April 6, 2015

Period Corsets® and Salem; Witch War, the battle of the stomachers!

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In the series Salem, season 2 there is a witch war.  The main opponents are the Countess Marburg, a newcomer to Salem played by Lucy Lawless and Mary Sibley, played by Janet Montgomery.  In an interview with the New York Times, Ms. Lawless says, "The countess is no wall stain; she will be an integral part of the witch war that is to occupy the second season.“I’m here to give Janet’s character a hard time,” Ms. Lawless said. “A very, very hard time.”  

Bodices made by Period Corsets®,
 trimmed and finished by the Salem design team

  Here at Period Corsets® the witch war consisted of the battle over who has the most gorgeous stomacher.  A stomacher is the center front panel of  a bodice or corset. Historically it was a removable panel, but its primary definition is that it is the showpiece of the garment, filled with delicate and intricate embroidery.  Joseph Porro, the costume designer and his design team at Salem outdid themselves with the luxurious custom embroidered fabrics they sent us to make each corset or bodice. Every character seemed to have one more beautiful than the next.

 Here Ms. Lawless seems to agree,
“When I went to the costume fitting... when they dressed me up and made me so glamorous, I was shocked.”

Pictured above and below are my two favorites, one for each witch, in the fabric, in the bodice and then on screen.

Marburg Stomacher in the works at Period Corsets
Marburg Bodice at Period Corsets
Mary Sibley Stomacher fabric
Mary Sibley Bodice finished at Period Corsets
Countess Marburg and Mary Sibley in their dueling Bodices

Which do you like best?
 There are many more to come!

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