Black Moon Corset with Bra and Pant set

2017

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Corset- Cotton coutil

UnderBust - 85cm (33.5"); Waist – 66cm (26”); HighHip - 86cm (34")

Bra and pants- 100% silk British Bobbinette

Model – #Greythornimages; Photographer- #nicolamyboudoir

BlackMoon is a simple single layer corset with a wide silk trim and silk external boning channels. The silk was woven in Britain for the lapels of formal academic gowns.

Highwaisted Skirt

2017

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-Technical Tweed-

95% wool/ 5% Alpaca tweed over structual coutil (Corset) Interlined with silk organza. Cotton lining with silk trim.

UnderBust - 85cm (33.5"); Waist - 66cm (26"); HighHip - 86cm (34"); LowHip- 104cm (41")

Model – Miss Jones; Photos - Tigz Rice Studio; Location– Jesus College Oxford Library

Brown highwaisted skirt in a woollen Scottish-made tweed with a double shot purple/brown cotton lawn lining. This was the second in Technical Tweed set. It was made to explore the potential of pattern matching horizontal and vertical lines and includes the corset as a hidden structural element.

Left Correction Corset

2017

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Cotton coutil.

Cup - DD; UnderBust - 85cm (35.5"); Waist – 66cm (26”); HighHip - 86cm (34")

Model – #Greythornimages; Photographer - #nicolamyboudoir

For the correction of Sinister Behaviour

[SINISTER: of, or relating to, or situated to the left or on the left side of something] There was a huge surge in innovation during the Victorian period with every possible industry bring out new, better and more specialised objects for every possible niche use. Patent applications boomed and outrageous claims were touted in extravagant advertisements. I love those advertisements, with their pseudo scientific claims and the pompous statements particularly ones that claim to correct aberrant female behaviour under the guise of 'health'. This corset started as a technical exercise in a cupped corset in coutil, but the wide binding gave it a slightly medical air so it became a tongue in cheek 'correctional' corset. I didn't want to make a corset that corrected or (in keeping with the Victorian advertisements) claimed to correct, an actual medical complaint so I decided to work with another Victorian obsession, left-handedness. The irony is that the corset was made for a righthanded client and wouldn't even be wearable under garments. The piece was finished with it's own full page pseudo advertisement.

Formal Day Ensemble

2016

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100% British wool over structural coutil (Corset) Interlined with silk organza. Cotton lining with silk trim.

UnderBust - 69cm (27'); Waist - 58cm (23"); HighHip - 88cm (34.5")

Model – JoJo Wood; Photos – Carl Whitham; Woollen cloth – London Cloth

Blue bias cut skirt with a corseted waistcoat. The outfit was entirely British made with total traced provenance - not only were the garments constructed in the UK but the fabric was one of the first pieces of cloth produced by London Cloth on an antique tweed loom bought from a Welsh tweed mill. The yarn was spun in Scotland from local wool. The lining was repurposed vintage fabric. The waistcoat includes the corset as a hidden structural element.

Mustard Tweed Ensemble

2015

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-Technical Tweed-

100% wool over structural coutil (Corset) Cotton lining with silk trim.

Underbust- 81cm (32"); Waist- 58cm (23"); HighHip- 95cm (37.5")

Model- Gingerface; Photos- Tigz Rice Studio; Location- Jesus College Oxford Library

Mustard corset and skirt ensemble in a thorn-proof woollen tweed. This was the first in Technical Tweed set. It was made to explore the potential of pattern matching horizontal and vertical lines across two garments. The corset can be worn independently of the skirt. Pattern matching heaven.