Silk Edwardian Style Corset By Sparklewren

Silk Edwardian Style Corset By Sparklewren, c. 2015, UK. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: c. 2015

Origin: United Kindom

Fabric: Silk cotton blend

Brand: Sparklewren


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

Museum number: SP-2019-005


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