The Underpinnings Museum: Gilded Lilies: A Sparklewren Retrospective


A printed catalogue for The Underpinnings Museum’s exhibition, ‘Gilded Lilies: A Sparklewren Retrospective’.

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‘Gilded Lilies’ examines the work of Sparklewren, one of the most influential and memorable makers in the modern corsetry movement. Sparklewren’s notoriously opulent aesthetic treats corsetry as a foundation in the architectural sense, creating the base for wearable mixed-media sculpture.

This exhibition explores Sparklewren’s development, exploration, reinvention, and abandonment of numerous techniques for construction, fabrication, boning, patterning, and, of course, embellishment of corsetry. Also included are exclusive behind the scenes and editorial photography, sketches, samples, and samples of pieces both inspiring to and influenced by the designer.

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This 168-page catalogue features exquisite imagery of 37 original Sparklewren corsets in the signature museum-style, photographed by Tigz Rice, as well as behind-the-scenes images of the brand, and never seen before lookbook images.

‘Gilded Lilies: A Sparklewren Retrospective’ also includes commentary by Karolina Laskowska, tracking the history of the Sparklewren brand.

Combining our exquisite collection images with fascinating extended essays, our A5 catalogues are printed in full colour on 130gsm silk finish paper. A must-have addition to the digital library of any lingerie or fashion history enthusiast.

60% of the profits from this sale will be reinvested directly into The Underpinnings Museum, allowing this incredible resource to remain 100% free to access online, as well as to develop new projects and exhibitions.

All catalogues are also available in a downloadable PDF format directly from The Underpinnings Museum’s digital store.

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Cover: Softbound

Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm (A5)

Pages: 168 pages in full colour

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