Monday, March 17, 2014

Sexy Secrets: New lingerie available at Dark Garden!

Cincher corset in net lace overlay (custom fabric)
© Max Johnson | Model: Euphrates X
Whether you want to show it all off, create a sensual surprise, or indulge in a stealthy personal pick-me-up, we'd love to aid and abet by getting you into some new lingerie. We have several exciting new offerings in lace as well as saucy leopard print, bras with coordinating panties or briefs and garter belts... stop by, step into the dressing room and slip into these sexy new lingerie styles! In addition, we offer panties by Curvy Kate, Blush, Honey Dew, and local designer Honey Cooler Handmade.

Sweetheart corset in gold with lace overlay (custom fabric)
© Max Johnson
The new offerings are versatile enough to wear (and take off) onstage for burlesque, take with you on a spring break weekend getaway, or simply support your workday attire. Best of all, our Signature Collection's ivory, black, and luminescent crimson red corsets will pair easily with these bombshell styles. Call 415-431-7684 for more information or visit the boutique at 321 Linden St. to try on the new looks!

Visit Dark Garden for a closer look at saucy bras and soft lace bralettes!


Cincher corset in Signature Collection red silk
© Light & Shadow

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Friday, March 7, 2014

Photo Friday: "Dark Days" of Corseted Gents by Billy Winters

The Posture Improver from the 2013 collection.
© Billy Winters
We recently collaborated with internationally published fashion photographer Billy Winters, showing off some of our laced-up accessories and men's corsetry on a talented bevy of male models.  (Needless to say, it was a rough day for us on-set.)

Kitten Collar, available in ready-to-wear or custom fit.
© Billy Winters
Our previous collaboration with Billy Winters yielded this stunning editorial in Tantalum: Bound To You, which also features an interview with Dark Garden's proprietress, Autumn Adamme.

The Alexandra, in leather with triple lacing detail.
© Billy Winters
Check out the editorial spread of Dark Days on DimensionMag.com.

Photography: Billy Winters
Styling: Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
Makeup: Jonathan Mendez
Hair: Steve Elias
Manicurist: Michele Vella

The Beau Brummell, custom waistcoat corset.
© Billy Winters





Though corsets are classically thought of as a hyper-feminine garment, they can be immensely versatile, and their structured nature lends itself beautiful to a tailored menswear aesthetic.  Whatever your aesthetic, Dark Garden can create a corset or ensemble to suit your fancy.  Stop by the shop at 321 Linden St. Thursday through Tuesday for a ready-to-wear fitting and heady dose of eye candy, or call ahead at 415-431-7684 to schedule a custom consultation with a senior member of our design team.

The Dietriech, custom waistcoast corset.
© Joel Aron


-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Sunday, March 2, 2014

What a week for press! Read all about it...

Autumn Adamme in Dark Garden couture at the Edwardian Ball San Francisco
© Joel Aron
SF Racked: Custom Corsets Are a Cinch at This Hayes Valley Boutique In this installment of Better Know a Store Owner, SF Racked sits down with Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme for an interview.  If you're wondering how we got our start, who continues to inspire us, and why we love SF, this is a must-read.  Don't forget to check out SF Racked's interview with Dita Von Teese, following her recent in-store appearance.

Beauty Shall Save the World: Valentine’s Day Corsets at Dark Garden—Necessary Luxuries Dark Garden is so thrilled to have been featured on Beauty Shall Save the World.  This lovely post covers a range of corset topics, from vintage shapewear to modern waist training, retail therapy and self-confidence, with quotes from Dita Von Teese as well as Dark Garden's own Autumn Adamme and Euphrates Dahout.

Dark Garden's fashion show at the Edwardian Ball Los Angeles.
© Greg Autrey
LA Splash: The Edwardian Ball LA - what lies on The Curious Sofa  Though the Edwardian Ball is practically a fashion show in the form of the attendees alone, Dark Garden puts on the official fashion show for both the LA and San Francisco iterations of the event.  We're featured in at least 7 photos, alongside some amazing captures of our friends in the Vau De Vire Society, and Autumn reveals a little-known fact about the evening's titular story...

SFLUXE: 25 Phenomenal Looks from SF Ballet Gala We're in excellent company, featured amongst gowns by Very Wang and Dolce & Gabbana.  Slide 4 shows off Elizabeth Fullerton's beautiful custom Aziza ensemble in a luminous purple taffeta.

Curious to learn more?  Stop by the shop at 321 Linden St. Thursday through Tuesday for a corset consultation with our knowledgeable staff!

