Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Customer Highlight: Sarah Gill

Sarah is wearing her Sweetheart Longline corset
in satin with black lace overlay.

Photo by Autumn Adamme for Dark Garden.



Sarah Gill
is Entrepreneur in the art of gluten free vegan treats.

What is your earliest corset memory?

I was at the Mayland Renaissance Fair in 2002. I saw someone make a corset and was impressed at the craftsmanship , which turned a woman's body into art.

Describe the first corset you ever wore.
It was a Renaissance bodice of gold brocade in new Hope Pennsylvania.

What is your favorite style of corset?
My new corset! I studied patent design in corsets. I have a long torso & discovered I like the Sweetheart Longline best.

What do you like about wearing corsets?
That I feel beautiful,confident, strong and ultimately taller. Femininity doesn't have to be weak and in a corset it is both womanly & strong.

What is the greatest style influence in your life?
That which is lovely. My dad always said "Dress how you want to come to mind and be perceived in the world". My grandmother had great style and taste as well. I like to stay classic and current.


The customer highlight is a new feature on the Dark Garden blog where we discover and share more about the style influences of our customers and why they love to wear corsets.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Autumn's Corsets


Dark Garden Owner and Master Corsetier Autumn Adamme in her Alexandra Corset, part of our Ready To Wear line. Autumn made this ensemble for the Venice Carnival 2011. This 18th century outfit consists of the striped silk bloomers, burgundy silk overskirt with lace trimming, Alexandra corset, short jacket and turban in aqua paisley with a contrast of jade and maroon silk.
Spring 2011 Photo by Daniel Silviera
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Customer Highlight: Jonelle Patrick







Jonelle is wearing her Dollymop Lancer Corset and special order Dollymop skirt
designed by Kalico Delafay for Dark Garden with wool suiting from
Britex Fabricsall photos of Jonelle were taken by Kristin Argue for Dark Garden

Jonelle Patrick is a writer

What is your earliest corset memory?
Walking into Dark Garden! I never considered wearing corsets before, because I didn't think of them as outerwear. It was such a revelation that corsets don't have to shout "lingerie" – they can be subtle and attractive without being overtly sexy, more like haute couture than underwear.

Describe the first corset you ever wore.
It was a black velveteen Classic Victorian which I bought instantly the first time I came in. I put it on and didn't want to take it off. Then I came back and ordered another.

What is your favorite style of corset?
This one: the Dollymop Lancer. I love how it looks sedate and tailored and "daytime" from the front, but the lacing in back is like a shot of Sriracha.

What do you like about wearing corsets?
Corsets make me feel beautiful. And I love that after I put one on, I can be confident that it'll stay exactly the way it looked in the mirror until I take it off again. It does all the work of looking good so I don't have to worry about it.

What is the greatest style influence in your life?
My greatest influence at the moment is Japanese design, both modern and traditional. Strangely enough, I find Dark Garden clothing very similar to kimono, because no matter what size or shape you are, when you put on a kimono or a Dark Garden corset, you become the ideal woman. Both make you feel beautiful, and both are about combining colors, textures, materials and accessories for a look that's much more flattering and interesting than ordinary Western clothing.

The customer highlight is a new feature on the Dark Garden blog where we discover and share more about the style influences of our customers and why they love to wear corsets.
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Look Back: My First Corset

Picture of me in the first corset I ever made, a Victorian corset which, if I'd been more experienced at the time, I might have drafted it to accentuate my already meager bosom rather than to flatten it to nothing. Photo taken by Autumn Adamme


Wearing a corset is believed, by many modern women, to be a specious kind of torture. Many actresses will say that the hardest part about playing their historical role was having to be squeezed into a tight corset in which they couldn't breathe. If you can't breathe in your corset it's probably tied too tightly. While history does report some rib removals and fainting from lack of oxygen, this was not necessarily the norm. As with people throughout history (and certainly true of our modern times) there are always a few extremists in the lot to make us believe the worst of everything. There are certainly people today who's love of corsets stems from a desire to milk from it the most extreme expression of shape, and perhaps some pain as well, but that's a personal choice.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Customer Highlight: Fitria Yusef

Fitria is wearing her black patent Underbust Edwardian corset
in a photograph by Nicoline Patricia Malinaand styled by Aldi Indrajaya

Fitria is wearing her lace overlay Sweetheart Longline corset
in a photograph by
Nicoline Patricia Malinaand styled by Aldi Indrajaya


Fitria Yusef is a socialite, fashion stylist, business owner and
the writer of "Little Pink Book: Jakarta Style & Shopping Guide"


What is your earliest corset memory?
I first was mesmerized with the curve of a women's body when it is cinched by a corset. I love history and period costume is one of the reasons. I dwell on stories of the belle epoque and Edwardian era. I always imagine myself wearing that kind of clothing that accentuates the woman's curve.

Describe the first corset you ever wore.
My first corset was made at your place actually, well, formerly I used a bustier, but my first custom made corset was made by Dark Garden :) it was patent leather and underbust. I love it , it's a work of art.

What is your favorite style of corset?
I like the overbust corset in sweetheart neckline.

What do you like about wearing corsets?
Corsets enhance my sensuality, perfect my posture and boost my confidence.

What is the greatest style influence in your life?
My style is influenced by periods of time, movies, and music. For example, I want to dress like the movie "The Night Porter" or "Dr Zhivago" or "When God Created Woman" and such.

Bridget Bardot in "When God Created Woman"

Charlotte Rampling in "The Night Porter"

The customer highlight is a new feature on the Dark Garden blog where we discover and share more about the style influences of our customers and why they love to wear corsets.
Read More

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Customer Highlight: Sarah Gill

Sarah is wearing her Sweetheart Longline corset
in satin with black lace overlay.

