Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gaultier and Dita and CORSETS


 Steel corset by Jean Paul Gaultier


SF Weekly has these two posts about Jean Paul Gaultier (beloved designer). One includes Dita Von Teese (our beloved client) in San Francisco. Corset obsessions are discussed.  

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Monday, March 26, 2012

The Ball for the Bees

 Dark Garden Alexandra Corset in Black Bee Brocade. Model: Anthea Tuley, Photo: Kristin Argue

This Saturday March 31st!  
7:00 to 11:00 in Berkeley.

Enjoy a night of fun, fanciness and enchantment, all while benefiting efforts to support the bees and the development of sustainable resources for their care. There will be waltzing, a raffle, tarot readers, light refreshments, and more. 


Come As You Are Coven is proud to present The Ball for the Bees, a fundraiser to support local beekeepers and bee advocacy organizations. Honey bees are essential to our ecosystem and the sudden, unexplained disappearance of bees is an alarming warning bell to our society. We believe that with greater advocacy and local initiates, bee populations can be healthily restored and our mutual stewardship of the Earth’s resources can be brought back into balance. To that end, we are hosting this fundraiser. 

Proceeds from the event will be split between City Bees to support urban hives, and the Gordon Frankie Fund at UC Berkeley  to further research into what is affecting the bees.


Tickets will be $15 if purchased before the event, or $20 at the door. Advanced tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite or at The Sacred Well in Oakland. 

The ball will be held at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists at 1924 Cedar St. in Berkeley. Begin the evening with a beginner lesson in rotary waltz taught by Persephone, then dance the night away! Costumes admired, but not required. 

 Dark Garden Alexandra Corset in Black Bee Brocade. Model: Anthea Tuley, Photo: Kristin Argue
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Gaultier Gaultier Gaultier!

Part of the Jean Paul Gaultier Amy Winehouse tribute.

Gaultier loves corsets and we love Gaultier! 
opens tomorrow at the DeYoung Museum and tonight is the Grande Fete
We will be there!

Dark Garden will be part of two Friday Nights at the DeYoung in June in collaboration with the Gaultier Exhibit. More information to come....
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The New Risque' Corsets

Dwoira Galilea models a Black Sweetheart Victorian Risque' Corset. 
Photo by Kristin Argue. Corset as shown $480.
Necklace: Rock 'N Royalty Jewels

Our new Risque' corset is made of a sheer nylon and silk satin for a light weight, ultra sexy corset just right for the boudoir or under clothing. Much more comfortable than a strapless bra, particularly for larger bust sizes, a corset gives supreme support without elastic. The Risque' comes with removable garters and back panel in our most popular Waist Cincher and Sweetheart Victorian Ready to Wear styles. Yes, we have black and buff. Also available with a lace or net over the sheer.


Dwoira Galilea models a Black Sweetheart Victorian Risque' Corset. 
Photo by Kristin Argue. Corset as shown $480.
Necklace: Rock 'N Royalty Jewels

Kali Lambson Bloom models a Black Waist Cincher Risque' Corset. 
Photo by Marianne Faulkner. Corset as shown $405. 
Hat: Dollymop Designs

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Motorcycle Corset

Kali Lambson Bloom  in a Black Leather Dollymop Motorcycle Corset
Photos by Kristin Argue
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Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Conversation About Corsets, FAMSF Blog Post with Autumn Adamme

Here is a link to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco blog post interviewing Dark Garden owner Autumn Adamme.

Autumn Adamme, Photo by Daniel Silveira

A Conversation About Corsets
If there is one article of clothing associated with the Victorian Era, it is the corset. This Sunday, March 11, we continue our exclusive series of public programs for The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900 with Visions of Beauty—Inside the Victorian Artists Salon, presented in partnership with Dark Garden Corsetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Artist Salon. We recently sat down with Autumn Adamme, the owner of Dark Garden and your guide to all things corseted, to discuss this controversial fashion icon.
More 

Autumn Adamme, Photo by Daniel Silveira
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The Kyoto Costume Institute Website


The Kyoto Costume Institute Website is one of the most delightful costume research resources.

There website and publications are full of high quality eye candy for historical fashion geeks like us!
Check out their Digital Archive; the zoom detailing tool is excellent.

Although the Kyoto Costume Institute approved our link they did not approve use of their photos, so of course we removed the one for this post. Apologies.
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Sunday, March 4, 2012

One Week Reminder: Tableau Vivant at the Palace of the Legion of Honor

In just one week, March 11th from 12:00 to 3:00 at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Dark Garden will be presenting live models recreating tableau's from the art work featured in the current exhibition "The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900".
The event 'Visions of Beauty—Inside the Victorian Artists Salon & Studio' is a collaboration with the museum and the Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood who will recreate Artist Salon's of the period. Tickets to the exhibit can be purchased here and the Dark Garden event is included in the entrance to the museum.

