The corset looms large in special exhibitions at both the de Young and the Legion of Honor. Jean Paul Gaultier, the subject
of the de Young's
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
, integrated this iconic garment into his
prêt-à-porter collections as early as 1983. Meanwhile, over at the Legion of Honor in
The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860
(on view through June 17) the artists of the Aesthetic Movement rejected the corset in defiance of Victorian era fashions
and social mores. Tonight,
Friday Nights at the de Young explores the surprisingly dynamic world of
, with local corset makers
Dark Garden and a screening of
Truth or Dare
, in which Madonna gets into the groove wearing Gaultier's unforgettable cone bra corset. Before you lace up, bone up on
the fascinating history of this beguiling bodice!
Left: Emil Larsson, Body corset worn by Madonna, Blond Ambition World Tour, 1990. Dazed & Confused, April 2008 © Emil
Larsson; Right: Edward Burne-Jones (English, 1833–1898).
Pomona, 1886–1920. Wool, silk, cotton; tapestry weave. Museum purchase, Dorothy Spreckels Munn Bequest Fund.