About the corset maker

Jo DrysdallJo Drysdall began making corsets more than ten years ago. What started as a foray down a side-path in her historical research and costuming soon became a passion. In the intervening years she has researched and experimented, refining her corset-making skills and techniques to produce corsets that are strong, beautiful and as individual as their wearers. Each piece she creates is one of a kind, born of her skills and experience and the unique personalities and desires of her clients.

From the beginning Jo wanted to re-create the traditional methods of personally fitting corsetry. "Corsets are such an exact fit that even two people with the same basic measurements can have quite a variation in the finished shape of their corset once fittings have been completed. A good part of the modern perception that corsets were uncomfortable or even extremely painful to wear comes from people wearing mass-produced corsetry not designed for their shape."

"For me the joy of the job is working with a customer to bring their ideas to life and produce a garment that is purely for them and absolutely fitted to them. I have made corsets for women and men of all shapes and sizes, and it is a delight to see every one of those clients look in the mirror and say 'Wow, I look fantastic!' In these days of low self-esteem and poor body image I count that as a real achievement. Having such a personal, individual piece of clothing made is to my mind a wonderful way of saying 'I love my body.'"

Jo draws her designs from throughout history, from the Elizabethan period to the beginning of the 20th century. She has a background in medieval and early modern social history, with a first class BA (Hons) in history from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) and postgraduate qualifications in museum studies from Massey University (Palmerston North, New Zealand). This foundation, augmented by years of clothing design and construction experience, has allowed her to meticulously research, recreate and re-interpret the theory and practice of corset making. Her corsets range from exacting historical replicas to modern formal wear, wearable arts and fetish/fantasy interpretations. In February 2006 she staged an exhibition of her work entitled "Body Construct" at The Christchurch Arts Centre, which attracted more than 3000 visitors.

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