Isla and I donned our kimono and corsets for the fabulous Pop Up boutique opening for Sparklewren corsets.
Self-taught corsetiere Jenni Hampshire created Sparklewren in 2009 as she is happiest producing dreamy, labour-intensive, droplets of sparkling corset loveliness. She works from her home-studio in Birmingham, UK.
Exceptionally nipped-in waists and beautifully sloping sweetheart lines are further enhanced through intricately cut and invisibly hand-stitched lace (antique or contemporary), placed to visually accentuate the hourglass figure. True Swarovski crystals in complementary shades twinkle like stars or snowflakes across the surface. Cotton coutil provides the strength of your corset whilst silk provides the beauty, sleekly shining or subtly shimmering as you move.
The guest model was Immodesty Blaize who is now on my ‘people to get in kimono’ list as she would make a fabulous Oiran!
Photos from the event:
The pop up boutique is only open for around 6 months in the heart of Birmingham (right next to Snow hill station) so if you want you go you have to be snappy!
Heresy and Heelz is coming up and I need to think kitsuke for the event. As its the last one of the year I think furisode is in order. Last time I went out in furisode I was sweltering (see main picture)…the shiro nuri didn’t help. However, that was Halloween and this is just a burlesque event.
So I was thinking of still wearing this furisode but instead of a full juban, just my hadajuban top to protect the kimono and an easy collar in polka dot black and white. No shiro nuri though as its too geisha, and I am just going as a girl in kimono and corset.
I am going to wear my corset and cover it with my obiage as the main picture again as I liked that effect. It disguises the fact I have a corset on so I just look thinner 🙂
People said I was too ‘red’ on Halloween but with my normal black hair (re-dyed) and my favourite red/gold/black fukuro obi I think I will be OK.
Halloween at Eddies was a total bust as there was no alcohol (and it was the only night in 6 months that I had not driven clubbing so could drink) so I don’t think this outfit got a good enough boogie and I love red furisode as they are so show stopping.
My girls Lexi and Kerry are joining me and we are having our mini Christmas too like we have every year. I still need to formulate my Marie Antoinette kimono outfit but decided the kakeshita I chose for it was just too bulky and hot for clubbing, as it is covered in embroidery. I might change my mind though when I finally get myself a massive net underskirt.