The Grable custom corset
© Mask Photo
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Monday, February 3, 2014

Hello Hollywood! Dark Garden revisits Jenette Bras on Sunday, February 9


2014 has been off to a rockin' start with delightful clients and fabulous events, and the hits just keep coming.  This Sunday, February 9th, we are thrilled to return to Jenette Bras for another trunk show after last year's wonderful success.

Snapshot from last year's trunk show.
Photo © Marianne Faulkner

Jenette Bras, where the alphabet starts at D, is home to beautiful fine lingerie and stellar staff.  With their keen eye for fitting buxom babes into beautiful bras, Jenette's staff picked up corset fitting in no time flat.  We'll also be bringing three members from our team in San Francisco, so you can walk out with a corset that day or even order a fully-custom corset with all your measurements taken by an expert fitter.

Just because Jenette is a full bust expert (supporting the overdeveloped and underserved) doesn't mean it'll be busty gals only on Sunday, though.  All of our Southern California clientele is invited to stop by for a custom cocktail and corset fitting.

We'll see you in Hollywood at 4308 Melrose Ave. from 6 to 9pm this Sunday!  Don't forget to catch our fashion show at the Edwardian Ball Los Angeles the preceding evening.

Edwardian Ball 2014
© Clarence Alford

-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Friday, January 31, 2014

Be Our Valentine: Saturday Trunk Show with Honey Cooler Handmade and Pop Antique

Honey Cooler Handmade Camisole with Dark Garden Cincher
Model: Anuka Mendbayar
Photo © Joel Aron

Will you be our Valentine? Dark Garden is happy to announce a Valentine's Day inspired Trunk Show featuring the sensual silks of Honey Cooler Handmade and fantastic fascinators of Pop Antique, from 4-8 PM on Saturday, February 1st. Treat yourself to one of a kind, artisan-made lingerie and accessories!  As always, Dark Garden will quench your palate with finger foods and our signature libation: champagne punch.

Photography: Vixen Pin-Up Photography
Model: Ruby Collins

Honey Cooler Handmade has been a long-time favorite with us.  Each item is, you guessed it, handmade, and right here in San Francisco no less.  Designer Stephanie Bodnar sources beautiful vintage silks for some of her one-of-a-kind creations, and her new ready-to-wear collection pairs perfectly with Dark Garden's own Signature Collection.  Lounge in style in everything from ruched panties to silky eye masks.  If you've got curves that can't be contained by a ready-to-wear fit, Stephanie is available for custom creations in all sizes.


Pop Antique Bow Clip Fascinator
Photo © Max Johnson

As for Pop Antique...  Well, I am entirely incapable of describing it without bias, since Pop Antique is 100% designed and made by me.  My specialty is feather-light and travel-friendly fascinators which style as easily for day as they do evening.  New this month is a fluffy bow clip fascinator, perfect for perching on the side of your head to hold back overgrown bangs (guilty!) or resting demurely above a ballerina bun.

I hope we'll see you tomorrow at 321 Linden St. for a delightful evening of punch, panties, and playful headpieces.


Pop Antique Double Decker Fascinator
© Max Johnson
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

F*ck Your New Year's Resolution! - Tomorrow!!


Imagine this: a pleasure lounge filled to the brim with all of San Francisco's favorite things. Single malt whiskey, artesian chocolate truffles, artesian bacon chocolate truffles, sexy sin, and babes in corsets! 

Dream no more, for it is real. 

Coming to you tomorrow evening, Thursday 1/30, at the illustrious deco-chic Monarch SF is: F*ck Your New Year's Resolution! Dark Garden will be celebrating a coming to the end of January, the most delusional of the months, with a lingerie fashion show celebrating all shapes. (Darling, you're beautiful! No more locker room sturm und drang. Come to Dark Garden; we'll take care of you.) 
We will also have a pop up shop downstairs with accessories by Pop Antique, sizing cinchers to try on, and (oft sought, rarely found) discount cards!

More about the event:

Act fast for reduced price tickets...

Promo Code: DARKGARDEN
- $5 off tickets for the event.
- Through end of day Wednesday tickets with this code are $10, after which prices will rise.

Read More

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Get Dolled Up in Dita for Valentine's Day in the Corset Boudoir

Client image used with permission
© Max Johnson


Give yourself (or your partner) a special treat for Valentine's Day on January 26th. Step into the Corset Boudoir with us for a premium photo night, featuring stellar photographer Max Johnson. Max Johnson is great with lighting, fantastic with retouching, and simply brilliant at guiding poses and making you feel comfortable in front of his camera.  We will be shooting once more at our San Francisco boutique at 321 Linden St.  Appointments are available by appointment only; please call 415-431-7684 to book with us.

