The Corsetiere, a Vancouver-based hand-made lingerie shipped around the world, will hold a Heritage Association fundraiser next week in Coquitlam.
Melanie Talkington at Lace Embrace Inc. will bring her underwear from the 1920s series to match the Rising Hemlines: Exploring the 1920s Fashion at the Mackin House Museum, It ended on April 7.
Coquitlam Heritage Society exhibits include clothing by fashion historian Ivan Sayers, who met for the first time at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 1995. The Calgary natives later modeled his costumes on a variety of fashion shows and continues to do so today.
In her February 13 speech, Talkington will show off her retro bras, panties, cheap wholesale corsets, pajamas and “bust straps,” which may be limited today “when women are very free” She pointed out the lack of garter and other boudoir appliances and beauty.
Some of her earlier collections date back to 1820 and are on display at the Louvre in Paris and New York City.
Today, Talkington opened a store on East 16th Avenue in 2003, specializing in vintage knitwear and back support garments for people with medical conditions.
Last week, she was making a Wonder Woman costume from the 1970s. She said: “These orders no longer shock me, but also create great fun.
Among her clients are Burlesque’s stars Dita von Teese and Cathe Jung, who have the smallest waistline in the world.