Recently I had an order to make a beautiful corset for an illustrator in Berlin. She sent me the images that inspired her corset design and we worked together to create her dream corset! The main inspirational image was a green sequinned corseted styled leotard, that Marilyn Monroe wore for her role in the 1957 movie Bus Stop. The costume was designed by William Travilla and he also created many other dresses such as the iconic white pleated ivory halterneck cocktail dress, which Marilyn wear in the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch, where Marilyn stands over a New York City subway vent and the wind blows up her skirt.
The green leotard was put on auction in December 2011 and sold for 230,000.00 USD! The main bodice area is of green satin with black sequins, brown material for the bra and brown / gold fringing. The costume was designed for the character Cherie, who’s a naïve yet determined saloon singer that dreams of making it big in Hollywood. This costume was to be the last of the great collaborations between Marilyn and William Travilla.
When my customer contacted me with the design ideas I was very excited to help create something unique for her! We spoke about colours she likes and fabrics that would work in a corset.
She made a design of her corset and I started preparing the fabrics, extra bits and trims she wanted. We decided on a fuchsia pink silk for the main body of the corset. For the centre front she asked for a pink dotted fabric and for the bust area, a blue polka dot cotton fabric. The lining is made from a beautiful floral fabric which nina choose.
The finishing touches were black fringing under the bust and around the base of the corset. With 4 pink sequin hearts sew on the bottoms edges and small cute black bows attaching the black fringing. On the blue polka dots bust area at the top, I hand stitched really pretty blue sequined appliqués. Small rhinestones were glued down the bone channels. Then finished with a black satin bias binding and black laces at the back.
I really enjoy making designs like this because it’s really fun getting creative and seeing the final product!