Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tie Me Up
I must confess, one of the things I love about writing steampunk is the opportunity to describe the clothing of that time period. In particular, corsets. Now, don't get me wrong. If I were forced to wear them on a daily basis, I would likely have a drastically different opinion on the matter, but since I don't, the novelty remains.
There's just something innately sensual about a corset. The way the snug fabric hugs a woman's curves, highlighting a small waist, balanced by a fullness of breast and hip. The restriction of one's body within fabric and steel. The lacings pulled taught, resulting in a smooth firmness of fabric and flesh.
And when things start to heat up, I can never resist drawing out the tension in a scene by making my characters go through the slow and methodical unlacing of a corset, passions rising as pearly skin is exposed an inch at a time.
So, what's your favorite period article? A tophat perhaps? A full bustle? Or is it something simple like a monocle or walking stick?