From Medieval times to the invention of elastic and spandex, undergarments were used as the foundation for the fashionable silhouette. The corset was the most important of all women’s underwear; in addition to supporting and molding the figure it had the advantage of erotic appeal.

Welcome to Antique Corset, dedicated to the history of elusive and frivolous Unmentionables with special emphasis on Corsetry and Shaping Garments used to create the fashionable silhouette.

Featuring exhibits of corsets, stays, hoops, bustles, chemises, petticoats, bloomers, bust bodices/ enhancers, teddies, knickers, brassieres, falsies, girdles, panties, garters, stockings, slips and lingerie.

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The Grand Corset Ball and Museum Fundraiser

The Grand Corset Ball and Museum Fundraiser

Our annual fundraising events help to build the Antique Corset Museum and create a unique and enjoyable opportunity for the community to get dressed up and enjoy the elegance of the corset.

Once we have raised enough funds for the museum, we look forward to installing and planning our exhibits. Melanie's collection ranges from the 18th century - 1960 with over 300 antique corsets and underpinnings.

The Grand Corset Ball is the first event held in the US and is planned to coincide with the opening of Fashioning the Body exhibit at the Bard museum in New York. The Mechanics of Underwear exhibit borrowed antique pieces from Melanie's collection, and the Fashioning the Body exhibit is doing the same. Friends and clients of Melanie travelled to Paris to see the exhibit and we are excited to see this amazing exhibit come to North America.

The Grand Corset Ball is an opportunity for the lovers of corsetry to come together in celebration! Dress up and enjoy a night of dancing and performance! Or go for the full package weekend of delights, including dinner, the ball, brunch and a private tour of the exhibit! Choose your ticket at kickstarter and support the event and the museum!

 

Order your copy of the 2015 Lace Embrace Calendar now.

Antique Corset 2015 Calendar

A pictorial history of the corset. Enjoy a monthly view of corset history from 1800-1950. Each page is printed on full color glossy card stock with no text on images - perfect for framing once the year is up. Amazon Review: I received my copy as a gift and look forward to getting it every year. Very beautifully done with wonderful, full color photos and detail shots. Some truly lovely antique corsets! I look forward to visiting the corset museum one day! --Genie

About the Author Melanie Talkington owner and corsetiere for Lace Embrace Atelier Inc. has been producing reproduction corsetry from her personal collection of antique corsets. The private collection is now the world's largest of it's kind, dating from 18th century to 1950. She is working towards establishing an Antique Corset Museum. Proceeds from the sales of calendars and books will help support this vision.

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Antique Corset Exhibit at Taboo!

Antique Corset Exhibit at Taboo!

Taboo and Lace Embrace Atelier are teaming up to present:
An Antique Corset Exhibition
Corsets and Underpinnings
1860-1900

Featuring antique corsets, petticoats and ephemera from the collection of Melanie Talkington.

See the travelling exhibition:
Calgary November 13th 16th, 2014
Calgary Stampede Park
Edmonton November 20th 23rd, 2014
Edmonton Expo Centre
Vancouver January 22nd 25th, 2015
Vancouver Convention Centre East

 

A Provocative Look at Intimate Apparel

Book: A Provocative Look at Intimate Apparel

A Provocative Look at Intimate Apparel displays large, full color images of antique corsets and lingerie from the Victorian era through to the 1960's; including detailed descriptions of the corsets and lingerie, with dates, sizes and historical references.

Titillating French translations compliment the provocative vintage and modern images of ladies in lingerie. Many examples of original French lingerie are displayed, some of the most beautifully designed in the world.

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Antique Corset Exhibition & Historic Fashion Show III
Antique Corset Exhibition & Historic Fashion Show III

Antique Corset Exhibition & Historic Fashion Show III

Sunday May 26, 2013

12 - 4 pm

Hycroft Mansion

1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver BC

Tickets $25 Advance/ $30 Door/ $20 Students

Advance tickets available at Lace Embrace Atelier:

219 East 16th Ave at Main Street

Student tickets available with valid student ID.

Or shop online: Our Website or Brown Paper Tickets

Come enjoy the elegant setting of Hycroft Mansion for a delightful afternoon sure to please all your senses.

We encourage you to wear corsets, garden party attire or ball gowns to complement the lush surroundings.

See the Exhibition of Antique Corsets and Ephemera from the Historic collection of Melanie Talkington.
Experience the full beauty of corsets in the Garden Party Fashion Show and Victorian Dressing Sequence.
All the while enjoying the Gardens of Hycroft with an aperitif, perusing the Silent Auction of Treasures and having your picture taken in the Victorian Parlour Photobooth!

 

Antique Corset 2012 Calendar
Antique Corset 2012 Calendar

Parisian Antique Corset Exhibiton and Soiree

Parisian Antique Corset Exhibition
& VIP La Belle Epoch Cafe Luncheon 
Hycroft Mansion
Vancouver, BC

Come enjoy the elegant setting of Hycroft mansion for a delightful afternoon sure to please all your senses. We encourage you to wear your corsets/ garden party or ball gowns to compliment the lush surroundings.

See an exquisite selection of the private antique corset collection belonging to owner, Melanie Talkington, corsetiere of Lace Embrace Atelier. 

General admission from 12pm - 4pm includes:
- An elegant afternoon in Hycroft Mansion and gardens. 
- Entrance to the Parisian Antique Corset Exhibition.
- Madame McRae's Boudoir photo booth. 
- Silent auction full of treasures. 
- Special selection of vendors: fashion, accessories, sweets and delights.
- Cash bar, lemonade, coffee/ tea. 

Advance Tickets $25, Students $20. 
VIP Luncheon/ Fashion Show Tickets $100

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Antique Corset 2013 Calendar

Antique Corset 2013 Calendar

A pictorial history of the corset. Enjoy a monthly view of corset history from 1800-1950. Each page is printed in full color gloss on card stock - perfect for framing.

Melanie Talkington owner and corsetiere for Lace Embrace Atelier Inc. has been producing reproduction corsetry from her personal collection of antique corsets. The private collection is now the world's largest of its kind, dating from 18th century to 1950. She is working towards establishing an Antique Corset Museum. Proceeds from the sales of calendars and books will help support this vision.

Order your calendar now >>>