Monday, 22 July 2013

STEAMPUNK FANDOMFEST Panelist: ALISHA MARTIN & The Proper Fit of Corsets!

Proper Fit of a Corset- Alisha Martin from The Bad Button. Sat. 8 pm Jasmine Room @ The Galt House, Rivue Tower

There is nothing like the hug of a properly fitted corset!  Contrary to popular belief, a corset can be the most comfortable piece of luxury clothing when it is made just for you. Join Alicia, custom corset maker for The Bad Button as she explains the how-to’s in properly fitting a corset. 

I feel so lucky and honoured that one of our vendors (Bonus you can be fitted at Fandomfest!) has come forward to teach how to properly fit for a corset.Visit her booth to find something special for our Masquerade Ball! (or your future wedding, cosplay, or just because!) Can't make it out? Take a look at her etsy or join her facebook page.

Perhaps you've tried one on before, you can't breath and you start to develop a headache! How did people wear these for hours on end you may wonder? Clothes , especially those made during the height of corset wearing was made to fit you! That is, whatever size you happen to be, a lot of thought and design went into what was best for your shape and not the current way of sized clothing that you must somehow fit into, even dieting to do so! Nothing is more personal then a shaping garment such as a corset which when properly fitted feels like a comforting hug, support for you back, a slimming silhouette and a confidence booster, all in one!

"The Bad Button started in a museum.  That is to say, the idea of the company that would become The Bad Button was born in the world of vintage textiles and museum costume collections.  In the way that it is difficult to separate the painter from the painting, its difficult to distinguish where the aesthetics Alisha Martin brings to her work end, and the actual product begins.
Fascinated with textiles and museum artifacts from a young age thanks to a rather bohemian upbringing spent in the museums of Europe, Alisha found herself gravitating to jobs in museums.  Due to many serendipitous jobs in museums with great costume collections, she was able to pursue her passion as well as her profession. 
Before ever attempting her first corset, Alisha studied extant museum garments for years to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of historic construction techniques.  Interpreted through the lens of modern tools, her corsets echo the corsetry of the past while allowing for a range of modern bespoke finishing.  With such labor-intensive techniques as beading and hand-stitching, custom pieces can be confections of clothing or starkly elegant. 

Coupled with this emphasis on aesthetics is Alisha's initial training in human anatomy, focusing specifically on the skeletal system.  Academic training and lab work contributed to her understanding of the body.  By focusing on not only the desired shape, but the body's structure, she focuses on the maximum comfort as well as reduction.  By working with the clients physique, rather than against it, the skeleton isnt compressed and the conventional problems of historic corsetry can be alleviated resulting in a feeling best described as a comfortably tight embrace.

Finally, after six years of research and practice, The Bad Button came to be as a professional corsetry studio in 2010.  Catering to clients around the world, The Bad Button provides the custom garment experience. 
Contact The Bad Button to commission your piece today.

You can click on "etsy" and "facebook" above they are links to contact Alisha Martin.

Your grateful admirer of the sewing skills!!

Angelique X Stacy

1 comment:

  1. Will this be free to the public or is this a fandom fest ticket event