Friday, January 23, 2015

Fabulous Foundations at LA's Vintage Fashion Expo!

Dark Garden "Corselette"
Model: Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme
Photo © Joel Aron
Dark Garden is so excited to return to the Los Angeles Vintage Fashion Expo on February 7th & 8th, where we will once again share a booth with ReVamp. You can see us there and get professionally fitted for a ready-to-wear or bespoke corset at The Reef, 1933 Broadway St., Los Angeles. Tickets are $12-$30, or only $5 with a valid student ID on Sunday. The Vintage Fashion Expo hosts an array of vendors with gorgeous original vintage clothing and accessories, but, in the words of Christian Dior:
"Without proper foundations, there can be no fashion."
What foundations? Foundation garments - corsets, of course! Most vintage pieces were cut to be worn with at least a girdle or merry widow, so their waists tend to be too small with a different hang and posture if worn without shapewear. A Dark Garden corset makes a wonderful foundation for vintage dresses and gowns, yet is cut to suit modern bodies with unparalleled all-day support and comfort. Our standard fit line is based on an average of thousands of our handmade bespoke corsets, and doesn't pinch or roll like stretch shapewear.

Dark Garden "Risqué Cincher"
Model: Khadijah. Photo © Joel Aron
We'll be bringing a selection of our Basics in simple and sturdy black poplin as well as our Risqué line. The Risqué's single-layer mesh construction with luscious silk-satin accents makes it a lightweight, comfortable, and oh-so-sexy base for any ensemble, and comes standard with detachable garters... perfect for snag-free support of your vintage nylon stockings!

Dark Garden "Risqué Cincher"
Model: Euphrates X. Photo © Joel Aron

Our partner ReVamp specializes in exacting period reproductions from 1910-1957 with all the vintage style and none of the vintage DNA. ReVamp was originally founded as the brainchild of current owner Annamarie von Firley and Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme. Though our two companies are now separate entities we have always maintained a close relationship with Annamarie von Firley. Indeed, Autumn is often seen working at Dark Garden in her ReVamp "Maisie" sailor slacks.

Left: Annamarie von Firley of ReVamp
Right: Dark Garden's Autumn Adamme
The Vintage Fashion Expo is the first of many events in Los Angeles we are doing next month. We'll also be doing a trunk show at Jenette Bras on February 8th, another trunk show hosted by ReVamp on February 13th, and of course, the Edwardian Ball on February 14th!

Dark Garden "Corselette"
Photo © Joel Aron
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Fabric Specials for Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we have some red-hot fabric specials for you! These fabrics are available on any made-to-order corset for a limited time only. We are waiving the custom fabric fee (a $200 savings) on the following sultry styles through the end of February.

Dark Garden's fabric specials for Valentine's Day:
Black filigree brocade, red patent leather, and red poplin.
Red Poplin: Available in either basic or Signature construction, our poplin is a wonderfully hard-wearing fabric. Signature Collection corsets come complete with loops for detachable garters (garters sold separately) and a back panel to sit behind your back lacing. This brilliant scarlet hue is usually only available behind our sumptuous lace overlay, but for the next month you can have it as a sturdy (and economical) alternative to our luscious, luminous Signature red silk-satin.

Black filigree brocade in a finely woven silk/rayon blend.
Black Filigree Brocade: Make no mistake, a Dark Garden brocade is not like the loosely-woven polyester fabrics you'll find at your local fabric store. This gorgeous and subtle brocade features a tightly-woven black-on-black filigree motif. This silk/rayon blend is suitable for either an occasional night out or consistent wear for waist training. Did you know that all Dark Garden brocades are carefully matched at the center front and center back to create an uninterrupted repeating pattern?

Dark Garden "Sweetheart" corset in red poplin.
Red Patent Leather: For the ultimate, super-shiny, luxe experience, you just can't top a patent leather corset! We go to great lengths to source leather with the right qualities for corsetry. Our patent leather molds around the body but doesn't crack like vinyl. This means your corset will have a longer life, lasting years with proper care. The red patent leather is not just a standalone statement piece: it makes a stunningly versatile foundation for cosplay and is a guaranteed head-turner at the Folsom St. Fair.

