June 17, 2011
Hello Cathie (I hope this is redirected straight to you, or
that you can at least read it!) I just thought I'd tell you
how incredible I find your corsetry and tightlacing. I wish
to one day achieve your waist, and I plan on staring as soon
as i can afford more than one custom made corset. I am only
15 years old, and have only sewn 18th century stays myself,
as I am very interested in historical costuming. My current
uncorseted waist is 24,5 inches, and when corseted I have
gone down to around 20".
There is no such feeling as the feeling of wearing a corset,
and I never feel more beautiful than I do when I'm tightly
laced. Perhaps it was unnecessary to write you this short
message, and I am sure you receive loads of them, but I
figured it was the easiest way for me to show my admiration!
Thank you for bringing back the incredible waists of lost
times, you are a true icon, and absolutely amazing!
February 23rd, 2011
Hello........does it hurt your
stomach or waist line? is it hard for you to breathe?
Cathie: The answer
to both your questions is "no". The most important
thing is to reduce your waist slowly and have a well
fitting custom made corset. Cathie Jung
February 1st, 2011
Dear Mrs. Jung,
I am a huge fan! I really admire your dedication to your
goal. I have very recently started waist training myself. I
am 5í4Ē, 33-27-33, 117lbs; I hope to get down to a 22Ē
waist. I may go further but that is my goal for now.
I do have
a question for you.
I have been trying to wear my corset for
10 to 12 hours a day, unfortunately when I put it on today
after donating plasma I felt quite faint and sick to my
stomach. I had to take it off after only a few minutes and I
didnít have it laced as tight as I can go. I think the two
activities are like oil and water. I donate plasma on
Tuesdays and Thursdays and I think I may still be able to
get in 4 or 5 hours of wear on those days.
My question is: In your opinion,
will I be able to achieve my goal while wearing my corset
for 10-12 hours a day, 5 days a week and 4-5 hours, 2 days a
I would greatly appreciate your input and any and all
advice. Thank you so much for your time.
Cordially yours, -Jen Dickinson
I would suggest you might try putting your "corset time" in
at night. When I started I first started with a tight belt
for sleeping and then, since I am such a procrastinator,
started sleeping in my corset. I would be happy to speak
with you directly if you'd like to call. We live in the
Eastern Time Zone. PH: 252-473-2282.
Do let me hear from you.
YouTube Comment Dec 2010
as with all things, there is moderation and
extremes. Now, Cathie Jung is extreme, but using a corset
daily, if moderately tight, gives by time an hourglass shape
that looks proportionate and is healthy. The world would be
boring if we all had the same shape, and anyway corseting is
for sure less wasteful and harmless to health compared to
Comment December 2010
Hello, Dear Cathie. I've heard many things about you around
the web and it is so very sad to see how ignorant and rube
people can become while meeting something, that is beyond
their understanding of "normal". I think that they are to
judgmental and overall unfair towards you. You are a lovely
woman. And your personality is the most admirable thing
about you. Please know, that there's a lot of people around
the world that care very much and wish you all the very
best. Please stay as kind and beautiful as you are. It is
the inspiration for us all.
Have you had any ribs removed?
Because my husband is an orthopedic surgeon, people are naturally doubly
suspicious. When I appeared on a Japanese TV production they wanted to know the
"truth" and documented the issue by taking X-rays which demonstrated the
presence of all my ribs.
Why did you want to achieve the "Guinness Record"?
Records were never my goal. My
interest in wearing a corset stemmed from wearing Victorian
and having them look well. This was achieved by wearing
appropriate corsets under the dresses. When a corset became
loose fitting I would order a smaller
one. I have not ordered anything smaller since 1998 or
Guinness pursued me for at least one year before I agreed to
appear on their
Q. At what age did you start
I wore a custom made
corset under my wedding gown in 1959. After that, while my
children were growing up, I only wore a corset sporadically
under a special dress. We didn't have time or resources to
pursue a custom corset nor did we know of any custom
I was forty-three when we made our first trip to
England and Germany and had my first custom corsets made.
