Buying corsets in NYC and online
April 30, 2015 10:39 AM   Subscribe

Looking for recommendations for places to buy corsets, both in NYC and online. I am familiar with Orchard Corset. Thanks for any other ideas!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (18 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Dark Garden is one online option - the store is in San Francisco.
posted by Dragonness at 10:48 AM on April 30, 2015

When I was working on my post about historical costuming, I came across this site, which has a directory and reviews of corset-makers. I don't think she has reviews of anyone in NYC, but it might give you some places to research.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 10:55 AM on April 30, 2015

A friend of mine is starting one in Hong Kong: Pearls and Arsenic. If you need something more immediate, send me a MeMail and I can put you guys in contact with one another.
posted by astapasta24 at 11:05 AM on April 30, 2015

Here, from forever ago, is's FAQ . Section 2 has a large list of corset-makers, though not all are still in business.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 11:17 AM on April 30, 2015

I bought a corset from Timeless Trends at a convention; it's pretty affordable for RTW steel-boned, but not comparable to a custom-made or higher-end corset.
posted by serelliya at 11:18 AM on April 30, 2015

You should check out RedThreaded on Etsy. I've never purchased from her, but I've seen her work and it is amazing. She creates some truly beautiful corsets & costumes! If I was in the market, I'd purchase from her!
posted by TurquoiseZebra at 11:23 AM on April 30, 2015

Purple Passion in Chelsea has a small selection, and they're very helpful and kind. It's a fetish store, in case that bothers you.
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 11:35 AM on April 30, 2015

Response by poster: Thanks for all the ideas so far! Fetish is cool. Definitely looking on the higher end. Custom a possibility, too.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:55 AM on April 30, 2015

Dark Garden has a very good reputation fwiw.
posted by kenko at 12:20 PM on April 30, 2015

La Belle Fairy on etsy makes AMAZING stuff, really really gorgeous and high quality.
posted by poffin boffin at 12:28 PM on April 30, 2015

MayFaire Moon is based out of Philly and does gorgeous work.
posted by hanov3r at 2:17 PM on April 30, 2015

I have an underbust Axfords in red leather that I adore. A+, would shop there again. Not cheap, but... very nice indeed.
posted by which_chick at 2:59 PM on April 30, 2015

Wyte Phantom is a friend of mine. She's based in the UK, but her rates are competitive. If you decide to go custom, she is a genius with fit and very willing to work with customers' ideas.

I've been wearing her stuff since forever, and can vouch for the excellent quality of her work.
posted by Pallas Athena at 3:47 PM on April 30, 2015

I have Dark Garden and Timeless Trends corsets. Both are good, for their price points, but I strongly recommend in-person fitting if you can make that happen, at least for a first sizing/fitting.
posted by gingerbeer at 8:22 PM on April 30, 2015

Delicious Corsets is based in Philadelphia. I used to work at a shop in Denver that ordered custom and ready-to-wear corsets from them all the time, and the quality is outstanding.
posted by ananci at 10:25 AM on May 1, 2015

Are you just looking for a fashion corset or do you also want waist-training or similar benefits?

I don't know much about merchants/makers, just that that makes a difference, especially as far as cost goes and whether it'd be a good idea to order online. I used to have a few just for lingerie/photography/etc purposes, and I just had good luck on Amazon for a couple. But I wasn't going to be wearing them a ton and wasn't seeking anything but a fun look, so spending less money for something pretty but maybe not durable or constricting made sense. That way I could buy more of them!
posted by mermaidcafe at 12:02 AM on May 2, 2015

Response by poster: Fashion corsets, thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 12:25 PM on May 11, 2015

Response by poster: As it happens, the friend I was interested in buying a corset for lives in the Bay Area, so on a recent visit, we went in to Dark Garden. It's a great store. Really cool place inside, amazing selection, and very friendly and knowledgeable staff. They gave my friend a great fitting—I was slack-jawed watching her emerge from the dressing room, and I still smile thinking about it.

Fortunately, she fit perfectly into an off-the-rack size, so I was able to buy her a beautiful red corset with a lacey black overlay, similar in appearance to the one pictured here (but an overbust). Thank you so much for the suggestion. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a top-quality corset and a great experience to match.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 8:47 PM on August 2, 2015 [2 favorites]

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