Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Couture by Dark Garden

At Dark Garden we’ve been working with our clients to create one-of-a-kind ensembles since we opened our doors to the public. Whether you're seeking wedding couture or simply a statement piece for your rock-star life, we'd love to work with you on a custom look. Starting with our signature foundation garments, one of our designers will create a singularly stunning outfit which reflects your personal style and taste.

Dark Garden Wedding Couture
Model: Mercy Daae
Photo © Loic Nicolas Photography
To see some of our previous collections and samples, go to our Gallery. To get started right away, email couture@darkgarden.com with a little bit of information about your vision!

Dark Garden Wedding Couture
Model: Mercy Daae
Photo © Loic Nicolas Photography
For Any Occasion
Over the years, Dark Garden has created outfits for a wide variety of occasions. From the red carpets of Hollywood to Burning Man to Venice’s famous Carnevale, the Dark Garden label has been worn by a diverse array of fascinating lovers of beauty. Our designers keep up with modern trends as well as being acknowledged experts in historical period fashions, so appropriate attire can be created for any affair.

Historical fashion lights up the legendary city of Venice
Photo © Alain Trinckvel
Development & Design
The process begins with a mini consultation so we can pair you with the best designer for your vision. We have three Couture designers: Autumn Adamme (Dark Garden Proprietress & Lead Designer), Kalico Delafay (Designer of Dollymop), and Marianne Faulkner (Corsetrix of Pop Antique; Couture Coordinator). Each has their favored aesthetics, but are very versatile, and used to working closely with each client to meet their needs and style. You’ll share and discuss your ideas with your designer, who will refine them into a single cohesive look. Once a direction has been agreed upon, budgets are estimated, timelines are planned, and details begin to coalesce.

Dark Garden Couture
Model: Laura Hidrobo
Photo © Herm Pugay
The creation process begins on simple paper, as an expert patternmaker exactingly cuts a new pattern to your measurements and create a fit prototype. Through a series of fittings in both muslin and luxurious final fabrics, adjustments will be made to ensure a perfect fit. During your fittings, you may find that your vision has refined or expanded! Your colors may evolve, new elements will be added, and embellishments will be refined. This is usually part of a Couture design collaboration and one of the joys of custom work. The process will end with a truly collaborative piece of wearable art.

Dark Garden Couture 2016 "Technicolor" Collection
Models: Terra, Monica, Annabelle, Stefi, Lindsay, & Sarah
Photo © Shoot That Klown Photography
Investment
Although we have some oft requested styles, each design is created for the individual with uniqueness and personalized fit. We usually work in all silk with lining and fine finishing. Embellishments such as lace appliqué, sparkles, etc., can double or triple the cost of the garments. As each ensemble is unique, our price range varies widely, from about $2,000 to $20,000 and up. A budget can help guide design, materials, and construction choices. After meeting with your designer and making some choices, our Couture Coordinator will give you a detailed quote for the ensemble.

Dark Garden Couture 2017 "Shades of Ivory" collection
Models: James Alvarez (wearing the Edward corset) & Lex Lima
Please contact couture@darkgarden.com with questions and inquiries!

If, by chance, you've already had an ensemble made by us, please help us out by leaving us a review on Wedding Wire.


Pop Antique for Dark Garden Couture
Photo © Max Johnson

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Friday, March 31, 2017

La Femme Sauvage Photography Exhibition

La Femme Sauvage Opening Night Salon April 8th, 2017
Dark Garden Alexandra corset in brown leather with triple lacing
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © Ultravolta Photography
You're invited to join Dark Garden for our first photography exhibition! On Saturday, April 8th, we will host an opening night salon to showcase the work of Ultravolta Photography (Edward Saenz). La Femme Sauvage is a collection of images featuring powerful women, bold corsetry, birds of prey, stunning California locations, and the occasional skeleton.

La Femme Sauvage
Saturday, April 8th
6pm to 9pm
Dark Garden
321 Linden St., San Francisco
415-431-7684

Joining us for the party, and a bit of eccentric education, will be a handful of special guests:

  • Tipples will be sponsored by Hendrick's Gin
  • Hooded birds will be in attendance courtesy of West Coast Falconry
  • Paxton Gate will mount a few pieces of terrific taxidermy
  • The "Bonfire" flamethrower will be on display (sans fuel) courtsey of Firemaster Al Stahler
  • And, naturally, our proprietress Autumn Adamme will discuss her experience modeling whilst clad in leather and fur with a raptor perched on her hand, as shown above!
Dark Garden Risqué Sweetheart corset
Model: Lindsay Ferguson
Photo © Ultravolta Photography
Thereafter, Edward's gorgeous large format prints will be displayed in our boutique for several weeks. We encourage you to stop by and appreciate his work even if you can't make it to our opening night salon!

Dark Garden Waspie Belt
Photo © Alyxander Ryan
~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Friday, March 17, 2017

Boutique Hours for Spring 2017

Dark Garden "Corselette"
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © Joel Aron
Happy spring! As is usual for this time of year, we've adjusted our hours to reflect your shopping habits! Please stop by and visit us at 321 Linden Street, 7 days a week. Effective this week, our hours are as follows:

Sunday through Thursday, 11am to 5pm
Friday & Saturday, 11am to 6pm

Additionally, we will be closed on April 16th for Easter Sunday, and on May 21st for Bay to Breakers.

Dollymop "Antoinette" overbust corset
Model: Shay
Photo © Joel Aron
As ever, we are happy to do corset fittings and bespoke consultations on a walk-in basis during our regular business hours! If you'd like to make an appointment with a member of our design team, you can now schedule with us online by visiting darkgardencorsetry.appointy.com. This is a particularly wonderful time of year to make a consultation appointment for a Couture or Wedding ensemble – feel free to email couture@darkgarden.com for a brief "pre-consultation"!

We'll see you here soon in corset heaven!

"Finishing Belt" in Gold Leather
Photo © Alyx Ryan

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2017 Lacing Workshop Dates

After a delightful inaugural year of our quarterly corset lacing workshops, we have decided to move the event from Friday to Saturday nights for 2017! Please come and see us, and learn everything you need to know about lacing into and unlacing a corset. Attendees will learn to put a corset on themselves or a partner, and all corset related questions are welcome!

Corset: Sweetheart in Black Diamond Brocade
Model: Anuka
Photo © Joel Aron
We are ticketing through EventBrite, but the event remains free to attend and we will likely have a little bit of room for drop-ins! As ever, follow Dark Garden on Facebook to see our upcoming events.

Corset Lacing Workshops
The first Saturday of every third month
Workshop begins at 5pm
Dark Garden
321 Linden St., San Francisco
415-431-7684

Corset: Low Back Sweetheart in Buff Mini Floral Risqué
Model: Lindsay
Photo © Edward Saenz
Below is the schedule for all upcoming dates:
  • Saturday, March 4th, 2017, 5pm, 
    with Guest Lecturer Marianne Faulkner of Pop Antique and The Daily WaistEventBrite | 
    Facebook Event
  • Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, 5pm, 
    with Proprietress & Lead Designer, Autumn Adamme
  • Saturday, September 2nd, 2017, 5pm, with Proprietress & Lead Designer, Autumn Adamme
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5pm, with Proprietress & Lead Designer, Autumn Adamme
As ever, we're also happy to email our corset lacing instructions, or walk you through the process over the phone!

Corset: Dietrich
Photo © Joel Aron

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Read More

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February 4th: A Pre-Valentine's Tribute to Beauty, Peace, and Love

Dark Garden Signature Collection "Valentine" in Red Silk Satin
Model: Allie Diane
Photo © Joel Aron
Combat the darkness at large with a celebration of love, peace, and our constant raison d'être: Uncommon Beauty.

Saturday, February 4th
12pm to 5pm
Dark Garden
321 Linden St., San Francisco
415-431-7684

Dark Garden Signature Collection "Sweetheart" in Red Silk Satin
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © John Carey
Dark Garden is partnering with Castle in the Air, another Bay Area haven, to put you in the mood for love. One of their resident calligraphy artists will be here to write gorgeous Victorian Love Checks for you to give to your beloved, be that a partner in love, a treasured friend, a valued family member, or yourself.

Dark Garden brides Marianne & Morgan in Couture ensembles
Photo © Chris Gaede
We will also be offering 10% off all in-stock corsets, with an additional 5% off for corsets in red or pink. Retreat into corset heaven for a glass of bubbly punch and an afternoon of dress up and shopping. Please call 415-431-7684 or email boutique@darkgarden.com with questions about our event this Saturday. We look forward to delighting you then!

Dark Garden Bespoke Waspie
Photo © Joel Aron

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Friday, January 13, 2017

Get Ready for The Edwardian Ball with Dark Garden!

It's that time again! The Edwardian Ball, and our annual fashion show, is just around the corner. We want to make sure your ball is as wonderful as possible. To that end, we're doing what we do best: putting fabulous people in gorgeous outfits! We've even teamed up with Glama-Rama! Salon again so you can be styled from head to toe, here at 321 Linden St.

Dark Garden Couture
Edwardian Ball 2015
Photo © Shoot That Klown
Saturday, January 14th
12pm to 6pm
Dark Garden
321 Linden St., San Francisco
415-431-7684

Friday and Saturday, January 20th & 21st
5pm to 7pm
Dark Garden
321 Linden St., San Francisco
415-431-7684

Dark Garden Tailored Cincher
Hat: House of Nines
Photo © Joel Aron
Your eyes do not deceive! Yes, we are hosting two events (on three nights) so you can glam and go straight to the Regency Ballroom. And fret not, though Saturday is sold out, we do have tickets for Friday night, lauded as the "insider's night" for its intimate atmosphere and exquisite entertainments.

Dark Garden Couture by Autumn Adamme and Kalico Delafay
Models: Sarah, Lindsay, & Stefi
Photo © Shoot That Klown
First, at our styling party (tomorrow!), play dress up with us. We're showcasing corsets (of course), elegant sheer robes, perfect versatile evening skirts, and even a petite bag designed to be the perfect event accessory. Associate Designer and stunningly talented milliner Kalico Delafay will be bringing more of her one-of-a-kind hats, and we have five gorgeous classics from House of Nines as well, so you can even find the perfect topper. And what ensemble would be complete without fabulous stockings? We'll even be renting some of our stunning Couture looks from previous collections.

Dollymop for Dark Garden Couture ensemble
Model: Stefi
Photo © Shoot That Klown
On the evenings of the ball itself, we are taking reservations for those who wish to be dressed by us. We'll buckle your shoes, make sure your skirt and backseams are on straight (even if you're not), cinch your corset, and find the perfect jewelry to complete the final look. One of Glama-Rama! Salon's top stylists will be on-hand to do hair styling and updos, incorporating your fabulous fascinators or fine felt topper. Dressing appointments are $50 and hair styling runs $50 to $75+. Who needs a fairy godmother when San Francisco's finest are at your disposal? Book online at darkgardencorsetry.appointy.com or call 415-431-7684.

We can't wait to see you there! Corset squeezes,

Dark Garden "Grable" Bespoke Corset Body
Shown with Couture ballerina skirt
Photo © Joel Aron
~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Couture by Dark Garden

At Dark Garden we’ve been working with our clients to create one-of-a-kind ensembles since we opened our doors to the public. Whether you're seeking wedding couture or simply a statement piece for your rock-star life, we'd love to work with you on a custom look. Starting with our signature foundation garments, one of our designers will create a singularly stunning outfit which reflects your personal style and taste.

Dark Garden Wedding Couture
Model: Mercy Daae
Photo © Loic Nicolas Photography
To see some of our previous collections and samples, go to our Gallery. To get started right away, email couture@darkgarden.com with a little bit of information about your vision!

Dark Garden Wedding Couture
Model: Mercy Daae
Photo © Loic Nicolas Photography
For Any Occasion
Over the years, Dark Garden has created outfits for a wide variety of occasions. From the red carpets of Hollywood to Burning Man to Venice’s famous Carnevale, the Dark Garden label has been worn by a diverse array of fascinating lovers of beauty. Our designers keep up with modern trends as well as being acknowledged experts in historical period fashions, so appropriate attire can be created for any affair.

Historical fashion lights up the legendary city of Venice
Photo © Alain Trinckvel
Development & Design
The process begins with a mini consultation so we can pair you with the best designer for your vision. We have three Couture designers: Autumn Adamme (Dark Garden Proprietress & Lead Designer), Kalico Delafay (Designer of Dollymop), and Marianne Faulkner (Corsetrix of Pop Antique; Couture Coordinator). Each has their favored aesthetics, but are very versatile, and used to working closely with each client to meet their needs and style. You’ll share and discuss your ideas with your designer, who will refine them into a single cohesive look. Once a direction has been agreed upon, budgets are estimated, timelines are planned, and details begin to coalesce.

Dark Garden Couture
Model: Laura Hidrobo
Photo © Herm Pugay
The creation process begins on simple paper, as an expert patternmaker exactingly cuts a new pattern to your measurements and create a fit prototype. Through a series of fittings in both muslin and luxurious final fabrics, adjustments will be made to ensure a perfect fit. During your fittings, you may find that your vision has refined or expanded! Your colors may evolve, new elements will be added, and embellishments will be refined. This is usually part of a Couture design collaboration and one of the joys of custom work. The process will end with a truly collaborative piece of wearable art.

