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Within the corset community, corset seasoning can be a bit of a contentious issue. Among wearers and makers alike, there’s a distinct split between the individuals who insist upon it and those who think it’s unnecessary.  For those outside the community, the phrase can be a little confusing. I know that when I first encountered the term my immediate thoughts were of salt and pepper rather than any kind of […]

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At first glance, it may seem a bit strange to have a £500 corset as this week’s Sale Lingerie of the Week. Yes, it’s been reduced from £1200 (just over $1700 USD) to less than half that (just over $700 USD), but that’s still an undeniably lavish sum for most people. Yet Sparklewren is undeniably worth it. If you’ve dreamed of owning a Sparklewren creation, and if her couture designs […]

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As we embrace the fresh start offered by the new year, there’s a solid chance that a few of you out there are contemplating some new lingerie purchases, and that just might include a new corset. Maybe you’re planning to take up waist training, or you just want to invest in updating your lingerie wardrobe. You might even be getting a jump on your Valentine’s Day planning. Whatever the reason, The Lingerie Addict […]

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While there are relatively few networking and professionalization events in the lingerie industry, one of the most revered is also one of the newest — The Oxford Conference of Corsetry, held over the summer at Oxford College. For those unfamiliar, The Oxford Conference of Corsetry (otherwise known as OCOC) is a three-year-old event, created by corsetmakers, for corsetmakers, and dedicated to the study of corsetry. People fly in from all […]

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The 2015 Oxford Conference of Corsetry fell a scant five weeks before my wedding date. Flying in the face of good sense, I attended anyway. I had other reasons to be in England, and one of them was the undeniable pleasure of spending an extra day with my corsetmaking colleagues, taking pictures in the Sparklewren showroom. Sparklewren, Karolina Laskowska, Vanyanís, Emiah Couture, Holly Rafaela, and Pop Antique (that would be […]

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Please note: Some of the following images are NSFW. Evgenia’s newest collection is about as Old Hollywood glamour as it gets. 1930s silhouettes are reinvented in modern proportions with luxe fabrics and flirty attitude. There are stars! Hearts! And cheeky tap panties that make my heart sing. While most of the collection is derived from Evgenia’s core offerings (tap panties, camisole, and a Kestos-inspired bralette), keeping a limited color palette […]

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Today I’m here to put to rest one of the most common misconceptions about corsets. (No, not the lie about how terrible they are for you.) Many people seem to think the presence of steel bones is all that defines a “real” corset. Sometimes this is expanded to a specific number of bones, typically 20 bones, being necessary. But what does corset boning really do? And if it’s not the bones, […]

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In last week’s review of Timeless Trends, I touched on the distinction between handmade and factory-produced corsets. Understandably, this drew some confusion: “Handmade” is not a regulated term and indeed sewn goods are created on machines manned by humans. What defines a handmade piece? What are the benefits to mass-manufacturing? Each factory will have their own process for mass production. I’ve only worked in small studios (Dark Garden, Dollhouse Bettie), […]

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Disclosure: The corset featured in this review was purchased by The Lingerie Addict for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Timeless Trends is unaffiliated with this review. Timeless Trends has just released their new, curvier range of corsets: the “Hourglass” line, developed under the consultation of Lucy’s Corsetry. Today’s review is a bit of a departure for me, as it features a corset that is mass-manufactured rather than individually handmade: […]

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It was the Oxford Conference of Corsetry just over a week ago, and in its run-up I spent most of my time getting pretty obsessive about corsets. I’ve been neglecting other areas of lingerie to dedicate my time to crafting these exquisite, waist-altering garments. Consequently, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the significance of the corset. As a lingerie designer, corsets to me have always existed in their […]

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