It was the outfit that sparked a thousand fevered conversations, and Kim Kardashian's outfit for the 2019 Met Gala is sure to go down in fashion history, though not for solely positive reasons. 

The admittedly stunning latex creation, designed by Thierry Mugler, featured a tight corset that cinched the star's waist to shockingly narrow proportions. 

"I have never felt pain like that in my life," she said to the Wall Street Journal newspaper's WSJ Magazine, before elaborating on the damage the corset did to her body. "I'll have to show you pictures of the aftermath when I took it off—the indentations on my back and my stomach," she said.

While the mental image is new, the star's description of her discomfort in the outfit is not, as she posted a lengthy explanation of what it took to wear the eye-watering creation on Instagram soon after the event. 

Explaining that the custom corset was created by Mr. Pearl - the famed corsetmaker who has worked with burlesque star Dita Von Teese, as well as designers like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Jean-Paul Gaultier - Kardashian wrote that she received "corset breathing lessons" from the man himself. 

"We met up in Miami right after the holidays last year and saw the sketches!" she wrote at the time. 

"I learned so much about couture from this genius man, it was beyond couture, it was art! 7 months in the making and fittings in Montreal, Paris and LA. Corset breathing lessons from none other than Mr. Pearl. It was worth it all!!! [sic]"

Moreover, in a behind-the-scenes video for Vogue, the star gave us a glimpse into the limitations such an outfit puts on the body. Specifically: she could not sit down. 

Joking that if there are questions as to why she doesn't sit at the event, Kardashian explains that the corset is to blame. Barely perched on a stool in the corset and a pair of Spanx, she says: "I'll be walking around mingling, talking, but I cannot hardly sit."

"I can only like, half sit. I'm riding [to the Met] in a sprinter van on the way there with a pole, so I can hold on to the pole."

After her appearance in the latex ensemble, Kardashian was accused by some of promoting unrealistic standards of beauty. 

Corsets have been in existence for hundreds of years - from the stays of the Elizabethan period to the girdles of the 1950s, and even most recently in Kardashian's own beleaguered Kimono range, soon to be renamed.


Indeed, the affects of corset-wearing are well documented, most notably in the Victorian period when the clothing was worn in a variety of painful and often disfiguring ways.

Anthropologist Rebecca Gibson of American University recently published research on the deformations left on women's bodies by corsets, including deformed ribs pushed into an 'S' shape and misaligned spines. She also found that the average adult woman's waist size was 56 cm -- or 22 inches -- in circumference - 10 inches smaller than the average woman's waist today.