- Written by England
The corsets shown here trace the development and refinement of a couple of key themes in my work. Namely, sweetheart shaping and "V" shaped lace placement.
Looking at Titanic era corsets such as this piece in LaraCorset's online museum, you can see a touch of sweetheart shaping to both the front bustline and the upper back (a detail which became signature to my work over a year ago). This is the main detail that I have taken from these extant corsets as I find it endlessly beautiful. The shaping of my pieces are generally much curvier than Titanic era corsetry, closer to Edwardian or turn of the century pieces' shaping, whilst the lace placement is often a time-consuming exaggeration of the "V" shapes created by deep lace trims gathered into place on sweetheart Edwardian corsets such as this one. I also liked how many of the antiques had lace trims that overlapped the top edge, and so I worked that into some of my designs (for example, the blue piece here) using a narrow metallic trim in gold.
I've included two corsets in my entry, one of which also ties into my 1912 Experienced costume entry at Your Wardrobe Unlock'd. The first is a powder blue overbust with layered gold and black lace (carefully cut and hand-appliqued to emphasise the "V" of the torso and the fullness of the hips). The second piece is a champagne pink plunge midbust with black lace and swarovski crystals (placed to mirror the sweetheart shaping and "V" torso). Both featured pale colouring, which, whilst quite contemporary, is also reminiscent of some extant bridal corsets. For me, being inspired by historical corsets and dress is really about cherry-picking those details that interest me most and running with them. So these are not "titanic era corsets"... they are contemporary corsets with a grounding in historical reference points.
Just exsquisite, youre work never fails to take my breath away. I dont think im the only corsetmaker that aspires to your level of passion and talent.
I love the idea of spending hours and hours handsewing antique lace such as this, and the shape of the blue one, just like your cranberry corset is phenomenal.