Taty Konovalova, Italy
Just one year ago I didn't know how to sew at all, but my dream of making lingerie and corsets followed me for over 10 years.
After one-week corsetry course, I was finally holding my first corset and I couldn't be happier. For this project, I used velvet which I bought in 2007 for my first corset trial, but it never came to life. It makes this corset very significant for me.
I am living in Italy for half of my life now, so it is not surprising that my inspiration comes from here.
For my mood board, I used sketches of Antonio Sant'Elia, Italian futurist architect.
My Italy is so much about industrial life, unseen behind the scenes world where all magic happens. With this corset, I wanted to give my admiration to all clothing makers. I'm glad to become part of this world now too.
This corset body is all about lines. I tried to play with transparency for graphics layers effect. For the first time in my life, I did double hip panels and front lacing effect.
I made cording using a golden thread on padded cups and on the back of the corset to follow the round hip line.
Fabrics used are three types of nylon mesh, bra foam, velvet, and stiffened satin cotton.
Collar attached to the body and garters can be removed.
Construction supported with flat and spiral steel bones.
I honestly put all my heart in this project, every stitch made with love and care and I am very happy to share it with you.
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
It is very inspiring to be part of this competition. I was terrified at first to present myself, but I can't lose a chance to be part of this amazing and creative community. Don't be afraid too!