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Accessory to Murder

Whether it’s a fetish or fashion statement piece in Latex or a more delicate addition to an outfit made in silk…. 

 Brace Yourself  in Killer Couture….

 

All my accessories are made with great love and attention to detail like my corsets. The neck corset contains spiral and flat steel bones, each encased in their own bone casing to ensure no poke through and hand finished to the highest standard.

You can find a number of neck corsets in the Shop or on my Etsy store. Alternatively get in touch for a custom made piece!

Model Credits: Alex, Tali, Dan, Holly Blair, Karina Nocturna, Mynxie Monroe, Miss Polly and Maja Stina. I do apologise if I have missed anyone out.

Photographer Credits: Steve McIvor, Bill Tracy, Connie Taylor, Darklens, TzR and Frank Pangolin.

 

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Confessions of a Serial Killer

I created this design back in 2010 for a very limited run. I  wasn’t really happy with the printing method or the fabric I was limited to so I made it unavailable. The print has now been perfected onto cotton so it is available again!

I had this idea to create the character of Amelia the Serial Killer. Locked away in the confines of the Asylum she shares with you her personal diary. This is all captured in the fabric of the corset. Gruesome bloody, torn and burnt pages of the Diary and the eyelids of her victims of which she keeps as trophies.

Working together with the beautiful Minty playing the part of Amelia, she manages to portray the innocent but deadly killer perfectly. Captured on film by Katelizabeth. I absolutely LOVED this shoot. It’s not just about the corset.

You can purchase this corset here or on my etsy store. Standard sizing or made to measure!

 

Word on the street is that Amelia escaped the Asylum and could be up to her old tricks again…..

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Nico

Nico

PlasticBob met Nico in a smoke filled bar in Berlin and took her back to his playbob mansion. Beautiful but distant, she speaks little of her hazy past but looking deep into her eyes you can see reflections of another world.

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Model: Tracy
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Photographer: Technoir Photography
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All photo’s taken at the beautiful Wollaton Hall. The Cincher can be found here 🙂

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Clone Stars

Sorry for the delay in new designs and ramblings! I’ve been super busy! So here goes….

I wanted to do a photoshoot with Colin from Technoir Photography for quite some time and was trying to set up a date so we could combine it with a drink and catch up afterward. I had recently met up with long lost friend Tracy which was absolutely delightful and she agreed to model for us just like old times for Armory! It was my birthday coming up and with my dear friend Anastasija aka Anastasija Potjomkina the RottenZombieFairy coming  from London I asked her if she wanted to use her crazy good make-up skills and join the colab! YES! Perfect birthday weekend sorted! As always with GC shoots, it isn’t just about the corsets but more of a social thing. Good friends coming together to create…. and more importantly party afterward. The Honey JD did flow quite nicely thank you Ana….. And birthday cake. Lots of birthday cake. I was spoilt rotten. Literally – Rotten.

I’ve not made a blog post for quite some time now as I’ve been super busy creating gorgousness for my lovely clients. I have however been drafting some new patterns, one being an underbust corset and the other an overbust corset. This new draft is called ‘Alice’ and is more curvy than all of my other corsets. It also allows for more room around the ribs unlike my more popular conical styles. Alice is now available to order in both the Clone Stars Overbust and Clone Stars Underbust designs! Check them out in the shop! Let me know if you want the ‘Alice’ draft making with a custom print design, I print all my own fabrics so quite a lot of scope is possible! Please take a look at the Styles and Fabrics page for more ideas and information. I have a new print colour available of which you can see on the Clone Stars Underbust corset pictures, it is opalescent and changes colour depending on which angle you look at it. Absolutely stunning!

For the shoot I wanted to create a strange ‘clone’ theme to it. I think everyone did a great job. Anastasija did a fantastic job of the make-up and Colin made the final images perfect. Considering we were struggling to get a studio and ended up turning my bathroom into a lab, I think we did brilliant! I can see this team getting together more often in future!

A big thank-you to everyone involved, for the hard work. If you need a make-up artist or photographer for your project check out the links below I cannot recommend them enough. A MASSIVE thank-you also goes to our loves Erin-Jay and Sarah for keeping us sane on the day and keeping us in supplies AND birthday cake! <3

Model: Tracy

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Make-up: Anastasija the Rotten Zombie Fiary

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Photography: Colin of Technoir Photography

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As always you can contact me for all your custom corsetry needs. I have a couple of spaces left for bridal corsets this year if you are quick! You can see most of my work on my social media sites including close up detailed work in progress! These don’t get updated as much as I’d like during busy periods so it is always best to contact me here at info@gore-couture.com

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Don’t forget to keep checking my etsy shop for samples at discounted prices and unique one-off designs.