Dark Garden "Sweetheart" corset in red patent.
Model: Anneka | Photo © Marianne Faulkner
These fabrics are available only in-store or over the phone - pop into 321 Linden St., San Francisco for an expert fitting and handle these limited edition options for yourself, or call us at 415-431-7684. This is the perfect time to place an order for Valentine's Day in these special fabrics or our classic Signature Collection, such as the Risqué Collection: a perennial favorite for boudoir or foundation wear.

Dark Garden Risqué Sweetheart in red silk and black mesh.
Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Joel Aron.
Dark Garden "Cincher"
in red silk satin.
© Joel Aron

Corset squeezes,
Marianne
Multi-Purposes Corsetiere
Read More

Last Call for the Edwardian Ball!

Did your true love completely fail to deliver on the ladies dancing and lords a-leaping for Christmas? Don't worry, the Edwardian Ball has you covered! This annual event is inspired by the whimsically macabre works of Edward Gorey and showcases a broad array of entertainments, vendors, and costumed attendees.

The 15th Annual Edwardian Ball: Edward Gorey's "The Beastly Baby"
Yes, the Edwardian Ball is nearly upon us: Next Friday and Saturday, January 16th & 17th, prepare for a marvelous and oh-so-stylish spectacle at the Regency Ballroom. Thank you to all who turned out for our What to Wear to the Edwardian Ball styling party. If you're still on the fence about whether to go to the ball, which night to attend, or whether to spring for VIP tickets, we've got those answers right here for you.

Style inspiration: model Nicole Simone in carnival-inspired finery. Photo © Aaron Fagerstrom
Friday at the Edwardian Ball is the "World's Faire" and is hosted by MC Kingfish of Hubba Hubba Revue fame. This first night of the ball has a slightly more casual vibe - as much as any ball could ever be considered "casual," that is! Daywear-inspired styling is more acceptable for Friday night... perhaps a fun circus outfit will get you in the mood for a pedal-powered carousel by Cyclecide and carnival games from The Barbary Coast Midway! Prepare to dance to DJs Shakti Bliss and Fact.50 as well as musical performances by Diego's Umbrella, The Speakeasy Syndicate and Eric McFadden.

Dark Garden fashion show at the Edwardian Ball, featuring two Dollymop corsets and a bespoke Aziza.
Saturday is the Edwardian Ball proper, in all its Edward Gorey glory! Dress to the nines for an evening of ballroom dance and performances. With MC Armitage Shanks, the main stage will brim with entertainments all night long. Rosin Coven, the world's premier pagan lounge ensemble, are both the hosts of the ball and the house band. As ever, we will debut a stunning new collection of corseted ensembles during our fashion show spectacular, this year in collaboration with Edwardian Ball headliners, the Vau de Vire Society. At the end of the night, the Vau de Vire Society will also stage a second show: a production of Edward Gorey's "The Beastly Baby." These circus virtuosos are not to be missed, and we could not be more thrilled to partner with them for our Saturday fashion show!

The Vau de Vire Society at the Edwardian Ball, headlining Saturday night's entertainments.
On both nights, you can look forward to spectacular life size Edward Gorey cutouts, the antics of Fou Fou Ha!, and the swirling skirts of Le Cancan Bijou. Upstairs in the opulent red Lodge, we'll be displaying more fashionable Dark Garden delights on living statues and sensual shadow screens. There's a full bar and a hot food menu, and even an Absinthe Bar featuring Treasure Island's Raff Distillerie (who also just so happens to make my favorite gin). That's just a sampling of course... the amusements are nearly too numerous to list (but are, in fact, listed on the Edwardian Ball website.)

Le Cancan Bijou at the Edwardian Ball
The Edwardian Ball will also be coming to Los Angeles on Saturday, February 14. How's that for a very memorable Valentine's Day or a fabulous night of solo fun with friends (or your personal harem)!

VIP lounge at the Edwardian Ball
Dark Garden still has available tickets for the San Francisco Edwardian Ball and World's Faire. Ticket sales are cash only in our boutique at 321 Linden St., San Francisco. General Admission tickets are $50 (Friday) or $57 (Saturday), covering an evening of dancing and entertainments as well as a beautifully eclectic vendor's bazaar. VIP tickets are $97-$102 and also include access to an exclusive VIP lounge with plenty of seating with a spectacular view of the main stage. All prices include a small handling fee.

