Pop Antique corsets combine the playfulness of ready-to-wear fashion with pinup-perfect curves and fine handmade construction. The fit is engineered and fine-tuned for comfortable shaping that minimizes compression of the rib cage and affords a greater waist reduction. All corsets are handmade in San Francisco, utilizing organic materials where possible and high-quality hardware components always.
The Pop Antique fit is carefully engineered to maximize both comfort and curves. Essential to this ideal is my signature "cupped rib" shaping, which compresses only the waist and leaves the ribs unconstrained. This not only keeps your corset comfortable even after hours of wear, but allows for a bigger reduction, faster. I test my corset patterns on myself as well as other experienced corset models to ensure their comfort.
A combination of spiral and steel boning creates the delicate balance of both support and mobility; my approach to corsetry is much softer than the contemporary standard and is suitable for corset neophytes and dramatic tightlacers both. It also has the advantage of shortening the breaking in period. Those who prefer more rigid corsetry can upgrade to coutil for the fashion and/or strength layer, all flat steel boning, external channels, and so forth.
Pop Antique's signature style is strongly silhouette and color driven. The essential line features a combination of classic and quirky styles. To these classic corsets, I love adding color blocking or small details such as flossing and decorative lacing. My contemporary approach to corsetry really shines through the innovative and modern styles of Knit Corsets and Integrated Corsets. The results are both chic and accessible for the present-day.
Pop Antique corsets feature:
- organic cotton canvas strength layer
- stabilized fashion fabric
- reinforced seams
- steel bones
- concealed waist tape
- two-part grommets
San Francisco Handmade
Each corset is individually hand cut and sewn in San Francisco, CA. Nothing is outsourced; each corset is made to order with an emphasis on accuracy and quality.
I source organic and sustainable fabrics wherever possible, particularly hemp and organic cotton. Hemp is particularly well-suited to corsetry; it is a versatile and very strong fiber with a slight natural sheen.
What (You Didn't Know) to Look for in a Corset - Blog post on The Lingerie Addict by Marianne Faulkner of Pop Antique.
In Defense of Ready-to-Wear Corsets - Blog post on The Lingerie Addict by Marianne Faulkner of Pop Antique.
Are Spiral Bones Better Than Flat Steels? - Blog post on The Lingerie Addict by Marianne Faulkner of Pop Antique.
How to Choose the Right Corset for Any Occasion - Blog post on The Lingerie Addict by Marianne Faulkner of Pop Antique.
How to Choose the Right Corset for Your Body Type - Blog post on The Lingerie Addict by Marianne Faulkner of Pop Antique.
Corsets and Health: Should You Be Worried by Corseted X-Rays? - Blog post on The Lingerie Addict by Marianne Faulkner of Pop Antique.
Great Corset Blog Posts - Pinterest board indexing an array of educated posts about corsetry from a variety of authors.
Lucy's Corsetry - Informative website about corsetry.