The Volcano Corset Dress
Caroline Zoé Geissbühler, Switzerland (Zoé Corsets)
Inspiration and Mood Board: Pinterest
Model and Make-up: Threnody in Velvet
Photography and Editing: Iberianblackarts
I struggled a lot with the design for this piece. I had 1000 ideas, I saw 1000 possibilities, I wanted to incorpore anything, lots of different colours (almost the entire rainbow), different laces, and yet none of them really satisfied me. It took me a really long time to just be able to let my brain out of the process and let my hands work, and keep it simple.
The inspiration I chose was the Phoenix at first, because it obviously represents renewal, but then, seeing the end result, I found the volcano would be more accurate: the dress is like flowing, burning hot lava, running away from the black corset, with sparks of fire flying around (the bits of gold lace).
I used only materials I had already. I took pieces from unfinished projects (the mesh base of the corset) or fabrics that were intended for other projects that never came to life. I like this because some of the final outcomes came from these restrictions, but it really IS a renewal for these materials. It was the first time I worked with corsetry mesh, the first time I used this pattern, the first time I attached a skirt directly at the bottom line of the corset, did a big lacing at the back, the first time I did a top like this one. The biggest challenge for me was to fight against the imposter syndrome and to do what I had in mind, whatever my reason said to me.
- Black corsetry mesh, panels already sewn together five years ago for another person who abandoned the project
- Black corsetry satin for the boning channels
- Gold busk and eyelets
- Metallic spiral and flat boning
- Synthetic whalebone around the lacing on the skirt
- Red lacing, Swiss-made
- Black tulle from my stash (already used in other works)
- Ombre crêpe de chine, designed by myself, ordered for a project that never came to life
- Red, black and gold lace from a swap of leftover fabrics
- Pattern was based on the post-Edwardian longline corset from "Bridges on the Body".
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
Challenging but so worth it! I overcame my fears and went a step further on my corset journey!