'Burned Earth' Silk Overbust Corset By The Velvet Letter

'Burned Earth' Silk Overbust Corset By The Velvet Letter. The Underpinnings Museum Photography by Tigz Rice

Date: 2017

Origin: South Africa

Fabric: Silk charmeuse fused to cotton coutil and steel boning.

Brand: The Velvet Letter

Designer: Anya Kovacs


This design was inspired both by the print of the silk charmeuse and its intended wearer. The print’s texture reminded the designer of local rock formations: ‘great chunks of granite that tower and soar’. Irregular rhinestone placement was used to enhance this print pattern, giving the impression of rock fissures within which ‘dark geodes glitter’.

The corset was constructed with a silk charmeuse outer layer fused to a coutil strength layer and lined with satin. It fastens with a front busk closure and is structured with a mix of 7mm spiral and flat steel bones.

The Velvet Letter was founded by designer Anya Kovacs in 2013. The brand specialises in one of a kind corsets and gowns, using traditional couture and corset making techniques.


Photographed at the Oxford Conference of Corsetry 2017, garment loaned by Anya Kovacs.

Museum number: OC-2017-008


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