Photo by Autumn Adamme for Dark Garden.



Sarah Gill
is Entrepreneur in the art of gluten free vegan treats.

What is your earliest corset memory?

I was at the Mayland Renaissance Fair in 2002. I saw someone make a corset and was impressed at the craftsmanship , which turned a woman's body into art.

Describe the first corset you ever wore.
It was a Renaissance bodice of gold brocade in new Hope Pennsylvania.

What is your favorite style of corset?
My new corset! I studied patent design in corsets. I have a long torso & discovered I like the Sweetheart Longline best.

What do you like about wearing corsets?
That I feel beautiful,confident, strong and ultimately taller. Femininity doesn't have to be weak and in a corset it is both womanly & strong.

What is the greatest style influence in your life?
That which is lovely. My dad always said "Dress how you want to come to mind and be perceived in the world". My grandmother had great style and taste as well. I like to stay classic and current.


The customer highlight is a new feature on the Dark Garden blog where we discover and share more about the style influences of our customers and why they love to wear corsets.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Autumn's Corsets


Dark Garden Owner and Master Corsetier Autumn Adamme in her Alexandra Corset, part of our Ready To Wear line. Autumn made this ensemble for the Venice Carnival 2011. This 18th century outfit consists of the striped silk bloomers, burgundy silk overskirt with lace trimming, Alexandra corset, short jacket and turban in aqua paisley with a contrast of jade and maroon silk.
Spring 2011 Photo by Daniel Silviera

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Customer Highlight: Jonelle Patrick







Jonelle is wearing her Dollymop Lancer Corset and special order Dollymop skirt
designed by Kalico Delafay for Dark Garden with wool suiting from
Britex Fabricsall photos of Jonelle were taken by Kristin Argue for Dark Garden

Jonelle Patrick is a writer

What is your earliest corset memory?
Walking into Dark Garden! I never considered wearing corsets before, because I didn't think of them as outerwear. It was such a revelation that corsets don't have to shout "lingerie" – they can be subtle and attractive without being overtly sexy, more like haute couture than underwear.

Describe the first corset you ever wore.
It was a black velveteen Classic Victorian which I bought instantly the first time I came in. I put it on and didn't want to take it off. Then I came back and ordered another.

What is your favorite style of corset?
This one: the Dollymop Lancer. I love how it looks sedate and tailored and "daytime" from the front, but the lacing in back is like a shot of Sriracha.

What do you like about wearing corsets?
Corsets make me feel beautiful. And I love that after I put one on, I can be confident that it'll stay exactly the way it looked in the mirror until I take it off again. It does all the work of looking good so I don't have to worry about it.

What is the greatest style influence in your life?
My greatest influence at the moment is Japanese design, both modern and traditional. Strangely enough, I find Dark Garden clothing very similar to kimono, because no matter what size or shape you are, when you put on a kimono or a Dark Garden corset, you become the ideal woman. Both make you feel beautiful, and both are about combining colors, textures, materials and accessories for a look that's much more flattering and interesting than ordinary Western clothing.

The customer highlight is a new feature on the Dark Garden blog where we discover and share more about the style influences of our customers and why they love to wear corsets.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Look Back: My First Corset

Picture of me in the first corset I ever made, a Victorian corset which, if I'd been more experienced at the time, I might have drafted it to accentuate my already meager bosom rather than to flatten it to nothing. Photo taken by Autumn Adamme


Wearing a corset is believed, by many modern women, to be a specious kind of torture. Many actresses will say that the hardest part about playing their historical role was having to be squeezed into a tight corset in which they couldn't breathe. If you can't breathe in your corset it's probably tied too tightly. While history does report some rib removals and fainting from lack of oxygen, this was not necessarily the norm. As with people throughout history (and certainly true of our modern times) there are always a few extremists in the lot to make us believe the worst of everything. There are certainly people today who's love of corsets stems from a desire to milk from it the most extreme expression of shape, and perhaps some pain as well, but that's a personal choice.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Customer Highlight: Fitria Yusef

Fitria is wearing her black patent Underbust Edwardian corset
in a photograph by Nicoline Patricia Malinaand styled by Aldi Indrajaya

Fitria is wearing her lace overlay Sweetheart Longline corset
in a photograph by
Nicoline Patricia Malinaand styled by Aldi Indrajaya


Fitria Yusef is a socialite, fashion stylist, business owner and
the writer of "Little Pink Book: Jakarta Style & Shopping Guide"


What is your earliest corset memory?
I first was mesmerized with the curve of a women's body when it is cinched by a corset. I love history and period costume is one of the reasons. I dwell on stories of the belle epoque and Edwardian era. I always imagine myself wearing that kind of clothing that accentuates the woman's curve.

Describe the first corset you ever wore.
My first corset was made at your place actually, well, formerly I used a bustier, but my first custom made corset was made by Dark Garden :) it was patent leather and underbust. I love it , it's a work of art.

What is your favorite style of corset?
I like the overbust corset in sweetheart neckline.

What do you like about wearing corsets?
Corsets enhance my sensuality, perfect my posture and boost my confidence.

What is the greatest style influence in your life?
My style is influenced by periods of time, movies, and music. For example, I want to dress like the movie "The Night Porter" or "Dr Zhivago" or "When God Created Woman" and such.

Bridget Bardot in "When God Created Woman"

Charlotte Rampling in "The Night Porter"

The customer highlight is a new feature on the Dark Garden blog where we discover and share more about the style influences of our customers and why they love to wear corsets.