Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Cinch-ening: Dark Garden Returns to Jenette Bras in L.A.

Dark Garden "Risqué Cincher"
Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Joel Aron
We are so pleased to make our trunk show with Jenette Bras an annual event. Jenette is a fabulous host with a fantastic boutique (did I mention there will be cocktails? There are cocktails involved!), and we'll be making our triumphant return to her Melrose location on Sunday, February 8. (Yes, we'll be dashing over straight from the Vintage Fashion Expo.) You can catch us at Jenette's from 6-9pm.

Dark Garden 3: The Cinch-EningA Trunk Show at Jenette Bras
Sunday, February 8, 2015, 6pm-9pm
East Hollywood
4308 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
323-665-7490

Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme
in the "Risqué Sweetheart"
Photo © Joel Aron
This year, not only will Jenette's brilliant staff be there (fitting bras and corsets), but Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme will be leading our team. Dark Garden is bringing an assortment of Cinchers and Corselettes as well as full-bust friendly overbust corsets like our Valentine and examples of our bespoke work. Jenette Bras is a full-bust specialist where 'the alphabet begins at D,' but fret not, this is event is open to all cup sizes.

Dark Garden "Grable"
Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Mask Photo
Waist training has been quickly gaining momentum since last year. If you're in LA you may have been eyeing some of its celebrity proponents firsthand but still have a lot of questions. Autumn and I are both happy to talk you through waist training with an authentic and shapely steel-boned corset. We'll answer your questions like, "What style do I start with?" and "Is it safe?" (It totally is, at least when you use a high-quality and properly fitted corset.)

Dark Garden "Sweetheart"
Model: Dwoira Galilea | Photo © Joel Aron
We'll be in Los Angeles quite a bit in February, so if we don't see you at the Vintage Fashion Expo or Jenette's, we hope you'll visit us at our Edwardian Ball Styling Party with ReVamp on February 13, or watch our fashion show at the Los Angeles Edwardian Ball.

Dollymop for Dark Garden
Couture corset ensemble
Photo © John Carey
Cheers!
Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Red-Hot Valentine's Day Shopping Guide

Dita Von Teese "Mancatcher" lingerie set
Available at Dark Garden in San Francisco
Valentine's Day is nearly upon us! Whether you've got a hot date or are pampering yourself, we've got a list of lovelies that will keep you feeling hot despite the lingering chill in the air.


Dark Garden "Cincher" in red silk satin
and Pop Antique Hex Crown Pillbox in red sinamay.
Available at Dark Garden in San Francisco.
via @DarkGardenCorsetry on Instagram.
Accessories & Treats

Apothekerri: Fizzy Melts, "Love Spell," $6 - Get snug in the tub with luxuriously scented fizzy melts. These effervescent bath bombs are super moisturizing and smell ah-mazing.

Pop Antique: Hex Crown Pillbox, $110 - Why not pair your Risqué corset with a sinamay mesh pillbox hat? Pop Antique's pillbox hats are all hand-blocked and hand-finished with millinery wire and lovely petersham ribbon. The back of the hat band has a slot for modular pairing with Pop Antique's super-versatile Bow Clip Fascinator ($32-$35).

Kalico Delafay: Horsehair & Lace Fascinators, $112.50+ - Dark Garden's associate designer Kalico Delafay designs our incredibly popular Dollymop line of corsets, but her millinery skills are even more impressive. Her horsehair and lace creations, trimmed with vintage feathers and buttons, are wonderful cocktail hats for a picnic or a night at the opera. Normally retailing for $225-$250, the fascinators are currently 50% off.


Dita Von Teese "Her Sexcellency" lingerie set
Available at Dark Garden in San Francisco
Lingerie

Evgenia: Handmade red silk panties, $65 - Formerly Honey Cooler Handmade, local designer Stephanie Bodnar has rebranded her locally made line as Evegnia. Dark Garden still has a handful of unique one-off silk panties and camisoles featuring her expert and elegant insertion lace technique.

Dita Von Teese: Mancatcher Set, $40+$55 - Mancatcher it may be named, but I can say from experience that this style works just as well on the ladies! This set is an instant classic in red satin and black lace, with diagonal seams accenting a sheer lace cup.

