I was absolutely thrilled this week to at last get my hands on an antique Victorian corset circa 1880, and what a corset!! The lady who wore this was indeed a very lucky lady and I wonder who bought this for her, I would love to know the story behind this naughty purchase?
It is sadly quite fragile and therefore not wearable so I am afraid the fantasy of the red corset and Stewart Granger will have to remain just that, oh, and the fact he is sadly no longer with us!!
He was sooooo dashing.
It had to be very slowly and painstakingly laced onto the torso of my waspie waisted mannequin.
I have wanted an original corset for simply ages and they are so hard to find now, but thanks once again to the lovely Ann from Poppies Cottage I now am the proud owner of one....and I can't help but think of the gorgeous Stewart Granger when I look at it!
Onto cleaner matters, I have given my beaded Deco headdress a bit of a makeover.
Now I never normally fiddle with antique pieces as I don't really believe in restoring things unless it is absolutely necessary, but the headdress was crying out for the fringing to be replaced as according to Ann it would have had some form of fringing around it.
I had some original glass beaded fringe dating back to the 20's, it was given to me by the elderly neighbour of my in laws some years back. I have always held onto it and actually forgotten about it until recently.
I have just tacked the fringing onto the skull cap very loosely so as not to damage any of the bead work, and am very pleased with the results. I like to think this is a bit nearer to how it would have looked.
Clarissa now looks like a real flapper..shame she can't do the Charleston!
I have also just purchased this rather beautiful 1920's beaded wedding headdress..it really is just for display and will be for sale when I can bear to part with it. I am off to Devon tomorrow for the long awaited Nostalgic Mix 2 fair in Totnes, please do pop along on Saturday if you possibly can, if the last one was anything to go by you will be in for a real treat. Take care and have a great weekend.