'Tamara' Silk & Lace Appliqué Soft Bra & Briefs by Carine Gilson

'Tamara' Silk & Lace Appliqué Soft Bra & Briefs by Carine Gilson, 2012, Belgium. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: 2012

Origin: Belgium

Fabric: Silk and leavers lace

Brand: Carine Gilson


A soft bra and brief set in parma violet stretch silk satin, embellished with ecru chantilly lace, appliquéd over saffron silk. Both pieces are sewn with couture techniques, incorporating silk linings, intricately machine stitched lace appliqué and bagged out constructions with concealed elastics.

The ‘Tamara’ range was inspired by the Russian Ballet’s ‘Firebird’, choreographed by Diaghilev for Tamara Karsavina’s title role. The lace appliqué patterns were specially assembled to reflect the ‘Firebird’, with motifs chosen to create a flaming feather effect.

Carine Gilson is an eponymous couture lingerie brand, founded by the designer in 1993 in Belgium after graduating from the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts. The label specialises in true couture, luxury lingerie, creating its garments in Brussels-based workshops by couturiers with a minimum of two years of specialist training. Many of the garments can take two full days to create, with eight different artisans working on them. The brand uses exclusively Lyon-made silk and Caudry leavers lace in its designs. According to the brand, 484 pins are used to hand apply the lace appliqué to a single robe design, and the workshop gets through 18,000m of lace flowers per year.



From the collection of Karolina Laskowska

Museum number: KL-2017-074


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