Body Modification & Fetishism
The corset has become an item revered and fetishised over by those who seek extreme body modification for themselves (or others). Using them to reduce waists to tiny and even bizarre looking hour-glass figures. The infamous Mr Pearl corsetiere to the stars has an 18-inch corseted waist and wears his corset 24/7 except to bath. His corsets are works of art and can take several months to construct. You have probably seen the lovely Dita von Teese in his creations and he has made corsets for designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler and John Galliano. He describes the feeling of being corseted as a “Permanent embrace”. And that, “You feel quite vulnerable without it, like a beetle without its shell.”
The wonderful photo of him (Above) – cane in hand is not a reference to BDSM but symbolic of the discipline needed for body modification.
Fakir Musafar father of the modern primitive movement and shaman used corsets to explore extreme body modification – along with piercing, scarification, tattooing and suspension. He achieved an 19-inch corseted waist. I’ve always been fascinated by Musafar he crosses over into BSDM and then transcends it – body modifications become modern rites of passage and a means to personal growth. (Pic above right: Ethel Granger in later life.) Lastly, I must mention Ethel Granger who achieved a 13 inch waist and Cathie Jung who currently has the ‘Smallest Waist On A Living Person’ at just 15 inches (see her official website here.)
The wearing of a corset especially to please another is rooted in submission, it transforms and restricts but importantly relieves the wearer of control over their body passing this power to another.
The corset’s transformative powers make it perfect for feminising the male figure. Like donning extreme high-heels, wearing a corset gives the wearer not just the look but the sensation of extreme femininity.
I love to truss guys up in a full boned corset, getting my knee pushed into their backs, pulling them in tight and watching the transformation.
The corset can also be used for extreme bondage play, there is an erotic quality to the tightness and restriction of wearing one. Buckles on the corset can allow for rope or chain to be attached. I love these beautiful bespoke locking bondage corsets by Contour Corsets. I have also used neck, single-arm/leg or even cock corsets for extreme bondage scenes.
See also: The Corset Pt1 – Female Armour