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Interview with Luca Costigliolo

thumb 21 1872 corset smLuca has caused a sensation with his thoughts on synthetic whalebone, so we've invited him back to tell us more about his work.

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vintage modiste  
  Great article Cathy, very in-depth! I think "A corset making course online to reach the people that don’t have the opportunity to come to the School in London" is brilliant! Luca devour's knowledge, and that folks is why he's a master at what he does!  
 
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ichigo  
  Thank you for fantastic article! I think Luca is my new corsetry idol! ok, I did think so with the earlier article but still it needs to be said again. The shape is spot on! You do not see that on other corsets.

When I made my victorian corset to use with my vicorian fashion I made it single layer despite all the instructions saying to have many layers. I figured if using quality coutil one do not need more layers, having the extant old corsets as reference. It went well and is the most smooth (no folds/wrinlles) and most comfortable corset I made. However I made this before this new-but-old way to use synthetic whalebone I used spiral boning. Next corset = definitely synthetic whalebone!

I did get to look and feel at extant corsets while in a Parisian second hand store but I did not really have time with having 3 person with me not interested in the matter. But it was interesting! Locally here I have yet to see extant corset. :/ Maybe different cultures about keeping and disposing.
 
 
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ichigo  
  I typed too much, character limit!

But then also my city was very working class back in time so probably corsets were worn until disintegrated.

Online class = BIG YES! Then please add subtitles to the videos, I am deaf. :)
 
 
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cathyhay  
  Thank you very much for your feedback, yes, subtitles are a must!  
 
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cathyhay  
  Thank you very much for your feedback ichigo, yes, subtitles are a must!  
 
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jerwin  
  Luca, do you know if the V&A has any plans to extend the dress patterns books into the 18th and or 19th centuries?  
 
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