Corsets!

A nice write on our visit to Cambridge last week ūüôā

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When planning the programme for 2015 we wanted to ensure that at least a couple of months were dedicated to remembering the WI centenary and got us thinking a little bit more about the ladies who would have been attending meetings 100 years ago. In the first of the centenary themed meetings, we welcomed Izabela Pitcher from Prior Attire, an accomplished historical costumer, corsetière and historical interpreter to talk to us about the fashions of 1915 and what ladies undergarments looked like. In addition we welcomed Lucas, Izabelas husband who is a fabulous photographer from Pitcheresque Imagery to take some pictures of all the fun! Both came attired in Edwardian day-wear and very fine hats!

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We learnt about the underpinnings worn by our Edwardian counterparts. Corsets in particular have been worn by women for over 500 years and have changed a lot in that time. By 1915 corsets had started…

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A queen on a budget, please…..

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‘I need an Anne ¬†Boleyn dress… my budget is ¬£300. ¬†Can you provide the fabrics? ‘

‘I need a complete posh 15th century outfit ( hose, doublet, gown, hat), ¬†historically accurate, silk and linen, hose in wool. ¬†I can spend ¬£250.’

‘Can you do a posh Victorian for ¬£320? can add another ¬£40 if you make a corset too.’

‘ I want a duchess gown, stays and underpinnings for a ball – how much would it be? I have about ¬£280 to spend on the project’

‘ I found this steampunk coat on ebay, ¬†I want one just like that, but in different wool, with silk lining, and made bespoke – can pay ¬£100. ( the picture of the coat was attached – and I found it online too…. it was a Karen Miller , offered for ¬£200 ¬†= should still be seen here.’

The newest one: ‘I cannot afford this gown in silk, because I have sick relatives and the medicines cost a lot, plus I have a lowly paid job and my car needs repairs – but since it is my birthday soon, maybe you can sell it to me at half a price?’

These quotes ¬†are direct lines from many of the inquires ¬†I get – and many similar ones abound too, and I suspect there are a lot of other costumiers who get them. And it doesn’t really matter that the price guide is on my website and facebook page, plainly visible to anyone, ¬†stating plainly how much labour is for a specific item. And if you look, you will see that the labour for, let us say, doublet, gown and hose will amount to more that ¬£250 and that’s not even including the fabrics. People look, add, decide it is too much and go and find a hire service or make things themselves. And that is fine – if you need a fancy dress for a night, you wouldn’t be spending hundreds on it – ¬†but get something cheap ¬†on ebay, make stuff for yourself and have some fun with it, or ask a sewing friend a favour ( backed by gin and chocolate, usually… :-))

But some people, knowing the labour prices still email me¬†asking if I can make the same things ¬†at a quarter ( or less) of their usual value… why? I had no idea, until 2 ‘prospective clients’ answered that question ¬†for me.

‘ I know it is much less that you usually charge, but at least you will have some work from me’

Well…. at least it was straightforward… Needless to say that sometimes their offer would not even cover the cost of the materials – and so I would be actually spending time working at a loss. ¬† ¬†Also, needless to say, it assumes I am sitting here twiddling my thumbs, desperate for anything to do, whereas I am usually booked for 6 months in advance….

It would be an equivalent to me saying to a baker: ‘Here are 3 eggs and some icing sugar, you provide the rest and I want you to make me¬†a 3 tier wedding cake, please’. Nobody does that, so why people assume costumiers ( or jewellers, ¬†corsetieres or generally small businesses) are any different?

I had a good think and I ¬†think there are a few reasons for it….

1. People simply apply¬†the ‘fancy dress’ label ¬†to all unusual clothing, and think the prices are the same as the Chinese mass produced medieval/victorian/edwardian/lotr ¬†garb. Very often it is not badly meant – ¬†nowadays very few of us have things made bespoke as we can get good quality clothing ¬†from the local store. ¬†Occasion wear items are exceptions ¬†(wedding dresses etc), but otherwise, we are no longer used to ¬†commissioning gear to be made for us.