Dita Von Teese "Her Sexcellency" lingerie setand Dark Garden "Risqué Cincher" in red silk/black mesh.
Available at Dark Garden in San Francisco
Model: Euphrates X. Photo © Joel Aron
Dita Von Teese: Her Sexcellency Set, $40-$70 - This stand-out set has both a push-up and a longline overwire bra option in glossy satin. Bottom's up with matching panties and suspenders - why not pair those with our new-old stock vintage stockings? It's a guaranteed stunner no matter how you style it.

Dita Von Teese: Parisienne Half Slip, $200 - Polka dots are so on point these days, and you're sure to charm in this darling half slip with bow and godet detailing. If you're feeling playful, try layering it over a sexy sheath dress for a floaty lingerie-as-outwear look.

Dita Von Teese "Parisienne" half-slipand Dark Garden "Alexandra" in black poplin and leather.
Available at Dark Garden in San Francisco
Model: Euphrates X. Photo © Joel Aron

Dark Garden Corsets

Monthly Special Fabrics, $200 off - Each month, we offer a discount on a select few custom fabrics from our couture loft. This month, we've got a luscious palette of red and black: a cheery red poplin, black filigree silk brocade, and super luxe red patent leather. You can read more about each of these fabrics here.

Dark Garden "Cincher" in red silk satin.
Model: Victoria Dagger. Photo © Joel Aron.
Cincher in Red Silk Satin, $475 - Gorgeous red silk makes a perfect corset for daywear, foundations, or even waist training. Our Cincher is fit from an average of thousands of bespoke corsets, making for an incredibly comfortable and curvaceous cinching experience. All corsets are handmade on-site in our San Francisco boutique, guaranteeing the highest level of quality. If well cared for, a Dark Garden corset is an investment that can last years or even decades.

Dark Garden "Risqué Sweetheart" in red silk/black mesh.
Model: Dwoira Galilea. Photo © Joel Aron
Sweetheart Risqué in Red Silk with Black Mesh, $555 - Of course, if you want to take it to the next level, you could pair that luminous red silk with super sexy sheer mesh. Our corsetry mesh is both strong and breathable, and the Risqué line comes standard with a modesty panel and detachable garters.


Dita Von Teese "Savoir Faire" Lingerie Setand Dark Garden "Cincher" in black brocade
Available at Dark Garden in San Francisco
Model: Euphrates X. Photo © Joel Aron
If you're looking to buy a special gift or a sexy treat for yourself, Dark Garden is happy to help you in finding just the thing. We also have gift cards available if you're uncertain of size or color preference. Come by and visit us at 321 Linden St, Thursday through Tuesday for a corset fitting or gift consultation. We open at 11am every day, except for Wednesdays when we are open only by appointment. Give us a ring at 415-431-7684 for over-the-phone inquiries.

Dark Garden "Dollymop Overbust"
Photo © Joel Aron
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Fabulous Foundations at LA's Vintage Fashion Expo!

Dark Garden "Corselette"
Model: Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme
Photo © Joel Aron
Dark Garden is so excited to return to the Los Angeles Vintage Fashion Expo on February 7th & 8th, where we will once again share a booth with ReVamp. You can see us there and get professionally fitted for a ready-to-wear or bespoke corset at The Reef, 1933 Broadway St., Los Angeles. Tickets are $12-$30, or only $5 with a valid student ID on Sunday. The Vintage Fashion Expo hosts an array of vendors with gorgeous original vintage clothing and accessories, but, in the words of Christian Dior:
"Without proper foundations, there can be no fashion."
What foundations? Foundation garments - corsets, of course! Most vintage pieces were cut to be worn with at least a girdle or merry widow, so their waists tend to be too small with a different hang and posture if worn without shapewear. A Dark Garden corset makes a wonderful foundation for vintage dresses and gowns, yet is cut to suit modern bodies with unparalleled all-day support and comfort. Our standard fit line is based on an average of thousands of our handmade bespoke corsets, and doesn't pinch or roll like stretch shapewear.

Dark Garden "Risqué Cincher"
Model: Khadijah. Photo © Joel Aron
We'll be bringing a selection of our Basics in simple and sturdy black poplin as well as our Risqué line. The Risqué's single-layer mesh construction with luscious silk-satin accents makes it a lightweight, comfortable, and oh-so-sexy base for any ensemble, and comes standard with detachable garters... perfect for snag-free support of your vintage nylon stockings!

