A new trick- cardboard corset form

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.

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Vienna, Austria at the Hofburg Palace Balls

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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.

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Fan & Curl

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.

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Fan & Curl.
Photographer: Martin Ave photo
Model: Victoria Daggar
Designer: Laurie Tavan
Hat designer: Kalico Delafay Millinery

Daze of Laur

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…

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Spanish Look

The first outfit from my collaboration with Morgana (Threnody in Velvet ) styled with a mantilla veil & peineta comb.

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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.

Valentine

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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!

“Sugared Smoke”

The view from our room in Las Vegas:
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After lacing Long corset (working title) onto the pillow I waited till dark and we took her for a shoot around the Las Vegas strip. I added a beaded shiny capelette to fancy up the look:
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After hauling her around Vegas through the casinos I noted that she was now “Sugared Smoke”, sugar from the accident of placing her in a bag full of sugar (thank my son for that one) and smoke because of how stinky all the hotels are from people smoking. My hair picked up the smell a lot more than the corset thankfully. But now she has the taste and smell component of the “Five senses”. Continue reading “Sugared Smoke”

Lacing up

After finishing the last hand stitching on the lace I decided to take a quick photo of the corset. I made a make-shift backdrop out of the sheet on the bed at the hotel. Looks pretty good to me:
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I like to take photos before I lace up a corset because it is a view you can not get without the corset being unlaced. As I was adjusting the lacing I got frustrated and put it on my legs to get some tension and my husband thought it looked cute and took a pin-up shot of me with a corset on my legs. Leg binding spat? Kinda works for the picture:

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Since I was not at home with my mannequins I decided to lace her onto a flat pillow, not the most flattering but it worked to fill her out a bit:

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And here is the love of my life ignoring my shenanigans with my dolly:

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