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“Thank you for creating the most truly beautiful and magical wedding gown. Your unique skill, attention to the tiniest details and pure love and devotion you weave into your art is overwhelming. I am utterly mesmerised. I feel clothed in sunshine and happiness and my wedding day was the first time in my life I have felt truly, unapologetically beautiful. What you create is more than a garment. If clothes were people then I would be my bridal gown.”

Sparklewren’s specialism was couture corsetry… We would spend weeks working on each corset, creating luxurious statement pieces.

But we are now closed for business. Having spent nearly a decade pursuing this wonderful artform with passion and curiosity, I finally came to feel that I had achieved things that I would never even have imagined when I began. With Sparklewren, I had done something which felt complete and satisfying, and it was time to try something new.

Many wonderful corsetmakers continue to pursue their excellent work, and so if you are looking for an artist to make you something bespoke and beautiful I would highly recommend searching the internet to see who is available. My personal bias is of course to the talented people that I know, worked with, or taught, and so brands like Holly Rafaella, Rosie Red, and Emiah Couture would be high on my recommended list. That is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s a good start if you want a designer with an ornate aesthetic (and since you’ve ended up looking at my site, I thought you may!).

I have decided, for now, to leave my website up as an archive of some of my favourite work. So, if it interests you, please continue scrolling to learn more about Sparklewren corsetry…

 


 


Our clients tell us that wearing and owning their Sparklewren corsetry makes them feel special, feminine, and as though they hold a beautiful secret.

The following are examples of our best work.


BLOOM

Bloom was an absolute treasure. In deep rose and ruby tones, this corset was born from our first curated corsetry collection. Curated collections allows us to explore an existing aesthetic with you and with this corset we created something vibrant and personal for our client’s 50th birthday. The blossoms corsets are amongst our absolute favourites.

“Oh my goodness Jenni, I think my heart stopped – what beauty! Bloom looks absolutely stunning in the photos. I actually can’t believe she’s going to be mine – pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.”


FALLING BLOSSOMS

Falling Blossoms was the corset that launched our first ever curated corsetry collection. Curated collections allows us to explore an existing aesthetic with you and with this style we focussed on something intensely femme and romantic. The blossoms corsets are amongst our absolute favourites.


SCARAB

This beautiful piece was about rebirth, self-creation, and transformation. Our client gave us colours, images, and ideas to interpret, and we worked closely together to make something that reflected both Sparklewren and her innermost thoughts.

“You are so wonderfully amazing, Jenni! I feel extremely lucky right now. Your work here suggests that while reading my words-my thoughts-you were able to see what was in my heart. This is why I will forever follow your work no matter what you are doing. ”


PYRITE

Created as the starting point for our Where Angels curated corsetry collection, this verdigris duchess corset was dripping in fool’s gold and encrusted with gold lace. Cut with a flattering flattened front and Tudor-inspired lines, this lovely piece ended up finding its home with our friend Glo at InaGlo Photography (middle photo). The symmetry of this design creates grandeur and drama, though it is the sort of nonchalant couture piece that can be styled with jeans and a leather jacket very nicely indeed.

“Yup… its all MINE! The fabulous Pyrite corset that inspired Sparklewren’s Where Angels… collection. Photo also taken by the talented Jenni Hampshire. Its been a while since Ive liked a pic of myself, but Jenni is a lady of many talents”


UNICORN

Part of the Where Angels inspiration, Unicorn was created to be grand, almost heraldic. Pure fairytale couture. Fool’s gold, duchess, lace, crystal and shell are all combined in a piece that celebrates the wearer.


SUGARED LEOPARD

An example of our sometimes wild and surprising stylistic clashes. Leopard-print silk satin is adorned with softly pink and silver lace, pearls and spikes. Dramatic lines complete the look, making this a bold design perfect for fearless creatures.


BUTTERFLY

Rich cranberry silk satin flows in this fully-boned corset, embellished with black antique lace and sparse flossing motifs of black silk twist. The bust rises and plunges for elegance and drama, whilst the curves of the low hip complete the sense of flow. This corset was created for popular corset collector and youtube sensation Lucy (Bishonenrancher).

“My most cherished corset.”


CARBON

Black silk duchess is symmetrically embellished with corded lace, beads, sequins, and crystals. A cupped bust and flowing hip-line convey simple elegance, whilst numerous steels provide smooth and sleek support. Created for an international client, Carbon is a classic beauty.


STRAWBERRY LEOPARD

First image by InaGlo Photography, 2013, featuring Leah Axl. Second image by Katelizabeth Photography. Pale silk duchess creates a sleek and feminine base for a wealth of tactile embellishment. Vintage-pink couture lace is layered above leopard-print silk chiffon, whilst degradé finish silk organza “lichen” is applied by hand with freshwater pearls and large Swarovski crystals to finish.


PLATINUM

The gloss of duchess satin is offset by the hard sparkle of crystals and soft caress of ostrich feather. Layered couture laces in silvery taupe, muted vintage pink and soft white enhance the surface for a visually delightful and tactile corset. Perfect for bridal or special occasions.


POPPIES & PEARLS

A corseted gown and capelet of silk duchess with pearls, lace, tulle, feathers, and hand-quilting. Utterly delicious and made with a client who was highly inspired by haute couture. An absolute joy to work on.

“Having already purchased one of her sample corsets and being very impressed with the intricate detailing, I had no hesitation in asking Jenni to make my wedding ensemble […] Jenni was an absolute pleasure to work with; in fact the design process of creating my bridal gown was my favourite part of the wedding planning process. And I live on the other side of the world!

Communication was prompt and her ideas magnificent. She was extremely attentive, helpful and thought of every single little detail that I had not even considered […] I looked at some very high end designer bridal stores as well as some couture exhibitions, and no detail was anywhere near the level of Jenni’s creations. I have no hesitation in recommending Jenni for a true couture garment. I cannot wait to work with her again!”


TJARN

Professional images above shows Elle photographed by Robert Mosbach, 2014. The Tjarn corset was created for a wonderful client in Sweden. Fully-boned with fine steel, Tjarn was made of Charcoal silk duchess with a conical busk and dramatic shape. The satin surface was roughened using a wire brush and washed with silk paints in black and green, to give a textural and inky effect. Black and black/gold couture laces were layered together, with a touch of green silk organza at certain points to boost the sense of watery colour. Tiny beads in clear-green and opaque pewter are scattered across the lace, catching the light in a subtle manner. The overall effect is one of looking into dark deep waters to see shadowy outlines of shifting weeds.


MOTH

Commissioned by a friend (Karolina Laskowska, lingerie designer), the Moth corset is heavily embellished in a symmetrical fashion reminiscent of the patterning on moth’s wings. Black and pale pink laces, black silk chiffon, grey leopard-print scarf silk, freshwater pearls, metal spikes in black and silver, and large Swarovskis in “Sapphire”, are layered upon a Birds Wing corset of black and grey leopard silk damask.

“My Sparklewren corset is a true work of art – I still can’t get over how exquisite it is, from the perfect fit to the stunning embellishment. This won’t be the last corset I order from Jenni, it’s only a matter of time until I save up for my next one!”