Classic Cinches

Classic Cinches

Brides may now be off the hook for a pre-wedding diet.

Dresses with corset bodices are popping up on red carpet-worthy gowns, slimming celebrity silhouettes, and gaining popularity with the bridal market. Catherine Zeta Jones wore a forest green textured gown by Monique Lhuillier to the 2011 Golden Globe Awards that featured a corset. At the 2011 SAG Awards, Angie Harmon rocked a pink strapless feathered gown by Monique Lhuillier with a corset bodice.

The idea of a corset may make women in the 21st century cringe (who doesn’t remember Scarlett O’Hara being laced into her corset by her Mammy?). And, no doubt, as undergarments go, corsets are more or less history. But,...