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The Oxford Conference of Corsetry 2015 September 07 2015, 1 Comment

The Oxford Conference of Corsetry, now in it’s 3rd year, is held annually in the picturesque town of Oxford in England. Run by corset-veteran and owner of Sew Curvy, Julia Bremble – it is the event of the year on the corset making calendar. Catering for the beginner to life-corsetieres alike, this hub of learning, networking, socialising and sharing is a brilliant, if somewhat mind-blowing experience.

This year the special guests included Autumn Adamme from Dark Garden Corsetry, Ian Wallace from the Whitechapel Workhouse, Barbra Pesendorfer from Royal Black, Immodesty Blaze and direct from the couture houses of Paris, Mr Pearl. It was the addition of Mr Pearl to the program that prompted myself (and a few others) to send Julia late night emails, that translated from the gibberish aghrgh!!! Included ‘please let me come!!!’ There were a few, highly prized tickets left.

Up close viewing of the extraordinary detailing on Royal Black corsetry.

Every single one of these speakers were amazing. Autumn introduced pattern matching for corsetry. Ian had our minds ticking with integrated corsetry ideas and opportunities, the group discussions were particularly inspirational. Barbara opened our eyes to the many, many components that can be moulded, shaped, painted, embellished and created to bring gorgeous enhancement to corsetry and costume work. Mr Pearl charmed us all with his Q&A session, discussing the realities of the couture world, the teams behind his catwalk works of art, particulars from certain pieces – all done to a steady stream of disco from his Paris workshop.

                          

Mr Pearl has worked with Gaultier in more recent years but his entry into the Parisian Couture world began with Mugler in the 90s.

Saturday evening gave us a chance to show off our own finery with an outdoor drinks reception, followed by a gorgeous 3 course dinner and a performance by Immodesty Blaze. Her after dinner speech was particularly inspiring and thought provoking - the festivities continued well into the night.

             

Giselle corset worn by myself (Danielle) of Ava corsetry. Also pictured Karolina Laskowska (http://karolinalaskowska.com/) and Alice of Videnoir. 

Sunday was a huge day for most of the delegates with 4 models and photographers working throughout the entire day, negotiating weather, costume changes and incredible scenery to have all the outfits presented and photographed. In among this were more workshops on SEO with Fiona Pullen and incredible viewing of antique corsets, with Sephanie Selmayr from Past Pleasures. Also on the program was the corset viewing table, swap shop, networking tea & coffee and a fluid pattern and sewing class with Barbara.

              

Stunning bead work detailing on a corset from http://www.vanyanis.net/ View of a suspender clip from an antique corset belonging to Stephanie Selmayr (http://pastpleasures.co.uk/)

I feel so honoured to have been able to take part in such an informative and enjoyable weekend.  A huge thank you to all the team and delegates who made the conference the unforgettable event that it was.

Q&A

Would you go again? Absolutely!! I loved every part of this weekend and learned an incredible amount.

What is Mr Pearl like? Utterly lovely, a complete gentleman and never-ending source of knowledge.

How can I go next year? Find out more info here http://www.conferenceofcorsetry.com/