Look of the week: Taylor Russell wears a corset to ‘Bones and All’ premiere

Written by the author Leah Dolan, CNN

Last weekend, at the premiere of Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s new film “Bones and All” at London’s BFI Film Festival, actress Taylor Russell hit the red carpet in a striking Schiaparelli look and boned corset.

Designed by the label’s creative director Daniel Roseberry, the outfit was hand-stitched in the label’s Paris workshop and featured a cropped black jacket with structured shoulders, a boater hat and a drop-waist pencil skirt fastened by two velvet bows. .

The jacket alone took 150 hours and five adjustments to get right, Roseberry told Harper’s Bazaar. But the standout piece was the double-satin, champagne-colored bodice, with its a-line cut that peeks through the V-shaped drape of the skirt.

Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet attend the ‘Bones & All’ premiere during the 66th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 8, 2022 in London, England. Credit: John Phillips/Getty Images

Thanks to trends like “cottagecore” and “regencycore”—often 18th-century and XIX. they take fashion cues from 19th century silhouettes—corsets have hardly made a resurgence in recent years. On TikTok, there are more than 278 million views under the hashtag “corsettop”, where users make lace bustier-style videos with jeans, cargo pants or miniskirts.

Corsets have also dominated the runways this season, including Versace’s Spring-Summer 2023 collection at Milan Fashion Week and Dior’s Paris runway show. At London Fashion Week, Christopher Kane created clear plastic corsets covered in anatomical drawings, while Yuhan Wang created more traditional bodices in lace and chintz fabrics. Back in March, Women’s Wear Daily called corsets the ultimate fall 2022 trend, and Russell’s red carpet look is further proof.

According to the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, corsets date back to the 1500s and were originally made from stiff and uncomfortable materials like whalebone and animal horns to shape women’s bodies into the idealized hourglass shape of the time.
Among the most politically charged garments in history, restrictive clothing has been criticized for symbolizing oppression, although some fashion historians, such as Hilary Davidson, consider it a myth that the corset was a literal tool of patriarchy. “And they endured for 400 years?” Davidson said in an interview with Smithosian magazine last year. “Women are not that stupid.”

Today, corsets are structurally softer, with boning made of wire or metal, if any. The appeal of a corset is less about the desire for perfect waist size and definition, and more about subverting expectations in many ways: lingerie as outerwear, mixing masculine garments with feminine accessories, pattern clashes. A quick scroll through TikTok will tell you that Gen Z rarely wears corsets in the traditional sense, instead pairing them with chunky, boyish pants and oversized fleeces.

In Russell’s case, the fascinating contrast comes from the angled lines of the jacket’s square shoulders with the curving, curvaceous lines of the beaded bodice. The effect makes it look like something that is apparently invisible.

Taylor Russell attends "Bones And All" red carpet at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 02, 2022 in Venice, Italy.

Taylor Russell hits the red carpet for “Bones And All” at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 02, 2022 in Venice, Italy. Credit: Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images

This isn’t the first time a Russell look has grabbed headlines. At the Venice Film Festival in September, the actress arrived off the runway in an emerald green Balenciaga couture look. Far from your typical cocktail dress, the strapless number was like two dresses in one: long and voluminous in the front, with a revealing miniskirt in the back. With a penchant for the unusual, Russell has begun to make a name for himself in the industry; while the screen character “Bones and All” has a taste for blood, the actress seems to prefer the taste of high fashion.

Image Caption: Taylor Russell attends the ‘Bones & All’ premiere at the 66th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 8, 2022 in London, England.