'Black Moon' Underbust Corset By Grace Horne

Black Moon corset by Grace Horne. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography Tigz Rice

Date: 2017

Origin: United Kingdom

Fabric: Cotton coutil with silk trim

Brand: Grace Horne


This corset was an exercise in pared down elegance. With a single coutil layer construction and same colour silk trim for bone channels and facings, it relies entirely on the differences in the two fabrics to add interest.  The smooth, extra-wide facings on the top and bottom edges provide enough area for the sheen of the silk to be appreciated. Rather than a traditional busk or closed front, the corset fastens with a metal zip.

Grace Horne is a cutler that specialises in creating one-off knives and scissors, with an interest in corsetry that developed in parallel to knifemaking. The two practises are linked through tendencies towards engineering, specialist materials and precision of craftsmanship. Horne holds a PhD in Metalwork and Jewelery at Sheffield Hallam University.


Photographed at the Oxford Conference of Corsetry 2017, garment loaned by Grace Horne.

Museum number: OC-2017-006


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