Dark Garden Couture 2016 "Technicolor" Collection
Models: Terra, Monica, Annabelle, Stefi, Lindsay, & Sarah
Photo © Shoot That Klown Photography
Investment
Although we have some oft requested styles, each design is created for the individual with uniqueness and personalized fit. We usually work in all silk with lining and fine finishing. Embellishments such as lace appliqué, sparkles, etc., can double or triple the cost of the garments. As each ensemble is unique, our price range varies widely, from about $2,000 to $20,000 and up. A budget can help guide design, materials, and construction choices. After meeting with your designer and making some choices, our Couture Coordinator will give you a detailed quote for the ensemble.

Dark Garden Couture 2017 "Shades of Ivory" collection
Models: James Alvarez (wearing the Edward corset) & Lex Lima
Please contact couture@darkgarden.com with questions and inquiries!

If, by chance, you've already had an ensemble made by us, please help us out by leaving us a review on Wedding Wire.


Pop Antique for Dark Garden Couture
Photo © Max Johnson

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, March 31, 2017

La Femme Sauvage Photography Exhibition

La Femme Sauvage Opening Night Salon April 8th, 2017
Dark Garden Alexandra corset in brown leather with triple lacing
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © Ultravolta Photography
You're invited to join Dark Garden for our first photography exhibition! On Saturday, April 8th, we will host an opening night salon to showcase the work of Ultravolta Photography (Edward Saenz). La Femme Sauvage is a collection of images featuring powerful women, bold corsetry, birds of prey, stunning California locations, and the occasional skeleton.

La Femme Sauvage
Saturday, April 8th
6pm to 9pm
Dark Garden
321 Linden St., San Francisco
415-431-7684

Joining us for the party, and a bit of eccentric education, will be a handful of special guests:

  • Tipples will be sponsored by Hendrick's Gin
  • Hooded birds will be in attendance courtesy of West Coast Falconry
  • Paxton Gate will mount a few pieces of terrific taxidermy
  • The "Bonfire" flamethrower will be on display (sans fuel) courtsey of Firemaster Al Stahler
  • And, naturally, our proprietress Autumn Adamme will discuss her experience modeling whilst clad in leather and fur with a raptor perched on her hand, as shown above!
Dark Garden Risqué Sweetheart corset
Model: Lindsay Ferguson
Photo © Ultravolta Photography
Thereafter, Edward's gorgeous large format prints will be displayed in our boutique for several weeks. We encourage you to stop by and appreciate his work even if you can't make it to our opening night salon!

Dark Garden Waspie Belt
Photo © Alyxander Ryan
~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, March 17, 2017

Boutique Hours for Spring 2017

Dark Garden "Corselette"
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © Joel Aron
Happy spring! As is usual for this time of year, we've adjusted our hours to reflect your shopping habits! Please stop by and visit us at 321 Linden Street, 7 days a week. Effective this week, our hours are as follows:

Sunday through Thursday, 11am to 5pm
Friday & Saturday, 11am to 6pm

Additionally, we will be closed on April 16th for Easter Sunday, and on May 21st for Bay to Breakers.

Dollymop "Antoinette" overbust corset
Model: Shay
Photo © Joel Aron
As ever, we are happy to do corset fittings and bespoke consultations on a walk-in basis during our regular business hours! If you'd like to make an appointment with a member of our design team, you can now schedule with us online by visiting darkgardencorsetry.appointy.com. This is a particularly wonderful time of year to make a consultation appointment for a Couture or Wedding ensemble – feel free to email couture@darkgarden.com for a brief "pre-consultation"!

We'll see you here soon in corset heaven!

"Finishing Belt" in Gold Leather
Photo © Alyx Ryan

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2017 Lacing Workshop Dates

After a delightful inaugural year of our quarterly corset lacing workshops, we have decided to move the event from Friday to Saturday nights for 2017! Please come and see us, and learn everything you need to know about lacing into and unlacing a corset. Attendees will learn to put a corset on themselves or a partner, and all corset related questions are welcome!

Corset: Sweetheart in Black Diamond Brocade
Model: Anuka
Photo © Joel Aron
We are ticketing through EventBrite, but the event remains free to attend and we will likely have a little bit of room for drop-ins! As ever, follow Dark Garden on Facebook to see our upcoming events.