Dark Garden "Risqué Cincher"
Model: Euphrates X. Photo © Joel Aron

Our partner ReVamp specializes in exacting period reproductions from 1910-1957 with all the vintage style and none of the vintage DNA. ReVamp was originally founded as the brainchild of current owner Annamarie von Firley and Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme. Though our two companies are now separate entities we have always maintained a close relationship with Annamarie von Firley. Indeed, Autumn is often seen working at Dark Garden in her ReVamp "Maisie" sailor slacks.

Left: Annamarie von Firley of ReVamp
Right: Dark Garden's Autumn Adamme
The Vintage Fashion Expo is the first of many events in Los Angeles we are doing next month. We'll also be doing a trunk show at Jenette Bras on February 8th, another trunk show hosted by ReVamp on February 13th, and of course, the Edwardian Ball on February 14th!

Dark Garden "Corselette"
Photo © Joel Aron
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Fabric Specials for Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we have some red-hot fabric specials for you! These fabrics are available on any made-to-order corset for a limited time only. We are waiving the custom fabric fee (a $200 savings) on the following sultry styles through the end of February.

Dark Garden's fabric specials for Valentine's Day:
Black filigree brocade, red patent leather, and red poplin.
Red Poplin: Available in either basic or Signature construction, our poplin is a wonderfully hard-wearing fabric. Signature Collection corsets come complete with loops for detachable garters (garters sold separately) and a back panel to sit behind your back lacing. This brilliant scarlet hue is usually only available behind our sumptuous lace overlay, but for the next month you can have it as a sturdy (and economical) alternative to our luscious, luminous Signature red silk-satin.

Black filigree brocade in a finely woven silk/rayon blend.
Black Filigree Brocade: Make no mistake, a Dark Garden brocade is not like the loosely-woven polyester fabrics you'll find at your local fabric store. This gorgeous and subtle brocade features a tightly-woven black-on-black filigree motif. This silk/rayon blend is suitable for either an occasional night out or consistent wear for waist training. Did you know that all Dark Garden brocades are carefully matched at the center front and center back to create an uninterrupted repeating pattern?

Dark Garden "Sweetheart" corset in red poplin.
Red Patent Leather: For the ultimate, super-shiny, luxe experience, you just can't top a patent leather corset! We go to great lengths to source leather with the right qualities for corsetry. Our patent leather molds around the body but doesn't crack like vinyl. This means your corset will have a longer life, lasting years with proper care. The red patent leather is not just a standalone statement piece: it makes a stunningly versatile foundation for cosplay and is a guaranteed head-turner at the Folsom St. Fair.

Dark Garden "Sweetheart" corset in red patent.
Model: Anneka | Photo © Marianne Faulkner
These fabrics are available only in-store or over the phone - pop into 321 Linden St., San Francisco for an expert fitting and handle these limited edition options for yourself, or call us at 415-431-7684. This is the perfect time to place an order for Valentine's Day in these special fabrics or our classic Signature Collection, such as the Risqué Collection: a perennial favorite for boudoir or foundation wear.

Dark Garden Risqué Sweetheart in red silk and black mesh.
Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Joel Aron.
Dark Garden "Cincher"
in red silk satin.
© Joel Aron

Corset squeezes,
Marianne
Multi-Purposes Corsetiere
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Last Call for the Edwardian Ball!

Did your true love completely fail to deliver on the ladies dancing and lords a-leaping for Christmas? Don't worry, the Edwardian Ball has you covered! This annual event is inspired by the whimsically macabre works of Edward Gorey and showcases a broad array of entertainments, vendors, and costumed attendees.

The 15th Annual Edwardian Ball: Edward Gorey's "The Beastly Baby"
Yes, the Edwardian Ball is nearly upon us: Next Friday and Saturday, January 16th & 17th, prepare for a marvelous and oh-so-stylish spectacle at the Regency Ballroom. Thank you to all who turned out for our What to Wear to the Edwardian Ball styling party. If you're still on the fence about whether to go to the ball, which night to attend, or whether to spring for VIP tickets, we've got those answers right here for you.

