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The art of Burlesque dates back to Victorian London in the 1830s, where it was originally a form of performance used to parody popular culture such as Shakespeare or opera. Shows were performed by an all-female cast mimicking the role of the patriarch in society. These attractive, under-dressed women pushed new boundaries, often causing prudish outrage, which of course further fuelled the demand for burlesque shows.

Throughout the 20th century burlesque gradually transformed into the erotic striptease that we know it as today. The burlesque outfits became more elaborate, with corsets, ruffles and feathers becoming commonplace. The 1940s saw a period of censorship, during which time the burlesque industry experienced somewhat of a decline. It’s popularity came and went across the next few decades, until the 1990s when burlesque dancing saw a resurgence in popularity thanks to stars such as Dita Von Teese.


Steel Boned Corset Size and Measuring Guide



Most of our corsets come in sizes 22 - 30 inches 

Please use the following information as your guide to purchasing the correct size.                                   

To take your waist measurement correctly you should measure in inches.

(1) Measure around the narrowest part of the waist.

(2) Measure around the fullest part of the bust.

(3) Measure around the top of your hip bones.

Please make sure you do not pull the measuring tape too tightly and always measure yourself 2 or 3 times to make sure of complete accuracy.


Although we appreciate that the wearing of a corset fully closed is an individuals choice, it is our advice to leave a gap of aproximatly 1 inch. This not only gives the stays (bones) flexability but will also protect the spine from abrasion.

It is recommended if you are new to wearing a corset or waist training and you have a natural waist measurment of between 24 and 34 inches, that you purchase a corset 4 inches below your natural waist measurement.

For example if your natural waist measures 28" it is recommended that you purchase a 24" corset.

 Looking for a Burlesque costume idea? The Burlesque Boutique is home to a beautiful range of burlesque clothing, burlesque and moulin rouge corsets. Each of our pieces are carefully selected to make your Burlesque or Moulin rouge theme party or event perfect and at amazing prices. Our made to order burlesque corset dresses are extremely popular due to their unique style that nobody else will have! Our white feather corset dresses are perfect for a burlesque or moulin theme hen night and we have plenty of beautiful burlesque corsets, accessories and jewellery to compliment your look.