Spring is here! And we’re having a little competition to celebrate reaching 40,000 followers on Instagram! If you’d like to win a £200 Orchid Corsetry gift voucher then now is your chance to get snap happy! A few simple steps for your chance to enter before 30/4/19-
Take a picture in your favourite Orchid corset, lingerie or accessory. It can be a selfie, taken by a friend or even a professional photographer if you like!
If possible share the picture on social media (though we do accept email entries too) tagging us @OrchidCorsetry on Instagram and Orchid Corsetry on Facebook and use the hashtag #OrchidSelfie
Tell us how you feel when you’re wearing the garment! Do you feel powerful? graceful? confident? sensuous?
Some top tips for entries that make an impact!
Be creative! Choose a beautiful or unexpected location for your shot- sometimes a dramatic backdrop is right around the corner!
Get friends involved! Either helping to take a great photo or even posing with you! Couple shots are very welcome!
Lighting is key- make sure we can see what you’re wearing!
Remember we want to see ALL our clients! It would be lovely to see some of our male and trans clients strutting their stuff this year!
Be aware that we may share entries on social media so feel free to disguise your identity if that’s what you’d prefer to do.
Multiple entries welcome! The more the better!
The images in this post are from last year’s competition winner Amethyst Skye, with most photos taken by Diana Suder.
Remember- the deadline is the 30th April so don’t delay- shot today!
Whatever you’re celebrating this Winter, everyone loves to open a touch of luxury! Our gift guide this year showcases some of our new styles, including a growing range of ready to wear corsetry and some very decadent fetish inspired lingerie. Arranged for every budget, we hope you unwrap some of our handmade treasures this year.
But My Dear, You Look So Delightful…
Did you know that our gift vouchers start as low as £10? Choosing a size dependent gift for someone can be difficult, so if you’re stumped or have missed our shipping deadlines then you can purchase the value of your choosing and receive a code that can be used online within 24 hours.
Speaking of size dependent dilemmas- our chokers (£20) and masks are one size fits all! With colour selections to personalise your order, a seductive treat to open is just a click away.
Our corset storage bags are just £20 and are the perfect gift for a corset addict! They allow you to organise your collection and hang them up in the wardrobe away from tangled laces and other nightmares. Colour code the bag to the corset with our custom colour options!
We have two lingerie harness styles to choose from as well! The Morgan harness is our newest addition, with a refined bondage look, featuring a triple drop of ascending size ovals. For a more delicate style, try our En Régate harness. These pieces start at £35.
Since We’ve No Place To Go…
Budget £50- £100
Looking for something seductive and decadent? A French lace mask and choker set (£57) could be your answer. Match your colours and metalwork for a luxurious package, sent in one of our branded gift boxes.
New for Winter this year- the Isolde neck corset (£80) is the ultimate in fetish indulgence. Made in couture silk mesh with silk satin accents and double O ring detail. The swooping shape and elegant design will make this a treasured gift for years to come.
All our lingerie separates come in under £100! Why not try our new Adara suspender belt style with a pair of silk stockings? or our Acquiesce harness bra, which can be styled over clothing or worn alone for a sensuous encounter.
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!
We have released three exciting new lingerie sets for Winter, starting from £155 for a bra and panties. Look at the Caron, Adara and Inira styles for boudoir inspiration. Caron and Inira can be mixed and matched for a personal set!
We offer standard size corsetry with custom colour options from £200. Choose from our Perle mesh underbust in ivory or black or our brand new Adara waspie. All have multiple fabric and trim options to personalise your order, and our sizing chart makes it easy to get the right fit for first time wearers! Why not add a matching corset storage bag to complete the gift?
Bespoke corsetry is not out of the question for gifts, but it can be tricky to plan if we don’t have an existing pattern for your recipient! But fear not, our gift vouchers can be used towards a bespoke order and will give your loved one a wealth of choice across our site.
If you’re still not sure you can always contact us to ask for some recommendations for your budget and preferences, we’re happy to help you find the right gift! Have a magical holiday, friends.
Heartland is born from a challenging year of personal change and upheaval. A significant part of all this is the move back to my home, my heart, Wales. I was born here, I’ve never strayed far from the border, and every time I am lost in her landscape, I am filled with energy and contentment. Wales is a country that breathes poetry, that nourishes the soul, that overwhelms the senses, whatever season you greet her in.
When trying to express a direction for the new collection, it was this love that I came back to, I wanted the theme to reflect the passion, the boldness the inspiration that I find here. The Heartland collection uses traditional Welsh names to identify the styles, each with a delicious meaning that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as the designs themselves.
A striking lingerie set, encompassing a harness bra that frames and flares around the body with detailed thong in lustred satin. Large oval rings clutch at clusters of straps, making the bra ideal for layering over clothing for a distinctive fetish fashion appeal.
Options- available in scarlet or black, with you choice of silver or gold metalwork.
The standout look from Heartland, featuring a sensuous collection of quarter cup harness bra, alluring panties and our first garter belt which overlaps and entwines in the most seductive fashion. Crossing straps and cut-away areas highlight the body in elaborate lace flourishes. This collection also includes a made-to-order waspie with many custom options, allowing you to collate a matching set that you can truly treasure.
Options- Lingerie available in Black or ivory, with your choice of silver or gold metalwork. Corset has extensive custom options.
A full bralette set with cage back panties. The triple strap waist belt on the panties frames the waist and echoes the bold styling on the strappy bralette. Made in a lustrous satin with strap and mesh features.
Options- available in black or ivory with your choice of silver or gold metalwork.
The ideal style-up for an outfit. The ascending sized ovals create an arresting effect peeping out from under clothing, and team up well with a corset ensemble. A fetish inspired look that can be built upon or played down depending on your style.
Options- available in black or ivory, with your choice of silver or gold metalwork.
Ever wondered what it’s like to order a bespoke corset? To work with a craftsman to create something uniquely yours, never to be repeated? Here’s a very special commission I worked on recently. Made for a male client who had never even tried a corset on before he contacted me last Autumn.
My client was looking to begin waist training, and wanted corsets that were lightweight to fit discreetly under clothing. Initially he was interested in an overbust style but after looking at his requirements I recommended an underbust. This would fit better with his lifestyle and would prove easier to camouflage as underwear. He decided on a waist training starter kit, including an Edwardian underbust and ribbon corset with suspenders and a camisole. These pieces would be made in a way that kept bulk at a minimum whilst remaining sturdy and suitable for regular wear. The concession to this being the choice of using silk ribbons for the ribbon corset! Silk ribbons are not as durable as the grosgrain ribbons I would usually use for these pieces. However they are incomparably luxurious and feel wonderful against the skin. There is a very special lustre to the colours in these ribbons!
We discussed how he would like the corsets to look, and he knew he wanted them to have refined feminine styling. He chose a palette of pale pinks, golds and peach but gave me control over the final choices on fabrics. This was a wonderful opportunity for me, as I love creating soft, feminine looks. Being able to create something precious for this first time corset wearer was a real privilege. We agreed my choices would be a surprise, and I began selecting glowing silks that belonged in a wealthy 19th century ladies trousseau!
Silk, lace and lingerie
My client was able to visit the studio for a personal fitting where I took his measurements. We talked a little more about the style for the corsets, but mostly about his travels through Europe! Fittings aren’t essential for most underbust corsets as I can work from measurements sent in using our instructions at home. However it’s a great chance to efficiently make most of the decisions needed for a bespoke corset order. For some people these meetings can be a little nerve wracking. Particularly where they are unfamiliar with corsets and are expecting someone far scarier than me to be behind the door! But tea and biscuits usually prove that we’re all good friends nice and quickly.
Another result of the fitting was my client choosing a set of our lingerie to be made to match his Edwardian corset. He chose our En Regate set- an underwired bra, delicately strapped panties and a lingerie harness. These would work really well with the colour schemes I had devised and made the set even more complete!
I settled on a rich coral peach silk with a smooth finish for the underbust. It was a great weight of silk to use for the matching lingerie and had a lovely gleam to it. During our meeting we had also talked about gentle colour contrasts, so I decided swirls of symmetrial ivory lace applique would be used to highlight the centre front and hips with graceful motifs. The lingerie looked romantic next to it in the peach silk with ivory strapping. The silk ribbons were very hard to choose- so many exquisite shades, each suggesting a different direction. But in the end I opted for a combination of creamy ivory and tarnished gold, set against silk panels in a dusky rose shot gold dupion.
Unwrapping a treasure
From the fitting to completion of the corsets was around 5 weeks- a little slow thanks to the Christmas rush! but as my client preferred to collect the corsets rather than have them posted it was a while till I was able to present them! I am always excited but nervous to hand over any order- will it meet the vision the client had when they came to me? But especially so when I’ve been given free reign over design on a bespoke corset. I pray that I haven’t misjudged their brief, and that they receive something they wouldn’t have thought to ask for, but have a connection to all the same. Judging by the message I received when he got them home I hit the mark!
“Hi Bethan, WOW, beautifully exquisite creations!
You truly are talented at your profession, thank you for all that you have done for me. I am amazed at how they feel when worn.”
How would you feel if you had opened the box to find these corsets?
As we review the events of 2016, it’s surprising how many wonderful achievements had already become somewhat overlooked! Our working year is so fast moving that you are already organising the next event or meeting the next deadline while celebrating the last thing you worked towards, so what a great opportunity to say thankyou to the artists who helped us to create the images that have signposted our year. And tell a few stories along the way!
Once Upon A Time In Mexico…
In Spring, Salleh Sparrow used some of the Sybarite’s Awakening corsets to style her photo shoot with alternative model Gina Harrison. This high impact shoot was full of attitude and the Mexican styling she used gave the corsets a completely new lease of life from their original shots.
A Midsummer Nights Dream…
June saw us on the front cover of FEMME Rebelle Magazine, with a pastel collection of corsets and lingerie shot by Alexzander Gosling on models Salleh Sparrow and Georgia A alongside designs by Katherine Davidson. The feel of this shoot was so fresh and romantic, but kept grounded with rustic, country girl vibes. I was so proud to be a part of this project.
It would be impossible to talk about 2016 without mentioning our appearance in the September edition of Vogue UK! I was asked to make a Military style corset for the main fashion story, shot by Mario Testino on the stunning Mica Arganaraz, and this image made it onto the editor’s letter! A daydream made real, and a source of great pride. We launched a mini collection to celebrate it, which features the beautiful Chilli Chapel.
Pin-up Of The Month
I have had the pleasure of working with Miss Miranda a few times now, and she is pure chemistry in front of the camera, So I was delighted to discover that she had chosen to wear our corset and lingerie for her November 2016 calendar image, shot by Richard Marz. This look has proved so popular, and seeing it revitalised in a new image is fantastic.
Beauty In Decay
Another great milestone of 2016 was the chance to work with an artist I’ve admired for some years, the urbex photographer Jeremy Gibbs, best known for his outstanding book “Beauty In Decay” This image is from our second collaboration, shot on location with Vera Hagan in Turin with pieces I made exclusively for his workshop. More images to come in the new year!
Snakes And Silhouettes
And what a great way to round the year off- another appearance in FEMME Rebelle Magazine! This time featuring the talents of Twisted Pix, Sarah Jeremiah, headdresses by Pioro Blue and a pair of beautiful snakes! These images are so full of atmosphere and ethereal mystique, I just love them. The Vogue waspies created a completely different set of images here!
Thankyou to everyone who’s supported us this year and in the past, it’s been a pleasure to welcome so many new customers to the fold and to work with such inspiring artists in the call of duty! We wish you a happy new year, filled with good fortune and good company.