The Interior Corset
The strapless dress has dominated the market for bridal and evening wear for over a decade, but the top concern from our customers about this style is fear of spending the whole night pulling it up.
The secret inside every properly constructed strapless dress is a corset, an interior armature that molds the figure and distributes the weight of the gown across the torso. Unlike a strapless bra, a corset will support and and lift the bust, shape and reduce the waist, and smooth the hip. Since the weight of the dress is supported completely, it cannot slide down or shift. The dress stays where it belongs, and the bust line remains high. The dress is cut to skim over the inner shaping, and can be fitted very close to the body without riding up or bunching. Top designers such as Dior, Balenciaga, and Monique Lhuillier use this technique inside their couture and bridal lines.
The corset layer can be made with 2 different methods: (1) by sandwiching two layers of cotton satin (a very strong, breathable, but still beautiful fabric) together and sliding steel bones between the layers, or (2) by stitching rows of petersham ribbon or bias binding to the inside of the lining, and sliding the steel bones between the ribbon and fabric. In both cases, foam bust cups can be added for shaping.
The interior corset layer is usually closed with a separate, heavy duty zipper and hook, while the exterior dress is closed with a lighter, invisible zipper and more delicate hook, concealing the structural layer.