Symposium 2017 Session – Corsetry 101: I Can Breath and My Organs are Fine!

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Corsetry 101: I Can Breath and My Organs are Fine!

Presented by Shannon Powell & Courtney Baires

Corsetry 101: A guide to affordable, safe, comfortable corsetry for tightlacing, cosplay, and waist training!

Corsetry 101

Often considered painful, dangerous, expensive, archaic, or any combination of negative words, corsets have long since been hated on. Instead, we’ll show you the safe, the fun, and the well-fitted, in order to get you the perfect shape and reduction with safety and comfort in mind.


Shannon PowellShannon Powell has tightlaced for over 4 years, and can achieve striking silhouettes and impressive reductions of her waist – at one point up to 10 inches! Along with Courtney, she also has experience drafting and crafting her own corsets, and is active in many online corsetry communities. Her presentations have been extremely successful at local and regional conventions such as Ohayocon.

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Courtney BairesCourtney Baires has a BA in art history, is currently a history teacher, and has spent entirely too much of her life making and wearing historical reenactment clothing, steampunk fashion, and cosplay crafting. From the reed-stiffened Elizabethan pair-of-bodies to the spring steel Edwardian S-bend, she’s studied just about every evolution of the corset and made several from various historical periods, for herself and others including Shannon. Only recently has she had the opportunity to start consistent waist-training, but she’s enjoying it immensely.


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