© Clarence Alford

We can't wait to see you there!

-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Friday, January 9, 2015

Fashion Show Philanthropy: Beats for Boobs

On Saturday, January 24, get ready to turn it up to 11! Join us at the Mezzanine (444 Jessie St., San Francisco) with your biggest hair and acid-washed jeans. From 7pm to 2am, get rowdy while honoring and remembering those impacted by breast cancer. This rockumentary-inspired fundraiser will feature riotous DJs, live performance art, tasty nibbles, an air guitar contest, and of course, a Spinal-Tap inspired fashion show featuring by yours truly: Dark Garden Unique Corsetry, amongst others. Will there be leather? Yes. Animal print? Hell yes.

Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme.
Beats for Boobs is a project of the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, granting financial support to local breast cancer organizations that offer direct services to survivors, those currently battling breast cancer, and organizations that promote prevention. Proceeds will be granted to their four Bay Area based beneficiaries. Beats for Boobs unites the community with a unique event featuring art, fashion, food, music, and education. Tickets start at $43.

Dollymop for Dark Garden overbust corset in leather with motorcycle inspired detailing.
Model: Kali | Photo @ Kristin Argue
You can read the complete event info and RSVP on Facebook. Be sure to check out the full list of musical acts, performers, fashion show participants, and fundraiser beneficiaries - perhaps you'd like to try your hand at the air guitar contest?

© Lauren Luck
Rock on,
Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Saturday, December 20, 2014

January 3rd: Edwardian Ball Styling Party

Wondering what to wear to the Edwardian Ball? We have just the event for you! On January 3rd, from 3 to 8pm, Dark Garden is hosting another one of our popular styling parties. The event is an open-house style event at our Hayes Valley boutique at 321 Linden St., San Francisco. The Edwardian Ball always marks the launch of our latest collection, and we still have select outfits from previous fashion shows available for rental or purchase.

Dollymop for Dark Garden "Amelia" corset
Edwardian Ball 2013 collection. © Joel Aron
We'll have libations, extra stylists, and a few extra vendors, including amazing millinery by House of Nines Designs. Accessories designer Kalico Delafay will be bringing in delightful lace crowns, curious fascinators, and whimsies created especially for Ball attendees. Pop Antique has also designed some charming transforming hats. As usual, wonderful corsets, jewelry, and accompanying garments will be available for sale that day as well.

At present, tickets for the San Francisco Edwardian Ball are still available at the boutique. We have Friday and Saturday tickets, both GA and VIP, ranging from $48-$100 plus a small handling fee. Ticket sales are cash only.

Dark Garden "Dietrich" vest corset
© Joel Aron
Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

15 Stylish Stocking Stuffers from $5 to $150


If you're still looking for those final few trinkets and treasures to gift to the beauty lover in your life, look no further! We've compiled a list of fifteen of our favorite easy-to-fit gift suggestions, with an emphasis, as ever, on those handmade by local artists


Of course, there's always the Gift Certificate option... and for a limited time, gift certificates of $300 or more will come with a limited edition Apothekerri Fizzy Bath Melt, in an exclusive Dark Garden scent! (In store only, while supplies last.) Pop into Dark Garden at 321 Linden St. this weekend and we'll help you find the perfect gift. We'll also be open on Christmas Eve from 11am to 5pm.

1. Apothekerri Gloss Balm, $4.50 - so smooth and rich, this gloss moisturizes and shines and comes in a variety of delectable scents.
2. Apothekerri Fizzy Bath Melts, $6 - elevate bath time with effervescent fizzy melts.

© Max Johnson
3. Lust Designs Latex Bow Accessories, from $20 - fit a little everyday latex into your life with these small yet bold ring and hair clips from Lust Designs.
4. Clara Beau Earrings, $32
 - an instant hit, perfect for mothers, in-laws, and sisters.

© Max Johnson
5. Pop Antique Bow Clip Fascinator, $32-$35 - super easy to style, travel friendly, and available in a wide range of colors. I've gifted a few of these and I always hear, "I wear mine all the time!"
6. Honey Cooler Handmade Sleep Mask, $35 - sweet, sexy, silky... these colorful eyemasks are perfect for channeling one's inner Holly Golightly.


