Bollywood Celebrities Are Obsessed With Wearing Corsets
The corset’s relationship with women in fashion has not always been linear. We’ve hated them — they were even brandished to be anti-feminist at one point — and considered its waist-cinching and boob-lifting qualities to pander more to the male gaze than help our bodies. They’d successfully made an entry back into our lexicon since Madonna made the corset cool in the ‘80s and designer Vivienne Westwood injected the garment with her trademark rebel vibe. But even then, corsets weren’t as ubiquitous as they have become in the last couple of years. And Bollywood seems to be obsessed with them at the moment.
Corsets as Tops
Ananya Panday made headlines recently when she took to Instagram to post pictures of her look, a brown corset, part transparent and backless, that the actor wore with a knit skirt from H&M.
Tara Sutaria’s look from the grunge label Polite Society also features a boned corset with lace detailings, once a staple undergarment in the outfits of Victorian women, as a top that she has worn with a matching pair of anti-fit pants.
Sonakshi Sinha’s cropped corset is enough inspiration to swap your under-shirt in a blazer with one. It is a genius way of showing off one’s torso despite an outerwear. The actor’s sunny yellow set, styled by Mohit Rai, is from the new label Monokrom.
Can a corset be feminine enough to be worn with a skirt? Prabal Gurung's design sure seems to make us think that it is possible. With knotted details for shoulder straps, the outfit, worn by Katrina Kaif, is an inspiration to pair a corset with a flowy skirt.
Corsets in Indian Wear
Corsets are also becoming a silhouette of choice for designers who are looking to switch things up in Indian wear. Just look toward Manish Malhotra, who swapped the top half of an anarkali with a corset and even made the garment a backless one, or replaced an ordinary sleeveless blouse of his chikankari lehenga with a corset-inspired design. Bhumi Pednekar, too, was spotted wearing a draped skirt set from designer Tarun Tahiliani who experimented with a corset featuring boning and handmade embroidery.
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