MUA: Stephan Venter
Photographer: Sheena Wood
The theme was very intriguing, it allowed me to go way out of my comfort zone. My work has always been more conservative, my focus being on construction techniques and shape. When I saw the Emerald Cockroach Wasp, I immediately loved all the different colours. I looked at a few designs, but something that really caught my eye was the horizontal panels in Scarlet Sapsford's corset design book. I wanted a more armoured look, so I decided to make a base corset with the armour panels over that. Thierry Mugler's designs were also definitely an inspiration behind my design.
For the base corset I used a 4-way stretch foil with scale patterns, fused to material interfacing. The pattern is Corsets by Caroline's Lucille pattern.The lining of the corset was a very dense weave satin I found at an upholstery store, which I fused to buckram for extra support for the armour panels. It has a crochet lace overlay and detail in beads and satin cord and piping. I used the welt seam method to construct my corset with pre-bent spring steels in the channels (also for extra support for the horizontal panels). The armour panels were made from 4 way stretch foil as well in 7 different colours, also fused to buckram. The pattern was self drafted. It has an overlay in glitter tulle and crochet lace as well as details in glitter paint. I lined the armour panels with a knitted fabric that had scale patterns on it in white and silver. The armour panels have 1.6mm gauge galvanized wire to support them horizontally and spring steel in the back spine panel. I attached the horizontal panels at the back with dragon claw spikes that screw in.