I think the first time I truly fell in love with the corset was when I set my eyes on Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind, and arguably one of the most famous corset lacing scenes of all time, not least because of Scarlett O' Hara's fiery nature and her turbulent love affair with Rhett Butler.
The Corset: Vivien Leigh had a 16" waist in this underbust corset which was worn under a fabulous party gown.
Film survival kit: The film is nearly 4 hours long, so you will need plenty of wood for the fire, PJs, Gin & Tonic and southern fried chicken (finger lickin' good).
The Corset: Elizabeth Shue is stunning in Leaving Las Vegas. Her corsets are inspired by the 17th century that flatten and push up the bust for maximun cleavage.
Film survival kit: Stay away from the Gin. You will need tissues. This is a weepy.
The corset: Nicole wore several memorable outfits in Moulin Rouge, but she really pulls off this classic black overbust with her long red maine and decolletage. Absolutely stunning!!
Film survival kit: In keeping with the french theme you may want a nice bottle of sancerre and some stinky cheese. You may also need tissues for tears and drool, we like Ewan McGregor he's very cute.
The corset: The Renaissance was a period of severe tight lacing into cone shaped bodices worn with farthingales (petticoats) that made them stand out in a conical shape. This one tightens and flattens the bust but lies quite high on the neckline, with sleeves and a large collar covering the shoulders and preserving ones modesty.
Film survival guide: A banquet of stuffed birds, a spit roast, 4 and 20 blackbirds baked in a pie and a yard of ale. That should keep you quiet for the duration of this film!!
The corset: Mrs Lovett wears corsets throughout this film, but as times is hard doesn't have many sunday dresses as such but this is her dressy corset. It's a duchess silk base fabric with black lace overlay (lovely combination), and appears to have bones throughout the front panel on the outside. This would flatten the bosom and push it up. The additional sleeves are really beautiful especially with the lace gloves.
Film survival guide: If you are brave then I suggest pasties or sausage rolls and a very large bloody mary!
The Corset: During the 18th Century corsets began to become longer on the centre front and down over the hips. To begin with the panels fanned out at the bottom to allow for movement in the hips. They were laced up at the back or at the front. I really love the amount of stitching and boning on the outside front panel. This is design engineering at it's best!
Film Survival Guide: Turn the heat down, and stay away from hormone inducing foods such as red wine and chocolate or throw caution to the wind be naughty and have it all. If you are single don't DUI (dial under the influence).
The corset: This film is so full of corsets and bodice ripping action you'll be spoiled for choice.
Film survival guide: Red wine and chocolate
The corset: A visual feast from start to finish. This really makes me want to design costumes for film. A lot of these corsets were made with embroidered silks as were fashionable during the period. Beautiful fabrics and colour combinations throughout.
Film survival guide: You may not need one, if you can bear to take your eyes away from the screen, you know best!
The corset: With a waist to die for Sophia Loren does much justice to the corset in this sexy scene. The pearls, the hat, the gloves and stockings - oh la la
Film survival guide: Whatever your movie night pleasure, make it Italian whether it's sweet or savoury you'll be spoiled for choice.
The corset: I love this! The black and gold combination with flowers bursting across the bustline make it a work of art. Very showgirl indeed!
Film survival guide: Just be a glamour puss, diamonds, champagne and decadence - it's a sin not to show this lady some respect!