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.
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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
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Gallery
Flickr Gallery

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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

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