Grab your broomsticks and suspend your sense of disbelief! We're off to Salem, Massachusetts circa 1692. This production provided us another great collaboration with an amazing design team for this latest supernatural drama, "Salem". The series focuses less on the historically accurate side of the infamous witch burning events in the town, and more on scandal, sex and incantations.
|detail of our custom brocade corset|
|Mercy and the witches of Salem in our front lacing custom corset|
The costume designer, Mr. Porro has brought his usual skill and knowledge of the period to this project. He combines details that nod to the fantastical side (ie: embroidered iridescent green beetle wings seen below ), with his solid historic underlying silhouettes. Together they evoke the world of the show eloquently.
|Mary in our custom green brocade bodice|
As with all costumes, Salem's wardrobe is a valuable player in portraying the personality and role of each character. Mary's wardrobe consisted of a lot of rich fabrics and elaborate brocades. Her costumes create a very lady-like and grand feel, being one of the most prominent characters with an important background in the community. To represent Mercy's dark story, the designer chose a lot of heavily textured, black on black materials balanced with some neutral pieces. Tituba is more exotic with a lot of jewel tones and more natural fibers.
Period Corsets® was in four months of production with Salem, providing us with an incredibly creative collaboration with their design team. They inundated us with a huge range of materials, everything from vintage silver lame herringbone kimono fabric to eyelet faux leather to burnout velvet silk overlaying satin. Every day was filled with anticipation to discover what rich materials they had in store for us next. Our finished garments where often the base for Mr. Porro's design team to take them to the next level of fantasy. They used luxurious trims and feathers, or distressed them with dirt, and of course lots and lots of blood.
|Corsets and bodices in every fabric possible|
Close to 40 pieces were created for the first season of the show. Some were stock items, such as our Marie Antoinette corset and our Kristina corset. Other items were completely custom created from the designers research images. Many of our creations were bodices with sleeves. A fitted corset look with either inset sleeves or tied-on sleeves, with or without cuffs in varying shapes.
|Bodice with sleeves|
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