Style inspiration: model Nicole Simone in carnival-inspired finery. Photo © Aaron Fagerstrom
Friday at the Edwardian Ball is the "World's Faire" and is hosted by MC Kingfish of Hubba Hubba Revue fame. This first night of the ball has a slightly more casual vibe - as much as any ball could ever be considered "casual," that is! Daywear-inspired styling is more acceptable for Friday night... perhaps a fun circus outfit will get you in the mood for a pedal-powered carousel by Cyclecide and carnival games from The Barbary Coast Midway! Prepare to dance to DJs Shakti Bliss and Fact.50 as well as musical performances by Diego's Umbrella, The Speakeasy Syndicate and Eric McFadden.

Dark Garden fashion show at the Edwardian Ball, featuring two Dollymop corsets and a bespoke Aziza.
Saturday is the Edwardian Ball proper, in all its Edward Gorey glory! Dress to the nines for an evening of ballroom dance and performances. With MC Armitage Shanks, the main stage will brim with entertainments all night long. Rosin Coven, the world's premier pagan lounge ensemble, are both the hosts of the ball and the house band. As ever, we will debut a stunning new collection of corseted ensembles during our fashion show spectacular, this year in collaboration with Edwardian Ball headliners, the Vau de Vire Society. At the end of the night, the Vau de Vire Society will also stage a second show: a production of Edward Gorey's "The Beastly Baby." These circus virtuosos are not to be missed, and we could not be more thrilled to partner with them for our Saturday fashion show!

The Vau de Vire Society at the Edwardian Ball, headlining Saturday night's entertainments.
On both nights, you can look forward to spectacular life size Edward Gorey cutouts, the antics of Fou Fou Ha!, and the swirling skirts of Le Cancan Bijou. Upstairs in the opulent red Lodge, we'll be displaying more fashionable Dark Garden delights on living statues and sensual shadow screens. There's a full bar and a hot food menu, and even an Absinthe Bar featuring Treasure Island's Raff Distillerie (who also just so happens to make my favorite gin). That's just a sampling of course... the amusements are nearly too numerous to list (but are, in fact, listed on the Edwardian Ball website.)

Le Cancan Bijou at the Edwardian Ball
The Edwardian Ball will also be coming to Los Angeles on Saturday, February 14. How's that for a very memorable Valentine's Day or a fabulous night of solo fun with friends (or your personal harem)!

VIP lounge at the Edwardian Ball
Dark Garden still has available tickets for the San Francisco Edwardian Ball and World's Faire. Ticket sales are cash only in our boutique at 321 Linden St., San Francisco. General Admission tickets are $50 (Friday) or $57 (Saturday), covering an evening of dancing and entertainments as well as a beautifully eclectic vendor's bazaar. VIP tickets are $97-$102 and also include access to an exclusive VIP lounge with plenty of seating with a spectacular view of the main stage. All prices include a small handling fee.

© Clarence Alford

We can't wait to see you there!

-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Fashion Show Philanthropy: Beats for Boobs

On Saturday, January 24, get ready to turn it up to 11! Join us at the Mezzanine (444 Jessie St., San Francisco) with your biggest hair and acid-washed jeans. From 7pm to 2am, get rowdy while honoring and remembering those impacted by breast cancer. This rockumentary-inspired fundraiser will feature riotous DJs, live performance art, tasty nibbles, an air guitar contest, and of course, a Spinal-Tap inspired fashion show featuring by yours truly: Dark Garden Unique Corsetry, amongst others. Will there be leather? Yes. Animal print? Hell yes.

Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme.
Beats for Boobs is a project of the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, granting financial support to local breast cancer organizations that offer direct services to survivors, those currently battling breast cancer, and organizations that promote prevention. Proceeds will be granted to their four Bay Area based beneficiaries. Beats for Boobs unites the community with a unique event featuring art, fashion, food, music, and education. Tickets start at $43.

Dollymop for Dark Garden overbust corset in leather with motorcycle inspired detailing.
Model: Kali | Photo @ Kristin Argue
You can read the complete event info and RSVP on Facebook. Be sure to check out the full list of musical acts, performers, fashion show participants, and fundraiser beneficiaries - perhaps you'd like to try your hand at the air guitar contest?

© Lauren Luck
Rock on,
Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Cinch-ening: Dark Garden Returns to Jenette Bras in L.A.

