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Topic: A corset fit for a drag queen!  (Read 1782 times)
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« on: September 27, 2012 10:30:36 PM »

Hey guys!

So, I am designing a costume for a charity drag show coming up in November.  The theme is Moulin Rouge and I am designing a drag costume consisting of a corset, bolero, and bustle skirt for a drag queen.  I went to the library and picked up Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh and a book on historical costume design.  I'm designing a 19th century corset with extended hips (to accentuate the figure), but I have never really designed for drag before.  Does anyone have any tips on how to...mold the body?  I'm beginning to get a little worried, because my lovely drag queen's waist doesn't cinch all that much.  I need to push up the bosoms and flare out the hips...Help?
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2012 06:09:15 PM »

Either use colors in the corset (like black sides) to give the illusion of the waist being made smaller, or pad the top and hips of the outfit to make up for it!
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2012 07:54:03 AM »

Maybe you should rethink the length of the corset, have it end higher.  then you could make a balloon style apron for the skirt?  sew in some tulle or crinoline to the waist band to give the apron fullness in the hip area?

If your heart is set on a longer length corset, you can't make the waist smaller so you will have to make the hips bigger.  Build in some hips. Make your hip gussets bigger and maybe add some shoulder pads to each side seam at the hip?
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