Client image used with permission
© Max Johnson

At our Decadent events, enjoy more time for each step of the process, culminating in a 30 minute photo session. There are only eight slots available, creating an intimate soiree atmosphere.  You may select your own souvenir print and we will fine-tune its composition and print settings on-site.


Client image used with permission
© Max Johnson

Photography sessions may be scheduled beginning at 4:30 pm; allow for up to three hours total time for your transformation. Hair and makeup artists will be available to assist you in summoning your inner pinup.  We'll be serving libations to keep you hydrated - or should I say, lubricated? Call 415-431-7684 to reserve your sitting as early as possible.


Model: Euphrates X
© Max Johnson

I recommend bringing your own shoes and intimates to complete your ensemble, though we will have a fine selection of panties and stockings available for purchase. We will also be selling the Von Follies lingerie collection by Dita Von Teese! There are some truly beautiful, classic styles in stock - why not show one off for your boudoir session? Come early for your shoot or swing by the shop before the event to browse and try on these gorgeous pieces. We've even received some gorgeous new styles since our meet and greet with Dita!  Dark Garden is the only place in San Francisco where you can purcahse Dita Von Teese's Von Follies lingerie line.



Model: Victoria Dagger
© Max Johnson

The following packages are available:

Ingenue, $125
• Personal styling
• Corset rental
• 30 minutes with photographer Max Johnson
• One 8"x10" print of your selection
• 10% off corset purchases & orders

Starlet, $215
• Personal styling
• Corset rental
• 30 minutes with a professional makeup artist
• 30 minutes with photographer Max Johnson
• One 8"x10" print of your selection
• 10% off corset purchases & orders

Goddess, $295
• Personal styling
• Corset rental
• 30 minutes with a professional makeup artist
• 30 minutes with a professional hair stylist
• 30 minutes with pinup photographer Max Johnson
• One 8"x10" print of your selection
• 10% off corset purchases & orders


Prints, Image Galleries & Add-ons

• Prints and retouching are available directly from your photographer after the shoot.
• Full resolution digital galleries can be pre-ordered at the event.
• Prints begin at $15
• Single digital images from $25
• Digital galleries from $75

• Additional on-site prints for $25
• Bring a friend or a partner for $40


© Max Johnson
So come visit Dark Garden for a delightful romp in the Corset Boudoir, and I'll see you there!

Marianne

Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sexy Secrets: New lingerie available at Dark Garden!

Cincher corset in net lace overlay (custom fabric)
© Max Johnson | Model: Euphrates X
Whether you want to show it all off, create a sensual surprise, or indulge in a stealthy personal pick-me-up, we'd love to aid and abet by getting you into some new lingerie. We have several exciting new offerings in lace as well as saucy leopard print, bras with coordinating panties or briefs and garter belts... stop by, step into the dressing room and slip into these sexy new lingerie styles! In addition, we offer panties by Curvy Kate, Blush, Honey Dew, and local designer Honey Cooler Handmade.

Sweetheart corset in gold with lace overlay (custom fabric)
© Max Johnson
The new offerings are versatile enough to wear (and take off) onstage for burlesque, take with you on a spring break weekend getaway, or simply support your workday attire. Best of all, our Signature Collection's ivory, black, and luminescent crimson red corsets will pair easily with these bombshell styles. Call 415-431-7684 for more information or visit the boutique at 321 Linden St. to try on the new looks!

Visit Dark Garden for a closer look at saucy bras and soft lace bralettes!


Cincher corset in Signature Collection red silk
© Light & Shadow

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, March 7, 2014

Photo Friday: "Dark Days" of Corseted Gents by Billy Winters

The Posture Improver from the 2013 collection.
© Billy Winters
We recently collaborated with internationally published fashion photographer Billy Winters, showing off some of our laced-up accessories and men's corsetry on a talented bevy of male models.  (Needless to say, it was a rough day for us on-set.)

Kitten Collar, available in ready-to-wear or custom fit.
© Billy Winters
Our previous collaboration with Billy Winters yielded this stunning editorial in Tantalum: Bound To You, which also features an interview with Dark Garden's proprietress, Autumn Adamme.

The Alexandra, in leather with triple lacing detail.
© Billy Winters
Check out the editorial spread of Dark Days on DimensionMag.com.

Photography: Billy Winters
Styling: Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
Makeup: Jonathan Mendez
Hair: Steve Elias
Manicurist: Michele Vella

The Beau Brummell, custom waistcoat corset.
© Billy Winters





Though corsets are classically thought of as a hyper-feminine garment, they can be immensely versatile, and their structured nature lends itself beautiful to a tailored menswear aesthetic.  Whatever your aesthetic, Dark Garden can create a corset or ensemble to suit your fancy.  Stop by the shop at 321 Linden St. Thursday through Tuesday for a ready-to-wear fitting and heady dose of eye candy, or call ahead at 415-431-7684 to schedule a custom consultation with a senior member of our design team.