Corset Lacing Workshops
The first Saturday of every third month
Workshop begins at 5pm
Dark Garden
321 Linden St., San Francisco
415-431-7684

Corset: Low Back Sweetheart in Buff Mini Floral Risqué
Model: Lindsay
Photo © Edward Saenz
Below is the schedule for all upcoming dates:
  • Saturday, March 4th, 2017, 5pm, 
    with Guest Lecturer Marianne Faulkner of Pop Antique and The Daily WaistEventBrite | 
    Facebook Event
  • Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, 5pm, 
    with Proprietress & Lead Designer, Autumn Adamme
  • Saturday, September 2nd, 2017, 5pm, with Proprietress & Lead Designer, Autumn Adamme
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5pm, with Proprietress & Lead Designer, Autumn Adamme
As ever, we're also happy to email our corset lacing instructions, or walk you through the process over the phone!

Corset: Dietrich
Photo © Joel Aron

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February 4th: A Pre-Valentine's Tribute to Beauty, Peace, and Love

Dark Garden Signature Collection "Valentine" in Red Silk Satin
Model: Allie Diane
Photo © Joel Aron
Combat the darkness at large with a celebration of love, peace, and our constant raison d'être: Uncommon Beauty.

Saturday, February 4th
12pm to 5pm
Dark Garden
321 Linden St., San Francisco
415-431-7684

Dark Garden Signature Collection "Sweetheart" in Red Silk Satin
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © John Carey
Dark Garden is partnering with Castle in the Air, another Bay Area haven, to put you in the mood for love. One of their resident calligraphy artists will be here to write gorgeous Victorian Love Checks for you to give to your beloved, be that a partner in love, a treasured friend, a valued family member, or yourself.

Dark Garden brides Marianne & Morgan in Couture ensembles
Photo © Chris Gaede
We will also be offering 10% off all in-stock corsets, with an additional 5% off for corsets in red or pink. Retreat into corset heaven for a glass of bubbly punch and an afternoon of dress up and shopping. Please call 415-431-7684 or email boutique@darkgarden.com with questions about our event this Saturday. We look forward to delighting you then!

Dark Garden Bespoke Waspie
Photo © Joel Aron

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, January 13, 2017

Get Ready for The Edwardian Ball with Dark Garden!

It's that time again! The Edwardian Ball, and our annual fashion show, is just around the corner. We want to make sure your ball is as wonderful as possible. To that end, we're doing what we do best: putting fabulous people in gorgeous outfits! We've even teamed up with Glama-Rama! Salon again so you can be styled from head to toe, here at 321 Linden St.

Dark Garden Couture
Edwardian Ball 2015
Photo © Shoot That Klown
Saturday, January 14th
12pm to 6pm
Dark Garden
321 Linden St., San Francisco
415-431-7684

Friday and Saturday, January 20th & 21st
5pm to 7pm
Dark Garden
321 Linden St., San Francisco
415-431-7684

Dark Garden Tailored Cincher
Hat: House of Nines
Photo © Joel Aron
Your eyes do not deceive! Yes, we are hosting two events (on three nights) so you can glam and go straight to the Regency Ballroom. And fret not, though Saturday is sold out, we do have tickets for Friday night, lauded as the "insider's night" for its intimate atmosphere and exquisite entertainments.

Dark Garden Couture by Autumn Adamme and Kalico Delafay
Models: Sarah, Lindsay, & Stefi
Photo © Shoot That Klown
First, at our styling party (tomorrow!), play dress up with us. We're showcasing corsets (of course), elegant sheer robes, perfect versatile evening skirts, and even a petite bag designed to be the perfect event accessory. Associate Designer and stunningly talented milliner Kalico Delafay will be bringing more of her one-of-a-kind hats, and we have five gorgeous classics from House of Nines as well, so you can even find the perfect topper. And what ensemble would be complete without fabulous stockings? We'll even be renting some of our stunning Couture looks from previous collections.

Dollymop for Dark Garden Couture ensemble
Model: Stefi
Photo © Shoot That Klown
On the evenings of the ball itself, we are taking reservations for those who wish to be dressed by us. We'll buckle your shoes, make sure your skirt and backseams are on straight (even if you're not), cinch your corset, and find the perfect jewelry to complete the final look. One of Glama-Rama! Salon's top stylists will be on-hand to do hair styling and updos, incorporating your fabulous fascinators or fine felt topper. Dressing appointments are $50 and hair styling runs $50 to $75+. Who needs a fairy godmother when San Francisco's finest are at your disposal? Book online at darkgardencorsetry.appointy.com or call 415-431-7684.

We can't wait to see you there! Corset squeezes,

Dark Garden "Grable" Bespoke Corset Body
Shown with Couture ballerina skirt
Photo © Joel Aron
~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere