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Glamorous Gloucester by Anne Bungartz and Stephan Blödgen       Glamorous Gloucester by Anne Bungartz and Stephan Blödgen

 

Glamorous Gloucester by Anne Bungartz and Stephan Blödgen       Glamorous Gloucester by Anne Bungartz and Stephan Blödgen

 

Glamorous Gloucester by Anne Bungartz and Stephan Blödgen

 

 

 

Glamorous Gloucester

Anne Bungartz & Stephan Blödgen, Germany (Two-B Design)

IG: twob_design

Model: Anne Bungartz

Photos and Video: Stephan Blödgen

 

The Design

My research began just with the keyword "architecture" and Pinterest was full of wonderful ideas. Quite soon I found inspiring pics of churches and cathedrals. I was flashed by the decorated style immediately. Pictures of Gloucester Cathedral made me dream of bows, curves and symmetry. The idea of curvy hip fins was born - and a lot of ideas how to implement them.

Clicking around in the internet while looking for nice fabric I found a great cotton print with a suitable Madonna motif. But it was not shining enough. Before I started to construct the corset itself I spent hours adding a lot of rhinestones and glitter. My wish was to make the center piece of my entry sparkle as much as possible.

The Madonna motif forced me somehow to choose the main colors for my piece. I decided to go for black, gold and ultramarine. Black because its one of my favorite colors, gold to outline the glory and ultramarine as a symbol for holy preciousness.

For adding more sparkle to the corset, I chose sequin fabric in blue as a great contrast to black satin and gold edgings. When finished the sewing part the edges were to naked, so I added green peals that have been a necklace that I never repaired.

I’m sure that this is not the end. This piece is not finished yet. For now its ok, but in the next month I will add more pearls and embellishments.

 

The Construction

My first decision was to build a corset with cups. At the end of last year I failed in constructing one for our clients. I had a hard time and I wanted to learn with this project how to make it work. I have to admit that I fell in love with the designs of Royal Black about three years ago. And Barbara inspired me a lot in this process. I think it’s one of the trickiest constructions and I wanted to make it as complicated as possible.

This is my third corset with cups and I was powered by the wish to make it fit perfect. Fitting me, because I´m always around for a mockup. I followed all the instructions of Barbara, always having in mind, that its nearly impossible to achieve her accuracy. Because she’s doing it for a long time now. But at the end I was very happy with the result.

I guess it was unavoidable to find another inspiration one week before deadline: Barbara published her article about constructing Neck corsets. I was crazy enough to add that in my design. My goal was to add pieces to my design looking like the wonderful bows and curvy cones of Gloucester Cathedral.

My first plan was to stitch and starch the hip fins but having not enough time made me change my plans last week. I decided to fuse the fabrics. As I did on the whole corset. I hope you’ll like it.

 

What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?

Even if you think that you cannot make it, you will. Never ever let self-doubts steal your creativity or energy.

 

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galadriel
This is really spectacular work, congratulations !
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twob-design
Thank you so much!!!
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You did an amazing job. The ultramarine pops beautifully, and the shapes of both the corset and the neck piece are stunning!
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twob-design
So nice words! I really appreciate that ?
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Elly
I love this. It's so funky. Beautiful colours and construction. And I love your hair. It's brilliant.
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twob-design
Thanks Elly! What a nice compliment!
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kitty mortensen
I am in love with your neck-piece. the entire thing is amazing, but the neck piece just elevates the entire look. well done
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twob-design
Thank you very much! It's not the last one. It was so much fun to make it...
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royalblack
Anne I am SO proud of you!!
Following your process and how hard you worked for it was really impressive and it's awesome what you have achieved!
Pattern, materials, construction - there are so many challenges you have mastered and seeing the finished result really brought a smile to my face.

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twob-design
Dear Barbara,
your comment means a lot to me, thank you very much! It's easy to learn from you and is so much fun. Please go ahead with your teaching! There are a lot of people out there who really enjoy it! Love your work! And even if I see all the wrinkles, I'm a bit proud too. But still a lot of skills to learn ?

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jema
So great to see you pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and trying difficult new things, and doing them really well too! I'm more than a little bit in love with your sparkly central icon - the perfect combination of restraint and over the top kitch glamour x
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twob-design
Dear Jema, thank you so much!!! It fun so much fun! I lol love kitch and glamour ?
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lyrisdesign
Lovely work, especially the shaping of the neck corset and hip fins!
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twob-design
Thank you very very much! I like your work too! It's really gorgeous!
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Martina Frank
Amazing! The combination of these three main colors is just beautiful, and the Madonna-motiv adds a sparkling opulence to this art work! I especially love the neck corset- it really looks like the wonderful arched ceilings in these most beautiful cathedrals in England. Great job!!
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twob-design
Dear Martina, thank you for your lovely comment! That means a lot to me!!!
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bernadettebanner
I'm so glad you decided to add the neck corset, it looks fantastic and so nicely reflects the hip detail! Plus, dark-enchantress-queen vibes. Always an asset. :)
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twob-design
Thanks Bernadette! That's sweet ?
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Beautiful ! The posture collar really balances out the hip fins, it is beautiful !
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Anne Bungartz
Thank you very much for your comment! ?
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Such a bright and bold ensemble. The neck corset looks regal and works wonderfully with the main corset. I think you've fitted the cups really well and I always think fitting yourself is harder! The glitter on the Madonna has made me smile, it really makes it pop.
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Anne Bungartz
Thank you very very much, Kirsty! Its amazing how even small boops like mine get in shape with cups like that!
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Oh this is amazing, you can be so proud of yourself, managing cupped corsets, especially as a vest-style design. And that you choose sequin fabric is insane, this must have been hell to work with. You really took much attention to detail, and this collar fits like a glove too! Such a bold and epic piece! Very well done!
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twob-design
Oh wow, so many nice compliments! Thank you damaris! Yours is lovely too ?
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twob-design
twob-design said :
Oh wow, so many nice compliments! Thank you damaris! Yours is lovely too ?
lesson learned. Never put an emoji from your tablet because it turnes out to a question mark... confused

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paulay71
Very beautiful work, well done
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twob-design
Thank you, Paulyy71,
I guess it's to late to thank you for your comment. But etherway I like it and say thank you for your nice words!

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theperfecttouchvictorian
The entire effect is stunning! The fit is beautiful!
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twob-design
Thank you so much!!!!!
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marloes dadswell
This whole outfit is so well balanced and beautiful! The neck corset is perfection!
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