|Corset Dark Garden, All embellishment work Catherine D'Lish|
|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.
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