7. Vintage Nylon Stockings, $40 - nothing beats the look and feel of real nylon stockings. This authentic vintage stock is in excellent condition. (We do also have a super chic selection of Leg Avenue's finest, if your love is a bit more snag-prone.)
8. Dark Garden Lace Glovelettes, $45 - top off any outfit with fingerless lace gloves, handmade in-house.
9. Edwardian Ball Tickets, $48-$100 - it's the event of the year! Fabulous entertainments, fantastic fashions, life-size Edward Gorey cutouts... it's all there! Tickets are cash only.
10. Dita Von Teese Erotique Perfume, $50 - a lovely scent in a luxe bottle, perfect atop any boudoir nightstand.
11. Dita Von Teese Garter Belt, $55 - pair those vintage stockings with nouveau, vintage-esque lingerie from the Queen of Burlesque herself!
12. Petite Menagerie Heart Fascinators, $75 - frisky and fun, these toppers are sure to make a delightful gift for the style-adventurous.

13. Tracy Holcomb Lace Wristlets, $80 - so elegant and chic! Delicate chains dangle from artfully placed crochet lace, elongating hands and wrist.
14. Dark Garden Silk Garter Belt, $90 - handmade in-house from our collection of high-end silks, this six-strap garter belt will keep stockings firmly in their place.

via @missdarkgarden on Instagram
15. Dark Garden Finishing Belt, $150 - instantly tailor the waistline of any dress to fit over a corset with our wonderful and super-stylish Finishing Belt. Perfect for any corset lover.

© Max Johnson

Happy Holidays!
Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead!

Model: Kittie Von Tittie
Photo: Kristin Argue
Corset: Dark Garden Dollymop Underbust
A Happy Haunting Halloween and Delightful Dressing Up Dia de los Muertos!

Our lovely devil is wearing a Dollymop Underbust Corset in Black Leather

We hope to see you tonight at our sold out event, Dark Garden Presents: The Night Circus.













Model: Kittie Von Tittie
Photo: Kristin Argue
Corset: Dark Garden Dollymop Underbust





















Model: Kittie Von Tittie
Photo: Kristin Argue
Corset: Dark Garden Dollymop Underbus

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Fabulous Foundations at LA's Vintage Fashion Expo!

Dark Garden "Corselette"
Model: Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme
Photo © Joel Aron
Dark Garden is so excited to return to the Los Angeles Vintage Fashion Expo on February 7th & 8th, where we will once again share a booth with ReVamp. You can see us there and get professionally fitted for a ready-to-wear or bespoke corset at The Reef, 1933 Broadway St., Los Angeles. Tickets are $12-$30, or only $5 with a valid student ID on Sunday. The Vintage Fashion Expo hosts an array of vendors with gorgeous original vintage clothing and accessories, but, in the words of Christian Dior:
"Without proper foundations, there can be no fashion."
What foundations? Foundation garments - corsets, of course! Most vintage pieces were cut to be worn with at least a girdle or merry widow, so their waists tend to be too small with a different hang and posture if worn without shapewear. A Dark Garden corset makes a wonderful foundation for vintage dresses and gowns, yet is cut to suit modern bodies with unparalleled all-day support and comfort. Our standard fit line is based on an average of thousands of our handmade bespoke corsets, and doesn't pinch or roll like stretch shapewear.

Dark Garden "Risqué Cincher"
Model: Khadijah. Photo © Joel Aron
We'll be bringing a selection of our Basics in simple and sturdy black poplin as well as our Risqué line. The Risqué's single-layer mesh construction with luscious silk-satin accents makes it a lightweight, comfortable, and oh-so-sexy base for any ensemble, and comes standard with detachable garters... perfect for snag-free support of your vintage nylon stockings!

Dark Garden "Risqué Cincher"
Model: Euphrates X. Photo © Joel Aron

Our partner ReVamp specializes in exacting period reproductions from 1910-1957 with all the vintage style and none of the vintage DNA. ReVamp was originally founded as the brainchild of current owner Annamarie von Firley and Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme. Though our two companies are now separate entities we have always maintained a close relationship with Annamarie von Firley. Indeed, Autumn is often seen working at Dark Garden in her ReVamp "Maisie" sailor slacks.

