Fashion 101: Bustiers, Corsets and Alexander Wang


Bustiers, corsets and Alexander Wang are three things that we’ve been hearing a lot about and often in the same sentence.  Thanks to the popularity of Alexander Wang and his oft-worn bustier dress I thought I’d try to clear the air and explain the difference between a bustier and a corset and also to give a brief bio of on Alexander Wang so we know exactly who he is.


Rihanna in a bustier

A bustier is a tight, sleeveless, strapless top which is usually elasticized and often has boning or facing to give and maintain its shape.  It is worn as a top



A corset is a tight undergarment that is stiffened with whalebone and usually able to be tightened by lacing.  Used throughout history by women AND men to slim the waist (medieval Spanx).


So there you have it.  They are pretty similar but can be differentiated by their closures and how they are worn.

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang with muse model Erin Wasson

Alexander Wang with muse model Erin Wasson

Fashion phenom Alexander Wang has taken the fashion world by storm.  Born and raised in San Francisco Alexander moved to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer.  While in his first year at Parsons The New School of Design he also interned at Teen Vogue.  In his sophomore year he launched his own label in 2007 and wowed fashion editors with his line of cashmere sweaters.  In November 2008 Alexander won the CFDA/VogueFashion fund – $200,000 to develop his label and one year of mentorship – with his ‘model-off-duty’ design aesthetic.  He has since expanded his line to include ready-to-wear and his designs have been seen on the backs of celebrities and socialites alike including his muse model Erin Wasson.


About Septembre

Septembre Anderson is a passionate journalist, cultural critic and public intellectual. Her work has appeared in Flare, FASHION Magazine,, Complex Canada, Vice Canada and Huffington Post Canada.
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