I’ve always really liked the design aspect of the Art Deco era, and was my first thought when the theme for this year’s competition was announced. I used this blog post, Art Deco 101, to clarify for me what Art Deco style is in architecture, and where it developed from, which helped me come up an idea for my corset design.
There were many typical motifs within Art Deco. Usually very streamlined and repeated in a symmetrical fashion, one of the most popular is what I call a Fan and can been seen in building design, doors, as well as mirrors, lamps and wallpaper. See my Pinterest board for examples and inspiration that I used to develop my idea.
Art Deco is known for embracing metals such as chrome and brass, and neutral colour schemes of white, brown and black, it was all about monochrome looks and luxury materials. This is why I chose a black and silver colour combination for my corset design.
Strength layer: Herringbone coutil, dyed black as I only had white in stock.
Fashion layer: ‘Luxe Velour’ (as the fabric shop called it). The fabric reminds me of 1920’s flapper dresses, as well as being on point with the luxurious fabrics in use for furnishings during that era.
Appliqué: Metallic silver stretch lycra, fused with interfacing + visoflex + cotton poplin + heat ’n bond lite, to stabilise the lycra and to fuse it to the corset. Lycra was chosen as it won’t fray when cut, allowing me to leave a raw edge. The silver finish can get damaged easily, and I lost a couple of appliqués to this before I was able to work with the fabric in such a way that I didn’t mark it.
Lining: Digitally printed cotton. I searched online and found a free-to-use vector file of an Art Deco motif that suited my project, and used that file to have fabric digitally printed with the design so I could use it as a lining. The initial print came out 4 times larger than it should have and it took a week of back and forth with the printing company to resolve why the file was the correct size, and was printing too big. However, the problem was resolved and I received my printed fabric in time to complete my project.
Boning: 25 bones, a mix of flat steel and artificial whalebone, with internal channels.
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
Give it a go! There are no losers, only winners, as we all learn so much with each new project we take on. I did so many new things on my corset, and learned so much. Totally worth it!
The corset speaks "Art Deco"! And you chose beautiful but I guess also "pain in the ass" fabrics to work with ^^ I can only imagine all the work, experimenting and effort you put in!
Last edited on 01.03.2019 22:40 by Damaris Luhn
This is one hell of a an glamorous, well fitting, perfectly executed, neat and beautifully designed corset. And with those difficult fabrics... so impressive! And I really don't know what else to say... Great work!
This is fantastic! Such clean and precise shapes and stitching, in perfect homage to art deco!
This is elegant, and beautiful! I love the timeless quality... well done!
I have loved your concept from the first time I saw it and the result is nothing short from impressive, Astrid! You have worked so hard on this piece and it has paid off for sure. The neat construction, beautiful design and details are all things you can be really proud of.
Beautifully constructed, it is so perfectly sleek and smooth! I love the luxurious fabric, and the idea of using lycra for the applique. A gorgeous corset!
Congratulations !!!! It's such a stunning fit and you achieved an amazing finish with incredibly tricky fabrics! xoxo
I'm in love with the lines and fit of your corset, very neat, laconic and elegant work.
Oh my lord! This is stunning, the technical construction is so well made.
The fabrics and design are perfection! What I'm most impressed with is your process to create such a work of art including the lining!
It's so graceful. Really beautiful.
I love the applique, the colour contrast really makes it stand out
Those fabrics must have been a beast to work with, yet the end result is elegant and interesting. My eyes keep noticing the texture of the luxe velour, and then being drawn back to the details of the applique.
Very beautiful corset, It's just perfect in every detail! Love it)
First thoughts, before reading the entry? Art deco and roaring 20s ~ love it! Art Deco is one of my favorite design styles and you interpreted the architectural elements and the lux feeling of the 1920s so well with the shimmering metallic fabric and the fan motif. I really like the stripes that wrap around and accentuate the waist. This turned out fabulous!
This took some high-tech skills along with the sewing skill - both of which you mastered. Great work - and oh so shiny (gimme all the shiny things! )
Beautiful! I'm not a huge Deco fan, but your interpretation is lovely! And meticulously put together! Stretchy satin and velour are not easy fabrics on their own. Combined I can only imagine they'd be worse, but your corset looks so clean and neat!
I love the design and the way you carry the silver lines to the back of the corset. Great execution and great fit!