Left: Annamarie von Firley of ReVamp
Right: Dark Garden's Autumn Adamme
The Vintage Fashion Expo is the first of many events in Los Angeles we are doing next month. We'll also be doing a trunk show at Jenette Bras on February 8th, another trunk show hosted by ReVamp on February 13th, and of course, the Edwardian Ball on February 14th!

Dark Garden "Corselette"
Photo © Joel Aron
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Fabric Specials for Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we have some red-hot fabric specials for you! These fabrics are available on any made-to-order corset for a limited time only. We are waiving the custom fabric fee (a $200 savings) on the following sultry styles through the end of February.

Dark Garden's fabric specials for Valentine's Day:
Black filigree brocade, red patent leather, and red poplin.
Red Poplin: Available in either basic or Signature construction, our poplin is a wonderfully hard-wearing fabric. Signature Collection corsets come complete with loops for detachable garters (garters sold separately) and a back panel to sit behind your back lacing. This brilliant scarlet hue is usually only available behind our sumptuous lace overlay, but for the next month you can have it as a sturdy (and economical) alternative to our luscious, luminous Signature red silk-satin.

Black filigree brocade in a finely woven silk/rayon blend.
Black Filigree Brocade: Make no mistake, a Dark Garden brocade is not like the loosely-woven polyester fabrics you'll find at your local fabric store. This gorgeous and subtle brocade features a tightly-woven black-on-black filigree motif. This silk/rayon blend is suitable for either an occasional night out or consistent wear for waist training. Did you know that all Dark Garden brocades are carefully matched at the center front and center back to create an uninterrupted repeating pattern?

Dark Garden "Sweetheart" corset in red poplin.
Red Patent Leather: For the ultimate, super-shiny, luxe experience, you just can't top a patent leather corset! We go to great lengths to source leather with the right qualities for corsetry. Our patent leather molds around the body but doesn't crack like vinyl. This means your corset will have a longer life, lasting years with proper care. The red patent leather is not just a standalone statement piece: it makes a stunningly versatile foundation for cosplay and is a guaranteed head-turner at the Folsom St. Fair.

Dark Garden "Sweetheart" corset in red patent.
Model: Anneka | Photo © Marianne Faulkner
These fabrics are available only in-store or over the phone - pop into 321 Linden St., San Francisco for an expert fitting and handle these limited edition options for yourself, or call us at 415-431-7684. This is the perfect time to place an order for Valentine's Day in these special fabrics or our classic Signature Collection, such as the Risqué Collection: a perennial favorite for boudoir or foundation wear.

Dark Garden Risqué Sweetheart in red silk and black mesh.
Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Joel Aron.
Dark Garden "Cincher"
in red silk satin.
© Joel Aron

Corset squeezes,
Marianne
Multi-Purposes Corsetiere

Last Call for the Edwardian Ball!

Did your true love completely fail to deliver on the ladies dancing and lords a-leaping for Christmas? Don't worry, the Edwardian Ball has you covered! This annual event is inspired by the whimsically macabre works of Edward Gorey and showcases a broad array of entertainments, vendors, and costumed attendees.

The 15th Annual Edwardian Ball: Edward Gorey's "The Beastly Baby"
Yes, the Edwardian Ball is nearly upon us: Next Friday and Saturday, January 16th & 17th, prepare for a marvelous and oh-so-stylish spectacle at the Regency Ballroom. Thank you to all who turned out for our What to Wear to the Edwardian Ball styling party. If you're still on the fence about whether to go to the ball, which night to attend, or whether to spring for VIP tickets, we've got those answers right here for you.

Style inspiration: model Nicole Simone in carnival-inspired finery. Photo © Aaron Fagerstrom
Friday at the Edwardian Ball is the "World's Faire" and is hosted by MC Kingfish of Hubba Hubba Revue fame. This first night of the ball has a slightly more casual vibe - as much as any ball could ever be considered "casual," that is! Daywear-inspired styling is more acceptable for Friday night... perhaps a fun circus outfit will get you in the mood for a pedal-powered carousel by Cyclecide and carnival games from The Barbary Coast Midway! Prepare to dance to DJs Shakti Bliss and Fact.50 as well as musical performances by Diego's Umbrella, The Speakeasy Syndicate and Eric McFadden.

Dark Garden fashion show at the Edwardian Ball, featuring two Dollymop corsets and a bespoke Aziza.
Saturday is the Edwardian Ball proper, in all its Edward Gorey glory! Dress to the nines for an evening of ballroom dance and performances. With MC Armitage Shanks, the main stage will brim with entertainments all night long. Rosin Coven, the world's premier pagan lounge ensemble, are both the hosts of the ball and the house band. As ever, we will debut a stunning new collection of corseted ensembles during our fashion show spectacular, this year in collaboration with Edwardian Ball headliners, the Vau de Vire Society. At the end of the night, the Vau de Vire Society will also stage a second show: a production of Edward Gorey's "The Beastly Baby." These circus virtuosos are not to be missed, and we could not be more thrilled to partner with them for our Saturday fashion show!

The Vau de Vire Society at the Edwardian Ball, headlining Saturday night's entertainments.
On both nights, you can look forward to spectacular life size Edward Gorey cutouts, the antics of Fou Fou Ha!, and the swirling skirts of Le Cancan Bijou. Upstairs in the opulent red Lodge, we'll be displaying more fashionable Dark Garden delights on living statues and sensual shadow screens. There's a full bar and a hot food menu, and even an Absinthe Bar featuring Treasure Island's Raff Distillerie (who also just so happens to make my favorite gin). That's just a sampling of course... the amusements are nearly too numerous to list (but are, in fact, listed on the Edwardian Ball website.)

Le Cancan Bijou at the Edwardian Ball
The Edwardian Ball will also be coming to Los Angeles on Saturday, February 14. How's that for a very memorable Valentine's Day or a fabulous night of solo fun with friends (or your personal harem)!

VIP lounge at the Edwardian Ball
Dark Garden still has available tickets for the San Francisco Edwardian Ball and World's Faire. Ticket sales are cash only in our boutique at 321 Linden St., San Francisco. General Admission tickets are $50 (Friday) or $57 (Saturday), covering an evening of dancing and entertainments as well as a beautifully eclectic vendor's bazaar. VIP tickets are $97-$102 and also include access to an exclusive VIP lounge with plenty of seating with a spectacular view of the main stage. All prices include a small handling fee.

© Clarence Alford

We can't wait to see you there!

-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, January 9, 2015

Fashion Show Philanthropy: Beats for Boobs

On Saturday, January 24, get ready to turn it up to 11! Join us at the Mezzanine (444 Jessie St., San Francisco) with your biggest hair and acid-washed jeans. From 7pm to 2am, get rowdy while honoring and remembering those impacted by breast cancer. This rockumentary-inspired fundraiser will feature riotous DJs, live performance art, tasty nibbles, an air guitar contest, and of course, a Spinal-Tap inspired fashion show featuring by yours truly: Dark Garden Unique Corsetry, amongst others. Will there be leather? Yes. Animal print? Hell yes.

Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme.
Beats for Boobs is a project of the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, granting financial support to local breast cancer organizations that offer direct services to survivors, those currently battling breast cancer, and organizations that promote prevention. Proceeds will be granted to their four Bay Area based beneficiaries. Beats for Boobs unites the community with a unique event featuring art, fashion, food, music, and education. Tickets start at $43.

Dollymop for Dark Garden overbust corset in leather with motorcycle inspired detailing.
Model: Kali | Photo @ Kristin Argue
You can read the complete event info and RSVP on Facebook. Be sure to check out the full list of musical acts, performers, fashion show participants, and fundraiser beneficiaries - perhaps you'd like to try your hand at the air guitar contest?

© Lauren Luck
Rock on,
Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Saturday, December 20, 2014

January 3rd: Edwardian Ball Styling Party

Wondering what to wear to the Edwardian Ball? We have just the event for you! On January 3rd, from 3 to 8pm, Dark Garden is hosting another one of our popular styling parties. The event is an open-house style event at our Hayes Valley boutique at 321 Linden St., San Francisco. The Edwardian Ball always marks the launch of our latest collection, and we still have select outfits from previous fashion shows available for rental or purchase.

Dollymop for Dark Garden "Amelia" corset
Edwardian Ball 2013 collection. © Joel Aron
We'll have libations, extra stylists, and a few extra vendors, including amazing millinery by House of Nines Designs. Accessories designer Kalico Delafay will be bringing in delightful lace crowns, curious fascinators, and whimsies created especially for Ball attendees. Pop Antique has also designed some charming transforming hats. As usual, wonderful corsets, jewelry, and accompanying garments will be available for sale that day as well.

