Corset-related innovation and inventions

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Roger K.:

"I've found a $35 'Safety Support Bar' that will allow corseters to easily enter and exit autos.  Here's an extract from the vendor's blurb:
'The support bar inserts into the u-shaped striker plate (the place where the car door latches) on your vehicle's door frame. There is no permanent installation required - as it simply drops right into place for use. Once the bar is inserted, you use it to support your weight as you move yourself in and out of your vehicle. It can be used on either the driver or passenger side doors.

'This super strong personal support handle has a strong forged steel construction. It also has a soft non-slip handle for comfort and support. Additionally, it is compact and very portable. You are able to take it with you when you ride with friends and family members (fits 99.5 percent of all cars, vans, and trucks) ...'"




Roger K.:

"Here's a a sketch which I found on a Flickr site) for a hypothetical torselette with criss-cross front garters ('suspenders,' for our Brit friends). There is a central ring to which they link where they cross, to keep things balanced.  I remember reading that some women in the golden age used this technique with garter belts, and I've wondered why it wasn't employed more often.

The advantage is that the front garters will be less visible under a tight thin dress or skirt, both when standing and sitting. When standing, the garters will not run down atop the thighs, but will be offset toward the inner thighs, where the dress doesn't press down on them.  When sitting, the garter straps won't bunch up and rumple the skirt, but will collapse down into the gully between the legs.

This criss-cross arrangement requires an attachment point above the crotch, making it impractical for the ordinary girdle or corselette. But it would work for a corset. For corsets that have detachable garters, a criss-cross front garter pair could be bought and attached as an add-on from an accessories supplier. All that's needed is for some supplier to step up to the plate. (I trust LISA would publicize the availability of such an item.)"



'Latex Tex' points to this search site,  for those with an interest in patents -
therein are hundreds, with drawings, of early American corsets, such as that at left.



From Peter O.:

"About 1840, Caplin invented the No. 3. MECHANICAL FRONT CORSET, to put on and take off quickly without lacing and unlacing, and to provide a means of relieving the chest or stomach without undressing."

Image at left is cropped - click for full schematic




Roger K. writes:

"On Cathy's Jung's site is (was) a picture showing how she loops the laces around
the post of a  bedstead's canopy to get leverage when tightening up.

Persons could create a similar puller-post by screwing a vertically mounted grab handle into the wall. Here's a link to nice chromed one with a convenient 10" length that is sold for $5.50 on Amazon."

If anyone else has any similar ideas or references, please share them.



Roger K.:

"Here's a link, on the Cool Tools site, to an 'E-Z Reacher back-saving picker-upper' that corsetees could find helpful. It can be used to 'retrieve
 things dropped in inaccessible places, [and] for repetitive tasks that require bending over, like gathering lots of small things off the ground.'"


Roger K.:

"Here’s a 4-minute YouTube video, with an attractive model titled, 'Tactical Corsets for Her Stylish Protection.'  Here is the website for the garment; the designer
is Alex Peake. 

"It is a military tactical vest combined with a corset. It can be loosened when used outdoors in paintball games, and tightened later for dress-up wear. It has a zip-
front and 1-inch mil-spec webbing as straps that wrap around in front to serve as attachment points for clips. The straps buckle in back with quick-
release buckles that undo with a tug on a release strap, for fast undressing. (No maid needed.) The zipper in front provides an alternative means of exit. 

"Alex says, 'Pockets are obsolete; purses are obsolete. Both of them are inconvenient [to an army unit on patrol].” What the military does is called ‘modular gear.’ Everything attaches with little clips.' 

"The 'pockets' are thus external and hang from clips. Alex shows pockets for a flashlight, a machete, pepper spray, and a 'roly poly dump pouch,' a compact multi-
folded sack that unfolds to be a hand-carrier (emergency purse). This page describes their pouches and how they are attached. 

"The whole thing’s in black, as one might guess. It’s made of Cordura. It costs $300 to $500—I don’t know how many pouches that includes. Here’s their FAQ. 

"They haven’t gone into full production-mode yet, but their preview showings have drawn lots of favorable attention on the web, from the press, and at Burning Man."




"Just a suggestion for who wear tight corsets... This is a device that helps to don stockings without bending down...

Philip M., on corsets as a security device:

"On 3rd January just past, I visited London and was attending a New Year Party [don't ask why so late; the answer is complicated], and I was walking back to my hotel at about 2:45 in the morning of 4th January.  I had two companions, and
we thought it would be safe to walk around the suburbs at that time, so long as we were in a group.

"I was dressed in casual party gear, but underneath I had a corset from the late Michael Garrod, laced to my 'casual' waist of 28 inches so that I could move easily.  My friends are aware of my corset wearing.

"As we left Kensington High Street underground station, two young men [boys, really] jumped out from a shop doorway and held a small knife towards my chest; say it was a 4-inch blade.  This one said in broken English, 'Give money.'  I had a travel pass for London transport but only about 4 [say US$7 at that time] and said I didn't have much.  'Give,' he said again, so I gave it to him.  He passed it to his friend.

"Then he said to me, ignoring my companions, 'Give card.'  I don't carry credit cards around to parties and said I didn't have any with me.  'Pig you lie,' he said and thrust the knife at my stomach, with some force.  It hit on the busk and
snapped off near the hilt. He looked down at the broken knife, stared at my chest, they both ran off, and the other one dropped the money I'd handed over.  The coins rolled over the pavement so we weren't able to collect it all.

"We went straight round to the police station, which we discovered is close by, and made a report.  I was interviewed separately, as well as with my companions.  The questionning focused on how the knife broke, as if they didn't believe that
part of the story. 

"I had to show them the corset, and that was a bit embarrassing in front of two burly Metropolitan policemen.  I was asked if we'd been to a gay party and I said not, so they questionned me on men wearing corsets.  It was instructive for them but, as I say, embarrassing for me.  At the end, they said how lucky was to have been wearing 'armour,' as one of them put it.  I was more grateful than they'll ever know.

"So far, nothing has been reported back on the two boys and I'm over the shock now.  My companions think now that it was a great adventure but I dread to think what would have happened if that knife had found its mark in my skin.

"So, you see, there are more benefits to corset-wearing than just figure management and erotic sensations."

Harald W. points to a really unique corset

More about this from Roger K.:

"Here's a post written by Daniel H on a global warming skeptics' site, WUWT
(The perfect gift for Barbara Boxer on her birthday):"


Take a deep breath and exhale. Feeling a little tight around the middle? Your corset could be sending you a message about air pollution.
Designer Kristin O’Friel has created a garment that reacts to the carbon dioxide levels in the environment and offers physical
feedback by tightening the bodice in relation to air quality.

'I wanted to create an experience that changed our perception of environmental data,' says O’Friel, 'by making a wearable device
that engaged with this information in a direct and tangible way.”

The corset has a carbon dioxide sensor sewn into the garment. It responds to CO2 readings by tightening or loosening itself when
the levels of the gas in the atmosphere increase or decrease, respectively. O’Friel designed it as a student in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University’s Tisch School of Arts. 
O’Friel says she chose a corset because it cinches the waist and forces wearers to breathe shallowly. 'It’s contextually appropriate as the wearable interface to air quality,' she says.

Stephen K. points to this timely article concerning corsets at airports...

A most unusual corset application   


Bobbie G. writes:

"Maybe someone could make these for us tightlacers, any thoughts?"




"The heavy packs carried by American troops into combat have a close relationship with corsets, thanks to a doctor-invented device called the "Back Balancer."  It is a foam-and-plastic oval pad, roughly  the size of a dinner plate, that clicks onto a pack's waist belt.  It presses into the abdomen and eases the load, protects the back and spine, lessens fatigue, and enhances posture (does that sound familiar?). When a doctor wanted to carry a heavy pack on a difficult hike but had multiple spine fractures due to repetitive stress, he asked another doctor and a physical therapist for help. They realized that they could turn his backpack into a back brace, a corset-type brace, by adding the pad. It worked spectacularly well  The doctor even reported he felt better with the pack on
han when it was off (does that sound familiar?)! Now, pads are supplied with each backpack made by Kelty Pack, Inc. for the armed forces serving in the Middle East."

Above based on an article in Boston Sunday Globe, February 24, 2002."
The device is discussed
on page 19, very near the end of this article.



Roger K. provides some interesting facts (see this vignette, where the device is used):

"'Smelling salts' were actually a vial of ammonia. I've now discovered a source for the same item in a convenient pill-form, from a supplier of gear for weight-lifters(!), here.
About $5.00 for ten pills. Here's their product-description:"

Crush one, put it under your nose and inhale right before lift off. Ready to fire you up for a big attempt, these select Ammonia Capsules are laboratory grade.
    * Used by many powerlifters to give a quick wkeup sensation and full, expanded lungs feeling.
* Ammonia Capsules provide the convenience of 10 individual dose units
    * These Ammonia Capsules are potent, laboratory grade.
    * Easily crushable between fingers


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