2. Also, cheap, easily available clothing leads us into the illusion that all clothing is cheap. ¬†The wool coat in M&S is ¬£50 – ¬†but if I am to make it, the ¬£50 will cover¬†maybe the fabrics. The time used to research, communicate with the client, ¬†measuring and fitting sessions, patterning and making the garment would be all on top of that… But we are simply used to mass produced items ready to wear and have no idea ow much individual raw materials cost. May also have no knowledge of how much work, expertise, research and experience actually go into the item. ¬† Not really surprising since we are no longer taught specific crafts at school. Also, we don’t know how much quality fabrics cost…

3. People forget that  they are also paying for the years of research, training, experience Рand the uniqueness of the item. There are thousands of costumiers Рbut only very few specializing in historical  items. To boot, the garments will be one of a kind Р so a rarity value should also be considered.

4. For some reason people are convinced that small businesses are forever tittering on the verge of collapse and are desperate for any work at all. And although running a small business successfully means a lot of work and commitment, and it is not all plain sailing, ¬†I don’t think I know of any¬†quality artisans ( and I do know quite a few) who would not be busy. Yes, sometimes the business gets slack, but that’s when many guys work on the basic stock – ¬†things that will sell at some point, whether at markets or on etsy, ebay or self hosted online shop. Those who do take commissions that don’t cover the materials, in hope of a bit of cash usually learn that in most cases, it is much more profitable to decline – and spend the time on a stock items or a showpiece that will be far more beneficial to the business in the long¬†term. And if ¬†cash is desperately needed, well, then we do flashsales:-)

5. ¬†Small businesses are ‘more personal’ – so people ¬†ask for, sometimes outrageous’ discounts because they know the person running the business is responsible for the pricing – and have no doubt put a huge margin on the product. ¬†And so the ‘ pity me’ emails from complete strangers. The fact that ¬†a lot of us do not put much ‘on top’, but charge exactly what the product is worth is so unusual in the corporate world many people do not get it. You do not go to the BMW salon asking them to give you a 20% discount on the new model because ¬†your father is sick ( what on earth are you doing buying luxury products instead of medication and specialist care for the daddy then? ), husband unemployed and your salary is low – you go and buy a 10 year old Ford instead ( mine is 15 year old now and ¬†works great!). But the salesperson in a salon may not have the power to amend the pricing – whereas the individual might just be persuaded to do just that if they pity our situation.

I think the above are the most ¬†common reasons why we get so many request ¬†for the ‘royalty on budget’. People see The Tudors or White Queen and want a dress for their Halloween party – ¬†not realizing I am not the person who caters for such¬†items.

It is slightly better in the established re-enactment ( though ¬†even there ¬†it seems there is an alarming number of wannabe queens, duchesses, princes and kings wanting ¬†royal kit for a few quid… ) as people realise that ¬†if you want to re-enact nobility, there will be a suitable price tag ¬†attached. In the past, a good quality, showy outfit to impress your peers at court would often cost several months of middle class salary, and although ¬†times changed, they haven’t changed that much – silk and cloth of gold may be more accessible and cheaper – but still beyond the means of most people. ¬†And to be honest, you can make a good quality kit middle class ¬†in decent wool and linen or cotton – it will look lovely and though it is not the cheapest thing ever, it will serve its purpose while you save up for the brocaded cloth…..

There are a lot of arguments floating about, how a polyester silk will look quite as good – and they cannot afford silk/handmade etc, so it will have to suffice. ¬† Well, it may be harsh – but if you cannot afford the king’s outfit ( with all the trappings it needs, jewelry, fur etc), than maybe ¬†start with a simple soldier’s kit instead and climb the social ladder – many people do exactly that and ¬†it takes years of saving to get higher class kit – but many stay at the middle class too, for a variety of reasons – and, to be honest, portraying a medieval farrier or an Elizabethan gardener is just as interesting and complex as a queen…

Obviously, lots depends on the purpose of the garment – if you need it for living history, educational displays and events, it simply needs to be correct fabrics, cut, finish etc, no matter what class you re-enact. ¬†If you participate in battles and nobody is likely poking at¬†the seams of your doublet and fingering your collar, you may be able to get some money saving short cuts. And if you ¬†need a gown for a fancy ball, a social gathering, a photoshoot ¬†– simply an item you’ll love to wear ¬†– well, you can use whatever is suitable and you can afford – and produce stunning results with minimal costs:-)

There are a few shortcuts if you need/want a flashy outfit though, even if you want it made correctly and in correct fabrics:

*Save up! obvious, really, but there¬†it is…. designate one ¬†source of savings a month or a week and it will happen – ¬†go our to dinner once less, ¬† buy less modern stuff you don’t actually need all that badly – or even simpler – set up a separate saving account and put an deposit¬†there every month, deducted from your salary straight away 0 you won’t notice this much, and whether it is a ¬£20 a month, ¬£10 a week or ¬£100 a fortnight, it will soon amount to a neat little sum.