At present, tickets for the San Francisco Edwardian Ball are still available at the boutique. We have Friday and Saturday tickets, both GA and VIP, ranging from $48-$100 plus a small handling fee. Ticket sales are cash only.

Dark Garden "Dietrich" vest corset
© Joel Aron
Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

15 Stylish Stocking Stuffers from $5 to $150


If you're still looking for those final few trinkets and treasures to gift to the beauty lover in your life, look no further! We've compiled a list of fifteen of our favorite easy-to-fit gift suggestions, with an emphasis, as ever, on those handmade by local artists


Of course, there's always the Gift Certificate option... and for a limited time, gift certificates of $300 or more will come with a limited edition Apothekerri Fizzy Bath Melt, in an exclusive Dark Garden scent! (In store only, while supplies last.) Pop into Dark Garden at 321 Linden St. this weekend and we'll help you find the perfect gift. We'll also be open on Christmas Eve from 11am to 5pm.

1. Apothekerri Gloss Balm, $4.50 - so smooth and rich, this gloss moisturizes and shines and comes in a variety of delectable scents.
2. Apothekerri Fizzy Bath Melts, $6 - elevate bath time with effervescent fizzy melts.

© Max Johnson
3. Lust Designs Latex Bow Accessories, from $20 - fit a little everyday latex into your life with these small yet bold ring and hair clips from Lust Designs.
4. Clara Beau Earrings, $32
 - an instant hit, perfect for mothers, in-laws, and sisters.

© Max Johnson
5. Pop Antique Bow Clip Fascinator, $32-$35 - super easy to style, travel friendly, and available in a wide range of colors. I've gifted a few of these and I always hear, "I wear mine all the time!"
6. Honey Cooler Handmade Sleep Mask, $35 - sweet, sexy, silky... these colorful eyemasks are perfect for channeling one's inner Holly Golightly.


7. Vintage Nylon Stockings, $40 - nothing beats the look and feel of real nylon stockings. This authentic vintage stock is in excellent condition. (We do also have a super chic selection of Leg Avenue's finest, if your love is a bit more snag-prone.)
8. Dark Garden Lace Glovelettes, $45 - top off any outfit with fingerless lace gloves, handmade in-house.
9. Edwardian Ball Tickets, $48-$100 - it's the event of the year! Fabulous entertainments, fantastic fashions, life-size Edward Gorey cutouts... it's all there! Tickets are cash only.
10. Dita Von Teese Erotique Perfume, $50 - a lovely scent in a luxe bottle, perfect atop any boudoir nightstand.
11. Dita Von Teese Garter Belt, $55 - pair those vintage stockings with nouveau, vintage-esque lingerie from the Queen of Burlesque herself!
12. Petite Menagerie Heart Fascinators, $75 - frisky and fun, these toppers are sure to make a delightful gift for the style-adventurous.

13. Tracy Holcomb Lace Wristlets, $80 - so elegant and chic! Delicate chains dangle from artfully placed crochet lace, elongating hands and wrist.
14. Dark Garden Silk Garter Belt, $90 - handmade in-house from our collection of high-end silks, this six-strap garter belt will keep stockings firmly in their place.

via @missdarkgarden on Instagram
15. Dark Garden Finishing Belt, $150 - instantly tailor the waistline of any dress to fit over a corset with our wonderful and super-stylish Finishing Belt. Perfect for any corset lover.

© Max Johnson

Happy Holidays!
Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead!

Model: Kittie Von Tittie
Photo: Kristin Argue
Corset: Dark Garden Dollymop Underbust
A Happy Haunting Halloween and Delightful Dressing Up Dia de los Muertos!

Our lovely devil is wearing a Dollymop Underbust Corset in Black Leather

We hope to see you tonight at our sold out event, Dark Garden Presents: The Night Circus.













Model: Kittie Von Tittie
Photo: Kristin Argue
Corset: Dark Garden Dollymop Underbust





















Model: Kittie Von Tittie
Photo: Kristin Argue
Corset: Dark Garden Dollymop Underbus