2016 – Oxford Conference of Corsetry

As I gear up for the 2017 Oxford Conference of Corsetry (OCOC) I am reminded that I have yet to post about last years event, not for lack of desire but because it is hard to start to explain the overwhelming amount of information and interaction over that weekend. I can say it is a big deal when I focus more on enjoying an event than documenting it (although it is hard to get a camera out of my hand unless you replace it with a corset or a dance partner of course).

After you sign up for the event you have an option to sign-up for a photoshoot on Sunday. You receive the model measurements ahead of time so you can bring or make items to fit. The conference never fails to bring in the best models and photographers, and of course the location is such a good backdrop. For my model, Ella Rose, I pulled a piece I had been working on and finished it up on time!

Wisteria in Velvet:

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I was super excited to work with Ella Rose this year and with Chris Murray who shot my work on Evie Wolfe during 2014 OCOC. Being a photographer myself, it is so rewarding to watch others work and have them give you a piece of their vision.

Here are a few images:

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The weekend is packed with learning opportunities including the photoshoot but so much more! I can’t even start to explain but I hope to make a few more posts about my experience at 2015 OCOC.

After all is said and done, you get to walk (train, bus, fly) away with the anticipation of getting the proofs from the photographer. Then it is a bright little reminder of all the people you met and all your hard work paying off to share the final images.

“What’s in a name?…

That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” -Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

When my best friend Jen of Sealaced messaged me and said, “I have an idea for our collaboration for the Foundations Revealed competition”, little did I know what we were getting ourselves into! She explained” Don’t get scared” as this project was way outside my comfort zone. Something more sculptural and certainly not historical! Of course I jumped on board when I saw the photos she sent for inspiration:

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Quince in Velvet

Another from the same Blossoms in velvet idea as the pale wisteria version but adapted to suit this model. I am more than pleased with the results :) She really enjoys bobbinet corsets and I have been experimenting with it over the past year. I really love the styling and am over the moon.

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Model: Threnody in Velvet
Photographer: Iberian Black Arts
Corset: Laurie Tavan
Latex: Lady Lucie Latex

Solstiss Lace

Here is a shot we did with the Solstiss lace yardage I picked out from the 2014 Oxford Conference of Corsetry at a huge discount. I actually wanted this in the blue/brown colorway to use to make a corset influenced by the brick work but plan to use the white against a black or navy blue velvet instead.

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Photographer: Chris Murray
Model: Ella Rose

Dames a la Mode for the win!

Hello.

I have been away from this blog too long. I have many updates and with the current American Duchess Giveaway I decided to start with updating you on my new accessories. I’d love to feature Dames a la Mode jewelry along with images of Dickens Fair this past weekend. Each year we have a special Royals day where the Royal family stays out longer to visit. I get to change into my ballgown bodice which is rare for Dickens Fair. Therefore I wanted a bit of new bling (as if I don’t already wear enough of it), but more bling is always welcome for the Royal family.

Photos are all courtesy of my husband and ©2015 Tavan Photography. I am so lucky to have these to share. I hope you enjoy them:

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Queen Victoria earrings
Queen Victoria Necklace

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Creamsicle Corset for Sale- corset SOLD

I will be taking inventory, measuring, and photographing samples in the shop this week and listing them for sale first through my email list. You can Sign up HEREto get first peeks at what is happening in my workshop and on sale pieces.

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I also have the coordinating embroidered, unlined cream skirt to coordinate. It is done up with front and back waist bands so it can fit many different waist sizes easily.

For skirt only- $200 US:





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Traveling to London

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My flight was delayed by 3 hours. I quickly got placed onto an alternate connection (and cut out one layover so it was a fantastic change as I also got to fly out on a brand new Virgin Atlantic plane). The flight crew did a bingo game with us in the waiting room while I stitched the final details on this lovely red corset. I won a $50 Delta flight voucher which was a lovely surprise.

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