Sheer Corset With Cups & Lace Appliqué By Sparklewren

Sheer Corset With Cups & Lace Appliqué By Sparklewren, c. 2012, United Kingdom. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice

Date: c. 2012

Origin: United Kingdom

Fabric: Nylon crin, silk satin, lace

Brand: Sparklewren


A cupped overbust corset incorporating pre-moulded PU foam cups into a body of nylon crin mesh, with cotton coutil bone channels and contrast silk satin binding. Metallic French leavers lace is appliquéd by hand across the body of the corset. The garment is structured with a wide steel bone at the centre front, underwires at the cups, and a mix of spiral and flat steel boning throughout the body. It fastens with cotton lacing and metal eyelets at the centre back.

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.


From the collection of Karolina Laskowska

Museum number: KL-2018-022


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