*take small steps… ¬† you can often add on things to enrich your stature ( and clothing) in time. ¬† opt for a woolen doublet and gown, add handmade braid on it or embroidered cuffs a few months later…. Also – buy bodice, but apply lace, braid decoration yourself

* Sell the items you don’t use any more….

* sell your products – and have one sale a month that goes straight into the new kit fund…

*barter – either¬†skills or products. You make wooden pattens but a doublet is beyond you – talk to the costumiers who re-enact, many are happy to barter ¬†things like that. ¬†Your shoemaker needs driving tuition? a plumber? you’d be surprised how many ¬†things can be arranged this way….

*pay in installments – most businesses welcome the solution.

*learn to sew….. yes, may take time and investment in machinery or courses – but will pay off in the long run. ¬†Even if your skills won’t go beyond a simple chemise or a cap – you are already saving some money

* buy ready made items – stock items are cheaper, ¬†often quite a lot cheaper than bespoke items. If you find an item at a market or in an online shop that you know is of good quality and it fits you – grab it, will ¬†be much cheaper ¬†than ordering the same items bespoke ( then you pay for the time, fittings, individual patterning etc too ). Our stock items in the shop are often about half the price of ¬†bespoke ones – especially if i happen on a sale silk in a local silk mill…

* Hunt bargains! go to markets to look out for bargain  quality fabrics Рyou can often save up to 50%  on the fabric Рand usually this is the factor that drives the price of the costume up.

And as ¬†I was often asked at how much different outfits cost – let us have a little display of different pieces and their prices…. more info on how much to charge can be read in the blog on running a costuming business

*please note that I do not subscribe to the idea of charging the retail price of fabrics if I get them cheaper at trader’s rates. If ¬† the silk from James Hare costs me ¬£40 per metre, the client will pay ¬†exactly that, and not the inflated retail price.

12/13 century gown, middle class:

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Gown in  wool, lined with linen, all handstitched and hand embroidered Рvalue £500

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gown for a queen Рin silk, with silk bands and girdle, lined in silk Р with a kirtle in silk too. Labour (machine and hand finish) and materials  £600 Р£700. Together with   the accessories Рshoes, jewellery, crown etc, = well over £2000

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Middle class kirtle and gown in wool Р£300

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Wealthy merchnat’s wife kit – kirtle and gown in wool, gown lined in linen with fur trim – ¬£400

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Lady/high status gown in brocade, lined with silk, all handstitched – the brocade itself ¬†( needed 8 metres is now retailing at ¬£140 per metre… the dress value is ¬†around ¬†¬£2000, plus the kirtle, shoes, ¬†pattens, jewellery – another ¬£400

reversible burgundian gown in silk, with silk lining Р Рstock item Р£350

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early 15th gown in wool, with linen Рcommission Рvalue Р£300

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robe and chaperon in silk brocade, commission Р£ 400. the same items in wool would cost £260

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silk brocade robe, lined with silk Рstock item Р£220. Normally just the fabric would be that much, plus another £200 for labour Рbut this particular silk was hunted down at a silk sales, hence the affordable  price!

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Royal Tudor gown Рover £3400 ( detailed pricing here );  high born lady gown in silk velvet, lined with silk Р£550. same gown in wool would cost £350

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Upper class Tudor set in wool, silk and fur Рaround £1000.  same outfit in quality, royal silks would probably double the price

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High status lady outfit, in silk satin, with silver lace Рwith  2 petticoats Р£850

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middle class outfit in wool Р£450

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Courtier  outfit in silk, lined with silk, silver lace, wrapped buttons Р£800

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Middle class kit in wool  Р£400

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18th century set in wool and linen, with lots of handfinish Р £ 600

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similar set but in silk, though machine finish  and blend fibre waistcoat lowers the price Р£700

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Day dress in cotton, stock item  on sale- £300 ( including petticoat and bonnet)

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day dress in wool, stock item Р£ 400

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Visiting dress in silk, heavily decorated Р£ 1000

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WWI dress in silk with lace, £ 350

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WWI dress in cotton, with a silk sash Р£ 270

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Victorian corset, stock item, part of our Bare basic range  Р£125

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Victorian corset, bespoke work, with exterior channels and extensive flossing Рfrom £300

 

replicas of 1885 riding habit in quality wool, with handmade ( the blue habit) and hand applied braiding,  made bespoke, with a safety tailored skirt and riding trousers Рcoat  around £1000

Also replicas ( but not exact) made as stock items, generic sizing, machine finish Рpricing from £350 (these ones are actually in our shop equestrian section, here)

 

As you can see, it is often the price of fabric that makes the outfit expensive Рor the fact that it is  a commission and not a stock item.

Having said all that – I must stress that ¬†despite a few of the messages like that, the majority of people do appreciate the fact that their items are unique, made lovingly, and ¬†individually fitted. And it is those¬†lovely people that ¬†make businesses like mine thrive – I used to teach in a college before, and the job, though rewarding, was nowhere near as rewarding ( both in hard cash and job satisfaction). I ¬†may be working longer hours, but I love my job, and would not be doing it if i didn’t – or if it didn’t pay my keep:-) ūüôā

More on running a costuming business can be read about here: https://adamselindisdress.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/running-a-costuming-business/

Hope the post has been useful to you, if you are new to costuming.  For those of you who are running businesses Рhave you come across similar experiences? if yes, do you have any other theories  that would explain them? Feedback welcome!

Victorian Ball, Bath 24 May 2015 details

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Join us for a night of passionate waltzes,  swift polkas, stately polonaises and quadrilles, a night of elegance, in lovely surroundings , with great company, lovely music and superb food Рyes, the ball is happening!

Many of you were asking us about organizing another ball following the Spectacular! ball – but since last year we had to deal with the post fire issues, there was no time for organizing another event.This year however is looking much better and so ¬†I gave in – and the ball is now on…. Since the Regency balls are held there ¬†regularly, and a Georgian one is also held in Bath thins march ( and yes, we are going:-) ), we thought Victorian theme would work nicely!

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The details:

The Venue – beautiful Assembly Rooms, Bath… those who have been know what an amazing location it is, when we visited last autumn, participating in the Regency ball, we were enchanted by the venue… spacious, elegant and timeless – perfect for the theme! WE will be using either the Ballroom or the Tea room – depending on the numbers, set up etc. you can see more detail on the website – Here

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Catering – by Searcy’s

A light buffet will be served half way through – and the menu is mouthwatering!

Menu

Hot

 Beef burgers with caramelised onion relish

Cod and chips with mushy peas

Potato rosti with sour cream & chives

Cold

West Country chicken liver parfait with Somerset apple jam.

Skewer of buffalo mozzarella, sun dried tomato and roasted aubergine

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Mini lemon & raspberry tarts

Chocolate shots with clotted cream

¬†There ¬†will be a cash bar serving drinks, just in case all that dancing makes you thirsty ūüôā

Timings: 

door open at 7 -drinks, photography and socialising

8pm. dancing commences

9.15pm  Break for buffet and drinks

10pm dancing continues till 11.30

11.45pm  Carriages

12.00 Good night…. ūüôā

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The Ball by Victor Gabriel Gilbert.

 

Dancing

There will be a dance workshop during the day, where we will have a go at a few dances, practicing our moves before the ball later on. ¬†Our Dance Master on the day will be ¬†Stuart Marsden- those of you who ¬†watched the re-creation of the Pride and Predjudice Ball will no doubt recogine him! Stuart ¬†is an accomplished teacher and specializes in period dances, working with various companies including BBC ¬†–

He was also partnering Lucy Worsley in their lovely demo of Victorian dance – a part of the BBC Dancing Cheek to cheek programme – episode 2:-)

Stuart  will  not only  share his knowledge with us during the practice Рhe will be the one calling the dances in the evening too.  You can see the details on his website

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Faster and slower dances will feature ( waltzes, polkas, polonaise) and no partner is required Рladies can dance with other  ladies if needs be, as most dances are danced in sets, and partners are swapped on regular basis :-). no previous experience necessary!

The workshop will take place in the Assemply Rooms, – starting from 3pm on ¬†the 24th May and will last for approximately 90 minutes…

Workshop dress code Рyou can come dressed in Victorian daywear, or modern attire Р comfy shoes a must:-)

 

For the workshop we will be using recorded music, for the event we have private musicians hired as well:-)

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Ball  Dress Code

Well, Victorian! fully fledged Victorian evening toilettes are welcome, but modern renditions and steampunk’d versions are acceptable, as long as there is no nudity and the skirts don’t show too much ankle….

