Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Happenings with Dark Garden Unique Corsetry

Anneka takes over the post-apocalyptic world in a custom leather "motorcycle" style Dollymop overbust corset and custom top-stitched leather mantle by Dark Garden. Photo by Edward Saenz.
Issue # 13 | Spooky Pretty Things
October, 2014
Trick or treat!   

Fall is in full swing -- although it doesn't always feel like it here with the unseasonable weather in San Francisco! 

We have clients from all over the world getting corsets together for their Halloween costumes and the locals are gearing up for winter's Great Annual Dickens Fair and Victorian Christmas Card -- always a corset confabulation for historical underpinnings and fantastical outfits alike.
  
Read on to find out about exciting events, opportunities, and order deadlines for Dark Garden coming up. 
Excellent (and sometimes creepy) headwear by Kalico Delafay and hand painted masks by Sophia Constance are currently on offer at the Dark Garden boutique -- some of many of the artisan items in our store made with craftsmanship of the highest degree.

 
Halloween Prep Party
Saturday, October 25 4pm-8pm
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
321 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 

 
Don't have a stunning look for Halloween yet? Dark Garden's expert stylists can help you put the vamp in your vampire. In addition to having our fantastic stock of corsets and accessories, refreshments, and helpful staff on offer, we'll be featuring the works of our new topper and fascinator crafter extraordinaire: La Petite Menagerie. 

A sampling of many mini confections to adorn your coif by La Petit Menagerie
Dark Garden Presents: The Night Circus
Friday, October 31 9pm-3am
43 Dore Alley, San Francisco, CA 

Dark Garden Unique Corsetry, Autumn Adamme, and Paul Nathan, with the blessing of author Erin Morgenstern invite you to join them for a night you will never forget, all inspired by the novel: The Night Circus -- a place of magic and endless possibilities.  

The impresario Chandresh hosts an elegant midnight banquet at his estate house. Meet performers, artists, musicians, and all sort of mysterious folk in an opulent salon. Ethereal enigmas and bewitching artists seek to entertain and delight. At midnight our enigmatic host welcomes you to join him as we feast on roast beast and delicious cuisine.

The scene is set in the early 1900's so dress appropriately, in your finest corset or formal attire. Formal clothing or elegant costume is a requirement for this event. 

Tickets for this feast are limited and coveted
Dickens is on its way...
Many of you in the Dark Garden family are avid attendees of the Great Dickens Fair -- an event we love just about as much as Halloween! The start date of the event, November 22nd, is fast approaching, so this is your friendly reminder to bring in any repairs you may have and place new corset orders now to be ready in time for the big event. Be comfy whilst in character and get your garments in order ahead of time. 

Look what amazing details we crafted for this year for Folsom St. Fair -- imagine what we can create for Dickens. Come all ye cos-players!
Custom Wonder Woman detailing by Dark Garden
See you there!   
Photo by Joel Aron
Modeled by Euphrates X
Black silk sweetheart corset by
Dark Garden -- available at www.darkgarden.com
 
 
Euphrates X
Tightlacing Liaison | Expert Fitter 
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry | 415.431.7684 |
321 Linden St. 
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Turn Heads at Folsom Street Fair next week!


Anneka Quelhorst in a custom corset by Dark Garden Corsetry.
Photo by Edward Saenz
Folsom Street Fair is early this year…next weekend, Sunday the September 21st! Adults check out the site here.
Come in to Dark Garden this weekend for something hot and hellacious to wear. We are well stocked in corsets so you can walk out today with a fabulous new ensemble, or freshen up last year's outfit.

Hours:
Saturday 11-8
Sunday, Mon, Tues 11-5
Wednesday by apt only
Thursday 11-7
Friday, Sat 11-8
Sunday Sept 21st CLOSED
and
We will be AT THE FAIR (MAP) in booths #V-1017, 1019, 1021.
The shop in Hayes Valley will be closed that day.


Anat Black in a Pinstripe Dollymop Corset by Dark Garden Corsetry.
Photo by Switch Thomas. 

