Pandora (left, and centre) “always wanted to be a femme-fatale”. She went on to model for corset catalogues and to attend international balls for corsetry enthusiasts. Interviewed by documentary photographer Housk Randall, Pandora said that corsets, “as well as creating a classically feminine figure, impart a tremendous sense of protection ... like strong hands holding you up at the waist, it's comforting”.
Shelly (right) presents a different point of view, saying that she’s “not always comfortable with [her] body”. However, “[w]hen I wear a corset and accentuate and control my shape, it creates an image I can accept more easily”.
Photography by David Randall-Goddard working as Housk Randall. From: Housk Randall & Ted Polhemus, The Customized Body, London: Serpent’s Tail, 2000, pp. 96, 97. Images courtesy of Serpent’s Tail and David Randall-Goddard.