April 6, 2015

Period Corsets® and Salem; Witch War, the battle of the stomachers!

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In the series Salem, season 2 there is a witch war.  The main opponents are the Countess Marburg, a newcomer to Salem played by Lucy Lawless and Mary Sibley, played by Janet Montgomery.  In an interview with the New York Times, Ms. Lawless says, "The countess is no wall stain; she will be an integral part of the witch war that is to occupy the second season.“I’m here to give Janet’s character a hard time,” Ms. Lawless said. “A very, very hard time.”  

Bodices made by Period Corsets®,
 trimmed and finished by the Salem design team

  Here at Period Corsets® the witch war consisted of the battle over who has the most gorgeous stomacher.  A stomacher is the center front panel of  a bodice or corset. Historically it was a removable panel, but its primary definition is that it is the showpiece of the garment, filled with delicate and intricate embroidery.  Joseph Porro, the costume designer and his design team at Salem outdid themselves with the luxurious custom embroidered fabrics they sent us to make each corset or bodice. Every character seemed to have one more beautiful than the next.

 Here Ms. Lawless seems to agree,
“When I went to the costume fitting... when they dressed me up and made me so glamorous, I was shocked.”

Pictured above and below are my two favorites, one for each witch, in the fabric, in the bodice and then on screen.

Marburg Stomacher in the works at Period Corsets
Marburg Bodice at Period Corsets
Mary Sibley Stomacher fabric
Mary Sibley Bodice finished at Period Corsets
Countess Marburg and Mary Sibley in their dueling Bodices

Which do you like best?
 There are many more to come!

To keep up to date on a daily basis of our parade of elaborate stomachers, bodices, and corsets follow us on our Period Corsets instagram 

April 5, 2015

Period Corsets® and Lucy Lawless in "Salem"

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Period Corsets® helped define Lucy Lawless character.... well some of her corsets made by Period Corsets did!
"Holy Cow! Corsets are hard work but they certainly help define a character."- Lawless.

Period Corsets has been in collaboration with the costume design team on Salem again this year. We made many of the corsets and bodices for Ms. Lawless and the cast of witches in Salem Season 2 which airs tonight at 10pm on the WGN America Network. Costume Design by Joseph Porro.

Lucy Lawless in our Kristina Corset in black satin

c. 1660 Kristina Corset
Stay tuned for more images and behind the scenes news about the corsets and bodices that we made for the Witches of Salem.

See previews of the show on our Period Corsets YouTube channel

To keep up to date on a daily basis of our parade of elaborate bodices, and corsets follow us on our Period Corsets instagram 

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