Notre-Dame Basilica by Aimee Scott    Notre-Dame Basilica by Aimee Scott

Notre-Dame Basilica by Aimee Scott 

Notre-Dame Basilica by Aimee Scott  

Notre-Dame Basilica by Aimee Scott  

Notre-Dame Basilica by Aimee Scott

  

 

Notre-Dame Basilica

Aimee Scott, UK

IG: fortecostumes

 

The Design

I looked for a building that could spark my interest and I discovered the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. I had come across the Parisian Notre Dame, and began my search there due to my childhood love of the Disney movie the Hunchback of Notre Dame, but I was not aware of its sister building in Montreal. It was beautifully colourful and had so many delicate details, unlike any other church I have come across before. My corset design became very elaborate very quickly, including the stained glass windows that caught my attention and the lace feel of the organ, which captured my imagination and immediately gave me inspiration. The window in the ceiling, alongside the luxurious gold within the building entranced me. To me, my design felt extremely reminiscent of the church and its fine details.

 

The Construction

There were multiple parts of the building that knew I wanted to explore and add into the corset, such as the windows, and the star and cross pattern from the ceiling. The bold patterned columns, and the organ with its lace effect were also an inspiration for my design.

There was a lot of hand embroidery within my design, in order to achieve the necessary detail, and I spent time experimenting with new materials to achieve different effects, reflective of the building. I used synthetic whalebone for the first time, worked out a way to cover the lacing on the back of the corset with a cover panel, and I hid all the boning on an under layer to create a smoother look, reminiscent of the walls.

Some of the trickier aspects of the corset included finding a way to put windows into the sides of the garment, to represent the stunning stained glass windows of the building, and creating intricate piping to achieve my design.

 

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

It was really great to push myself to be inspired by something that I wouldn't usually find inspiring, however it has given me a new appreciation for architecture, an area that I previously had little interest in. I passionately believe that if you enjoy making corsets then you should participate, just to do something for yourself.

 

 

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galadriel
This is stunning, and the colours you have chosen are perfect for your inspiration. Lovely work.
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What an exciting use of color, texture and pattern! Great job!
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kitty mortensen
Oh wow - I love the back.. and the front.. Hell I love every last piece of this! Very well done
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royalblack
Wow, what a fun use of colours, shapes and textures!
I love how you have used so many different techniques and turned it into such an artistic piece of art.

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jema
An absolute feast for the senses! It has all the splendour, colour and tactile drama of the original inspiration, nice choice to do smooth covered stays and I really like your original concept and mood-board and seeing how the design developed too :)
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lyrisdesign
Beautiful work and gorgeous embellishments!
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catherine
A beautiful design! And I really like your photo that shows how the lacing is covered at the back!
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bernadettebanner
The colors in this match the reference image so wonderfully! It's a stunning interpretation. I love all of the embroidery work too!
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So many awesome ideas ! Windows in a corset, and a hidden lacing, I lvoe everything about this !
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You've just sparked a great memory for me because when I clicked on the link to see the photos I knew I'd been there with my family quite a few years ago now. I remember taking so many photos on my digital camera with the plan that I'd use it for my final year studying fashion at uni but nothing ever came of it and now I think they're all lost to an old lap top. So needless to say I'm loving your take on it and feeling all nostalgic. It's so visually impactful, beautiful bold colour palette and playful decoration.
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Oh goodness, all the piping and hand-embroidery, this must have taken you ages... There are so many details in this piece! You did a great job and really pushed yourself with this entry. And the reference to the Notre-Dame Basilika in Montreal really shows, I particular love the ceiling with the hand embroidered gold stars and crosses... so beautiful!
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lcostigliolo
Lovely use of colour, the embroidery is my favourite part!
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paulay71
The colours are beautiful, I love the hidden back lacing and the windows and the lace. Lovely work.
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Glorious! Left me wanting to study every detail and learn what you did to achieve such beautiful effects! Wonderfully created!!
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marloes dadswell
What an amazing array of techniques and materials you have so harmoniously brought together. A joy to behold!
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