|Lucy Lawless as "Marburg" wearing a boned bodice by Period Corsets®|
The storied past of Countess Marburg's complex character is reflected in the textured layers of her intricately constructed costumes.
|Lawless in bronze lame boned bodice with captive Tituba in leather corset, both by Period Corsets®|
|Marburg preps her potions while wearing a Period Corsets® Kristina corset in purple silk.|
A third of the custom boned bodices Period Corsets® made for Salem this season were for the Countess Marburg. Her wardrobe consisted of rich jewel tones in lush fabrics- silk, velvet, lame, fur and leather. As a Countess, her wardrobe had to be dripping with emblems of her wealth and power, which were evoked by heavily beaded and embroidered stomachers.
|A few of the fabulous embellished stomachers for "Countess Marburg"|
|Gold beaded and embroidered Period Corsets® custom boned bodice with sleeves|
It was a true collaboration between Period Corsets® and the Salem costume designer, Joseph Porro, and his talented costuming team.
Period Corsets® tailored every bodice to showcase the hand embroidery of the center front panel. The stomacher, as it is called in historic garments, is usually a removable piece, but for this series we decided to build the stomachers into the garments.
|Fitting in the custom embroidered stomacher to a velvet boned bodice.|
|Embroidered real silver lame yardage from India|
|Detail of silver embroidered bullion stomacher in a Period Corsets® bodice|
|Lucy Lawless wears a custom boned bodice with embroidered stomacher by Period Corsets®|
|Marburg's golden bodices with heavy embroidery and beaded monograms.|
|Burgundy velvet bonded bodice with tie-on sleeves and embroidered stomacher|
|Unique Materials- left, green satin with webbed sequin lace overlay|
right top, navy and silver bodice with navy velvet bullion embroidery
right bottom, tie-dye velvet in greens, blues and black
For Marburg's finale, we see her in a black on black leather and fur ensemble made from no less than four types of material. The front stomacher piece was crafted of embossed leather, to give the appearance of crocodile skin. The rest of the bodice used various textured furs that had been trimmed to match the pattern of the leather. Sewing with leather requires its own unique set of skills and tools.
By choosing such exotic materials, Mr. Porro's designs literally mold Countess Marburg into the tough-minded and fierce character we see on screen, transforming her into the wild animal she truly is.
|Marburg's Finale- boned bodices made of embossed crocodile leather with textured fur sides.|
For more photos of our work with Joseph Porro and Salem, see our Pinterest Board "Salem, From Design to Finish"
and our related blog posts:
Period Corsets and Salem; Witch War, the battle of the stomachers!