Dwoira Gallilea in a Risque' Sweetheart Corset by Dark Garden Corsetry.
Photo by Kristin Argue

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Custom Bridal Ensemble: Christina


Christina is wearing a Custom Aziza Corset with a multi-layered 
Ballgown Skirt in silk taffeta and bobinette, 
with pleated flounce and crumpled roses all by Dark Garden. 
Remember: weddings are not the only days for fancy dress.
We can make you that dream dress for your 
Prom, 40th Birthday, Opera Gala or Retirement Party.
Fascinator by Kalico Delafay. Photos by Kristin Argue.

Bridal Page
Bridal Gallery
bridal@darkgarden.com
Read More

Monday, August 11, 2014

Dark Garden Corsetry joins forces with The Bold Italic and Five & Diamond for summertime shopping festivities!

Prim And proper, ready for any occasion. Photo by Joel Aron.

Issue # 12 | August is Upon Us
August, 2014
Dear revelers,   

Join us on Thursday, August 14, from 6-8pm, when Dark Garden will be participating in The Bold Italic's Hayes Valley Microhood -- an evening of full of fun, great deals, free drinks, treats, and more. 
  
Dark Garden will be featuring champagne punch, discounts on corsets purchased, and fabulous photo ops for all who try on corsets -- fainting couches included -- featuring John Carey Photographic Imagery at your service to capture the moment. 
  
John has been photographing people in corsets for almost twenty years and will bring out the best in even the most bashful but willing. Mavens and vixens welcome, too! 
  

Find the facebook event here for more details and social sharing. 
  

Five and Diamond Pre-Playa Loft Sale
Put together costuming necessities for Burning Man at the Five and Diamond Loft sale, featuring tons of vendors -- including Dark Garden. 

Dark Garden is thrilled to be debuting a brand new, house crafted product at this event. It's a stunning accessory that compliments corset wearing; but to find out what it is, you'll just have to come and see for yourself...

 

 

Three cheers for lingerie!
Don't forget that even if you aren't making it out to the desert this year, Dark Garden has plenty to offer: such as the Dita Von Teese line of Lingerie and rare fragrances. Now what's not to like about that? 

Cheers,  
Photo by Joel Aron
Modeled by Euphrates X
Lingerie set from Von Follies line
by Dita Von Teese
Risqué cincher by Dark Garden available at www.darkgarden.com
Euphrates X
Tightlacing Liaison | Expert Fitter 
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry 
 
  
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry | 415.431.7684 |
321 Linden St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Find us on Yelp  Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our photos on flickr
Join Our Mailing List

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Autumn in Paris

I've long been friends with the glorious Dita von Teese, and have been lucky enough to make quite a few corsets for her.

Corset Dark Garden, All embellishment work Catherine D'Lish      
Often I work in conjunction with Catherine D'Lish who creates truly beautiful embellishment and accessories that compliment and enhance Dark Garden corsets.
Corset Dark Garden, All feather work Catherine D'Lish, model Catherine D'Lish

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. In addition, many of Dita's most beautifully realized corsets have made by him. His passion and skill are unparalleled and his knowledge of all things corset is incredibly extensive. As someone who has been interested in corsets from the tender age of 6, it's rare for me to find anyone who loves them as much as I do. Meeting him has been the fulfillment of a long-time dream.
Mr. Pearl and just a few of his creations



Corset and butterfly wings crealized by Mr. Pearl, designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier for his 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. There is so much in this city to take in, appreciate, and to be inspired by!
Corset, photo and model Fakir Musafar

In addition to working with Mr. Pearl,  I am soending 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.

I'll be making regular updates here as well as posting tid-bits on my Facebook page
Follow as you wish, you are more than welcome to send me messages via Facebook if you have questions.
Read More

Friday, May 9, 2014

Custom Bridal: Michelle


Michelle in an A-Line Skirt in crepe back silk satin and a 
Dollymop Overbust Corset in ivory damask.
Fascinator by Kalico Delafay.
Necklace by Sweet Romance.
Photos by Kristin Argue

You can reach us at Bridal@darkgarden.com
More Information
Gallery
Flickr Gallery

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
Read More

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Happenings with Dark Garden Unique Corsetry

Anneka takes over the post-apocalyptic world in a custom leather "motorcycle" style Dollymop overbust corset and custom top-stitched leather mantle by Dark Garden. Photo by Edward Saenz.
Issue # 13 | Spooky Pretty Things
October, 2014
Trick or treat!   

