Sunday, August 25, 2013

Where did it all begin?


Captain’s Log, Star Date 080613



Who’s with me?

I’m writing today about inspiration and influence, how our early experiences shape who we are today, for better or for worse. 


What does Star Trek have to do with anything you ask? And I answer “Uhura.”






She was strong, beautiful, smart, and sexy too. What a role model!

I lived in a TV free home as a kid, but my afternoons at my best friend Tiffany’s house watching Star Trek were precious to me.



I grew up in Santa Cruz, California, a sleepy surf town without much diversity in the early 80s. If you weren’t suntanned and sun-bleached blonde, you didn’t fit – Star Trek opened my eyes to seeing beauty in a-typical places; curvy Uhura, stern Vulcans, fierce Klingons, and let’s not forget Kirk’s green ladies.
I also really enjoyed Lynda Carter's version of Wonder Woman. Doubtless that little waist of hers made an impression on my developing mind. Again, beautiful, strong, and fierce as can be, fighting for justice.




As I’ve developed Dark Garden and our approach to our clients it’s been incredibly important to me that every one of them feel welcome and beautiful. Whether you’re a badass surfer chick, delicate spooky girl, fierce earth momma, gender-neutral crusader, manly bear of a man, hardworking 9 to 5er, soccer mom, or Burner, you are more than welcome to visit Dark Garden and explore your flavor of beauty with us. 

                                                    photos Joel Aron



We’ve just launched a new website and I hope you’ll find a model with whom you resonate. If not – keep visiting. More pictures are on their way!

Autumn Adamme
founder
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

CELEBRATING A TIGHT FIT from the New York Times, August 2


  
The New York Times
August 2, 2013
Augusta Auction Company
New shows are featuring corsets, like this silk boned one from the late 19th century.

CELEBRATING A TIGHT FIT
(this section placed half way down the page)

Antique corsets survive in surprising numbers, and scholars, curators and collectors are scrutinizing them.
Exhibitions at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art have surveyed the topic, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has organized a traveling show, “Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion.” In Manhattan, vintage corsetry has gone on view with bloomers and stockings in bedrooms at the Morris-Jumel Mansion and the Merchant’s House Museum.
Auction prices for the torso-constricting pieces, especially for those in bright colors, have reached the high four figures.
“People are fascinated by body shaping, by what goes on under the garment,” said Karen Augusta, a couture historian and auction house owner. She will be bringing corsets and attachable skirt bustle contraptions to a November sale at her business, Augusta Auctions, in Manhattan. She added, “A lot of it is considered erotic, which brings out the crowds.”
Melanie Talkington, a corset dealer and collector in Vancouver, British Columbia, who has lent about 40 pieces to the current Paris show, said in a phone interview that she keeps learning more about the field. This summer, she has been poring through British manufacturer and museum archives. She owns more than 230 corsets and plans to create a museum for them in Vancouver.
She is protective of the fragile clothing; she installed her Paris loans herself, and she discourages anyone tempted to wear vintage pieces.
“It breaks my heart to see them get destroyed,” she said.
Informed corset collectors instead strap on reproductions, loosening the lacings somewhat at bedtime.
“I loved the soft feeling of being hugged all day,” Sarah A. Chrisman, a writer and massage therapist in Port Townsend, Wash., writes in a book due out this fall, “Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself” (Skyhorse Publishing).
The corset has long been unfairly maligned, Ms. Chrisman said in a phone interview. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a 19th-century cereal magnate and health proselytizer, set off a widespread anti-corset movement by describing the garments as a “barbarous practice” that caused “painful menstrual derangements.” But he was not quite a reliable denouncer, Ms. Chrisman said, given his other extreme views: he was married but largely celibate, and he called masturbation “a crime doubly abominable.”
She credits corsets for improving women’s posture, diet and self-image. “It’s like a good supportive pair of shoes,” she said.
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Thursday, August 8, 2013

The beautiful new DarkGarden.com

The Cincher
Model: Allie Diane
Photo: Joel Aron




We are pleased to announce that we have launched a stunning new redesign of DarkGarden.com!  I spoke briefly about it when the boutique got its makeover, sharing some lovely behind-the-scene photos from our lookbook shoot with Joel Aron.  This design has been in the works for a while and we are thrilled to debut it.  Our blog now also reflects the new look.

The Risqué Sweetheart
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo: Joel Aron
The new website has a simple shopping cart that allows you to purchase corsets from our Signature, Risqué, and Dollymop Collections in any ready-to-wear size and a variety of classic fabrications.  In addition, the custom corset ordering process can be begun by placing a deposit through the secure shopping cart.

The Valentine
Model: Nicole Simone
Photo: Joel Aron
We would like to publicly extend our thanks to Daniel Silveira for the redesign and to our amazing photographic team for shooting our new lookbook of the Dark Garden Signature Collection. We invite you to peruse photos of our beautiful and diverse models and corsets, many more than I'm tempting you with here.

The Cincher
Model: Anuka
Photo: Joel Aron

Photography: Joel Aron
Photography Assistant: Diane
Production Coordinator: Kristin Argue

Hair: Rosa at The Cutlery, Jane Dougherty, & Autumn Adamme
Makeup: Sunny Drissia
Styling: Autumn Adamme, Marianne Faulkner, & Honey Cooler Handmade (available at the Dark Garden boutique)

Models: Allie Diane, Anuka Mendbayar, Dwoira Galilea, Elisa Ambrose Berlin, Khadijah, Nicole Simone, Shay Tiziano, & Victoria Dagger

Location: Victor's Place

The Victorian
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo: Joel Aron

 ~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Where did it all begin?


