When preparing to attend the 2015 Oxford Conference of Corsetry, the organizer and corsery fellow Julia Bremble suggested we think about doing forms for our corsets for display. I have seen this done in museums before, where they use lightweight plexi-glass forms to create an insert into the corset. I loved seeing corsets suspended from the ceiling, floating in space with no mannequin in sight.
For Valentines Day this year my husband gifted me a custom robe from Catherine D’Lish. Quite a luxury. I’ve lounged around in it, eaten jam on crumpets in it, taken it on vacation, and just enjoyed it hanging in my home. It is a very decorative piece that I’ve found is more useful than I could have imagined. Here are the images my husband shot of me enjoying our vacation. I have to admit it is fun to wear coming down a staircase and I have one of those at home too!
This was at the apartment we rented and outside in the private calle during out visit to Venice, Italy for Redentore this year. I wore it over my sheer bobinette corset for the boudoir shots, then added a lovely gown underneath for shots out in more public spaces.
This year I was not overly prepared for Costume college. I managed to power through jet lag from our family vacation, pack, and hop right back on a plane, this time to LA. This year my alpaca Rainbow sherbet accompanied me on the trip.
I always enjoy having along a hand sewing project so this lovely nursing corset was flossed over the span of my costume college trip.
I love to see where gowns from our shop make their way out in the world. My client was kind enough to share some images of the lovely Wisteria in Velvet gown at her ball in Vienna, Austria. The final design has a sheer ruffle added to the bustline and flowers trailing down the skirt in continuation of the flowers on the corset.
One of my best friends is also a lovely corset-maker, model, and one of my ultimate muses. Now there are plans for three corsets to make up a bouquet of roses but here is our final entry into the Foundations Revealed Competition this year.
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:
Here is the first image with Victoria Dagger wearing my designs styled with hats from Kalico Delafay Millinery for my Fall/Winter 2015 Lookbook campaign: Step into the Spotlight.
Fan & Curl.
Photographer: Martin Ave photo
Model: Victoria Daggar
Designer: Laurie Tavan
Hat designer: Kalico Delafay Millinery
One of the corsets I made for display at the Barefoot coffee show that wasn’t completed in time. It became a gift for our lovely nanny. It was done in Daze of Laur brown and orange with this delicate & fun vintage french trim along each edge. I’d love to revisit this color scheme. Now to go find the rest of that trim, I had a touch left…
The first outfit from my collaboration with Morgana (Threnody in Velvet ) styled with a mantilla veil & peineta comb.
Model: Threnody in Velvet
Photographer: Iberian Black Arts
Corset & pants: Laurie Tavan
These are my very first set of undies (pants, panties, knickers, underwear – what have you) as well made from silk charmeuse with 3 ribbon side ties.
Thank you to Monica Lenk and Sam Simmons (of Overattired for shooting with us this past week in “Casino Martin”.
Photographer: Tavan photography
Models: Monica Lenk & Sam Simmons
Corsets: Laurie Tavan
The poker table & clay chips lent to us by my in-laws. Thank you both! And for loaning a car to transport them. Thank you to Jeremy for helping set up the lighting and going along with my hair brained schemes.
Happy Valentine’s Day!