Date: c. 2015
Origin: United Kindom
Fabric: Silk cotton blend
This corset was created in the style of c.1900s foundations, with historically accurate techniques, pattern and materials. It is made with a pattern by Atelier Sylphe, taken from an extant corsets of that period.
The garment is constructed from a single layer of silk-cotton blend duchesse satin. It opens with a central busk fastening and is structured with synthetic baleen plastic bones. The bust gores are re-enforced with hand stitching. This piece was created to be worn under clothing with substantial padding, to help achieve a period-accurate and exaggerated silhouette for c. 1900s fashions.
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 specialised in one-of-a-kind heirloom garments, with each garment taking weeks of carefully considered embellishment and craftsmanship.
Kindly loaned by Cathy Hay