Wright Place, Wright Time
Jeanette Murray, USA
The Frederick C. Robie House is a U.S. National Historic Landmark on the Campus of the University of Chicago in Illinois, USA. The home was designed in 1908 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and is renowned as the greatest example of Prairie School, the first architectural style considered uniquely American. The steel beams in the 9,062 square foot home carry most of the building's weight to piers at the east and west ends. As a result, the exterior walls have little structural function, and thus are filled with doors and windows containing 174 art glass panels in 29 designs. Lora Robie, Frederick's wife, may have worn this early Edwardian style of corset when her new home was being designed and built. The corset is reflective of one of the art glass windows in the Robie House and, like the house, is as much about beauty as it is about foundation and structure.
This is the fourth corset I have constructed. I started with a base from a commercial pattern by Truly Victorian. The strength layer is pure white corset coutil with a pure white embroidered organza overlay to simulate glass. To reflect the art-glass Wright window (small replica shown in the photos), the grommet panels are autumn gold silk and the busk, lacing, grommets, and edge bias binding are midnight black. The garters are made from the same gold silk as the corset back panels. Techniques that I've used for the first time include hip and bust gores and internal boning channels. I also made hip and bust pads from the gold silk which are positioned under the corset creating the elegant Early Edwardian silhouette. Resources came from the Foundations Revealed Member's articles and videos. I studied or used three flossing design articles including Flossing Design Library - The Symington Collection by Cathy Hay, and mentor live video sessions for Edge Finishes April 2018, External Boning Channels July 2018, and Padding the Figure September 2018.
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