The Gift: Corsets: A Modern Guide by Velda Lauder
Perfect For: Fans and fanatics
If you have a serious lingerie connoisseur on your Christmas gift list, she’ll undoubtedly appreciate corset-maker Velda Lauder’s recently published book, Corsets: A Modern Guide.
Historically, figures like Marie Antoinette literally suffocated themselves by sporting a corset — hardly enticing. More recently, though, celebs like Dita von Teese (whom Lauder has dressed), Lady Gaga, as well as the original Material Girl have all contributed to the corset’s revival.
Even the cinematic release of Burlesque features well, what else — loads of corsets! And, did you happen to catch the Victoria’s Secret fashion show this season? Again, tons of corsets big and small, accentuated the tiny waists of the bombshell models as they sauntered down the runway.
Not only is Corsets: A Modern Guide highly informative from a historical standpoint, but Lauder also writes from a personal perspective — after all, she has been in the business of corsetry for over 10 years. Some of her clients have included opera singer Sarah Brightman, lingerie retailer Coco de Mer and, naturally, the annual Victoria’s Secret telecast.
Can’t decide if this is the right gift? Let me help: if your recipient knows such lingerie terms as bespoke, tanga, Chantilly lace and boning, then this book is definitely for her!