The Toilette of Salome by Aubrey Beardsley

Hat by Kalico Delafay (Dollymop Designs)
Photos: Audrey Penven Make Up: Joey McQuire
Hair: Shannon Solano Model: Anita Bakke
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gaultier and Dita and CORSETS


 Steel corset by Jean Paul Gaultier


SF Weekly has these two posts about Jean Paul Gaultier (beloved designer). One includes Dita Von Teese (our beloved client) in San Francisco. Corset obsessions are discussed.  

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Ball for the Bees

 Dark Garden Alexandra Corset in Black Bee Brocade. Model: Anthea Tuley, Photo: Kristin Argue

This Saturday March 31st!  
7:00 to 11:00 in Berkeley.

Enjoy a night of fun, fanciness and enchantment, all while benefiting efforts to support the bees and the development of sustainable resources for their care. There will be waltzing, a raffle, tarot readers, light refreshments, and more. 


Come As You Are Coven is proud to present The Ball for the Bees, a fundraiser to support local beekeepers and bee advocacy organizations. Honey bees are essential to our ecosystem and the sudden, unexplained disappearance of bees is an alarming warning bell to our society. We believe that with greater advocacy and local initiates, bee populations can be healthily restored and our mutual stewardship of the Earth’s resources can be brought back into balance. To that end, we are hosting this fundraiser. 

Proceeds from the event will be split between City Bees to support urban hives, and the Gordon Frankie Fund at UC Berkeley  to further research into what is affecting the bees.


Tickets will be $15 if purchased before the event, or $20 at the door. Advanced tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite or at The Sacred Well in Oakland. 

The ball will be held at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists at 1924 Cedar St. in Berkeley. Begin the evening with a beginner lesson in rotary waltz taught by Persephone, then dance the night away! Costumes admired, but not required. 

 Dark Garden Alexandra Corset in Black Bee Brocade. Model: Anthea Tuley, Photo: Kristin Argue

Friday, March 23, 2012

Gaultier Gaultier Gaultier!

Part of the Jean Paul Gaultier Amy Winehouse tribute.

Gaultier loves corsets and we love Gaultier! 
opens tomorrow at the DeYoung Museum and tonight is the Grande Fete
We will be there!

Dark Garden will be part of two Friday Nights at the DeYoung in June in collaboration with the Gaultier Exhibit. More information to come....

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The New Risque' Corsets

Dwoira Galilea models a Black Sweetheart Victorian Risque' Corset. 
Photo by Kristin Argue. Corset as shown $480.
Necklace: Rock 'N Royalty Jewels

Our new Risque' corset is made of a sheer nylon and silk satin for a light weight, ultra sexy corset just right for the boudoir or under clothing. Much more comfortable than a strapless bra, particularly for larger bust sizes, a corset gives supreme support without elastic. The Risque' comes with removable garters and back panel in our most popular Waist Cincher and Sweetheart Victorian Ready to Wear styles. Yes, we have black and buff. Also available with a lace or net over the sheer.


Dwoira Galilea models a Black Sweetheart Victorian Risque' Corset. 
Photo by Kristin Argue. Corset as shown $480.
Necklace: Rock 'N Royalty Jewels

Kali Lambson Bloom models a Black Waist Cincher Risque' Corset. 
Photo by Marianne Faulkner. Corset as shown $405. 
Hat: Dollymop Designs

Monday, March 12, 2012

Motorcycle Corset

Kali Lambson Bloom  in a Black Leather Dollymop Motorcycle Corset
Photos by Kristin Argue

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Conversation About Corsets, FAMSF Blog Post with Autumn Adamme

Here is a link to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco blog post interviewing Dark Garden owner Autumn Adamme.

Autumn Adamme, Photo by Daniel Silveira

A Conversation About Corsets
If there is one article of clothing associated with the Victorian Era, it is the corset. This Sunday, March 11, we continue our exclusive series of public programs for The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900 with Visions of Beauty—Inside the Victorian Artists Salon, presented in partnership with Dark Garden Corsetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Artist Salon. We recently sat down with Autumn Adamme, the owner of Dark Garden and your guide to all things corseted, to discuss this controversial fashion icon.
More 

Autumn Adamme, Photo by Daniel Silveira

The Kyoto Costume Institute Website


The Kyoto Costume Institute Website is one of the most delightful costume research resources.

There website and publications are full of high quality eye candy for historical fashion geeks like us!
Check out their Digital Archive; the zoom detailing tool is excellent.

Although the Kyoto Costume Institute approved our link they did not approve use of their photos, so of course we removed the one for this post. Apologies.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

One Week Reminder: Tableau Vivant at the Palace of the Legion of Honor

In just one week, March 11th from 12:00 to 3:00 at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Dark Garden will be presenting live models recreating tableau's from the art work featured in the current exhibition "The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900".
The event 'Visions of Beauty—Inside the Victorian Artists Salon & Studio' is a collaboration with the museum and the Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood who will recreate Artist Salon's of the period. Tickets to the exhibit can be purchased here and the Dark Garden event is included in the entrance to the museum.

The Toilette of Salome by Aubrey Beardsley

Hat by Kalico Delafay (Dollymop Designs)
Photos: Audrey Penven Make Up: Joey McQuire
Hair: Shannon Solano Model: Anita Bakke