in one very long dueling scene. What exertion in such a tight corset! And the breathing!
[Stephen K.] "I think that Gina shows the smallest waist ever achieved by a mainstream actress - much smaller even than Liz Taylor in Raintree County. I would love to know what size it was. Once she was in that corset, what's more, she obviously was in it for the duration - the laces have been cut off, so if it was loosened a new lace would have had to be put in to bring her down to the desired size. And at that, she managed not only to act, but to fence in it! Quite amazing."
2013----BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (ALICE ENGLERT) Stillclips: #1 #2
THE BEAUTIFUL GIRL FROM BASHFUL
BEND (BETTY GRABLE) Hollywood Victorian
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Some nice stays in the Pullman car. Note the little bustle!
2014----Gowns BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ("La belle et la bête") French (LÉA SEYDOUX) StillClips #1 #2 #3 Poster Gown
1991---- BECOMING COLETTE (MATHILDA MAY)
2007----BECOMING JANE (ANNE HATHAWAY)
A short, but pleasant bedroom room scene where the two sisters are preparing for the ball, and wearing delightful stays; other than that, corseted gowns are sprinkled throughout.
Anne Hathaway (Jane Austen):
"There was a certain grace in Jane's time and it was really fun to live in that period for a few months. I could do without the corsets, however."Julie Walters (Jane's mother, Cassandra Leigh):
"I was glad to get rid of the corset: God, the women suffered in those days. There's so much you can't do because of the corset. I can't do up my own shoes: it's dreadful." Second comment: "I'm so vain that I demanded the corset be as tight as possible - my lunch was in my throat!"
'I have my vain moments,” she insists. “The fitting for the dresses and corsets in (this film) was one of them. I said, ‘"Yes, you can pull it in more." Did I regret that! I could hardly breathe, it was so tight. After a while, the bones started poking out of the corset and I had bruises. You loosen it when you have lunch, but when you tighten it again afterwards, you can feel your cottage pie coming up to your chest. Never again!"Eimear Ní Mhaoldhomhnaigh (costume designer):
"Having to put on the corsets, especially first thing in the morning, they would say, 'Oh my God, do I have to?' But that's how you get the distinctive look and silhouette of the period. So they have to wear not only very tight fitting corsets but also bum pads. There's an awful lot going on under the dresses and is really important. So many mornings I would tell my girls to make sure they all have the bum pads."The full article from which the above quotes are taken can be found here.
2017----THE BEGUILED - (NICOLE KIDMAN & KIRSTEN DUNST)
s. Elle Fanning behind the scenes (
1957----BEKENNTISSE DES HOCHSTAPLERS FELIX KRULL - West German "Confessions of Felix Krull" (LISELOTTE PULVER) Still clips
2014----Gowns LA BELA Y LA BESTIA - "Beauty and the Beast" - French - (LÉA SEYDOUX) Poster Still Gown
1939----BEL AMI-- German (OLGA TSCHECHOWA & ILSE WERNER)
2012---- Gowns BEL AMI (CHRISTINA RICCI, UMA THURMAN & KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS) Stillclips & VidClip
2013---- Gowns BELLE (GUGU MBATHA-RAW)
1967---- BELLE DE JOUR-- French (CATHERINE DENEUVE)
Brothel house corsets.
2007---- BELLE DE JOUR a/k/a "The Secret Diary of a Call Girl" --TVS (BILLIE PIPER) Stillclip Publicity poster --Dominatrix Latex type
1952---- Gowns THE BELLE OF NEW YORK (VERA-ELLEN & ALICE PEARCE) Click here for still-clips and video Victorian style
1944----Gowns BELLE OF THE YUKON (GYPSY ROSE LEE & DINAH SHORE) Still clips
Some exceptional tightlacing
1997---- THE BEST MAN MAN-- Italian (INES SASTRE)
Strange little corset during the bridal dressing scene.
1969---- BEST HOUSE IN LONDON (JOANNA PETTET) Fifties Hollywood style
A "lower class" girl is examined by the lady of the house whilst in her corset. A couple of other short scenes - many corsets.
1982---- THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (DOLLY PARTON)
Dolly, in a black corset, stockings and heels, waiting for her shy companion (Burt Reynolds) to come and join her in the bedroom.
1958---- THE BIG COUNTRY (JEAN SIMMONS)
2003----BIG FISH (ALISON LOHMAN)
1957---- THE BIG LAND (VIRGINIA
Short lacing scene - Vidclip
1988---- BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (ACTRESS UNKNOWN)
1989---- BILLY THE KID--TVM (JULIE CARMEN) Click here for 2 still-clips* Victorian style
1952----Unlacing BLACKBEARD, THE PIRATE (LINDA DARNELL)
1942---- THE BLACK SWAN (MAUREEN O'HARA)2005----BLEAK HOUSE --TVS (CAREY MULLIGAN & EMMA WILLIAMS)
From a Sunday Mirror
(London) article from 30th October 2005:
Carey Mulligan, 20, and Emma Williams, 22,
know a thing or two about this season's biggest trend, having lived and
Victoriana thanks to their starring roles in Bleak House, the BBC's period drama. 'You get quite strict about your corset - it's like, "Come on, tighter, tighter,"'says Carey, who plays Ada
Clare. 'I had this gorgeous dress for a wedding scene, but it was ridiculously small. I nearly fainted, my corset was so tight. I wore it for eight hours, breathing really slowly so I wouldn't fall
over. I'm sure I cracked a rib that day.' Emma, who plays Rosa...also suffered in the name of her art. 'I had original Victorian corsets, so they were really heavy. I spent half the day
crouching down to take the weight off my back,' she says. 'But you do get addicted to them. I might start wearing one round the house, doing the cleaning in rubber gloves and a corset. I'm a
classy girl, me.'
1994---- BLIND JUSTICE (ELISABETH SHUE) -Modern underbust hourglass style
Ms. Shue nurses her baby whilst in corset.
2007----BLOODRAYNE II: DELIVERANCE (NATTASIA MALTHE)
1991---- BLOOD RIVER--TVM (ADRIENNE BARBEAU)
BLOSSOMS IN THE DUST (GREER
Tight-bodiced gowns in the first twenty minutes.
1944---- BLUEBEARD (JEAN PARKER)
1972---- BLUEBEARD (RAQUEL WELCH)
2004----BLUEBERRY a/k/a 'Renegade' (JULLIETE LEWIS)
Aside from the usual western corsets, there is one short view of a stunning long
black corset on a lady in the middle of the town street
about half-way through (unfortunately,
we have no clip of that one). Click here for 9 still-clips Varied styles
1970---- BOCCACCIO '70 (ANITA EKBERG)
1959---- BONANZA --TVS (NINA
In the 'Mountain Girl' episode, there is a lacing scene. Stillclips and vidclip
THE BONFIRE OF DESTINY-- French "Le
Bazar de la Charité"
Great corset scenes and gowns
2002---- BORN AND BRED--TVS (KELLY
A bit of a straight front style
Click here for still-clips
One scene lasting only scant seconds
1984---- Gowns THE BOSTONIANS (VANESSA REDGRAVE)
1986---- THE BOY IN BLUE (CYNTHIA DALE) Click here for still-clips
1962---- BOYS' NIGHT OUT (KIM NOVAK)
1992---- Gowns BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA (WINONA RYDER & SADIE FROST) -- Click here for still, vidclips and text
WONDERFUL tight-laced gowns! About forty minutes into the film, upon The
Count's arrival in London, Miss Ryder wears
a green walking suit that displays a stunning waist --
Miss Ryder wears period clothing SO well!
THE BRAVADOS (JOAN
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Ms. Collins, who has appeared as a tomboy in cowboy outfits throughout the film, turns up dressed in an azure crinoline dress with an extremely tight bodice, over a tightly-laced figure.
No "naked" corset, though. Review courtesy Stephen K.
BRAVE EAGLE-- TVS (KIM
In episode "Storm Fool", A young Cheyenne Indian girl is dressed in settler's garb, including her first corset. Click here for material
1960---- A BREATH OF SCANDAL (SOPHIA LOREN)
Just a peek! But Sophia beautifully corseted as only she can be!
1956----THE BRIDE IS TOO
BEAUTIFUL-- French "Mariée
est trop belle"
a/k/a "The Bride is
Beautiful." and "Her Bridal Night" (BRIGITTE BARDOT)
Her waist here is certainly impressive, although she is wearing a stretchy
rather than a back-laced corset.
1998---- BRIDE OF CHUCKY (JENNIFER TILLY)
Ms. Tilly sports a beautiful Victorian-type in the early parts.
1954---- Gowns BRIGADOON (CYD CHARISSE) Specialty-styled corset
Here the corsets are worn outside the lovely, romantic gowns. Unusual and beautiful!
--TVS BRIDGERTON (PHOEBE
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1950---- BRIGHT LEAF (LAUREN BACALL) Click here for still-clip
1982---- BROOKSIDE--TVS (SUE JENKINS et
A British soap opera - "Wedding Special" episode features a bride in a corseted dress.*
1958---- THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV (MARIA SCHELL) Victorian style Click here for still-clip*
Girl doing a sensuous dance in a cafe.
2001---- BUBBLE BOY (MARLEY SHELTON)
Bride dressing for her wedding wears corset.
1995---- Gowns THE BUCCANEERS--TVM (MIRA SORVINO)
Here is an interesting excerpt from an interview with an actress from this mini-series:
"For the first two weeks it is unbearable in the corsets…Now I put it on, and I'm saying, 'Tighten me in more, tighten me in more!' and they're saying 'Your corset is meeting! We can't!'"
1972----BUCK AND THE PREACHER (RUBY DEE)
2008----Lacing BUDDENBROOKS--German (IRIS BERBEN, JESSICA SCHWARZ) Still-clips & video
1995---- BUFFALO GIRLS--TVM (OLYMPIA DUKAKIS)
1997-----BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER-- TVS- "Doppelgangland" episode (ALYSON HANNIGAN) Modern Underbust style Still-clips and Video
Not too tight.1985---- A BUNNY'S TALE (KIRSTIE ALLEY)
Very tight, boned Playboy Bunny costumes1999---- THE BUNNY YEARS --TVM (LAUREN HUTTON)
Lauren Hutton claims she was made to endure an eight inch waist reduction in her Playboy Bunny costume while filming this true story.
BUTTERFIELD 8 (ELIZABETH
Liz isn't likely wearing a corset here, but displays a VERY small waist!
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