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Excentrique Corsets 
2nd-May-2014 11:13 am
I'm looking for any and all information you have regarding the brand Excentrique and their corsets. I'm especially interested in quality, sizing, and any non-stock photographs. Are they more of "fashion" corsets or do they hold up for tight-lacing like the best of reenactment and/or fetish wear?
2nd-May-2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
I have an underbust corset vest and I'd say it's more fashion than function. It buttons down the front, so in theory, if you laced it very tightly, the buttons would pop off.
2nd-May-2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
I also have one:
It is more a fashion corset.

Edited at 2014-05-02 05:46 pm (UTC)
2nd-May-2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
It are fashion corsets, though definitely of better quality boning than what the other brands use from my experience. They usually use a mix of plastic boning (front and side) and steel boning (only at the back usually, sometimes also at the front section where the corset closes) so the back part is more sturdy in general and lacing it a BIT tighter for a few hours won't hurt the corset.. yeah but only a bit. It's definitely not meant for waist reduction or super tight lacing.
2nd-May-2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
I don't like their cut, there should be more panels and more curvy.
If you want a tightlacing corset, I know some seamstresses, who are sewing only corsets - full steel boning and great cut :) Even I made one in my life, but I'm not that good^^
2nd-May-2014 10:42 pm (UTC)
This is a photo of me wearing an excentrique corset vest in the fashion show for Enchanted:

it's this corset:

Due to the type of closures, it had steel boning in the front and at the back by the lacing but I think the rest was plastic boning? I got dressed was very quickly, was laced in, went to queue up - got called back and wrestled into the wig, and then had to rush off to queue up again, so I didn't examine it closely.

I didn't wear it for more than an hour in total, but I thought it was pretty lovely and was impressed with the quality. Looking at the photos it does appear to be wrinkled at the side a bit but I think that's more to do with the volume of the blouse/waist-ties on the skirt underneath it being a bit bumpy, than the corset not being smooth though?

I'm not sure which size I was wearing but the fact i had to let it out A LOT (almost as far as it could go) to get it on in the first place makes me think it was the S/M? Once laced, there was only maybe an inch or so gap at the back, so it did easily manage a small waist reduction (my waist is about 65-68cm). Similar to other sturdy fashion corsets I've worn/owned in that respect.

I thought it was really pretty, but it's completely out of my price range at the moment! You could get steel boning for less, if waist reduction is what you're after, but probably not in a similar style to excentrique's corsets, unless you got something commissioned, which would be more expensive, but without consulting a seamstress I wouldn't know how that would compare to excentrique's prices.

TL;DR: It's a fashion corset, but like other reasonably good quality fashion corsets, you can get a small waist reduction without damaging the corset, because some of the boning is steel.
3rd-May-2014 01:03 pm (UTC)
Excentrique makes two types of corsets I believe - some are fashion corsets, have plastic boning and are more decorative, and some are functional corsets, have steel boning and are usually solid black. I only have one of the fashion-y type and it doesn't really lace down very tight without looking a little stressed. I have an M/L and that's my preferred size since my waist is about 70cm. I could probably fit S/M if needed but I like sizing up when I can. I've found the quality to be very good - the only thing I can compare it to is the Vampire Requiem corset skirt I once owned which had horrendous plastic boning that would warp and isn't reinforced in any way so many people had problems with it poking though the fabric - so it's a lot better than that! I did have a few of the buttons fly off so I had to re-sew almost all of them on the front.

Here's a pic:

They are pricier than similar items in the West, but the reason people like them is because the silhouette is not that curvy and blends well with lolita clothing, plus the trims and details also tend to be more lolita-like.
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