Mr Pearl – France – age 43 – 18 inch waist – 5ft 8in tall

By on July 31, 2010

Mr Pearl, corsetier to the stars

Mr Pearl, corsetier to the stars



“My work is not about being fashionable. I do not follow fashion at all. I’m interested in an ideal, a kind of expression of elegance, which really has nothing to do with fashion.”


The infamous Mr Pearl has an 18-inch corseted waist and wears his corset 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except to bath. But his work as a ‘Corsetier’ or maker of corsets is what really skyrocketed him to fame and glory.


Mr Pearl is arguably the most amazing Corsetier in existence, his works of art can take several months each to construct. He has made corsets for designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, John Galliano, Chloe, Alexander McQueen, Antonio Berardi and Christian Lacroix. And for famous ladies like Kylie Minogue, Dita Von Tease and Jerry Hall.


“It was Mr Pearl who laced Posh Spice into her wasp-waisted Vera Wang wedding dress, created Mugler’s more extreme and infamous metal biker corsets, and more recently tied Sophie Dahl into the ballet-shoe pink corset dress of Gaultier’s spring/summer 2001 collection.”

The Independent, 24th Nov 2001, Forrest, Emma E


The infamous Mr Pearl is the alter ego of Mark Pullin, he started tightlacing at age 30, after seeing a photograph of Fakir Musafar:



Fakir Musafar waist size 19inch nineteen inches 1959 and perfect gentleman

Fakir Musafar

Fakir Musafar’s artistic self-portraiture – ‘nineteen inches’ 1959 and ‘perfect gentleman’ also 1959


Mark Pullin was born in South Africa, he was the eldest son of an English toolmaker, Neil, and a half-English, half-Dutch mother, Yvette. He has a brother , Grant, a motorcycle mechanic. His parents split up when he was three, when he moved in with his grandparents Hetty and Ruben Searle.


“My grandmother wore corsets so I became fascinated by them,” he said. “They were always salmon-pink. She used to let me lace her up. It took a long time as there were lots of eyelets and laces, but it was a great treat.”

Mail on Sunday, 03 April 2005,  Collcutt, Deborah

Pressure to conform led to a 2 year marriage to a South African actress, after which he moved to London, creating his alter-ego Mr Pearl and setting up shop as a corsetier in 1994. He moved to Paris in 2002 where he now works in the romantic setting behind Notre Dame Cathedral, designing unique pieces for couture houses. He refuses to use any form of modern technology, and their are few photos of him or his work – outside of catwalk and fashion shoots that is.



An exquisit example of Mr Pearl’s hand sewn sequined Corsets:

mr Pearl sequinned corset



Mr Pearl’s Metal ‘Biker’ Corsets for Thierry Mugler, later worn by Beyonce:



Beyonce Thierry Biker Corset



The Sophie Dahl Gaultier dress spring/summer 2010 made by Mr Pearl:

Sophie Dahl Gaultier dress by mr pearl


And Finally, Dita Von Tease in one of her personal Mr Pearl corsets, (and I think we all agree she’s a lucky lucky girl):

dita von tease in mr pearl corset

“Corsetry is the deepest, most intimate, most enhancing possibility physically and I’m fascinated by this. Corsetry presents endless, almost unobtainable, possibilities, it could always be tighter, more beautiful, longer in the front. The limit is physical – outward appearances are endless.” Mr Pe

Dita in Gaultier’s a/w 2010 catwalk

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  1. shy guy
    August 4, 2010

    made me smile.

    Sent via Blackberry

  2. Donn Drust
    August 28, 2010

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  3. Classie Saintfleur
    September 3, 2010

    wow, awesome post

  4. Otha Mcpike
    September 5, 2010

    I’ve read some good stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting.

  5. freida
    January 7, 2011

    This man is a nut bar! But I love his corsets = GORGEOUS

  6. Bretta
    January 7, 2011

    I’m really loving Mr Pearl!

  7. helen
    January 8, 2011

    WOW what awesome pictures of Mr Pearl’s corsets

  8. Helen
    January 9, 2011

    Thank you! I love Mr Pearl n this is more info on him than I’ve seen anywhere else online – hes so elusive! What a corset maker tho

  9. Melina Altringer
    January 19, 2011

    I very much like your stories. thanks you!

  10. new gadgets
    January 21, 2011

    Can I just say what a relief to find somebody who truly is aware of what theyre speaking about on corsets.

  11. Zofia Knighter
    January 21, 2011

    ‘Sup! Just dropped by to say good web site. Continue with the good job you’re doing!

  12. Bebe Whitlingum
    February 1, 2011

    I’ve been surfing on-line for about 3 hours today, but I couldn’t find any well written articles on mr Pearl’s private life, this is brilliant, I love his corsets but needed to know about him

  13. Intera White
    February 2, 2011

    -‘, oh that is a nice piece of information on mr pearl, kinda refreshing to hear about the man not the corsets :**

  14. louis
    May 10, 2011

    Wow he is super human, who can not afford this luxury in life.

  15. Michelle
    December 14, 2011

    Thank you, this is excellent! I’m fascinated by the enigma that is Mr Pearl, and this satiated me a little.


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