Some films have been rated as to their corset-visibility, using little 's.
One denotes little corsetry, while is a VERY GOOD corset-film.
Films with "lacing" scenes are denoted with "Lacing".
Films with corsets UNDER gowns only are denoted with "Gowns".
Obviously, these ratings have little to do with a critical evaluation of the film itself.
Note: All clips available here are for review purposes only, presented in order to entice the viewer to purchase the film in its entirety.
All copyrights are respected.
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THE NAME IN PARENTHESIS IS USUALLY THE WEARER'S
"TVM" = TELEVISION MOVIE or MINI-SERIES
"TVS" = TELEVISION SERIES
1945---- SAN ANTONIO (ALEXIS SMITH)
SARATOGA TRUNK (INGRID
1962---- SATAN IN HIGH HEELS (SABRINA [Norma Ann Sykes] and MEG MYLES) STILL CLIPS, INCLUDING STILL SEQUENCE
Sabrina [a British TV personality of the time, famous for having (some say) the second-finest figure in those islands after Mrs. Ethel Granger is shown briefly in her dressing
room wearing a corset that looks to be under 18 inches+. Then, at some length, she is shown singing in an extremely tight long dress that shows off the same impressive figure.
2015----Gowns THE SCANDALOUS LADY W--TVM (NATALIE DORMER) STILL CLIP
(BBC period drama) Some of the serious UK Media have used the c-word several times, but it is generally described as racy. It certainly seems to have lots of lavish sets and costumes.
1952---- Gowns SCARAMOUCHE (JANET LEIGH & ELEANOR PARKER) STILL CLIPS
TINY waist on Miss Leigh!
2014----THE SCAREHOUSE (SARAH BOOTH)
Included for completeness only; this is a 'horror' film with a rather silly and
corset scene, suitable only for teenagers with brains full of mush, and
educationally fraudulent for the non-corset-aware public.
1982---- Gowns THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (JANE SEYMOUR)
Some peeks of corsets.
1994---- SCARLETT--TVM (JOANNE WHALLEY-KILMER) 4 STILL CLIPS
Nothing like the original Scarlett O'Hara, but Joanne does make a fair sight in her several corseted scenes - in any case, she is certainly not laced tightly enough.
1980---- THE SCARLETT O'HARA WAR--TVM [Moviola Miniseries] (VARIED ACTRESSES)
Varied "actresses" (not the real ones) try out for the lacing scene. Not to be confused with 'The Making of A Legend, 'Gone With the Wind'", which is a documentary.
|2006---- SCARY MOVIE 4 (CARMEN
PUBLICITY SHOTS: #1
In the 'Village' spoof, Miss Electra takes off her over-dress in one scene to reveal a corset & stockings.
Here, Carmen Electra confirms, "...within one rip, [my] whole entire dress falls off and I'm left in my corset with the cutest black ruffly panties, garter belt, stockings -- the outfit is
ridiculous." Here is the scene (video)
1940----- Gowns THE SEA HAWK (BRENDA MARSHALL)--Sixteenth century
1947-----SEA OF GRASS (KATHARINE HEPBURN)
A rare showing of Miss Hepburn in VERY tight period corsets - she handles them well
THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF JULES VERNE -TVS
A good corset picture; this one is seen in several episodes and in the episode "Southern Comfort," Miss Hunt (pictured) is being laced in a more
traditional Victorian era white canvas or similar material full length (mid-bust to mid-thigh corset). BUY THE DVD
2007---- THE SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL a/k/a "Belle de Jour" --TVS (BILLIE PIPER) Stillclip Publicity poster --Dominatrix Latex type
1947---- THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (VIRGINIA MAYO )--Fifties Fashion type
Several models, wearing different colors of the same model corset, prance about the dressing room.
|2008----SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
BASSETT & CHARITY
WAKEFIELD, among others)
Ms. Wakefield, in an interview referring to
Sense And Sensibility,
the corsets were tight, they are ones
that want to pull in your rib cage
because the dresses
1954---- Lacing/Gowns SENSO--Italian a/k/a/ "The Wanton Contessa" (ALIDA VALLI and MARCELLA MARIANI) 16 STILL CLIPS AND VIDCLIP
Two longish scenes with VERY TIGHT corset visibility; the nicest thing about it
is that: the first scene depicts the countess wearing one, so it is made of fancy fabric (brocade-like).
But the second scene has a prostitute wearing one, and the corset is plain and white. Obviously the latter doesn't have as much money to devote to her corset, so it has to look cheaper.
Another nice piece of reality from Visconti. Review by Sam Laur
1997---- SERPENT'S KISS (CARMEN CHAPLIN)
Contains several dressing scenes and some beautiful 17th century gowns.
1954---- SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (JANE POWELL) --Common Hourglass style
Several young girls dance about their bedroom in their corsets.
1973----Lacing SEVEN LITTLE AUSTRALIANS -TVS (BARBARA LLEWELLYN) Lacing Vidclip - Episode 3
1955---- THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS (MILLY VITALE)--Victorian style
Toward the beginning, a beautiful rendition of a beautiful corset in pink!