Dark Garden "Risqué Cincher"
Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Joel Aron
We are so pleased to make our trunk show with Jenette Bras an annual event. Jenette is a fabulous host with a fantastic boutique (did I mention there will be cocktails? There are cocktails involved!), and we'll be making our triumphant return to her Melrose location on Sunday, February 8. (Yes, we'll be dashing over straight from the Vintage Fashion Expo.) You can catch us at Jenette's from 6-9pm.

Dark Garden 3: The Cinch-EningA Trunk Show at Jenette Bras
Sunday, February 8, 2015, 6pm-9pm
East Hollywood
4308 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
323-665-7490

Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme
in the "Risqué Sweetheart"
Photo © Joel Aron
This year, not only will Jenette's brilliant staff be there (fitting bras and corsets), but Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme will be leading our team. Dark Garden is bringing an assortment of Cinchers and Corselettes as well as full-bust friendly overbust corsets like our Valentine and examples of our bespoke work. Jenette Bras is a full-bust specialist where 'the alphabet begins at D,' but fret not, this is event is open to all cup sizes.

Dark Garden "Grable"
Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Mask Photo
Waist training has been quickly gaining momentum since last year. If you're in LA you may have been eyeing some of its celebrity proponents firsthand but still have a lot of questions. Autumn and I are both happy to talk you through waist training with an authentic and shapely steel-boned corset. We'll answer your questions like, "What style do I start with?" and "Is it safe?" (It totally is, at least when you use a high-quality and properly fitted corset.)

Dark Garden "Sweetheart"
Model: Dwoira Galilea | Photo © Joel Aron
We'll be in Los Angeles quite a bit in February, so if we don't see you at the Vintage Fashion Expo or Jenette's, we hope you'll visit us at our Edwardian Ball Styling Party with ReVamp on February 13, or watch our fashion show at the Los Angeles Edwardian Ball.

Dollymop for Dark Garden
Couture corset ensemble
Photo © John Carey
Cheers!
Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, January 30, 2015

Red-Hot Valentine's Day Shopping Guide

Dita Von Teese "Mancatcher" lingerie set
Available at Dark Garden in San Francisco
Valentine's Day is nearly upon us! Whether you've got a hot date or are pampering yourself, we've got a list of lovelies that will keep you feeling hot despite the lingering chill in the air.


Dark Garden "Cincher" in red silk satin
and Pop Antique Hex Crown Pillbox in red sinamay.
Available at Dark Garden in San Francisco.
via @DarkGardenCorsetry on Instagram.
Accessories & Treats

Apothekerri: Fizzy Melts, "Love Spell," $6 - Get snug in the tub with luxuriously scented fizzy melts. These effervescent bath bombs are super moisturizing and smell ah-mazing.

Pop Antique: Hex Crown Pillbox, $110 - Why not pair your Risqué corset with a sinamay mesh pillbox hat? Pop Antique's pillbox hats are all hand-blocked and hand-finished with millinery wire and lovely petersham ribbon. The back of the hat band has a slot for modular pairing with Pop Antique's super-versatile Bow Clip Fascinator ($32-$35).

Kalico Delafay: Horsehair & Lace Fascinators, $112.50+ - Dark Garden's associate designer Kalico Delafay designs our incredibly popular Dollymop line of corsets, but her millinery skills are even more impressive. Her horsehair and lace creations, trimmed with vintage feathers and buttons, are wonderful cocktail hats for a picnic or a night at the opera. Normally retailing for $225-$250, the fascinators are currently 50% off.


Dita Von Teese "Her Sexcellency" lingerie set
Available at Dark Garden in San Francisco
Lingerie

Evgenia: Handmade red silk panties, $65 - Formerly Honey Cooler Handmade, local designer Stephanie Bodnar has rebranded her locally made line as Evegnia. Dark Garden still has a handful of unique one-off silk panties and camisoles featuring her expert and elegant insertion lace technique.

Dita Von Teese: Mancatcher Set, $40+$55 - Mancatcher it may be named, but I can say from experience that this style works just as well on the ladies! This set is an instant classic in red satin and black lace, with diagonal seams accenting a sheer lace cup.

Dita Von Teese "Her Sexcellency" lingerie setand Dark Garden "Risqué Cincher" in red silk/black mesh.
Available at Dark Garden in San Francisco
Model: Euphrates X. Photo © Joel Aron
Dita Von Teese: Her Sexcellency Set, $40-$70 - This stand-out set has both a push-up and a longline overwire bra option in glossy satin. Bottom's up with matching panties and suspenders - why not pair those with our new-old stock vintage stockings? It's a guaranteed stunner no matter how you style it.

Dita Von Teese: Parisienne Half Slip, $200 - Polka dots are so on point these days, and you're sure to charm in this darling half slip with bow and godet detailing. If you're feeling playful, try layering it over a sexy sheath dress for a floaty lingerie-as-outwear look.

Dita Von Teese "Parisienne" half-slipand Dark Garden "Alexandra" in black poplin and leather.
Available at Dark Garden in San Francisco
Model: Euphrates X. Photo © Joel Aron

Dark Garden Corsets

Monthly Special Fabrics, $200 off - Each month, we offer a discount on a select few custom fabrics from our couture loft. This month, we've got a luscious palette of red and black: a cheery red poplin, black filigree silk brocade, and super luxe red patent leather. You can read more about each of these fabrics here.

Dark Garden "Cincher" in red silk satin.
Model: Victoria Dagger. Photo © Joel Aron.
Cincher in Red Silk Satin, $475 - Gorgeous red silk makes a perfect corset for daywear, foundations, or even waist training. Our Cincher is fit from an average of thousands of bespoke corsets, making for an incredibly comfortable and curvaceous cinching experience. All corsets are handmade on-site in our San Francisco boutique, guaranteeing the highest level of quality. If well cared for, a Dark Garden corset is an investment that can last years or even decades.

Dark Garden "Risqué Sweetheart" in red silk/black mesh.
Model: Dwoira Galilea. Photo © Joel Aron
Sweetheart Risqué in Red Silk with Black Mesh, $555 - Of course, if you want to take it to the next level, you could pair that luminous red silk with super sexy sheer mesh. Our corsetry mesh is both strong and breathable, and the Risqué line comes standard with a modesty panel and detachable garters.


Dita Von Teese "Savoir Faire" Lingerie Setand Dark Garden "Cincher" in black brocade
Available at Dark Garden in San Francisco
Model: Euphrates X. Photo © Joel Aron
If you're looking to buy a special gift or a sexy treat for yourself, Dark Garden is happy to help you in finding just the thing. We also have gift cards available if you're uncertain of size or color preference. Come by and visit us at 321 Linden St, Thursday through Tuesday for a corset fitting or gift consultation. We open at 11am every day, except for Wednesdays when we are open only by appointment. Give us a ring at 415-431-7684 for over-the-phone inquiries.

Dark Garden "Dollymop Overbust"
Photo © Joel Aron
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fabulous Foundations at LA's Vintage Fashion Expo!

Dark Garden "Corselette"
Model: Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme
Photo © Joel Aron
Dark Garden is so excited to return to the Los Angeles Vintage Fashion Expo on February 7th & 8th, where we will once again share a booth with ReVamp. You can see us there and get professionally fitted for a ready-to-wear or bespoke corset at The Reef, 1933 Broadway St., Los Angeles. Tickets are $12-$30, or only $5 with a valid student ID on Sunday. The Vintage Fashion Expo hosts an array of vendors with gorgeous original vintage clothing and accessories, but, in the words of Christian Dior:
"Without proper foundations, there can be no fashion."
What foundations? Foundation garments - corsets, of course! Most vintage pieces were cut to be worn with at least a girdle or merry widow, so their waists tend to be too small with a different hang and posture if worn without shapewear. A Dark Garden corset makes a wonderful foundation for vintage dresses and gowns, yet is cut to suit modern bodies with unparalleled all-day support and comfort. Our standard fit line is based on an average of thousands of our handmade bespoke corsets, and doesn't pinch or roll like stretch shapewear.

Dark Garden "Risqué Cincher"
Model: Khadijah. Photo © Joel Aron
We'll be bringing a selection of our Basics in simple and sturdy black poplin as well as our Risqué line. The Risqué's single-layer mesh construction with luscious silk-satin accents makes it a lightweight, comfortable, and oh-so-sexy base for any ensemble, and comes standard with detachable garters... perfect for snag-free support of your vintage nylon stockings!