Fall is in full swing -- although it doesn't always feel like it here with the unseasonable weather in San Francisco! 

We have clients from all over the world getting corsets together for their Halloween costumes and the locals are gearing up for winter's Great Annual Dickens Fair and Victorian Christmas Card -- always a corset confabulation for historical underpinnings and fantastical outfits alike.
  
Read on to find out about exciting events, opportunities, and order deadlines for Dark Garden coming up. 
Excellent (and sometimes creepy) headwear by Kalico Delafay and hand painted masks by Sophia Constance are currently on offer at the Dark Garden boutique -- some of many of the artisan items in our store made with craftsmanship of the highest degree.

 
Halloween Prep Party
Saturday, October 25 4pm-8pm
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
321 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 

 
Don't have a stunning look for Halloween yet? Dark Garden's expert stylists can help you put the vamp in your vampire. In addition to having our fantastic stock of corsets and accessories, refreshments, and helpful staff on offer, we'll be featuring the works of our new topper and fascinator crafter extraordinaire: La Petite Menagerie. 

A sampling of many mini confections to adorn your coif by La Petit Menagerie
Dark Garden Presents: The Night Circus
Friday, October 31 9pm-3am
43 Dore Alley, San Francisco, CA 

Dark Garden Unique Corsetry, Autumn Adamme, and Paul Nathan, with the blessing of author Erin Morgenstern invite you to join them for a night you will never forget, all inspired by the novel: The Night Circus -- a place of magic and endless possibilities.  

The impresario Chandresh hosts an elegant midnight banquet at his estate house. Meet performers, artists, musicians, and all sort of mysterious folk in an opulent salon. Ethereal enigmas and bewitching artists seek to entertain and delight. At midnight our enigmatic host welcomes you to join him as we feast on roast beast and delicious cuisine.

The scene is set in the early 1900's so dress appropriately, in your finest corset or formal attire. Formal clothing or elegant costume is a requirement for this event. 

Tickets for this feast are limited and coveted
Dickens is on its way...
Many of you in the Dark Garden family are avid attendees of the Great Dickens Fair -- an event we love just about as much as Halloween! The start date of the event, November 22nd, is fast approaching, so this is your friendly reminder to bring in any repairs you may have and place new corset orders now to be ready in time for the big event. Be comfy whilst in character and get your garments in order ahead of time. 

Look what amazing details we crafted for this year for Folsom St. Fair -- imagine what we can create for Dickens. Come all ye cos-players!
Custom Wonder Woman detailing by Dark Garden
See you there!   
Photo by Joel Aron
Modeled by Euphrates X
Black silk sweetheart corset by
Dark Garden -- available at www.darkgarden.com
 
 
Euphrates X
Tightlacing Liaison | Expert Fitter 
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry | 415.431.7684 |
321 Linden St. 
San Francisco, CA 94102

Find us on Yelp  Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our photos on flickr
Join Our Mailing List
Gray

Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Turn Heads at Folsom Street Fair next week!


Anneka Quelhorst in a custom corset by Dark Garden Corsetry.
Photo by Edward Saenz
Folsom Street Fair is early this year…next weekend, Sunday the September 21st! Adults check out the site here.
Come in to Dark Garden this weekend for something hot and hellacious to wear. We are well stocked in corsets so you can walk out today with a fabulous new ensemble, or freshen up last year's outfit.

Hours:
Saturday 11-8
Sunday, Mon, Tues 11-5
Wednesday by apt only
Thursday 11-7
Friday, Sat 11-8
Sunday Sept 21st CLOSED
and
We will be AT THE FAIR (MAP) in booths #V-1017, 1019, 1021.
The shop in Hayes Valley will be closed that day.


Anat Black in a Pinstripe Dollymop Corset by Dark Garden Corsetry.
Photo by Switch Thomas. 

Dwoira Gallilea in a Risque' Sweetheart Corset by Dark Garden Corsetry.
Photo by Kristin Argue

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Custom Bridal Ensemble: Christina


Christina is wearing a Custom Aziza Corset with a multi-layered 
Ballgown Skirt in silk taffeta and bobinette, 
with pleated flounce and crumpled roses all by Dark Garden. 
Remember: weddings are not the only days for fancy dress.
We can make you that dream dress for your 
Prom, 40th Birthday, Opera Gala or Retirement Party.
Fascinator by Kalico Delafay. Photos by Kristin Argue.

Bridal Page
Bridal Gallery
bridal@darkgarden.com

Monday, August 11, 2014

Dark Garden Corsetry joins forces with The Bold Italic and Five & Diamond for summertime shopping festivities!

Prim And proper, ready for any occasion. Photo by Joel Aron.

Issue # 12 | August is Upon Us
August, 2014
Dear revelers,   

Join us on Thursday, August 14, from 6-8pm, when Dark Garden will be participating in The Bold Italic's Hayes Valley Microhood -- an evening of full of fun, great deals, free drinks, treats, and more. 
  
Dark Garden will be featuring champagne punch, discounts on corsets purchased, and fabulous photo ops for all who try on corsets -- fainting couches included -- featuring John Carey Photographic Imagery at your service to capture the moment. 
  
John has been photographing people in corsets for almost twenty years and will bring out the best in even the most bashful but willing. Mavens and vixens welcome, too! 
  

Find the facebook event here for more details and social sharing. 
  

Five and Diamond Pre-Playa Loft Sale
Put together costuming necessities for Burning Man at the Five and Diamond Loft sale, featuring tons of vendors -- including Dark Garden. 

Dark Garden is thrilled to be debuting a brand new, house crafted product at this event. It's a stunning accessory that compliments corset wearing; but to find out what it is, you'll just have to come and see for yourself...

 

 

Three cheers for lingerie!
Don't forget that even if you aren't making it out to the desert this year, Dark Garden has plenty to offer: such as the Dita Von Teese line of Lingerie and rare fragrances. Now what's not to like about that? 

Cheers,  
Photo by Joel Aron
Modeled by Euphrates X
Lingerie set from Von Follies line
by Dita Von Teese
Risqué cincher by Dark Garden available at www.darkgarden.com
Euphrates X
Tightlacing Liaison | Expert Fitter 
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry 
 
  
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry | 415.431.7684 |
321 Linden St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Find us on Yelp  Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our photos on flickr
Join Our Mailing List

Copyright © 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Autumn in Paris

I've long been friends with the glorious Dita von Teese, and have been lucky enough to make quite a few corsets for her.

Corset Dark Garden, All embellishment work Catherine D'Lish      
Often I work in conjunction with Catherine D'Lish who creates truly beautiful embellishment and accessories that compliment and enhance Dark Garden corsets.
Corset Dark Garden, All feather work Catherine D'Lish, model Catherine D'Lish

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. In addition, many of Dita's most beautifully realized corsets have made by him. His passion and skill are unparalleled and his knowledge of all things corset is incredibly extensive. As someone who has been interested in corsets from the tender age of 6, it's rare for me to find anyone who loves them as much as I do. Meeting him has been the fulfillment of a long-time dream.
Mr. Pearl and just a few of his creations



Corset and butterfly wings crealized by Mr. Pearl, designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier for his 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. There is so much in this city to take in, appreciate, and to be inspired by!
Corset, photo and model Fakir Musafar

In addition to working with Mr. Pearl,  I am soending 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.

I'll be making regular updates here as well as posting tid-bits on my Facebook page
Follow as you wish, you are more than welcome to send me messages via Facebook if you have questions.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Custom Bridal: Michelle


Michelle in an A-Line Skirt in crepe back silk satin and a 
Dollymop Overbust Corset in ivory damask.
Fascinator by Kalico Delafay.
Necklace by Sweet Romance.
Photos by Kristin Argue

You can reach us at Bridal@darkgarden.com
More Information
Gallery
Flickr Gallery

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