The corset was originally designed to shape the upper body by incorporating lacing and boning (the rigid frame of the garment) to create the desired aesthetic effect of a curvier figure. Many modern corsets are visually similar to traditional corsets, but the function of shaping of the body has taken a back seat to fashion. Following along this trend is a minimalist approach to corsetry where the frame becomes the primary feature and the fabric is secondary. This creates what is essentially a see-through corset. In this case we’ll take a look at one specific example, the fishnet corset.
In a traditional corset, the boning creates and supports the shape of the corset (and subsequently the shape of the wearer). The fabric of the corset is typically flexible and stretched tightly over the corset’s structure, with channels where boning is inserted. Because of its delicate nature, fishnet would not be a typical fabric selection for this type of treatment. That is why the fishnet corset is such a unique garment.
The first thing you will notice about the fishnet corset is that the boning fully defines the garment. The curves in the boning, while reminiscent of a traditional corset, are soft, alluring and flattering to a wide variety of body types. They create a seductive and shapely contour that draws the eye from the top of the breasts all the way down to the thighs, complementing the natural curves of the breasts and hips. Within the frame are panels of soft and delicate fishnet material, offering teasing windows to the delicate skin beneath as well as providing a contrasting visual and physical texture. The fishnet corset is looser fitting than a traditional corset due to the nature of the fabric. The main support of the garment is in the frame, preventing the fishnet fabric from stretching too tightly across the skin as it would do in more typical fishnet garments, like stockings or tights.
The fishnet corset is a distinct and extraordinary garment that uses an iconic fashion tradition to create a bold new statement. As the nature of a corset is to support and enhance the natural shape of a woman, it is a garment that can be worn by women of all shapes and sizes. An excellent example is the Sophia Black Fishnet Corset Dress, which finishes with a delicate fishnet ruffle, or the Tilia Black Fishnet Corset with asymmetrical contours that further accentuate the natural bust shape.