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Corset: Laurie Tavan
Photography & MUA: Iberian Black Arts

Then and Now

Back in 2015 we shot this corset the first time. I felt that while it was very historical in nature and worked for my Christmas theme, it didn’t feel finished.
Here it the Snow Flower shoot:

Fast forward two years later when I went bananas buying antique lace at the Lace Museum in Sunnyvale. I had just fractured my 5th metatarsal shortly beforehand and was just starting to use crutches more to get out of bed. If you have been wondering why I was pretty quiet the first half of this year, I spent 6 months in casts, air casts, and finally physical therapy. The physical therapy continues as the soft tissue damage on the ankle persists, they say at least a year to recovery.

Anyhow, I needed to find more hand sewing to keep my busy as it took quite a while to learn to sew as accurately with my left foot. No driving, no sewing… all this took a big toll on me. But I kept working on finding the final elements to finish this corset. I added a bit of cream silk flossing first but wanted something to anchor the shaping of the hips and the detailed seaming on the corset which was lost when it was left all red.

I went to the yearly lace sale, on crutches, and found the perfect remnant of lace! It wasn’t until my grandfather died that I knew how to finally finish her. Here is the Ex Voto corset inspired by my grandfather’s fight against cancer. In the winter of 2015 I flew out last minute to see my grandfather who was given a few weeks to live, but he didn’t die then. Growing up Catholic with religious grandparents I prayed for his survival. Even though I had lost my faith long ago, I still consider myself a spiritual person and find solace that he lived 2 years!

I purchased this 1930s Ex voto in memoriam of my grandfather. It is the representation of the miracle of how he fought for his life, his devotion to the church his wife so much adored, and his devotion to raising us kids when my mom needed him. I miss you Grandpa.

Ex Voto Corset
Photographer: Iberian Black Arts
Model: Threnody in Velvet
Corset, garters, and knickers: Laurie Tavan
Headdress: Creations by Liv

Oxford Conference of Corsetry

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!