Twig Overbust Corset By Sparklewren

Twig Overbust Corset By Sparklewren, c. 2014, United Kingdom. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography By Tigz Rice.

Date: c. 2014

Origin: United Kingdom

Fabric: Cotton coutil, silk lace

Brand: Sparklewren


A bespoke corset created for the model Twig, inspired by her namesake. It is created from a single layer of cotton coutil with the diagonal seaming style a reference to experimental early 20th c. corsetry styles. It is lightly structured with a mix of spiral and flat steel bones, and fastens with a steel busk at the front and eyelets and cotton lacing at the rear.

The corset is embellished with hand stitched, 19th. c. silk leavers lace appliqué, and a black tulle overlay. Jet Swarovski crystals are glued in a branch inspired formation, with further crystal and glass spike beading over the garment hips.

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 Twig

Museum number: SP-2018-004


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