Captain’s Log, Star Date 080613



Who’s with me?

I’m writing today about inspiration and influence, how our early experiences shape who we are today, for better or for worse. 


What does Star Trek have to do with anything you ask? And I answer “Uhura.”






She was strong, beautiful, smart, and sexy too. What a role model!

I lived in a TV free home as a kid, but my afternoons at my best friend Tiffany’s house watching Star Trek were precious to me.



I grew up in Santa Cruz, California, a sleepy surf town without much diversity in the early 80s. If you weren’t suntanned and sun-bleached blonde, you didn’t fit – Star Trek opened my eyes to seeing beauty in a-typical places; curvy Uhura, stern Vulcans, fierce Klingons, and let’s not forget Kirk’s green ladies.
I also really enjoyed Lynda Carter's version of Wonder Woman. Doubtless that little waist of hers made an impression on my developing mind. Again, beautiful, strong, and fierce as can be, fighting for justice.




As I’ve developed Dark Garden and our approach to our clients it’s been incredibly important to me that every one of them feel welcome and beautiful. Whether you’re a badass surfer chick, delicate spooky girl, fierce earth momma, gender-neutral crusader, manly bear of a man, hardworking 9 to 5er, soccer mom, or Burner, you are more than welcome to visit Dark Garden and explore your flavor of beauty with us. 

                                                    photos Joel Aron



We’ve just launched a new website and I hope you’ll find a model with whom you resonate. If not – keep visiting. More pictures are on their way!

Autumn Adamme
founder

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

CELEBRATING A TIGHT FIT from the New York Times, August 2


  
The New York Times
August 2, 2013
Augusta Auction Company
New shows are featuring corsets, like this silk boned one from the late 19th century.

CELEBRATING A TIGHT FIT
(this section placed half way down the page)

Antique corsets survive in surprising numbers, and scholars, curators and collectors are scrutinizing them.
Exhibitions at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art have surveyed the topic, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has organized a traveling show, “Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion.” In Manhattan, vintage corsetry has gone on view with bloomers and stockings in bedrooms at the Morris-Jumel Mansion and the Merchant’s House Museum.
Auction prices for the torso-constricting pieces, especially for those in bright colors, have reached the high four figures.
“People are fascinated by body shaping, by what goes on under the garment,” said Karen Augusta, a couture historian and auction house owner. She will be bringing corsets and attachable skirt bustle contraptions to a November sale at her business, Augusta Auctions, in Manhattan. She added, “A lot of it is considered erotic, which brings out the crowds.”
Melanie Talkington, a corset dealer and collector in Vancouver, British Columbia, who has lent about 40 pieces to the current Paris show, said in a phone interview that she keeps learning more about the field. This summer, she has been poring through British manufacturer and museum archives. She owns more than 230 corsets and plans to create a museum for them in Vancouver.
She is protective of the fragile clothing; she installed her Paris loans herself, and she discourages anyone tempted to wear vintage pieces.
“It breaks my heart to see them get destroyed,” she said.
Informed corset collectors instead strap on reproductions, loosening the lacings somewhat at bedtime.
“I loved the soft feeling of being hugged all day,” Sarah A. Chrisman, a writer and massage therapist in Port Townsend, Wash., writes in a book due out this fall, “Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself” (Skyhorse Publishing).
The corset has long been unfairly maligned, Ms. Chrisman said in a phone interview. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a 19th-century cereal magnate and health proselytizer, set off a widespread anti-corset movement by describing the garments as a “barbarous practice” that caused “painful menstrual derangements.” But he was not quite a reliable denouncer, Ms. Chrisman said, given his other extreme views: he was married but largely celibate, and he called masturbation “a crime doubly abominable.”
She credits corsets for improving women’s posture, diet and self-image. “It’s like a good supportive pair of shoes,” she said.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The beautiful new DarkGarden.com

The Cincher
Model: Allie Diane
Photo: Joel Aron




We are pleased to announce that we have launched a stunning new redesign of DarkGarden.com!  I spoke briefly about it when the boutique got its makeover, sharing some lovely behind-the-scene photos from our lookbook shoot with Joel Aron.  This design has been in the works for a while and we are thrilled to debut it.  Our blog now also reflects the new look.

The Risqué Sweetheart
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo: Joel Aron
The new website has a simple shopping cart that allows you to purchase corsets from our Signature, Risqué, and Dollymop Collections in any ready-to-wear size and a variety of classic fabrications.  In addition, the custom corset ordering process can be begun by placing a deposit through the secure shopping cart.

The Valentine
Model: Nicole Simone
Photo: Joel Aron
We would like to publicly extend our thanks to Daniel Silveira for the redesign and to our amazing photographic team for shooting our new lookbook of the Dark Garden Signature Collection. We invite you to peruse photos of our beautiful and diverse models and corsets, many more than I'm tempting you with here.

The Cincher
Model: Anuka
Photo: Joel Aron

Photography: Joel Aron
Photography Assistant: Diane
Production Coordinator: Kristin Argue

Hair: Rosa at The Cutlery, Jane Dougherty, & Autumn Adamme
Makeup: Sunny Drissia
Styling: Autumn Adamme, Marianne Faulkner, & Honey Cooler Handmade (available at the Dark Garden boutique)

Models: Allie Diane, Anuka Mendbayar, Dwoira Galilea, Elisa Ambrose Berlin, Khadijah, Nicole Simone, Shay Tiziano, & Victoria Dagger

Location: Victor's Place

The Victorian
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo: Joel Aron

 ~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere