Thursday, December 24, 2015

January 9: Edwardian Ball Styling Party

Edwardian Ball is just around the corner! Edwardian Ball tickets are available for purchase here at Dark Garden, and we are once again hosting one of our popular styling parties to prepare for this singular event. Be the belle of the ball in a Dark Garden corset! Let our stylists assist you with fitting and style pairings while you nibble on a snack and sip some punch from 3pm-8pm on Saturday, January 9th, 2016.

Edwardian Ball Styling Party
January 9, 3pm-8pm
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
321 Linden St., San Francisco
415-431-7684


Dark Garden couture – bespoke Alyscia corset ensemble
Model: Monica Lenk
Photo © Joel Aron
As ever, we will be presenting a fashion show at the Edwardian Ball. Catch our luxe looks on the main stage, adorning the members of Rosin Coven while they perform "The Stupid Joke" a short opera. Upstairs we will also be presenting Dark Garden couture looks on our statuesque pedestal models. For performers and guests alike, Dark Garden is the tastemaker for the fashions of the Edwardian Ball – and we'd love to dress you at our styling party.

Dark Garden Signature Collection
Dollymop Overbust corset in black & white pinstripe
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Joel Aron
In our boutique right now, we have a lovely selection of ready-to-wear corsets in a variety of fabrications. From Risqué mesh to brocade to leather, we've got a little bit of everything. Should you require something extra special made up just for you, we can create your Made-to-Order corset in just one week for a $200 rush fee. There is also a delightful selection of glittering jewelry and sparkling crowns to complete your ensembles. We particularly love the elegant millinery of House of Nines and Kalico Delafay. While most of our options are deliciously femme, we also have a small, well-curated assemblage of men's and butch corsets and accessories.

Dollymop for Dark Garden couture ensemble
Dollymop Lancer corseted pantsuit in ivory herringbone
Model: Ambyr
Photo © Saint Laurent Photography
As well as this delectable array of new merchandise, we have corsets and a few select ensembles from previous years' shows available for rental or purchase. Corset rentals for the weekend are $150; ensembles are $275. Of course, the ensembles we have available are so gorgeous that you just might want to keep one instead of renting – which we fully condone! Having been worn a few times for photoshoots and fashion shows, these floor samples are priced at a discount.


Dollymop for Dark Garden sequin corset gown.
Photo © John Carey


The Edwardian Ball is my favorite event of the year. It is a marvelous occasion on which one may take in myriad fine sights – and also be one of the fine sights! We'll see you there on January 22nd & 23rd, for an impeccably stylish weekend of artful entertainments.

Dark Garden couture
Bespoke Grable corset ensemble
Photo © Joel Aron

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dark Garden's Last Hurrah at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair

'Tis the season! A time for roasted nuts, petticoats and crinolines, and the sound of carolers ringing throughout our little slice of London at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Dark Garden will have a pop-up boutique therein, and we encourage you to join us for our last year at the Fair. This is the final weekend of Dickens Fair for the 2015 season - your last chance ever to visit us in Victorian London!

10:00am - 7:00 pm
December 19 & 20
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls,
2600 Geneva Ave., San Francisco, CA

Dark Garden Risqué Sweetheart
Model: Caroline
Photo © John Carey
Please join us in celebrating our last year in Victorian London. The Dickens Fair is a wonderful event filled with fascinating boutiques, delicious food, cider, and even absinthe, and live entertainment in the form of Dickensian characters strolling the snow-strewn streets. We look forward to meeting you on a holiday adventure in this Victorian Christmas card come to life.


At the Fair, our famous booth is adorned with bay windows, within which lounge live corseted models. This attraction has been a long-time favorite of fair goers, offering a glimpse at the treasures within. Our staff of trained fitters will put you in a corset so you can experience for yourself the shaping and support effected by our unique standard fit line. Corsets in special limited edition fabrications are available for immediate purchase, or you can place an order for one in your choice of fabric and style and we will build it just for you. For the holidays, we've stocked up on stockings and jewelry – Dickens Fair is an excellent environment for gift shopping!

Proprietress Autumn Adamme in a bespoke Sweetheart
Photo © John Carey
Dickens Fair has been amazing for Dark Garden and we've enjoyed our 15 years there. This year has been no exception: we've been putting our heart and soul into making it our best Dickens Fair ever. We are now looking to hone our focus, and aim our resources towards creating the best possible experience for our clients within our San Francisco boutique at 321 Linden St. Our Hayes Valley shop is where the magic happens, where corset dreams are created and come alive. Here you can walk in any day of the week and try on an overbust or underbust corset in any size or be measured for a bespoke corset. Peruse our curated selection of clothing, jewelry, and locally made fine millinery, all selected to please a nostalgic lover of beauty.


~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Oakland Trunk Show at A Revelation in Fit

Dark Garden Cincher in Red with Lace Overlay
Model: Allie Diane
Photo © Joel Aron
Dark Garden is so excited to partner with another amazing local business and fit expert. A Revelation in Fit is a bra fitting boutique owned by former Dark Garden employee, Robynne Winchester. On December 17, from 6 to 9 pm, we will be joining A Revelation in Fit for a corset trunk show in their Oakland boutique.

Corset Trunk Show
3974 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA
Friday, December 17
6pm-9pm

Dark Garden Risqué Sweetheart in Limited Edition pink lace overlay
Model: Anuka Mendbayar
Photo © Herm Pugay
 We will be bringing our best-loved styles for all figure types, in full size runs. Valentines, Cupids, Dollymops, and Cinchers will all be there. We'll have classic black poplin corsets for foundation wear and waist training, as well as some of our gorgeous Limited Edition fabrications. The latter are available off-the-rack at a special price, discounted $200 from their made-to-order pricing.

Dark Garden Risqué Cincher in red silk and black mesh
Model: Euphrates X
Photo © Joel Aron
If you're already a Dark Garden client but aren't familiar with A Revelation in Fit, here's what you need to know. There is no better place in the Bay Area for bra fitting. We all keep hearing that 70% of women are wearing the wrong bra size - in our experience, that's no exaggeration! Much of the problem is the lack of diversity in the bra sizes easily available in the US. Whether you're small band/full bust, large band/small bust, or anything in between, A Revelation in Fit has you covered. They stock bras in sizes 28-46 A-KK. A properly fitted bra – like a good corset – can change your life. It can reduce back and shoulder pain and improve your confidence as well as the hang of your clothes.

Dark Garden bespoke waspie in scarlet silk
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Alyxander Ryan

We hope we'll see you in Oakland for this delightful event! Don't forget to RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends.

-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Thursday, December 24, 2015

January 9: Edwardian Ball Styling Party

Edwardian Ball is just around the corner! Edwardian Ball tickets are available for purchase here at Dark Garden, and we are once again hosting one of our popular styling parties to prepare for this singular event. Be the belle of the ball in a Dark Garden corset! Let our stylists assist you with fitting and style pairings while you nibble on a snack and sip some punch from 3pm-8pm on Saturday, January 9th, 2016.

Edwardian Ball Styling Party
January 9, 3pm-8pm
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
321 Linden St., San Francisco
415-431-7684


Dark Garden couture – bespoke Alyscia corset ensemble
Model: Monica Lenk
Photo © Joel Aron
As ever, we will be presenting a fashion show at the Edwardian Ball. Catch our luxe looks on the main stage, adorning the members of Rosin Coven while they perform "The Stupid Joke" a short opera. Upstairs we will also be presenting Dark Garden couture looks on our statuesque pedestal models. For performers and guests alike, Dark Garden is the tastemaker for the fashions of the Edwardian Ball – and we'd love to dress you at our styling party.

Dark Garden Signature Collection
Dollymop Overbust corset in black & white pinstripe
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Joel Aron
In our boutique right now, we have a lovely selection of ready-to-wear corsets in a variety of fabrications. From Risqué mesh to brocade to leather, we've got a little bit of everything. Should you require something extra special made up just for you, we can create your Made-to-Order corset in just one week for a $200 rush fee. There is also a delightful selection of glittering jewelry and sparkling crowns to complete your ensembles. We particularly love the elegant millinery of House of Nines and Kalico Delafay. While most of our options are deliciously femme, we also have a small, well-curated assemblage of men's and butch corsets and accessories.

Dollymop for Dark Garden couture ensemble
Dollymop Lancer corseted pantsuit in ivory herringbone
Model: Ambyr
Photo © Saint Laurent Photography
As well as this delectable array of new merchandise, we have corsets and a few select ensembles from previous years' shows available for rental or purchase. Corset rentals for the weekend are $150; ensembles are $275. Of course, the ensembles we have available are so gorgeous that you just might want to keep one instead of renting – which we fully condone! Having been worn a few times for photoshoots and fashion shows, these floor samples are priced at a discount.


Dollymop for Dark Garden sequin corset gown.
Photo © John Carey


The Edwardian Ball is my favorite event of the year. It is a marvelous occasion on which one may take in myriad fine sights – and also be one of the fine sights! We'll see you there on January 22nd & 23rd, for an impeccably stylish weekend of artful entertainments.

Dark Garden couture
Bespoke Grable corset ensemble
Photo © Joel Aron

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dark Garden's Last Hurrah at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair

'Tis the season! A time for roasted nuts, petticoats and crinolines, and the sound of carolers ringing throughout our little slice of London at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Dark Garden will have a pop-up boutique therein, and we encourage you to join us for our last year at the Fair. This is the final weekend of Dickens Fair for the 2015 season - your last chance ever to visit us in Victorian London!

10:00am - 7:00 pm
December 19 & 20
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls,
2600 Geneva Ave., San Francisco, CA

Dark Garden Risqué Sweetheart
Model: Caroline
Photo © John Carey
Please join us in celebrating our last year in Victorian London. The Dickens Fair is a wonderful event filled with fascinating boutiques, delicious food, cider, and even absinthe, and live entertainment in the form of Dickensian characters strolling the snow-strewn streets. We look forward to meeting you on a holiday adventure in this Victorian Christmas card come to life.


At the Fair, our famous booth is adorned with bay windows, within which lounge live corseted models. This attraction has been a long-time favorite of fair goers, offering a glimpse at the treasures within. Our staff of trained fitters will put you in a corset so you can experience for yourself the shaping and support effected by our unique standard fit line. Corsets in special limited edition fabrications are available for immediate purchase, or you can place an order for one in your choice of fabric and style and we will build it just for you. For the holidays, we've stocked up on stockings and jewelry – Dickens Fair is an excellent environment for gift shopping!

Proprietress Autumn Adamme in a bespoke Sweetheart
Photo © John Carey
Dickens Fair has been amazing for Dark Garden and we've enjoyed our 15 years there. This year has been no exception: we've been putting our heart and soul into making it our best Dickens Fair ever. We are now looking to hone our focus, and aim our resources towards creating the best possible experience for our clients within our San Francisco boutique at 321 Linden St. Our Hayes Valley shop is where the magic happens, where corset dreams are created and come alive. Here you can walk in any day of the week and try on an overbust or underbust corset in any size or be measured for a bespoke corset. Peruse our curated selection of clothing, jewelry, and locally made fine millinery, all selected to please a nostalgic lover of beauty.


~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Monday, December 14, 2015

Oakland Trunk Show at A Revelation in Fit

Dark Garden Cincher in Red with Lace Overlay
Model: Allie Diane
Photo © Joel Aron
Dark Garden is so excited to partner with another amazing local business and fit expert. A Revelation in Fit is a bra fitting boutique owned by former Dark Garden employee, Robynne Winchester. On December 17, from 6 to 9 pm, we will be joining A Revelation in Fit for a corset trunk show in their Oakland boutique.

Corset Trunk Show
3974 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA
Friday, December 17
6pm-9pm

Dark Garden Risqué Sweetheart in Limited Edition pink lace overlay
Model: Anuka Mendbayar
Photo © Herm Pugay
 We will be bringing our best-loved styles for all figure types, in full size runs. Valentines, Cupids, Dollymops, and Cinchers will all be there. We'll have classic black poplin corsets for foundation wear and waist training, as well as some of our gorgeous Limited Edition fabrications. The latter are available off-the-rack at a special price, discounted $200 from their made-to-order pricing.

Dark Garden Risqué Cincher in red silk and black mesh
Model: Euphrates X
Photo © Joel Aron
If you're already a Dark Garden client but aren't familiar with A Revelation in Fit, here's what you need to know. There is no better place in the Bay Area for bra fitting. We all keep hearing that 70% of women are wearing the wrong bra size - in our experience, that's no exaggeration! Much of the problem is the lack of diversity in the bra sizes easily available in the US. Whether you're small band/full bust, large band/small bust, or anything in between, A Revelation in Fit has you covered. They stock bras in sizes 28-46 A-KK. A properly fitted bra – like a good corset – can change your life. It can reduce back and shoulder pain and improve your confidence as well as the hang of your clothes.

Dark Garden bespoke waspie in scarlet silk
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Alyxander Ryan

We hope we'll see you in Oakland for this delightful event! Don't forget to RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends.

-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere