As Jennifer Bond lays out a piece of fabric on the worktable, a series of complex patterns etched into a template, she surveys it not as material to be fashioned in to a product, but more as an artist surveys a blank canvas. The result will be something more than an object. It will be art.
Each corset she produces is unique. It has it’s own character and will develop its own history. From the first cut of the coutille, to the last stitch, the corset is invested with its own personality.
Some articles of clothing allow us to project our character as though through a different lens. They let us release another side of ourselves.
“I like the psychology of what I do,” says Bond. “The corset is more than a garment, it has something of the quality of a mask. Like a mask, a corset has a particular effect on the person wearing it – to the extent that it impacts how we relate to others.”
Bond goes on to explain that for some people the corset can instil a feeling of safety, of being held. For others it’s about how you project yourself and how you interact with the world around you. There are other aspects of the corset, particularly the more extreme versions.
“A highly repressed society can favour a tightly bound corset, making the woman feel like a bird in a cage. Is it constricting, or controlling and protecting?” she asks rhetorically.
The construction of each of Bonds corsets takes at least a day and a half. She works only with the finest coutille from Germany or England. There is a world of difference between this and the products sold over the counter in a store. These corsets are created to last, and to become a part of the persons life. The style and method of manufacture go back to a time when a garment was designed to last for ten years, not ten weeks.
Bond has created her own patterns for her corsets. Modern production techniques have resulted in a sacrifice of the tailored cut of a finely made corset, and the patterns used often lack the style of a more flattering silhouette. An 1864 pattern carries the formality of the era, a later one the easier look of the Edwardian period. With this in mind, Bond looked for, and then created her own original pattern that reflects the style of dress that women are familiar with.
She points out “It made little sense going back to a style and pattern which worked very well a hundred and ten years ago, but is not designed to reveal the female form in the clothes we typically wear today.”
We are very happy to offer Jennifer Bonds Hand-made Under-bust Corset, through The Harlequin Hypnosis Show website. She is also offering this with her 2015 print, a stunning Japanese Motive, reflecting the truly international flavour of Vancouver, Canada’s greatest Pacific city.
We’ll be making these fine hand made corsets available through The Harlequin Hypnosis Show website later this month.