Is there any key to successful corset-wearing?
say two: A custom, well-fitting corset; not trying to
achieve unreasonable reduction at any one time--take things
Do you sleep in your corset?
wear my corset 24/7 except for showers. I find this easier
than adjusting to the tightness each time you put it on.
As a young person whole plans on going to college for art,
particularly costume design, corsets fascinate me! I wanted
to ask you one question I have always wondered: When
someone who has been waist training for years takes off
their corset, does the waist remain shaped like it was with
the piece on? I mean does it retain the figure without the
I am only able to speak for myself--on a few occasions when
I have removed my corset for up to two weeks my waist
measurement expanded by a few inches but the silhouette and
shape of my ribcage remained very conical. It would be
difficult for me to figure how long this would remain or if
it would ever change significantly. Feel free to ask me more
Can you please tell me more
about the high heels that you wear, how many you have, how
often you wear them, etc.?
I remember seeing you on Ripley's. Believe It or Not (or
similar program) on television a few years ago and couldn't
help noticing those high heels that you was wearing. Since
then, I have also seen some of your pictures on the
Cathie: Thanks for your
note. Shoes were made by Pasquale DiFabrizio who is in Los
Angeles. He is semi retired now but has a fascinating
shop--boxes and boxes on his shelves but they are filled
with client's last, not finished shoes. I am not at home
right now but when I get back I will look for the photos I
have of his shop and will publish these photos on my
website. I have about fifteen pairs of shoes which he
made--some basic pumps and a few very elaborate ones as well
as four pairs of lace up, knee high boots.
We have been admirers of you for
a long time! I have been corset training my wife
for several years and wondered if you have experienced any
physical problems for long term tightlacing. My wife is
corseted about 18 hours a day, but we would like to make it
more like 24/7. Do you have any advice for us?
Thank you for your time.
Cathie: I would doubt there
would be any difference between what you're doing and 24/7.
I would have to say that the only problems I have had relate
to my super sensitive skin--I am allergic to tape and the
adhesive in those drug patches so I do pay close attention
to my skin and sometimes use a Tegaderm (a clear dressing
which is like a second skin
and comes in a variety of sizes) to protect my skin in a
vulnerable or mildly abraded area. These are great because
they are transparent and breathe and you can leave them on
while you shower.
Hi I am 18 and from Germany. I found your site. You
have a superlook in your corset.
Can I ask some questions about your life??? Is it right that
you wear your corset 24/7? Do you have all the time only 15
inch? What do feel if you take it off? What do you feel if
you take it on?
I believe that live is very difficult for you and that you
need a lot of discipline to stay all the in a corset or am I
wrong. It will be great to hear something from you
It was so nice of you to take
time to write to me. I do wear a corset 24/7 and have been
for so many years that I am very comfortable wearing it.
Actually leaving it on all the time is easier since you
don't have to become accustomed to the tightness each time
you wear it.
Are you interested in wearing a corset or do you have
friends who do? It is certainly a big fashion statement
congratulations on your wonderful waist. I know there are
many pictures in the gallery of your corsets and wonderful
Victorian dresses, but I think there would be an interest in
the dressing process, from corset outwards.
We do have a series of pictures
showing the "layers". We'll get them together in the near
Hi Cathie I
think a video would be a great idea, released on DVD it
should have a future and it would be such a shame if your
wonderful waist was not recorded in as many ways as
We do not have a video that is
publicly available but have contemplated creating one if we
knew there would be enough interest. There is a reasonable
cost involved producing something which is not totally
amateurish! Your thoughts as to interest are welcome.
Hi Cathie: The corsets are absolutely stunning. What is
your waist size in that corset? Every picture on your
website shows your magnificent waist tightly laced but none
with the corset just put on before being laced. Since you
stated your uncorsetted waist is 21 inches, it would be nice
to see pictures of what that corset looks like when just put
on and then every inch or so of the waist transformation
until finish laced. If that corset is 15 inches, that would
be 5 or 6 pictures of the lacing process. I'm sure everyone
would enjoy seeing them. Is this possible? I look forward to
hearing from you. Thanks.
Thanks for your note. We will
take some "progressive" pictures soon.