For those of you who are making their own attire,  there is an inspiration board on Pinterest with a few ideas, and if you search this blog you will see a few post on making Victorian girly garb, step by step:-)

If you are commissioning your outfit, there are a few  recommended suppliers:

1. Prior Attire – well, us, of course…. Bespoke and off the peg, including corsetry and underpinnings. We now have only a couple of slots left before the ball, otherwise fully booked till June.http://www.priorattire.co.uk/

2. Wyte Phantom – lovely corsetry and gowns, again, fairly booked but Jen still has a few slots left! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wyte-Phantom/119904928081954?fref=ts

3. Dressing History – Serena provides lovely accessories and bespoke dressmaking as well – http://www.dressinghistory.co.uk/#!shop/cfvg

4. Prometheus Gearing Рhttp://www.prometheusgearing.co.uk/ great menswear!

5. Gentlemen’s Emporium – Ready made, american, ( so expect to pay the custom duty charge) but great coats, waistcoats etc, at a very accessible price. Men’s items good, ladies – not so much, more of a fantasy – but still well made.http://www.gentlemansemporium.com/mens_victorian_clothing.p‚Ķ

6. Cloak’d and Dagger’d – both men’s and ladies wear –http://www.cloakedanddaggered.com/menu/19th-century/

7. Meredith Towne – http://www.meridithtowne.co.uk/

 

Do not despair if you don’t have anything suitable – modern evening ( black tie) attire will serve you well!

Please note – although I would love to have ¬†just people in the highest quality authentic Victorian gear, I am also realistic – so the focus of the ball is having a great time, and not a ‘who’s got the prettiest/most authentic/ silkiest etc frock ¬†competition’. Enjoy the dances, the food and the experience, but refrain from costume snarks, please! ūüėČ

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Just as  before, the lads from Mockford Photography will be joining  us again Р so if you want a high quality picture of you in your best rags, the prints will be available on the night:-) The service proved to be very popular last time, and I believe the boys will be no less busy than last time:-)

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Fringe events 

Since it is the Bank Holiday weekend and the ball is on Sunday,  it look like many folk will be coming down to Bath for the whole weekend.

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There are numerous tourist attractions to keep people occupied for a week at least, and a variety of things to see – from the amazing Fashion Museum, Roman Baths ( more info ¬†here), Jane Austen centre, carriage rides, lush gardens, parks,¬†etc… The shops are full of ¬†unusual and high quality items, and the antique shops can entrance treasure hunters for hours.

On top of that we plan to have a little informal ¬†Victorian picnic on Saturday – the location will be most likely in the Royal Victoria park. ¬†Everybody is welcome to join us, Victorian day dress encouraged but not required…

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¬†Now there is also talk of ¬†doing Monday breakfast Victorian style – probably ¬†in the elegant Pump Rooms…. details on our fb page!

The details of the ball and the picnic¬†are¬†posted on our page and the event, ¬†and the sites are updated with the recent information, including accommodation, picnic ¬†etc. Each month there is a draw amongst the ticket holders for a free workshop session – we already have 3 winners, and by the time we close the box office there will be ¬†3 more! ūüôā

Victorian ball on Facebook

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 Tickets

The tickets are available from the website – currently we have sold ¬†just over a half, so there is still a fair amount to go – but going swiftly! ūüôā

Tickets can be purchased here¬†ūüôā

 

Needless to say, am really excited and cannot wait! ūüôā ¬†hope to see you there too!

 

Ball at the Galerie des Glaces, Versailles 25 Aug 1855 Leaves from a Journal by Queen Victoria

Ball at the Galerie des Glaces, Versailles 25 Aug 1855 Leaves from a Journal by Queen Victoria

 

Corsetted Victorians and others – myths and reality

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‚ÄúOh my, this must hurt ‚Äď how do you breathe in this?!‚ÄĚ ‚Äď ¬†Many re-enactors, (and modern corset wearers), will recognize that remark,¬†whether as a comment under a picture or spoken at an event. ¬†I have heard my fill over the last few years, when dressed in Victorian kit, and the discussions that followed were equally¬†interesting and illuminating for both parties.

Recently I have been browsing through Pinterest boards looking for images ¬†of 1895 corsets, and noticed several nice pictures ‚Äď yet¬†it was not the pictures that captured my attention, rather¬†the comments and descriptions below that were even more arresting‚Ķ..

