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Spotlight: Retro Kinky Corsets by Sian Hoffman

Corset: Sian Hoffman | Photo © Tim Bret Day

Corset: Sian Hoffman | Photo © Tim Bret Day

I've been aware of Sian Hoffman's work for quite some time, but she really caught my attention last spring. Her work really stands out to me, with a signature look which feels kinky and retro, and yet very relevant and very sexy.



Corset: Sian Hoffman | Photo © Tim Bret Day

The photo and corset design which captivated me last spring. | Corset: Sian Hoffman | Photo © Tim Bret Day

It comes as no surprise, then, to learn that the image which caught my eye was shot by Tim Bret Day – known for his work with Agent Provocateur. The locations, styling, and lighting are polished, but there's also a sexy weirdness to them that really gives that high fashion feeling. Admittedly, sometimes my reaction to that style of fashion photography is, "What? Why?" In this case, the result creates more of a, "I'm not sure what's happening but I want to see more," feeling.

Corset: Sian Hoffman | Model: Miss Miranda | Photo © Julain M. Kilsby

Corset: Sian Hoffman | Model: Miss Miranda | Photo © Julain M. Kilsby

Sian Hoffman's work has been impressive since long before that particular shoot. Her best known design is probably her corset/girdle hybrid. This powermesh and satin longline style was reviewed by Karolina for this blog in 2011. It's got classic lines and offers moderate reductions with ease and comfort.

Sian Hoffman Bespoke.

Sian Hoffman Bespoke.

Given the bespoke nature of Sian Hoffman's work, little starting information regarding designs and pricing is on her site. Each photo is beautiful, but as with many editorial photos, it's a little difficult to really see the complexity and detail of the design it ostensibly showcases. However, accessories and corsets by Sian Hoffman, as well as her sister line, "The Model Traitor," are available from a few stockists. Xenses has a range of Sian Hoffman waspies, cuffs, and posture collars in two classic color ways.

Corset: Sian Hoffman "Gold Venus | Model: Tessa Kuragi | Photo © Nadia Lee Cohen

Corset: Sian Hoffman "Gold Venus | Model: Tessa Kuragi | Photo © Nadia Lee Cohen

Corset: Sian Hoffman | Photo © Tim Bret Day

Corset: Sian Hoffman | Photo © Tim Bret Day

What do you think of Sian Hoffman? Do you own any of her pieces?


Marianne
Marianne Faulkner

Marianne Faulkner is the designer of Pop Antique, a clothing and corsetry line specializing in sustainable materials and comfortable curves. She is based in San Francisco where she earned her MFA in fashion design at the Academy of Art University, and has been a columnist at The Lingerie Addict since 2011.

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  1. Ana says:

    I loooove her work, I remember first seeing it in Fairy Goth Mother’s website many moons ago. What I like the most about it is that, because of the powermesh, it looks like the king of garment I would be able to wear a lot, for long periods of time and comfortably, while still achieving a good reduction at the waist. And yes, I do know any well fitting corset should be like that, but the mesh just makes it look so comfy and soft compared to the structured sides of regular corsets.

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