Hi Thanks for the
answer. I like to the figure and and like to talk to human
being which do something special. I want to understand their
sport. I for myself have enough problem to wear my bra
during the day. But I do a lot of sport so I have to do it.
But what is you idea to live in the corset? Do want to have
the figure or do like the tightness or do only want to be
unusual? You open the corset everyday for washing yourself
what do you feel then? Do you feel free then ? What happens
if you close it again do you like this? How long you need to
close it? Do you have then any pressure to your body or is
your body now like the corset?
What happens if you go in public how do people react? Can
you live a normal live doing sport ,work in house and garden
and so on or are there some borders for you? Can you go to
14 inch or so ?
I got interested in the corset
in order to make Victorian style clothing look proper. As I
mentioned to you before it is easier for me to leave it on
than to take it off and put it back on--I'm a little bit
lazy you might say. The climate where we live is generally
on the cool side so at least except for summer time it is
not necessary to shower every day. We do have a bidet so
that takes care of keeping those areas clean and the rest of
my skin actually benefits from not being subjected to soap
and hot water daily--that tends to be very drying for the
skin. I have corsets made by several different corset makers
and they each have individual styles and shapes so the
pressure points might be slightly different from one to the
other so I am aware of that when I change corsets.
I am used to the public awareness. The people in the town
where we live are also used to seeing me around and rarely
say anything. In new surroundings people sometimes comment
but it doesn't bother me.
I live a very normal life--do my own housework, shopping
errands, and even deep-sea fishing while wearing my corset.
I have no desire to get my waist any smaller. That would
require new corsets and clothing to wear over them.
What kinds of sports do you do?
A few questions for you if I may ask.
Is the pic I send you
of the close up purple corset the same one as you standing
by the chair with your silver corset on it. if so i have
been very interested in your work for some time now. also,
attached is a pic of some other chick in a sliver corset.
most of my friends thought it was fake. i had a feeling it
was real. i have look for what seams to be eons trying to
find another like it. now i see that u have a metal corset.
where, how, when can i find one. i need to know. I don't
care about cost or time to receive it. they are just SO
awaysome. what does it feel like all in a metal corset? is
it like all your other corsets. please tell me all that you
know by e-mail or other means. thank you for any and all
info ahead of time
Cathie: The purple
"corset" is actually a long ball gown with a corset built
into it. That dress goes under the corset cover you see in
the second picture and was made to simulate armor. The dress
and cover were the graduation project of two graduate
students at FIT in NYC. I do not know of anyone to recommend
to make anything in metal. I know of a few people who are
doing it for themselves but not a source.
The other photo has been around for a while and while we
don't know for sure, have never seen it in the "flesh" nor
have we spoken with anyone who has. Our thoughts are that it
does not truly exist.
Dear Cathy, Just want
to drop you a note to congratulate you on you wonderful
I have been curious about some of the pictures or you in
swimsuit. From what I could discern in the pictures, your
corset seems to be incorporated into the swimsuit? Are you
swimsuits made of the usual material for swimsuits? I assume
you have to use lacing; is it disguised or covered in some
way? Any concern about the boning being affected by
Cathie: Both lace up the
back like a corset without a busk so it is a two "man" job
to put it on. The solid black suit is of a firm fabric so it
is not necessary to wear a corset underneath. The suit with
the royal blue bone casings is a softer fabric so I do wear
a short corset underneath it.
They are obviously more for show than actually swimming but
I have worn both of them in salt water and have rinsed them
out like I would any other bathing suit. Hope this answers
day-to-day living, what do you do with the long dangling
loops of laces? I know of three options: wind them around
the waist (making a bulge). knotting and cutting off the
excess a la fetish stories, or tucking the laces under the
edge(s) of the corset. Sylphide said she winds them around
her waist and noted that they are marking the lovely black
leather corset made for her by Albert. Although your husband
provides sound financial support, I imagine that he does not
buy you a new set of laces everyday. And photos show that
you use central loopers on your corsets so edge-tucking is
With appreciation for your achievements.
Cathie: Basically I just
let them "hang". As you stated it adds bulk to the waist and
is not good for the corset to wrap them around the waist. It
was never done in the "OLD DAYS". Aside from any expense for
new laces should you cut them off it would be a real "pain"
to re-lace a corset each time it was worn.
Thanks for the wonderful pictures of your beautiful
hourglass figure in the silver corset. I can never say
enough about how beautiful your figure is.
RE silver corset - the new pictures and some other older
ones on your site and on the old LGM website always
intrigued me, if you donít mind??
1. Since it is metal [ I assume ???] does it still fit if
your measurements change? I have gotten the impression [
maybe wishful thinking on my part ?? ] that your figure has
gotten more shapely over the years? Whether your bust had
gotten fuller or your waist smaller?? So if they changed,
would that have an effect on you wearing the silver corset
now? In the most recent pictures, it seemed to fit now as
wonderfully as it did back in 1997??
Of course, if your breast cup size got larger and the metal
cups of silver corset can not change, I canít imagine how
anyone would complain about the viewing result?
2. In a sense I would think that this silver corset is an "Uber/super"
corset? Whereas other corsets have boning and a busk to
limit movement, I had the feeling the silver corset was
solid and did not bend at all? Once you were in it, you had
to stand upright?? And achieve the figure the silver corset
Best regards and love all the pictures of your wonderful
Cathie: The silver
corset is really a corset cover. The dress underneath has a
built in corset that laces on under the zipper. The silver
is hinged and hooks on with a hasp-like hook. Unless I
changed size drastically it should not be a problem wearing
Dear Cathie, Have now
found your web site and what a pleasure it is. You are an
inspiration to all corset lovers!
What a turn on!
Cathie: Thanks for
taking time to drop a line. Cathie
I found myself browsing your site again (which does not
surprise me). I don't know if you need the info - that
person who asked needs to anyway - The pic with the blonde
in that silver corset is indeed fake. She is actually
wearing something that only has the front mold. The back is
just some minimal straps to keep it on - the model in the
picture doesn't have such an extreme waist. The model's name
is Caprice Bourret. Mostly known as just Caprice.
Still finding your silver corset very
Thanks for your note.
Hi Cathie. Thanks for the answers
to my questions re tight lacing and the redistribution of
flesh to bust and hips/bottom. I had always assumed that to
be the case and part of the reason for tight lacing - not
only a visual appearance of a larger bust and hips but and
actual increase. Part of the reason I asked was a comment by
your husband in a short video clip that through tight lacing
the organs get compressed. That led me to it idea that it
was mainly compression of flesh and not redistribution.
So I was wondering - would this redistribution of flesh from
tight lacing also increase the wearers bra cup size?
BTW, I have to congratulate and thank you for the video [ I
am not even sure where I saw it ] in which you and Bob
talked about your tight-lacing lifestyle. I know you have
probably written the same ideas before but it added a
dimension and better understanding to see and hear the words
as you and Bob spoke them.
If you define cup size as the actual size of breasts or
breast tissue itself it should not cause an increase by
tight lacing. Visually it may appear that way.
Hi Cathie! love your new Pictures!!!
The picture clearly demonstrates [ not that I ever had any
doubt ] ;
1. What a beautiful figure you have!
2. And the close up shows the wonderful contrast of your
tiny waist to your bust and hips!
3. And you serve as a real live living symbol and model to
women who would love to have the shapely corsetted figure
you have achieved.
However I am curious, did you [ and Bob ] ever consider a
waist not quite as small when you were working toward the
tiny waist you now have?
Would you ever consider be satisfied with not quite as small
a waist in the future? Because I somehow got the feeling
that Bob was more of a driving force?
In any event, I would love to see more closeup pictures of
your beautiful shapely figure. So please post more!!
BTW, do you have any preference for the number of garter
straps that you prefer? Or do you wear more in deference to
Do you have a preference for being called Cathy or Cathie? I
have seen both.
I'm Cathie, short for Catherine; always wrote it with an "ie"
because "y" in script always came below the line and
interfered with script on the next line--so now you know!!
I prefer three or four garters per side to give an even pull
on the stockings. Two don't work and I'm not into the fetish
look of a zillion... As far as ultimate waist size I
never had a specific goal and just stopped at this point
because. Right now we are cruising in the Bahamas on our
boat so I tend to leave the corset a bit looser due to the
activity level--fishing, etc.--and the air temperature which
can get up into the eighties. But when I get back home I'll
get back to my routine.
Thanks for your notes. Keep in touch.
Hi Cathie, I too have escaped snowy
Connecticut for at least part of the winter. Considering the
amount of snowfalls [ it just seems more than average this
winter ] I am quite happy to be in Key West Florida again
this year. In your recent email, you mentioned that you have
not been lacing as tight during your sailboat
cruise in the Caribbean?
Unless your sail boat is now some kind of luxury yacht, I
would suspect that you were not always in air-conditioning
when sailing in the Caribbean? Does the hot humid air when
sailing present special difficulties? And do you know if
women who lived in the Caribbean 2 hundred years ago, laced
during the hot part of the year?
Cathie: We have a small
sport fisherman but it does have ac. It is more the
necessity for being extremely agile, etc than the
temperature and humidity. It stays pretty moderate
here in the Bahamas--maximum in the eighties.
Time to go FISHING
Cathie & Bob, In awe of the pictures of you posted on the
web. I love the pictures of you in the swimsuits but they
got me to wondering:
From what you either wrote to me previously or posted
somewhere on the Internet, I understand the swimsuits like
the blue and black one are boned and laced like your
corsets? And are laced to your current measurements? Can I
assume the blue striping on the suit are boning pockets? I
guess I had not realized that corset boning was as curved as
the blue stripes in that suit? This might be a dumb question
- but does that swim suit have a busk [ if that is the right
term?] like I assume all your corsets do? I assume the swim
suits do not open in front so that might partially eliminate
need or desire to have one?
Although I am sure no one could ever doubt your incredibly
shapely figure, I have to congratulate the idea of the
pictures in gallery 15 & 16. The blue/black swimsuit and the
black leather?? corset do a fantastic job of showcasing your
wonderful figure. It si fantastic how the corset and
swimsuit, show off the contrast between your tiny waist and
shapely hips [ I think that is called - your hipspring ???].
I realized you had a beautiful shapely figure by what you
had told me in the past and by other pictures but those 2 -
[swimsuit and corset] really
Being that I am fair skinned, I always avoided getting
sunburned. But I would suspect that you might choose to do
some nude [ or semi nude ] sunbathing - like when you are
alone on the boat with Bob, for example?? If you did, would
getting a sunburn prevent you from lacing until the burn is
Cathie: Sorry to be so
long getting back to you. We were awy and then
went on a paid trip to London for TV appearances. Then we
went on to Amsterdam to visit our friends t Bizarre design
and JC Creations.
Neither bathing suit has a busk--the black one is firm and
basically a corset on its own so I wear it on its own. The
one with the blue is relatively soft so I wear a short
Re sun: I am basically relatively fair--tan nicely with care
but burn readily. I'm not much for "sun bathing" per
se--can't just lie around doing nothing--also can't be
bothered taking the corset off and on. I am cautious re sun
burn in any instance.
It amazes me the amount of dedication it must have taken to
achieve such beautiful results! What a strong character! My
question is, aside from corsets which are obviously
custom-made, do you have to have all of your clothes sewn
just for you or is it mostly lycra? Also, do you wear your
beautiful corsets as outter wear everyday or do you wear
"ordinary" clothes over your waist training garments? Thanks
so much for taking the time to read my silly questions. I am
fascinated by corsetry but haven't met someone as refined in
this art as yourself to ask before.
Cathie: Thanks for your
Yes, all my "better" clothes are custom as well. Bob is an
orthopaedic surgeon and used one of his many talents to make
a body cast of me in a corset which we then used as a mold
to make dress forms. These are of invaluable help to those
sewing for me and are "all over the world".
Just "working around" I tend to wear leggings and an
ordinary shirt belted at the waist. I do wear my corset as
underwear 24/7 and occasionally wear a corset outfit which
shows as a corset on the outside.
My custom clothes are waist defining but, for the most part,
are relatively modern in style. I do have a number of
"period" outfits which I wear occasionally.
Hope this answers some of your questions--feel free to keep