Mr Pearl was born in South Africa in 1962 and lived there under his real name Mark Erskine-Pullin. He moved to London, and when attending night clubs he used the pseudonym “Pearl”. Isabella Blow would late give him the name “Mr Pearl”. Mr Pearl has also been a dedicated corset wear and gradually reduced his waist size to 18 inches.
Mr Pearl is a couture corset designer. He has worked with many designers including Thierry Mugler, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Jean Paul Gaultier. His corsets have been worn by celebrities like Dita Von Teese and Kylie Minogue, and others like Kim Kardashian.
Carbon Fibre Corset Bones are available from Vena Cava Design in 12 mm (½ inch) and 24 mm (1 inch) widths and in various lengths. Over the years many types of material have been used to stiffen corset, including baleen from whales, steel, plastic and glass fiber. A typical modern corset has steel bones.
Bones made from carbon fibre are different from steel bones in two ways: They are much stiffer (24 times stiffer) and the are not detected by a metal detector. The greater stiffness allows to make corsets that are much stiffer or to explore new design. With carbon fibre bones the only remaining metal items in a corset are the grommets. If grommets were made of a non-metal material, we could have corsets that were safe from metal detectors and could be worn through security.
Zalina Boiko (Залина Бойко) is a 27-year-old singer and musician from Moscow, Russia. Her musical style is what probably called modern Russian folk. As most musicians she is available for booking of performances and collaboration, however, it is not clear if she is available outside of Russia.
In the Russian edition of the Book of Records, she is recorded as having the smallest waist in Russia. In some footage, a waist size of 46 cm is mentioned, which is also the number recorded in the Book of Records. In another video, she shows a measurement tape with a waist size of 38 cm. Both these measurements are taken over her clothes.
Zalina got her slim figure through exercises, like sports and running, and by controlling her dieting. She has not had any surgery performed, e.g. the removal of ribs.
Sarah Vaeth is 43-year-old woman with a passion for corsets and interest in getting a very small waist size. She is a recruiter, social media marketing manager, painter, model and extreme tightlacer and lives in the Portland area of Oregon in USA with her husband Ron and their daughter. She first tried corsets in 2012 to help with her posture, because she was developing a hunched neck and shoulders, and immediately became hooked-on the look of the hour-glass shape it gave her. Her first corset measured 24 inches and at the time, her uncorsetted waist fluctuated around 27 to 28 inches. She took a break from corseting when she got pregnant but began again in late 2014, few days after giving birth, and has consistently worn corsets since then. Getting down to 18 inches was smooth. Currently, she can lace down to 16 inches and wear it for a couple of hours and says than once she is comfortable at 16 inches, she will go for 15. Her interest goes beyond wearing corsets and includes the history of corsets. For her it is no longer about the aesthetics but the challenge, and she is curious on how small she can become. She wants to match the smallest world record of a currently living person, which is held by Cathie Jung or maybe beat it. However, once she has reached that, she is not sure she will remain there. Corseting is a part of her life but not all her life.
The Oxford Conference of Corsetry is conference for corset makers and enthusiasts. It started in 2013 and takes place in Oxford, and in 2019 it is held at the Jesus College Oxford from Saturday 24 August to Sunday 25 August. The program includes guest speakers, workshops, reception and galla dinner.
This year the cost of participation is £725.00 per person, which includes refreshments, galla dinner and accommodation.