Silk & Leather Underbust Corset With Hip Arches By Sparklewren

Silk & Leather Underbust Corset With Hip Fins By Sparklewren, c. 2011, United Kingdom. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: c. 2011

Origin: United Kingdom

Fabric: Silk and leather

Brand: Sparklewren


An early Sparklewren design, this underbust incorporates standaway structured panelling at the hipline, described as ‘hip arches’ by the designer. These ‘arches’ further emphasise the already dramatic silhouette created by the corset. The corset is created in a striped silk and embossed scale patterned leather, with a cotton lining. It is structured with spiral and flat steel boning throughout, fastening with a metal busk at the front and cotton lacing through metal eyelets at the 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.


Kindly loaned by Marianne Faulkner

Museum number: SP-2018-006


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