The Dancing Corset
Maruska Marusakova, Germany
Photographer: The Dancing House photo was taken by my mom when visiting Prague
When I learned of this competition (way too close to the deadline) I had decided to pursue the project only if I found an immediate inspiration. I had set off to research architectural masterpieces that I could relate to - and was struck by the curves and lines of The Dancing House in Prague. I felt several things coming together in that design idea - my background (I was born in Czechoslovakia), I visited Prague this summer and got to admire this building, and lastly, the building's shape representing female body would make the work easier for a beginner like me. At the time I was struggling with finishing my first corset and this image of "The Dancing Corset" has motivated me to finally complete it.
I used the Sophia kit from Sew Curvy for the underbust corset. For the top layer inspired by the actual building I used taffeta stiffened by acrylic wood polish, painted with Coliro watercolors and acrylic paints. This layer was whipstitched to the corset bias binding.
The kit was a my main source of information, but I couldn't do it without the videos on YouTube by many amazing corset/costume makers I watched and rewatched. Aside of the boning channel making, my top challenge was to figure out how to make the shape of the house I was inspired by. Acrylic polish was something I had at hand and so I improvised.
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
To be honest - scary! But it also got me excited and pushed me to work harder and to get things done.