Dark Garden "Risqué Cincher"
Model: Euphrates X. Photo © Joel Aron

Our partner ReVamp specializes in exacting period reproductions from 1910-1957 with all the vintage style and none of the vintage DNA. ReVamp was originally founded as the brainchild of current owner Annamarie von Firley and Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme. Though our two companies are now separate entities we have always maintained a close relationship with Annamarie von Firley. Indeed, Autumn is often seen working at Dark Garden in her ReVamp "Maisie" sailor slacks.

Left: Annamarie von Firley of ReVamp
Right: Dark Garden's Autumn Adamme
The Vintage Fashion Expo is the first of many events in Los Angeles we are doing next month. We'll also be doing a trunk show at Jenette Bras on February 8th, another trunk show hosted by ReVamp on February 13th, and of course, the Edwardian Ball on February 14th!

Dark Garden "Corselette"
Photo © Joel Aron
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Fabric Specials for Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we have some red-hot fabric specials for you! These fabrics are available on any made-to-order corset for a limited time only. We are waiving the custom fabric fee (a $200 savings) on the following sultry styles through the end of February.

Dark Garden's fabric specials for Valentine's Day:
Black filigree brocade, red patent leather, and red poplin.
Red Poplin: Available in either basic or Signature construction, our poplin is a wonderfully hard-wearing fabric. Signature Collection corsets come complete with loops for detachable garters (garters sold separately) and a back panel to sit behind your back lacing. This brilliant scarlet hue is usually only available behind our sumptuous lace overlay, but for the next month you can have it as a sturdy (and economical) alternative to our luscious, luminous Signature red silk-satin.

Black filigree brocade in a finely woven silk/rayon blend.
Black Filigree Brocade: Make no mistake, a Dark Garden brocade is not like the loosely-woven polyester fabrics you'll find at your local fabric store. This gorgeous and subtle brocade features a tightly-woven black-on-black filigree motif. This silk/rayon blend is suitable for either an occasional night out or consistent wear for waist training. Did you know that all Dark Garden brocades are carefully matched at the center front and center back to create an uninterrupted repeating pattern?

Dark Garden "Sweetheart" corset in red poplin.
Red Patent Leather: For the ultimate, super-shiny, luxe experience, you just can't top a patent leather corset! We go to great lengths to source leather with the right qualities for corsetry. Our patent leather molds around the body but doesn't crack like vinyl. This means your corset will have a longer life, lasting years with proper care. The red patent leather is not just a standalone statement piece: it makes a stunningly versatile foundation for cosplay and is a guaranteed head-turner at the Folsom St. Fair.

Dark Garden "Sweetheart" corset in red patent.
Model: Anneka | Photo © Marianne Faulkner
These fabrics are available only in-store or over the phone - pop into 321 Linden St., San Francisco for an expert fitting and handle these limited edition options for yourself, or call us at 415-431-7684. This is the perfect time to place an order for Valentine's Day in these special fabrics or our classic Signature Collection, such as the Risqué Collection: a perennial favorite for boudoir or foundation wear.

Dark Garden Risqué Sweetheart in red silk and black mesh.
Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Joel Aron.
Dark Garden "Cincher"
in red silk satin.
© Joel Aron

Corset squeezes,
Marianne
Multi-Purposes Corsetiere

Last Call for the Edwardian Ball!

Did your true love completely fail to deliver on the ladies dancing and lords a-leaping for Christmas? Don't worry, the Edwardian Ball has you covered! This annual event is inspired by the whimsically macabre works of Edward Gorey and showcases a broad array of entertainments, vendors, and costumed attendees.

The 15th Annual Edwardian Ball: Edward Gorey's "The Beastly Baby"
Yes, the Edwardian Ball is nearly upon us: Next Friday and Saturday, January 16th & 17th, prepare for a marvelous and oh-so-stylish spectacle at the Regency Ballroom. Thank you to all who turned out for our What to Wear to the Edwardian Ball styling party. If you're still on the fence about whether to go to the ball, which night to attend, or whether to spring for VIP tickets, we've got those answers right here for you.