Just a few examples:

* ‚ÄėThey are lovely, but so uncomfortable‚Äô ( on this pin )

* ‚ÄėThis is a victorian corset which was used to create the perfect hourglasss figure. This is gorgeous but I can‚Äôt imagine‚Ķ

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Geisha Corsetry Collection 1

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I have been planning this one for some time РI think it was a glimpse at a kimono silk somewhere on ebay that provided the spark Р 30 minutes later and I have purchased several bits of left over kimono silks and started planning.   The silks arrived, and loved them even more Рand they were just big enough to incorporate into some corsetry. The theme was not an unfamiliar one to me, as we have used oriental inspiration int the Petal dress, and in our Steampunk Amazones, but this one was to be  a more cohesive collection.

As always the first stage was sketching, drawing, gathering inspiration ( Pinterest board is here), and gathering props. ¬†I already had an early 20th century set of a katana and tanto, and a matching kimono I wanted to use, plus a collection of kanzashi ( japanese hair flowers), parasols etc…

Ironically the first design that emerged wont be shown here – I will present it in another post giving more details – it was the first ever pattern I created myself, and the corset, together with other bits and pieces was sent on adventures, to be photographed by the Iberian Black Arts, modeled on the gorgeous Threnody in Velvet.

Do not despair though – I do have some lovely pieces for you today!

Once I had some idea of the feel for the collection, i purchased more props ( hakama trousers,  jackets etc) and discussed styling and options with our main model, lovely Lizzie ( Miss Lilian Love), who also had a nice collection of oriental props:-)

Then it was just down to finding time in between commissions to make the corsets, but finally in January I managed to free a few days and frantic corsetrymaking ensued…

The feel of the collection was to be a blend of modern and traditional. The form of the corset is not a traditional shape for oriental women, however, it may be argued that obi represents a constriction and shape forming element too. In our corsets the silks or the motives were the traditional part – as well as flossing. I had a brief moment of inspiration where flossing was concerned and decided to floss the bones using ¬†kanji – chinese/japanese characters. ¬†to make it even more difficult, each kanji needed to be matched to the collection too – you cannot have a corset in silks saying ¬†for example ‘rice’ or ‘cow’, can you?

In the end we got the following kanji:

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‘Spring’

 

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‘Bird’

 

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‘Flower

 

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‘Woman’

 

 

 

The first corset to me made was a playful geisha print – I made it as a challenge ¬†– one last corset for 2014 – and completed before midnight:-). ¬†It was meant as a sideline, to be honest, and as an exercise in pattern matching – ¬†but worked so well I decided to include it in the collection. Indeed the pattern matching worked so well that the corset is now featured on Lucy’s Corsetry blog, among other beautifully pattern matched corsets – have a look!

work in progress…

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and  on the Lizzie:-)

 

 

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The next one was the Crane corset – a mix of kimono silks and cotton sateen.. ( this one is offered in our shop)

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then another print followed, and a bit more pattern matching…

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I think this is my favourite corset of the collection – I experimented with the pattern, creating a more pronounced hip spring ¬†– and ¬†as a result I love the silhouette, and it is surprisingly comfortable – I normally lace down to 27inches max – here, 26 with no problems….

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and on Lizzie – again, this corset is now offered in the shopūüôā

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Then ¬†it was experimenting with more silks, broche and sheer mesh ūüôā ¬†both corsets are available in the shop:-)

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The last one was a plain piece in broche to match my honey kimono

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A week before the shoot Paul accepted our invitation to play with us on the day – and arranged for the snow machine too…. so the day was a full on fun, getting ready, changing, shooting both outside and inside with a backdrop. Whereas Lucas shot product shots and some arty stuff, Paul went for artistic ¬†and more cinematograpic mood – sexy ninjas, Kill Bill etc…

Below a few more pictures  from the boys:-)

from Lucas:

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and  some great shots from Paul. More of his work can be seen on his blog Рlink soon!

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and a few behind the scenes shots:-)

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¬†and after some 6 hours, it was rest time – homemade pizza and wine! ūüôā

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Hope you enjoyed the collection Рthere are 2 more corsets, to be covered n a separate post, and since I still have a few bits of silks, I may add some more stock pieces to the shop at some point. In the meantime,  4 of the corsets are available for sale, plus some other corsets from past projects:-) have a look!

 

Credits:

Corsetry – Prior Attire

Models, Izabela Pitcher and Miss Lilian Love

Photography – Mockford Photography and Pitcheresque Imagery

Corsetry supplies – Sew Curvy

Kanzashi – Kikuya Kanzashi