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Article Share – The next thing in corsetry by Sparklewren

Just read this post from corset designer Sparklewren and had to share it with you Kittens.
I found it Interesting. The “Saville Row” ethos has always been more my personal style to be honest. But I really adore the dreamy, highly embellished work too, of which Sparklewren is one of the best!. And I must admit to being a huge fan of the ‘trend’ for hip-fins.

I very much like the idea at the end about all designers defining corsetry for themselves.
The future of corsetry is no doubt going to be interesting.
Anyway, read below.


       The other week a student sent me some interview questions, one of which made me think about the next trend in corsetry. I don’t tend to think of trends in a conscious way, whether that be with the intention of creating one or jumping onto something that will more broadly fit into existing/forthcoming fashion trends… But I am of course aware of the waves in corsetry, the fact that one thing will be riding high, then another, then something else again.  A lot of the trends are probably only really noticeable to the very geeky and passionate amongst us. People who are interested in why/how corsetry functions, not just how it looks at a glance. Which, by the way, isn’t to glorify one approach and vilify the other. Far from it, I don’t care what sort of corsetmaker or corset-wearer you are, love whatever you want to love. But for my part, I obviously care about a particular side of corsetry: the dreamy, couture-inspired, intricate-for-its-own-sake side.  For the past couple of years, that side of corsetry has become more and more popular. So much so that I was surprised once when someone commented on a picture of mine saying (and I’m paraphrasing here), “I’d really love to see something clean and classic, there’s too much embellished corsetry around.” Really? Too much? When I began embellishment was a simple thing. There weren’t many people at all combining embellishment materials/techniques except for perhaps the classic flossing and lace trim combo. In general, corsets were plain with perhaps a “V” of lace, an interesting fabric/colour, or if very adventurous some ribbons. Construction was less varied too. The community, in general (because obviously there were always some people who bucked the trend, such as L’escarpolette ten years ago), was rediscovering corsetmaking and only just starting to look to antiques for inspiration. The community rarely looked to haute couture for inspiration either. And I would say this is what has changed over the past few years, the contemporary corsetmaking industry (for all people were declaring even back then that it was over-saturated) has actually exploded outwards, with more variety and wildness than ever before. We’ve all benefitted from it and been challenged by it. Creativity in corsetry has grown, hugely. This has been wonderful. But now I think we are on the cusp of another change. I think that people have begun to understand the value of handmade corsetry. They understand it because they can see evidence of it, in all that time-consuming embellishment and posh French lace. But I think that understanding is now becoming deeper. By seeing the value in the obvious, I think customers are now beginning to see the value in the subtle too. It’s about development of the eye. The more you look, the more you see. And so I think that the next big trend may, in some ways, exclude me.  I believe that we may now begin seeing more Saville Row level classics. And the reason I reference tailoring rather than haute couture is that haute couture corsets are generally catwalk showpieces. They are often made quickly and are very eye-catching. They aren’t necessarily as pristine as you might expect. Whereas a Saville Row suit is all about close detail in the subtle sense. Now, I’m not making this comparison in an obvious visual sense. I don’t mean that there will suddenly be more corsets made from Harris Tweed or lovely wool suiting material. I mean that the ethos behind them may be like high tailoring. There won’t be any surplus layers of fabric or other such unecessary bits and bobs. Boning/construction choices will be thought through to a new level. Stitch quality will be pristine. Everything will be there for a reason and everything will be delicately done. Proportion will be king, and that is where designers will define themselves. It isn’t just a question of making a plain corset at a decent quality. It won’t even be about making things that just fit well. It will be about sculpture, silhouette, boldness. Since opulent embellishment will soon be exhausted (in terms of industry-wide trends and not least because it’s an impossible way to earn proper money), I think this may be where corset design goes next. And the designers who shine will be the ones who do it with a real elegance. So what about Sparklewren? Well, I still love the excessive. My mother says, “don’t gild the lily, Jenni” and I think, “but why not?” Though I must admit to enjoying the simple a little bit more since establishing our current corsetmaking technique. If you’ve read our recent blog posts about satin corsetry you will know what I mean. At any rate, it doesn’t hurt to be outside of the big trends of the day. In terms of sheer numbers we’re already outside of the biggest “corsetry” trend, that of budget waist-trainers, which is fine. The more everyone diversifies and defines corsetry from their own brand perspective, the more room and demand there is for all those different points of view. In fact to clarify

Source: The next thing in corsetry — Sparklewren


Corset Talk: It’s Hip to Be Squishy

Hello Kittens,
This is a great post from the Lingerie addict about a rarely talked about issue in corsets. If you are new to corsets or you have had bad experiences with them…like excessive pain in the ribs or hip area for example. Or if you thought you had the wrong body type or were “too big” to wear a corset, you want to read this post on “squishyness”

In the corset world those of us who wear corsets a lot or have been wearing them for a long time, have naturally come to understand our bodies and what corset styles give us the best results. I for example have minimal compress-ability in my ribcage and an average “waist length”, plus rather well developed oblique muscles.
This makes the best corset shape for me ones that can be called “wasp waisted” – cuts that focus their compression on the area between the bottom of the ribs and the hip bones. This produces a look that many think is extreme but it is actually very comfortable.

I learned this through trial and error, so I have corsets in my collection that I never wear because they are the wrong fit for me. I think this is true of most long term corset wearers, and I doubt that left to choose on their own, that many first time wearers get the right the shape. So I don’t know why we don’t talk about this little detail more often, why it is not in the buying guide of every corset site? After all it is an expensive mistake, and one that can put someone off corsets altogether.

Well read this post and you can have the last bit of knowledge you need to know which shapes will work for you and never buy the wrong one again.

Corset Talk: It’s Hip to Be Squishy.

Corset Waist Training for beginners.

I love corsets as you know Kittens. One of the best sources online for reliable info on waist training is the lovely Miss Lucy.  I am a huge fan of her corset videos.

I have been wearing corsets since my mid teens and waist training, on and off, for years. Recently there seems to have been an upsurge in anti-corset sentiment again. Those of us who wear corsets are getting more negative comments about looking “unnatural”  and “doing harm” to our bodies.
I want to make it clear that while everyone is different, there is a right corset for everyone. And a well fitting, sensibly worn, properly laced corset is not painful and  does not damage your body. Your organs are designed by nature to move, or pregnancy would be impossible. When you remove your corset they go back to where they were.  And even if it was dangerous it would be none of your business if someone wanted to do it, as it does not effect you in any way.
A smaller community called Tightlacers, whose goal is to have the narrowest possible laced waist, wear very tight  custom made corsets as much as 23 -24 hours a day. There are some health risks from doing this. Digestive issues, reduced lung capacity, a weakening of certain abdominal/oblique muscles. But in my view this is their right to choose. None of those health issues are really so serious that they deserve the hysterical reaction, they get.  It is disproportionate I think.
Just because something looks ‘shocking’ to you does not mean it is wrong, and it certainly does not give you the right to attack it.

 red corset, hourglass
One of my underbust corsets in red satin and the eternal darkness o my bedroom…lol.

Comments are not always negative though. There are always lovers of corsets who get it, and those who are interested in finding out more.
I have been asked for specific info on waist training by many people over the years. And while I like to share my experiences, I cant really advise people the way they want. There is no magic answer for everyone and there are no shortcuts or cut price options…sorry.

But if you are interested in waist training, and you have the self confidence to deal with people’s negative reactions and stupid questions, then this series of videos by Lucy are for you.
She covers everything in a really approachable way. Here is video no.1 …

Keep it cinched Kittens xxx

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