The photo was done by Ruven Afanador for the
Eisenstaedt Awards and shown in the collectors
edition of Life magazine the Eisie issue spring
1998. The tooled leather corset dress was shown at
the F.I.T. corset display.
Columbia photographer Ruven Afanador's picture's of extreme
corseting were intended as an homage to Pierre Molinier, a
fetish photographer who worked with much attention from the
1920s through the '70s. Molinier's subject was his own
body, and when he needed a corseted model, he simply donned
a corset. Afanador didn't have to go to such extremes.
He found a woman who was dedicated to cinching and were more
than happy to pose for him. He's glad she did.
Says Afanador, "On the day I was shooting the photos, I knew
it would turn out to be an incredible day in my career."
"THE DIVING DISCIPLINE"
The 2nd edition of Fashion & Fetishism by David Kunzle was
published august 2004. It is updated and restructured so it
is recommend even for those who have 1st edition of the
V of the book: People - Cathie Jung
‘After an early familiarization with corsets, my middle
years of non-corseting, and three natural childbirths and
two cesareans left me with absolutely no abdominal muscle
tone. I returned with very long corsets, in which I found it
easier to stay laced than to be uncorseted and recorseted.
My only physical problems have been with skin chafing.
Comfortable at 16 and 17 inches, for special occasions I can
lace down to 15’. Cathy is surely now, and has been for a
decade or more, the best - publicized tight - lacer in the
Her appearance at the opening of the Museum of Modern Art’s
“The Corset: Fashioning the Body”, curated by Valerie
Steele, elicited a report in the Los Angeles Times in praise
of the ‘well-preserved Connecticut woman’ who has
permanently shrunk her waist from 28 to 15 inches.
She won the ‘Achievement in Tight lacing’ award at
the 1989 Dressing for Pleasure gala, among others, and has
appeared on TV internationally, notably in Tokyo, and
Germany, where her husband, Bob Jung, an orthopaedic surgeon
who encourages her habit, addressed the audience on the
basis of X-ray photographs of his wife, to show that all is
well within the 38cm circumference, ‘the smallest
(proportionately) in the world’ (she is 5ft 6in tail, 39
bust and hips).
Such photographs, which are unique of their kind, have
appeared in fashion histories, notably Valerie Steele’s, who
in her latest Corset apotheosised her in a blaze of
polychrome luminary glory over a full page.