Autumn in Paris http://ift.tt/1ybxyMz I’ve long been friends with the glorious Dita von Teese, and have been lucky enough to make several corsets for her.
Often I work in conjunction with Catherine D’Lish
who creates truly beautiful embellishment and accessories that compliment and enhance Dark Garden corsets.
Two years ago my partner Daniel and I visited with Dita in Paris and got to meet a few of her other friends, one of them being the inimitable Mr. Pearl
, the most well-known corsetier in the western world. He has made corsets for a wide array of couturiers, including but not limited to Jean-Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Dior, Christian Lacroix, Hussein Chalayan, Vivienne Westwood, and Thierry Mugler. Dita’s most beautifully realized corsets are made by him, so you can imagine I was beside myself when he agreed to have dinner with us. Meeting him was the realization of a long-time dream.
The butterfly corset here was shown in Jean-Paul Gaultier’s 2013 Fall Haute Couture collection
The following year during another trip to Paris we dined again with Mr. Pearl and delivered a photo from and by Fakir Musafar
, another of my corsetmaker/wearer inspirations. It turns out that this photo inspired Mr. Pearl greatly to train his own waist and to make corsets to do so.
At this dinner I proposed that I visit for a short time this year to work with and learn from him. Amazingly enough, he agreed, so here I am, in the City of Lights and fashion. My trip is one month and I’ve already been here for 6 short and very full days. I can’t believe how quickly the time is going for me.
In addition to working with Mr. Pearl, I get to spend some time in the glorious atelier of Martin D’Autry
. Jean-Pierre is incredibly talented and skilled, it’s a true pleasure to be here, surrounded by the magic that is couture. The chatter of stitchers and the sounds of embroidery taking place is endlessly enjoyable.
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