The Dietriech, custom waistcoast corset.
© Joel Aron


-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Sunday, March 2, 2014

What a week for press! Read all about it...

Autumn Adamme in Dark Garden couture at the Edwardian Ball San Francisco
© Joel Aron
SF Racked: Custom Corsets Are a Cinch at This Hayes Valley Boutique In this installment of Better Know a Store Owner, SF Racked sits down with Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme for an interview.  If you're wondering how we got our start, who continues to inspire us, and why we love SF, this is a must-read.  Don't forget to check out SF Racked's interview with Dita Von Teese, following her recent in-store appearance.

Beauty Shall Save the World: Valentine’s Day Corsets at Dark Garden—Necessary Luxuries Dark Garden is so thrilled to have been featured on Beauty Shall Save the World.  This lovely post covers a range of corset topics, from vintage shapewear to modern waist training, retail therapy and self-confidence, with quotes from Dita Von Teese as well as Dark Garden's own Autumn Adamme and Euphrates Dahout.

Dark Garden's fashion show at the Edwardian Ball Los Angeles.
© Greg Autrey
LA Splash: The Edwardian Ball LA - what lies on The Curious Sofa  Though the Edwardian Ball is practically a fashion show in the form of the attendees alone, Dark Garden puts on the official fashion show for both the LA and San Francisco iterations of the event.  We're featured in at least 7 photos, alongside some amazing captures of our friends in the Vau De Vire Society, and Autumn reveals a little-known fact about the evening's titular story...

SFLUXE: 25 Phenomenal Looks from SF Ballet Gala We're in excellent company, featured amongst gowns by Very Wang and Dolce & Gabbana.  Slide 4 shows off Elizabeth Fullerton's beautiful custom Aziza ensemble in a luminous purple taffeta.

Curious to learn more?  Stop by the shop at 321 Linden St. Thursday through Tuesday for a corset consultation with our knowledgeable staff!

The Grable custom corset
© Mask Photo
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Monday, February 3, 2014

Hello Hollywood! Dark Garden revisits Jenette Bras on Sunday, February 9


2014 has been off to a rockin' start with delightful clients and fabulous events, and the hits just keep coming.  This Sunday, February 9th, we are thrilled to return to Jenette Bras for another trunk show after last year's wonderful success.

Snapshot from last year's trunk show.
Photo © Marianne Faulkner

Jenette Bras, where the alphabet starts at D, is home to beautiful fine lingerie and stellar staff.  With their keen eye for fitting buxom babes into beautiful bras, Jenette's staff picked up corset fitting in no time flat.  We'll also be bringing three members from our team in San Francisco, so you can walk out with a corset that day or even order a fully-custom corset with all your measurements taken by an expert fitter.

Just because Jenette is a full bust expert (supporting the overdeveloped and underserved) doesn't mean it'll be busty gals only on Sunday, though.  All of our Southern California clientele is invited to stop by for a custom cocktail and corset fitting.

We'll see you in Hollywood at 4308 Melrose Ave. from 6 to 9pm this Sunday!  Don't forget to catch our fashion show at the Edwardian Ball Los Angeles the preceding evening.

Edwardian Ball 2014
© Clarence Alford

-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, January 31, 2014

Be Our Valentine: Saturday Trunk Show with Honey Cooler Handmade and Pop Antique

Honey Cooler Handmade Camisole with Dark Garden Cincher
Model: Anuka Mendbayar
Photo © Joel Aron

Will you be our Valentine? Dark Garden is happy to announce a Valentine's Day inspired Trunk Show featuring the sensual silks of Honey Cooler Handmade and fantastic fascinators of Pop Antique, from 4-8 PM on Saturday, February 1st. Treat yourself to one of a kind, artisan-made lingerie and accessories!  As always, Dark Garden will quench your palate with finger foods and our signature libation: champagne punch.

Photography: Vixen Pin-Up Photography
Model: Ruby Collins

Honey Cooler Handmade has been a long-time favorite with us.  Each item is, you guessed it, handmade, and right here in San Francisco no less.  Designer Stephanie Bodnar sources beautiful vintage silks for some of her one-of-a-kind creations, and her new ready-to-wear collection pairs perfectly with Dark Garden's own Signature Collection.  Lounge in style in everything from ruched panties to silky eye masks.  If you've got curves that can't be contained by a ready-to-wear fit, Stephanie is available for custom creations in all sizes.


