Wednesday, 15 August 2012

and more from the Rogano

On the same day as we shot the last pictures I showed you we also covered this corset. I'm incredibly proud of this one, I think it's my best, and most distinctly 'my' work to date. Much as I appreciate a lot of decoration and embellishment on a corset, my own tastes swing more to clean lines, great shaping and lots of texture and contrast in the fabric choices. And the fabrics here are key to the design.

The texture is created by layers of metallic silk and fine luxury Ayrshire madras which is woven with areas of metallic copper. There are peacock feathers buried and stitched into the centre panel to peek through subtly. The corset is then bound in pale gold silk to match the accompanying silk skirt.

I would love someone to commission something like this from me. I'd also love to make a version of it in greys and purples or blues.

The model is Kasumi Noir and the image is by and copyright to Louise Cantwell Photography.

Saturday, 11 August 2012


This week I teamed up with my favourite talented ladies for a wonderful little shoot at the Rogano in Glasgow. The Rogano is a wonderful place and rather a Glasgow institution. Opened in the 1930s, it was decorated in a similar style to the Queen Mary which was launched from the Glasgow shipyards around the same time. The interior is largely unchanged and elegant in way that evokes classic movies of the 1930s, but also with a European flair. I recommend the experience, and as a seafood lover I'll be popping back soon for a bar meal I think.

I had two outfits I wanted to show off and this is the first of them. A cotton sateen circle skirt and corset with and overskirt and trim of Ayrshire lace. The corset has a built in belt.

The photography was by the super-talented and super-lovely Louise Cantwell and the wonderful model was Kasumi Noir

Twinkle Twinkle Tiaras Shoot

Recently I was asked to loan a corset for a photoshoot for Twinkle Twinkle Tiaras. A local company who have a stunning array of gorgeous bridal tiaras and hair accessories who also offer a custom service to provide brides with just what they want for the perfect match to their gown. I supplied my Hera bridal longline and silk tie-side knickers along with a pair of vintage stockings.

The stunning photography was by Clare Coulter and the model was Adriana Bacur. Hair was by Laura Scarff and make-up by Lynsey Findlay. The venue was the rather impressive Ingliston Equestrian Centre.

I have to say I was gobsmacked by the results. I wasn't able to be there for the shoot (I normally prefer to be) the results were rather a surprise, and a rather wonderful one.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

White and Silver

I've been a busy girl. A few days later I had a shoot with Louise Cantwell  and Francesca Dunn. I'd spotted Francesca on Louise's portfolio and just had to work with her. It's incredibly difficult to find models who can show off curvier corsets but who haven't gone down a glamour route which just does not reflect my brand.

It was a nice relaxed shoot as both are lovely ladies. Well, not so relaxed in that I was finishing off binding on one corset while they were shooting the other! There are too many shots to choose from so I'll just show you a selection for now.

First we shot a longline deluxe Hera corset in white spot broche and white silk charmeuse. This is aimed at brides really, but it could be made up in other colours of course.

Next, a silver silk corset embellished with antique lace that really show's off Francesca's curves. Look out for this corset in future as it will be getting more lace added to it and will be shot again at a later date.

Images all copyright Louise Cantwell Photography 2012

Armadillo in Ayr

My first update is a shoot I did in May with the very lovely Kasumi Noir and the very talented CSD Images. The corset shot is the magenta metallic Armadillo corset - an interpretation of an 1880s corset featuring fine cording and metallic flossing inspired by the neon lit Armadillo building, or Clyde Auditorium to give it it's proper name.

We started off attempting some shots on the windswept beach, but it was a bit too windswept and wet so we abandoned that and headed back to complete the session in the warm. A dose of tasty hot soup and a cuppa and we were all warmed through and we got some fabulous results. Well, the other two did. The designer's duties consist of bringing the stuff, lacing it up, keeping an eye on anything going astray or askew and being available to hold or move anything required. But then, after burning midnight oil getting things finished for shoots that's about all we're fit for usually.

It was a very good day all round, with lovely people and lots of laughs. Here are the results:

Images © Celtic Shadows Design, 2012. All Rights Reserved


Having been shamefully negligent of this blog for the last few months I'm going to do a rapid catch up with some recent shoots and events. Then, I'll start blogging about the new work! And try and be a bit more regular with my posts.