While some old favorites never lose their charm (Dark Garden, Electra Designs, Sparklewren), there are some intriguing newer names that I’ve discovered in the past year. The following three designers have impressed me with their distinctive, fresh aesthetics, innovative detailing, and technical craft. Here are the corsetieres I’m looking forward to watching in the coming year.
Following Alicia Rose, I get a sense of delicate femininity: girlishness, if you will (look at all the subtle sweetheart motifs in the images above). Lots of sheer fabrications, intermixed with an unusual long-strand embroidery in stark, vibrant contrast. There’s a definite sense of vintage inspiration and bridal styling, but paired with a chic sense of whimsy.
Neon Duchess, aka corsetiere Hannah Light, plays a lot with texture and textured silhouette. Fabrications are layered within panels or stacked in placements such as the hip fins, further dramatizing the already striking corseted silhouette. In particular, the use of metallic leather seems to be something of a signature.
Purdy Corsetry’s approach is a perhaps bit more classic than the above two designers, but I like the subtle twist she puts on traditional looks, and her craftmanship seems top notch, as evidenced by the clean finishing of the miniature heart shaped cutouts. Purdy’s work also demonstrates intriguing diversity: the graceful, elegant fanned bone channels contrasting with the hard-edged corset spine lacing (I wish I’d thought of it!) or Gaultier-esque anatomically inspired pieces.
What do you think of these new corsetieres? Whose work are you looking forward to following in the new year?