Our 1880s Victorian corsets are the perfect foundation for fashions of the last quarter of the 19th century, encompassing both the bustle and Belle Époque periods. Though styles changed rapidly over these decades, they still emphasized an elongated waist with smooth hip. Compared to our 1860s gored corset, it has a higher bust height and a longer hip line, with boning over the entire hip to best suit the closer-fitted silhouettes of the period.
Made with shaped pieces rather than gussets or gores, this corsets nips in the waist, smooths the hips and torso, and supports the bust without creating a dramatic modern push-up effect. It hits mid-bust, and this more natural bustline is historically appropriate. A drawstring at the top helps shape the bust edge.
- Appropriate for 1875–1900
- Cotton sateen fashion fabric outer layer
- English cotton coutil strength layer
- Front-opening steel busk
- Steel boning throughout
- Plus sizes (18–26) feature additional boning for added support, as well as an additional front seam to provide more shaping
- Center back lacing with two-piece nickel grommets
- Alterable lacing placket seams
Our stays and corsets are based closely on historical pattern shapes and extant examples, but utilize theatrical construction techniques and modern materials to bring you an accurate silhouette in a sturdy, comfortable garment. You can read more about the research and inspiration for this corset on our blog.
Detailed instructions for how to wear and maintain your corset can be found on our Wear & Care page, while general ordering information can be found in our FAQ section. We also have a video walking you through all our classic corset alteration points.
For custom sizing in this style, please see our Custom Classic Corset listings. You can find our line of luxury corsetry made with customizable fabrics and details at Redthreaded Atelier, and you can also contact us to discuss other custom design ideas. For standard sizes in other historical periods, please see our Classic Corset range. If you want to make your own, we have individually sized paper patterns and kits as well as print-at-home digital patterns available.
Please see our Policies page for important information regarding payments, shipping, returns, and customs. International buyers are responsible for all VAT/customs fees. Under no circumstances will a shipment be marked as a "gift" or declared at a reduced value.All Redthreaded corsets are handmade in our Colorado studio.