of photos from The Other Woman's corset show, held on Sunday at Cheap Trx
on South Grand.
"The Other Woman" is corset-maker and seamstress Dorothy Jones
. Jones got her start as a theatrical patternmaker in New York. She learned how to make corsets while she was living in San Francisco. "I was always a dancer," she says, "but after I had my second child when I was 40, my belly hung out. In a fit of self-loathing, I bought a girdle, but it kept rolling down."
Since then, she has corseted burlesque dancers and circus acrobats, bridesmaids and fetishists.
"These are serious body modifications," she says of her corsets. "They're not the like the little Frederick's of Hollywood things. People are intimidated. They think it's going to hurt. They think it's going to be creepy."
While Jones' corsets are reinforced with boning made of flexible
twisted steel and while they do reduce your waist by several inches,
they're not painful in the least. Instead, they hold in your belly and
force you to stand up straight. "Your best schoolgirl posture," Jones
says, tightening a customer's laces. "It's so hard to do that without a
At Cheap Trx, Jones had a selection of sample corsets in several sizes
and styles. She took down each customers' measurements; the final
pieces are custom-made and fitted for optimal comfort. Her studio is
across the street from Tower Grove Park, but she'll travel up to three
hours in any direction.
Slideshow: "Suck In! The Corsets of Dorothy Jones."