Pearl was raised in South Africa, inspired to corset by Fakir Musafar.

The designer, who likes to wear his own corsets, has worked in recent years for John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Antonio Berardi, and Christian Lacroix. He reached pop celebrity status when he created the corset worn by Spice Girl Victoria Adams for her marriage to footballer David Beckham.

The Look

These literally took one's breath away, and were inspired by those belonging to his great grandmother, who was a dressmaker during the Belle Époque. Designed after rigorous study of anatomy and the history of dress, the refined and theatrical corsets of Mr Pearl are real works of art.

Who Wears It

Dita Von Teese, Kylie Minogue, Victoria Beckham,

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