Pop Antique Bow Clip Fascinator
Photo © Max Johnson

As for Pop Antique...  Well, I am entirely incapable of describing it without bias, since Pop Antique is 100% designed and made by me.  My specialty is feather-light and travel-friendly fascinators which style as easily for day as they do evening.  New this month is a fluffy bow clip fascinator, perfect for perching on the side of your head to hold back overgrown bangs (guilty!) or resting demurely above a ballerina bun.

I hope we'll see you tomorrow at 321 Linden St. for a delightful evening of punch, panties, and playful headpieces.


Pop Antique Double Decker Fascinator
© Max Johnson
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

F*ck Your New Year's Resolution! - Tomorrow!!


Imagine this: a pleasure lounge filled to the brim with all of San Francisco's favorite things. Single malt whiskey, artesian chocolate truffles, artesian bacon chocolate truffles, sexy sin, and babes in corsets! 

Dream no more, for it is real. 

Coming to you tomorrow evening, Thursday 1/30, at the illustrious deco-chic Monarch SF is: F*ck Your New Year's Resolution! Dark Garden will be celebrating a coming to the end of January, the most delusional of the months, with a lingerie fashion show celebrating all shapes. (Darling, you're beautiful! No more locker room sturm und drang. Come to Dark Garden; we'll take care of you.) 
We will also have a pop up shop downstairs with accessories by Pop Antique, sizing cinchers to try on, and (oft sought, rarely found) discount cards!

More about the event:

Act fast for reduced price tickets...

Promo Code: DARKGARDEN
- $5 off tickets for the event.
- Through end of day Wednesday tickets with this code are $10, after which prices will rise.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Get Dolled Up in Dita for Valentine's Day in the Corset Boudoir

Client image used with permission
© Max Johnson


Give yourself (or your partner) a special treat for Valentine's Day on January 26th. Step into the Corset Boudoir with us for a premium photo night, featuring stellar photographer Max Johnson. Max Johnson is great with lighting, fantastic with retouching, and simply brilliant at guiding poses and making you feel comfortable in front of his camera.  We will be shooting once more at our San Francisco boutique at 321 Linden St.  Appointments are available by appointment only; please call 415-431-7684 to book with us.

Client image used with permission
© Max Johnson

At our Decadent events, enjoy more time for each step of the process, culminating in a 30 minute photo session. There are only eight slots available, creating an intimate soiree atmosphere.  You may select your own souvenir print and we will fine-tune its composition and print settings on-site.


Client image used with permission
© Max Johnson

Photography sessions may be scheduled beginning at 4:30 pm; allow for up to three hours total time for your transformation. Hair and makeup artists will be available to assist you in summoning your inner pinup.  We'll be serving libations to keep you hydrated - or should I say, lubricated? Call 415-431-7684 to reserve your sitting as early as possible.


Model: Euphrates X
© Max Johnson

I recommend bringing your own shoes and intimates to complete your ensemble, though we will have a fine selection of panties and stockings available for purchase. We will also be selling the Von Follies lingerie collection by Dita Von Teese! There are some truly beautiful, classic styles in stock - why not show one off for your boudoir session? Come early for your shoot or swing by the shop before the event to browse and try on these gorgeous pieces. We've even received some gorgeous new styles since our meet and greet with Dita!  Dark Garden is the only place in San Francisco where you can purcahse Dita Von Teese's Von Follies lingerie line.



Model: Victoria Dagger
© Max Johnson

The following packages are available:

Ingenue, $125
• Personal styling
• Corset rental
• 30 minutes with photographer Max Johnson
• One 8"x10" print of your selection
• 10% off corset purchases & orders

Starlet, $215
• Personal styling
• Corset rental
• 30 minutes with a professional makeup artist
• 30 minutes with photographer Max Johnson
• One 8"x10" print of your selection
• 10% off corset purchases & orders

Goddess, $295
• Personal styling
• Corset rental
• 30 minutes with a professional makeup artist
• 30 minutes with a professional hair stylist
• 30 minutes with pinup photographer Max Johnson
• One 8"x10" print of your selection
• 10% off corset purchases & orders


Prints, Image Galleries & Add-ons

• Prints and retouching are available directly from your photographer after the shoot.
• Full resolution digital galleries can be pre-ordered at the event.
• Prints begin at $15
• Single digital images from $25
• Digital galleries from $75

• Additional on-site prints for $25
• Bring a friend or a partner for $40


© Max Johnson
So come visit Dark Garden for a delightful romp in the Corset Boudoir, and I'll see you there!

Marianne

Multi-Purpose Corsetiere