Polkadot Peplum Plunge Overbust Corset By Pop Antique

Polkadot Peplum Plunge Overbust Corset By Pop Antique, 2015, USA. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: 2015

Origin: United States

Fabric: Cotton Spot Broché Coutil

Brand: Pop Antique


An overbust corset with a dramatically curvy silhouette. The striking neckline, reminiscent of John Singer Sargent’s infamous portrait of Madame X, has become a recognizable signature detail in Pop Antique’s overbust corset designs. The dramatic plunge showcases décolletage without flatting the curve of the breasts, with the challenging patterning calling for several fittings. In this bespoke example of the style, the construction of the corset itself is quite light and flexible. Single layer spot broché coutil molds around the body and nips in at the waist. The hipline is accented by a peplum flounce of featuring bright gold dots of metallic foil. The corset is structured with a mix of spiral and flat steel bones. The front closure uses an inverted busk for the illusion of a closed front corset.

Marianne Faulkner is highly regarded in the modern corset community as both a designer and corset educator. Holding both a BFA and MFA in Fashion Design, Faulkner designs under the brand ‘Pop Antique’. Her creations combine comfort, function, whimsy and sustainability. She is the associate creative director at renowned corsetry house ‘Dark Garden’. Alongside her design, Faulkner actively engages in corset education through her website ‘The Daily Waist’, and spoke at the Oxford Conference of Corsetry in 2013, 2014 and 2017.


From the collection of Karolina Laskowska

Museum number: KL-2018-048