'Nebula' Painted Cotton Coutil Corset By Sparklewren

'Nebula' Painted Cotton Coutil Corset By Sparklewren, 2014, UK. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: 2014

Origin: United Kingdom

Fabric: Cotton coutil

Brand: Sparklewren


A dramatically shaped overbust corset in herringbone cotton coutil, the originally grey textile has been hand painted in purple and mauve ombré tones. Metallic silver paint has been haphazardly scattered across the body of the corset, with metallic silver French lace appliqué, metal spikes and clear Swarovski crystals adding further textural interest. The corset opens at the front with a wide metal busk, and fastens at the rear with metal eyelets and cotton lacing. It is structured throughout with a mix of spiral  and flat steel bones. This corset was created as an experimental photoshoot sample rather than as a bespoke corset for an individual customer.

Jenni Hampshire began creating corsets under the moniker ‘Sparklewren’ in 2009. The designer’s background in Fine Art has resulted in a body of work akin to wearable sculpture. Historically inspired silhouettes and construction techniques are paired with lush, opulent embellishment and couture construction techniques. The brand specialises in one-of-a-kind heirloom garments, with each garment taking weeks of carefully considered embellishment and craftsmanship.


Kindly loaned by Cassie Rae

Museum number: SP-2019-002


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