Style inspiration: model Nicole Simone in carnival-inspired finery. Photo © Aaron Fagerstrom
Friday at the Edwardian Ball is the "World's Faire" and is hosted by MC Kingfish of Hubba Hubba Revue fame. This first night of the ball has a slightly more casual vibe - as much as any ball could ever be considered "casual," that is! Daywear-inspired styling is more acceptable for Friday night... perhaps a fun circus outfit will get you in the mood for a pedal-powered carousel by Cyclecide and carnival games from The Barbary Coast Midway! Prepare to dance to DJs Shakti Bliss and Fact.50 as well as musical performances by Diego's Umbrella, The Speakeasy Syndicate and Eric McFadden.

Dark Garden fashion show at the Edwardian Ball, featuring two Dollymop corsets and a bespoke Aziza.
Saturday is the Edwardian Ball proper, in all its Edward Gorey glory! Dress to the nines for an evening of ballroom dance and performances. With MC Armitage Shanks, the main stage will brim with entertainments all night long. Rosin Coven, the world's premier pagan lounge ensemble, are both the hosts of the ball and the house band. As ever, we will debut a stunning new collection of corseted ensembles during our fashion show spectacular, this year in collaboration with Edwardian Ball headliners, the Vau de Vire Society. At the end of the night, the Vau de Vire Society will also stage a second show: a production of Edward Gorey's "The Beastly Baby." These circus virtuosos are not to be missed, and we could not be more thrilled to partner with them for our Saturday fashion show!

The Vau de Vire Society at the Edwardian Ball, headlining Saturday night's entertainments.
On both nights, you can look forward to spectacular life size Edward Gorey cutouts, the antics of Fou Fou Ha!, and the swirling skirts of Le Cancan Bijou. Upstairs in the opulent red Lodge, we'll be displaying more fashionable Dark Garden delights on living statues and sensual shadow screens. There's a full bar and a hot food menu, and even an Absinthe Bar featuring Treasure Island's Raff Distillerie (who also just so happens to make my favorite gin). That's just a sampling of course... the amusements are nearly too numerous to list (but are, in fact, listed on the Edwardian Ball website.)

Le Cancan Bijou at the Edwardian Ball
The Edwardian Ball will also be coming to Los Angeles on Saturday, February 14. How's that for a very memorable Valentine's Day or a fabulous night of solo fun with friends (or your personal harem)!

VIP lounge at the Edwardian Ball
Dark Garden still has available tickets for the San Francisco Edwardian Ball and World's Faire. Ticket sales are cash only in our boutique at 321 Linden St., San Francisco. General Admission tickets are $50 (Friday) or $57 (Saturday), covering an evening of dancing and entertainments as well as a beautifully eclectic vendor's bazaar. VIP tickets are $97-$102 and also include access to an exclusive VIP lounge with plenty of seating with a spectacular view of the main stage. All prices include a small handling fee.

© Clarence Alford

We can't wait to see you there!

-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, January 9, 2015

Fashion Show Philanthropy: Beats for Boobs

On Saturday, January 24, get ready to turn it up to 11! Join us at the Mezzanine (444 Jessie St., San Francisco) with your biggest hair and acid-washed jeans. From 7pm to 2am, get rowdy while honoring and remembering those impacted by breast cancer. This rockumentary-inspired fundraiser will feature riotous DJs, live performance art, tasty nibbles, an air guitar contest, and of course, a Spinal-Tap inspired fashion show featuring by yours truly: Dark Garden Unique Corsetry, amongst others. Will there be leather? Yes. Animal print? Hell yes.

Dark Garden proprietress Autumn Adamme.
Beats for Boobs is a project of the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, granting financial support to local breast cancer organizations that offer direct services to survivors, those currently battling breast cancer, and organizations that promote prevention. Proceeds will be granted to their four Bay Area based beneficiaries. Beats for Boobs unites the community with a unique event featuring art, fashion, food, music, and education. Tickets start at $43.

Dollymop for Dark Garden overbust corset in leather with motorcycle inspired detailing.
Model: Kali | Photo @ Kristin Argue
You can read the complete event info and RSVP on Facebook. Be sure to check out the full list of musical acts, performers, fashion show participants, and fundraiser beneficiaries - perhaps you'd like to try your hand at the air guitar contest?

© Lauren Luck
Rock on,
Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere