Origin: United Kingdom
Fabric: Silk brocade and leather
An early experimental piece from the Sparklewren brand, this bodysuit was inspired by structured 18th c. stays. The heavily boned bustline is cropped at the waist, with a cage style structure forming the leg and hip lines. The garment is heavily structured with a mix of spiral and steel bones. The brocade silk body is overlaid with metallic leather decorative bone channels and ‘arrow’ re-enforcing motifs. The original bodysuit had a golden satin ribbon forming the lacing and ties, but has since been replaced with a deeper red ribbon.
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 to The Underpinnings Museum by Elle Mosbach