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Gilded Lilies - A Sparklewren RetrospectiveGilded Lilies - A Sparklewren Retrospective

‘Gilded Lilies’ examines the work of Sparklewren, one of the most influential and memorable makers in the modern corsetry movement. Sparklewren’s notoriously opulent aesthetic treats corsetry as a foundation in the architectural sense, creating the base for wearable mixed-media sculpture. This exhibit explores Sparklewren’s development, exploration, reinvention, and abandonment of numerous techniques for construction, fabrication, boning, patterning, and, of course, embellishment of corsetry. Also included are exclusive behind the scenes and editorial photography, sketches, fabric samples, and garments both inspiring to and influenced by the designer.

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Maternity & Nursing Corset With Open Bust, Elasticated Panelling & Laced Side Seams By Corset Au Coeur, c. 1910s, France. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice

The End of Maternal Corsetry

1930s Kestos style bra, The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice Studios

Rosamond Lilian Klin: The Inventor Of The Kestos Bra

Black Silk & Lace Ribbonwork Step In, c. 1920s, USA. The Underpinnings Museum Photo by Tigz Rice

Favourite Things: Ayten Gasson

c. 1830s corset - The Underpinnings Museum

New Acquisition: c. 1830s Corset

‘Hello Boys’: How Wonderbra Survived the Bra Wars

Overlocked Floral Jacquard Weave Ribbon Corset, c. 1900, Great Britain. The Underpinnings Museum. Photo by Tigz Rice

Favourite Things: Stephanie Bodnar of Evgenia Lingerie


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ART-CHERIE: Inspiration from online archives

Monowire heart padded lace bra by Belligne, c. 1950s The Underpinnings Museum shot by Tigz Rice Studios 2017

Favourite Things: Maude Nibelungen

Behind the scenes at day 2 of the Underpinnings Museum photoshoot in July 2018

Behind the Scenes at an Underpinnings Museum Photoshoot