April 4, 2018

Venice is Sinking Masquerade Ball

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Period Corsets costumes made a lasting impression at this year's lavish masquerade ball, Venice is Sinking. Back for it's 11th year, this fantastical gathering of costumed attendants wined, dined and danced the night away, several of whom wearing a Period Corsets ensemble or corset.

Attendee wearing a full Period Corsets costume ensemble
In conjunction with costume rental house A Masquerade, Period Corsets costumes made their red carpet debut and twirled through the night. Several party attendees found their perfect costume match within the doors of our rental friends at A Masquerade who carries a large range of our ensembles and singular pieces ready to mix and match into unique looks.

A gathering of lovelies assembled wearing their Period Corsets costumes

A Masquerade owner Kyra Stewart, and her creative staff, use their magic, and great design skills, to outfit their clients in the perfect ensemble to match any event. Using our corsets, skirts, skirt supports or Rustles, Kyra and crew artfully combines our pieces with their own stock pieces to put together unique looks for each client. With a large range of pieces spanning across many eras of fashion, Period Corsets rental line and A Masquerade have found a lovely partnership ready to serve the demand of party go-ers across the Pacific Northwest.

Along with the many rented looks, client Kim Clements debuted her one-of-a-kind ensemble, a collaborative effort between herself and Period Corsets. Kim discovered our pieces through A Masquerade and contacted us directly to create some unique pieces to match the rest of her costume build. Kim supplied her own fabrics for a bespoke corset and ruffle pannier Rustles to match her wonderful handmade bolero jacket and open front skirt. 

These lovely ladies selected their looks from our many Victorian styled offerings. Wearing a plum brocade c. 1880 Alice corset and a teal c. 1905 Mae corset, both with matching Tulip skirts, these two were dressed to impress!

An overview of the party hosted at Seattle Design Center

Not only a wonderful excuse for playing dress-up, this annual masquerade ball offered a full evening of entertainment and treats for the eyes. Offering up a new act every 15 minutes, Venice is Sinking provided a stage for a whole range of performances from opera singers, musicians, dancers, contortionists and acrobats, burlesque and even suspended shibari. 

A small assortment of the evening's entertainment including opera signers, burlesque, and suspended dancers
And what is an evening of lush extravagances without the proper snacks?  Once inside the Marie Antoinette Dessert Room, attendees entered a world of sweets. Platters were overflowing with all manner of treats so that everyone could have their cake, and eat it too.

Let them eat cake!.... and petite fours, and macarons

Marie Antoinette guards her treats at the entrance of the dessert room

Delicious dainty treats in the Marie Antoinette Dessert Room

  Gorgeous in gold, this fine lass wore our tabbed corset in gold brocade with matching lace trimmed chemise, and sequined Rustles. Love this look? Get your own, and other similar looks, made in the colors of choice through our Etsy.

All photos courtesy of Olga Plastino

April 2, 2018

Period Corsets in the pages of CR Fashion Book

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Straight from our studios to the newsstands- Period Corsets was featured prominently throughout Issue 9 of CR Fashion Book magazine. This high fashion publication was able to take advantage of our rental service to fill their pages with with some truly wonderful photo spreads.

CR Fashion Book is the latest endeavor from former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief, Carine Roitfeld. This large scale fashion magazine covers everything from runway to celebrity and beyond. Peppered throughout this issue are various pieces from Period Corsets including a large array of our corsets and skirt supports. Showcasing the versatility of a good corset, our many pieces were featured in a large variety of style editorials expanding beyond our usual historical looks.

Period Corsets c. 1860 Julia corset in pink brocade

Front to back, our corsets look great from every angle!

Our full pannier in a whole new way!

Our brocade Julia corset with some added punk flair

Among the many fashion-forward style editorials, there was a touch of celebrity style. Showcasing a softer look in our pastel brocades, our corsets were modeled beautifully by Willow Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. With a feminine and more delicate look, our corsets were a lovely accompaniment to these graceful ladies.

Willow wears our c. 1860 Julia while Jada wears our c. 1860 Underbust Alice

Willow striking some theatrical poses in our 18th c. Marie Antoinette

Bring on the drama, Willow wears our c. 1860 Julia

 The reoccurring theme for this issue was the ever popular, Queen Marie Antoinette. CR Fashion Book gave us a modern and bold take to this historic fashionista, an icon that continues to inspire today's fashion world. Our 18th century Marie Antoinette corset was the perfect accompaniment to their inspired looks, using our historical shaping but combining the corset with truly modern pairings of denim. Even our c. 1880 Alice took a spin in denim for a truly unique new look.

Period Corsets undercover- our pink brocade Lilly underbust

Achieving maximum cleavage with our Alice

Daring Denim:Our Alice corset gets a bold new look, covered in modern denim

Tabbed and fabulous- our flat front Marie Antoinette corset in brocade

Beyond the many looks inspired by Marie Antoinette, our pieces went another in direction with some high-fashion bridal looks. Our c. 1860 Julia, a classic hourglass corset, in light blue brocade provided the "something blue" for the willowy bride. Our 18th century pocket hoop pannier also made an appearance, ready to make a statement for that special day.

Since the publication of Issue 9, we have continued to work with the talents at CR Fashion Book. For Issue 11, our classic c.1770 Judith corset was worn by Kim Kardashian West in a recreation of Pamela Anderson's classic Red Carpet look. Kim's look was part of a nostalgic editorial that paid homage to nine iconic celebrity ensembles from the 90's, as modeled by celebrities and models from today.

Kim wears our c. 1770 Judith corset

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