The Bride Mantris
Valeria Batista, Brazil (La Sorciere)
My husband Eduardo Navarro
The inspiration for this corset was based upon the Spiny Flower Mantis, whose colors remind me of a bride's dress. Besides that, its color garments gives an hypnotic and magical touch, as my referes on its name and meaning. La Sorcière Corsets (the sorceress)
Amongst the composition, I've added steel spikes onto the corset to simulate the mantis' body. The brocade were set to represent the flowers, where mantis earns its name.
Made in rustic silk shantung, chantilly brocade, steel spikes coated in spray by myself. Swarovski Crystals application. The mockup and the modeling were my own creations, using the mannequin as basis. The panels and cuts were based into the same body of the Spiny Flower Mantis, and resembling Victorian era patterning.
More details on my blog
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
This was a great honor and a major test for trying up my skills in something spetacular that even I haven't made ever.