Monday, February 23, 2015

Corset Romance

"I think it is what is worn underneath 
that really inspires a woman to feel 
beautiful in her clothes -- that inner, 
secret glamour." 
              ~Alice Temperley

   I remember once when I was a teenager my Mum and I were walking around an antique store and I exclaimed at some exquisite little piece from the Victorian era. I can't remember what it was exactly, but I remember that it was something useful and not meant to be displayed - something that a lady would have put away in a drawer. I exclaimed, "Look at the detail! Why would they put so much work into something like this?". My Mum answered that everything in those days had its own elegance whether it was something useful or something to display. Ladies of the Victorian era (and I'm sure other time periods as well) surrounded themselves with beauty. I don't think I have ever forgotten that! I think that is why if you open any number of drawers in my house you will find something pretty. I think it is why I decorate my closet even though I am the only one who sees it, and I think that is why I have always loved lingerie. Lingerie can have the most exquisite details! I remember walking into a French lingerie shop and stopping to look at a lace bra on a mannequin - it was, simply put, a work of art! Why spend the time (and the money) on something that is mostly hidden? I think because secret beauty is a beauty we have cultivated just for ourselves. It can give us confidence, make us feel glamorous or elegant, in short it is a simple way to nourish our spirit. ...This is why when I saw this blush lace ballerina-esque corset stitched with jewels and tulle I couldn't say no. :) 

I also made the special hanger myself with ribbon flowers and lace. The corset is from the Dream Angels collection at Victoria's Secret.


  1. Such exquisite detail....absolutely irresistible for sure....lovely post Jennelise:-)

  2. This is so beautiful it deserves to be seen...thank you for showing it to us and so perfectly presented.

  3. It is so very lovely.
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  4. What beautiful photos--now I want a corset from Victoria's Secret! That mirror is just beautiful--and the roses too. LOVE!

  5. I dream to have a such thing like in the periods I prefer : the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries !