'Dita' Satin Corset By Velda Lauder

'Dita' Satin Corset By Velda Lauder, 2005, UK. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: 2005

Origin: UK

Fabric: Polyester satin, cotton twill

Brand: Velda Lauder


A corset with a dramatic sweetheart neckline. The centre panel of sleek black satin is framed with contrasting grey cotton twill, and embellished with a black satin bow. The corset fastens with a concealed steel busk, hidden behind a satin placket. This corset was originally designed for burlesque icon Dita Von Teese.

Velda Lauder graduated from  the College of Marketing & Design in Dublin, Ireland, going on to win the Smirnoff Young Designer Of The Year award. She moved to London in 1996, initially working as a stylist for publications such as Tatler and Opera now, and later founding a design company and boutique ‘Pagan Metal’ in London’s Soho. This platform launched her first corset collection ‘Vanity’ in 1997. Velda went on to design for numerous celebrity figures and other design houses, including Courtney Love, Pete Burns, Karl Lagerfeld and Victoria’s Secret. In 2010, she published a book on the history of the corset, entitled ‘Corsets – A Modern Guide’. Velda passed away in 2013, shortly after her 49th birthday.


From the collection of The Underpinnings Museum

Museum number: UPM-2022-014


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