When I saw Glo the other day  she pointed out that we really need to arrange a shoot sometime soon. So today I thought I would look through my Moth corsets and decide which ones I might want to embellish first. Ooh, it’s been a fun way to spend the day… 

I narrowed it down to a selection of seven (shown above) and then managed to narrow it down to five. I think. The shoot is meant to (finally) be the horsey one that we’ve been daydreaming about for years, so I want to play with muted, neutral tones, made intricate by the addition of couture lace, metallic details, and so on. 

Whilst Holly worked on a corset in “truffle” (the only one shown above with lace), adding steels, finishing lower binding, and continuing lace appliqué, I scribbled ideas for the others and revisited my sketch books. I then began work on the corset shown third from the bottom, a beautiful and unusual shade of duchess. 

The company sells it as “mouse”. I’ve spent all day looking at it and the longer I look the less accurately I can describe the colour. It is almost warm-grey. Not quite taupe. It’s too drab to be blonde, but too luscious to be drab. It has champagne overtones but it looks like it should be velvety to the touch. In the end, I’ve had to concede that “mouse” is the only way to describe it. Which then made me want to find a mouse-dun horse ( and dark-haired girl to shoot it with! But we will have to be happy with whatever we have available to us. 

Unfortunately for the reader, the shades of this duchess are often impossible to photograph accurately. These are just phone snaps, but even on a camera it’s tricky. They change too often, you can’t pin them down, so whenever you capture them in a photo you are only capturing one aspect of their character. I end up trying to use Instagram filters to recreate the colours that were lost in taking the snap, but it never quite works to convey their loveliness. 

This “mouse” corset is going to involve symmetry (as I feel most, if not all, of my Moth corsets will), intricacy, neutral muted tones, and dulled metallics. Think metal beads and pyrite stones. The silver and gold “rope” you can see to the right is a necklace that I’ve had for nearly a decade. The beads are cups that sit into one another with a central elasticated thread holding them together. It makes for a snake-like effect, which I think will work beautifully alongside “ropes” of fool’s gold. This piece will, I think, be very much akin to Pyrite and Unicorn from the “Where Angels…” collection, except I am hoping it will be even more faded and dusty looking. I’m considering rubbing some ashes from the stove into the silk, to see what happens. Which reminds me of a client I had years ago who said she liked a bit of dirt mixed in with the couture. Quite right, I quite agree. 

You know, with the darker tones of the beads we may use, it is indeed looking very reminiscent of mouse-dun colouring. I like that, it pleases me. Will pursue it further.  

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