The corset has indeed come a long way. It may have begun its existence as a garment that was designed to keep the upper body in shape, but over the centuries it has gradually cast off its undergarment status. The corset has long turned the corner and now holds pride of place as an outer garment favored by numerous women from around the world.
Currently, the corset is regarded as a garment that can boost the oomph quotient of any woman. It makes frequent appearances at high-fashion runway shows across the world. In recent times, corsets have been showing up even more frequently in designer wear collections. So it should come as no surprise that French designer Hubert Barrere has teamed up with art critic Charles-Arthur Boyer to tell the story of this intriguing garment.
The biggest international designers have used this garment to create their magic. Not only has it been used as an independent garment to be worn with skirts, trousers or even denims. But it has been famously used in the costumes designed by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartnery, John Galliano and others. The world of designer wear would indeed have been a poorer place without the corset.
Barrere is a well-known corset designer, whose creations have earned him collaborations with big fashion houses like Dior, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana. Barrere’s designs have been showcased around the world, and they won him the Grand Prix de la Mode de la Ville de Paris. The designer is also the artistic director at Hurel and the 2008 president of the prestigious Paris Fashion Group. Certainly, he has the qualifications to tell the corset’s tale.