1998----SEX AND THE CITY - TVS (KRISTIN
DAVIS & SARAH JESSICA
Generally no corsets, but in Episode 76, we see Ms. Davis in Ralph Lauren's beautiful 'high-romance' ruffled corset.
1992---- SHADOWS AND FOG (JODIE FOSTER)
2007----THE SHADOW IN THE NORTH - TVS (BILLIE PIPER)
Ms. Piper’s quote:
"Those are the costumes that really work for you in so
far as they inform how you hold yourself and what you do. As far as the
goes – the tighter the
better for me. You get used to it like anything, because it moves with you. However I'm a real jeans and t-shirt girl, and the novelty of wearing a corset does
wear off after a while."
1999---- Gowns SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (GWYNETH PALTROW)--Elizabethan style Still and vidclip
Two dressing scenes, and some gorgeous gowns on Ms. Paltrow.
2000---- SHANGHAI NOON (LUCY LUI)
CHRONICLES I: SHE CREATURE -TVM
Minimal nineteenth Century outside corset wear and a small amount of naked corset.
1958---- Gowns THE SHERIFF OF FRACTURED JAW (JAYNE MANSFIELD)
Miss Mansfield at her tightly-laced best! STILLCLIPS AND A VIDCLIP
2009----SHERLOCK HOLMES (RACHEL McADAMS) STILLCLIPS, INTERVIEW AND AN OFF-SET SHOT
|1952----SHE'S WORKING HER WAY THROUGH COLLEGE (VIRGINIA MAYO)|
1947---- THE SHOCKING MISS PILGRIM (BETTY GRABLE)
Gowns SHOWBOAT (KATHRYN
GRAYS0N, AVA GARNER
& MARGE CHAMPION)
VERY tight bodices on small waists throughout, many times with the corset outlined.
1957---- SILK STOCKINGS (JANIS PAIGE)
1954---- SILVER LODE (DOLORES MANN) --Victorian style --STILL CLIP*
Hero tries to escape bounty hunters by hiding in the bedroom of a pretty saloon singer. One long scene
SILVER RIVER (ANN SHERIDAN)
Tight-laced gowns on Miss Sheridan in the second half.
1985---- THE SINGING COWBOY possibly a/k/a RUSTLER'S RHAPSODY (MARILU HENNER)
1994---- SIRENS (ELLE MACPHERSON)
One of the "Sirens" is using a Victorian corset as outerwear.
1955---- Gowns SISSI --West German/Austrian (ROMY SCHNEIDER)
Gowns SISSI-DIE JUNGE KAISERIN
--West German/Austrian (ROMY SCHNEIDER)
STILL CLIPS FROM PARTS 1&2
1957---- Gowns SISSI-SCHICKSALSJAHRE EINER KAISERIN --West German/Austrian (ROMY SCHNEIDER)
STILL CLIPS FROM PART 3
2012----SKYFALL (BÉRÉNICE MARLOHE) Sure looks like she is corsetted!
1998---- SKYGGEN (THE SHADOW)--Danish (DORTHE WESTH LEHRMANN) 2 STILL CLIPS
|1999----Gowns SLEEPY HOLLOW ((CHRISTINA RICCI) --Victorian style 13 STILL CLIPS|
1976---- Gowns THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE (GEMMA CRAVEN)
A big-budget retelling of the "Cinderella" story. There are many beautiful and obviously corseted gowns in the style of the 18th century, and Ms. Craven appears in period underwear when the Fairy Godmother dresses her for the ball. The Fairy Godmother says, "A corset is a wonderful thing - invented by the devil, but a wonderful thing." Review by Stephen K.
2001-----SMALLVILLE TVS (ERICA
DURANCE et al...)
STILL CLIPS and VIDEO
Allison Mack talks about an episode called Tempest in which "I had the tightest corset in the world on underneath that dress".
1994----Lacing SMOKESCREEN British TVS (KATE HARDIE & SALLY WALSH) STILL CLIPS
Lightly-boned, but pleasant lacing scene with interesting facial expressions on the lacee.
1914----SNAKEVILLE AND THE CORSET
DEMONSTRATOR (MARGARET JOSLIN)
Miss Joslin, who boasts the most perfect figure in the world, attracts the attention of every man in town when she arrives to demonstrate corsets.
|1950----SO LONG AT THE FAIR (JEAN
Gay Nineties corsetted gowns; of special note is the stripped gown (worn by a small supporting actress), with a very small waist, shown briefly in the last quarter of the film.
1952----Gowns SON OF PALEFACE (JANE RUSSELL) STILL CLIPS
1946---- SO GOES MY LOVE (MYRNA LOY)
1990---- SOFTLY FROM PARIS III (MARIANNE BASLER)
SOMEWHERE IN TIME (JANE
Jane is not seen corsetted, but another actress struts about a room wearing a full Edwardian corset.
