• Wed, Aug 10 2011

This Corset Contains A Thousand Shark Teeth

Clothing, BDSM and Shark Week are three great tastes that taste great together. And by “taste great,” I of course mean “hurt like hell.”

Artist Sarah Garzoni made this shark tooth festooned corset for display as an installation art piece. Titled “Breaching,” it reminds viewers of the crazy amounts of pain women once had to go through as a precondition to getting dressed. The name also brings to mind the whale bone corsets used to be made out of; “breaching” is when a whale jumps out of the water. The word can also be used to mean “transgressing,” which works, too. As art pieces go, I think it’s pretty thoughtful, with the added bonus of looking totally bad ass:

For more info on the artist, learn French and visit her website.

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  • Jillian Lucas

    ALSO breaching is what it’s called when a Great White comes from below and attacks seal pups on the surface, like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIq0L8Y69Hs

  • LikeAnAllDayLongHug

    When will people realize that wearing a corset only hurts if you’re wearing the wrong size? Get a corset that’s the right size for you, in ANY style, and it’s one of the most comfortable articles of clothing you’ll ever wear. But what would I know? I’m just a woman who has been wearing the occasional corset since 1996.

    • Laura

      If you read the article closely, you will see that specifically says “crazy amounts of pain women once had to go through,” meaning at one point in time corsets were painful as a rule. Along the same lines as the practice of footbinding, women were expected to essentially disfigure their bodies in order to reach the “ideal” beauty of the time. Yes, in modern times, women don’t wear corsets that restrict blood flow and prevent proper breathing, but this piece can still be viewed as have relevance today because of prevalence of easting disorders and obsession with perfection caused by the media’s fascination with “perfect” bodies.

  • David McGuire

    Its not the corset wearer thst will be hurting, its the sharks that are being overfished at the rate of millions per year.
    Ban shark finning. Learn more seastewards.org

  • Matina

    A well-made corset is quite pleasant. It’s a fantastic feeling, I love it

  • wendy

    After reading a lot about the history of corsets… I make them, sell them and wear them on a daily basis. Most women in history did not go through the “pain” of wearing a corset too tight. Only the wealthy could really afford them. And if you look at paintings of the Edwardian and Victorian period you will see many women that are bigger. They could not eat that much and gain that much weight if they wore them tight…
    Bustles made the waist look a lot smaller…the average woman was about 25 inches around the waist.
    Anyway, enough about the history….I know modern women fret even more today about our looks so I agree with that thought…It is an interesting piece to make us think about how we portray ourselves to society…