1993---- SOMMERSBY (JODIE FOSTER)
1965---- THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER (MARTHA HYER)
SOPHIE ('The Unwilling Bride' episode) German TVS
& MELANIE BLOCKSDORF)
STILL CLIPS & VIDCLIP
1949---- SOUTH OF ST. LOUIS (DOROTHY MALONE)
1993---- SPACE RANGERS--TVS (MARJORIE MONAGHAN)
Ms. Monaghan wears corset over her clothing in first three episodes--unfortunately, not too tight, though.
1997-----SPAWN (MELINDA CLARKE) --3 STILL CLIPS
There is one very brief shot ... of Miss Dunst in a corset. She's wearing a white underbust corset in her dressing room prior to going on stage to act in a play.
There are a few scenes in the movie of her in the full dress during the play, and although she looks like she is still corsetted, I'm not 100% sure. But she was
definitely in a corset in the dressing room scene. Review by Christian
In the scenes dealing with a Halloween party toward the end, there is a character wearing a red corset.
present Futuristic corseted costumes
2007 Futuristic corsetted costumes STILLCLIPS
2002----STAR TREK: NEMESIS (MARINA SIRTIS)
Comments by actress Ms. Sirtis: "I had this fabulous wedding. The wedding dress was better than my own wedding built the dress on a corset and I kept telling them to make it tighter...it
is fine to be sucked into something for a half-hour, but for two days, my ribs begin to hurt...I was in agony, but I couldn't complain for sixteen hours. You have to suffer to be
1995----STAR TREK: VOYAGER -TVS (JERI RYAN) STILL & VID CLIPS
2002----Gowns STAR WARS EPISODE 2 - ATTACK OF THE CLONES (NATALIE PORTMAN) 7 STILL CLIPS
Futuristic corsetted gowns; Ms. Portman takes her waist down to 20 inches to wear some corsetted gowns.
1945---- Gowns STATE FAIR (JEANNE CRAIN)
1992---- STAY TUNED (PAM DAWBER)
Ms. Dawber sports a corset while tied to a train.
2008----STEP BROTHERS (MARY STEENBURGEN & KATHRYN HAHN)
Contemporary attire with wearing corset shown underneath - one short scene.
|2004----THE STEPFORD WIVES
No apparent corsets, but Glenn Close is quoted saying the actresses playing the the 'wives' wore tight corsets to give them their exaggerated 'hourglass' figures.
1998---- Lacing STIFF UPPER LIPS--TVM (GEORGINA CATES) -- 7 STILL CLIPS
In this farce, one lacing scene is interesting; however, as all their
strength is not enough to get the
desired look, she and her Mom decided to use a galloping
horse to tighten the laces - successfully! Note the rope on the floor in one of the clips.
1975---- THE STORY OF O--French (CORINNE CLERY) --3 STILL CLIPS
Initiate to submissive's training school dons a corset by decree.
1962-----THE STORY OF SAN MICHELE--West German "Axel Munthe - Der Arzt von San Michele" (ROSANNA SCHIAFFINO) -- IMAGES
Two short encounters with corsets: 1. Ms. Schiaffino
has to undress in order to be vaccinated. 2. We see Renate Ewert, a stylish
lady of the early 20th century, is laced in by a nurse,
while she commands: "Feel free to lace me stronger." When she learns that she became pregnant, she is horrified by the thought of not being able to wear the fashionable clothes so
necessary for the upcoming ball season.
1989---- THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE--TVM (LAURA DERN)
1996---- STRIPTEASE (DEMI MOORE)
Ms. Moore wears a "kind-of" corset, but her figure is good to start with. The "corset" has a zipper up the front, so it is rather ineffective in any case.
1954---- Gowns THE STUDENT PRINCE (ANN BLYTH)
|1951----THE SUBJECT--East German--"Der Untertan"
a/k/a "The Kaiser's Lackey" (RENATE
2011-----SUCKERPUNCH (JAMIE CHUNG & ABBIE CORNISH)--STILL CLIPS AND POSTERS
1988----Lacing SUMMER IN LESMONA -- TVM -- German/Swedish (KATJA RIEMANN) STILLS & SHOTS FROM "THE MAKING OF"
2003----THE SURREAL LIFE --TVM (JANE
present In the 2005 season, LISA Pinup Ms. Wiedlin appears wearing a variety of corsets.
1984---- Unlacing/Gowns SWANN IN LOVE (ORNELLA MUTI)--STILL CLIPS AND A PROMO PICTURE
Heroine has discussion with male friend while attired in corset in her bedroom--nice representation. Also a variety of visible corsets and very tight waists. The film is unique in that it gives one the sense of what it must have been like to live in an era when one was always around corsets and their ubiquity.
2007---- Gowns SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (HELENA BONHAM CARTER & JAYNE WISENER)
Although Ms. Bonham Carter constantly wears a corset, there are other instances of corseted gowns, and least one other visible corset on Miss Wisener.
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