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Of Queens & Hexes

The first corset I created for the wonderful Noizmare to model was the Hexagram Cincher.

As it was a collaboration I let her pick the silk and the print design. As all my designs are customisable, this tiny piece can be made with a different print design or symbol. I like to go and hand pick the silk from my supplier, having so many colours to choose from makes life a bit difficult and I always end up buying much more than I actually need. Mila – model name Noizmare picked this beautiful lilac shot silk dupion.

This little cincher has proved to be a popular design in the past. The front and back of the cincher measures just 7 inches with a tiny 4.5 inches at the sides, it makes it quite a versatile piece whilst still cinching that waist! I added tiny black spikes to match the hand finished black silk edging and trims.

 

 

The next corset I created for Noizmare was The Hive Queen Anthracite. I really enjoyed making this for Mila, I love her classic gothic look with just the right amount of evil to each picture capturing exactly what I wanted for this Evil Queen.

This beautiful underbust corset is made of Satin Coutil with each panel individually hand printed with a hive design.

It also features external trim with black spikes and side panniers of tulle falling to calf length. I also used a gorgeous black busk to keep the piece very dark and gothic.

This print design was actually created for a t-shirt design I had done a few weeks ealier. I loved it so much and wanted to make a corset using it.

 

Glen from 13th Life Photography created all the beautiful photos for Noizmare and GC. He did an amazing job capturing a majestic charm but still in keeping with the evil twist that was in the brief. I would very much like to work with both Noizmare and 13th Life Photography in the future, I already have a few ideas for which I think they would be perfect for. A great big thank-you to both Mila and Glen!

Model/Styling: Noizmare

Photography: 13th Life Photography

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Don’t forget all my pieces can be customised and made to measure for a truly original bespoke piece. I print all of my own fabrics so I can design something totally unique and personal for you.

All my designs can be found in the shop and you can contact me for a full bespoke creation.

These new designs can also be found on I Am Attitude –  a unique alt fashion marketplace.

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Etsy

Happy Halloween Freaksters! Have 13% off only in the website shop! Use coupon code HALLOW13 at the checkout! Discount available until 5th November!

Happy Birthday Gore Couture!

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Gore Couture x Venal Flesh

Gore Couture x Venal Flesh

“His own image; no longer a dark, gray bird, ugly and disagreeable to look at, but a graceful and beautiful swan.”

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The quote above was (pardon the pun) plucked directly from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling”, a children’s tale that delved into the harsh world of bird beauty standards. Oh, and becoming the de facto allegory for metamorphosis…of the “fortune favors anyone willing to sit & wait long enough” variety.  Let’s see, as sympathetic as our cygnet protagonist was, the transformation into his final form was nothing more than nature taking its course. Also known as growing into your features.  His suffering wasn’t brought on by toiling to transcend his inherent duck appearance and characteristics, but by a case of mistaken identity. There was no struggle to earn his Swan Card © on any level. No painful neck-lengthening procedures, no enrolling in Terrorizing Boaters 101 courses taught by Mr. Asbo himself  nor sparring in underground fowl fight clubs in order to fund all those costly surgeries. The way I see it, by the end of the story, our hero was little more than a duck in swan’s clothing.

The implication being that these so-called extreme makeovers are entirely possible with all the gain and none of the pain.

By contrast, the appearance of the white swan in alchemical illustrations (I am referring to alchemy in the Hermetic, perfecting of the human consciousness sense, as opposed to manufacturing gold in a lab) signals that the aspirant has successfully completed the calcination, dissolution and separation phases of the Great Work. It shows the ability to gain a degree of mastery over bad habits, unhealthy attachments and mindless, automatic response to biological impulses.  From the calcinated, dissolved and separated remains of those former selves one salvages the thoughts and feelings that fall in line with experiencing a more harmonious reality. The next step, conjunction, unifies the opposing rational (intellect) and intuitive (emotion) elements recovered in the separation phase into a balanced, cohesive whole, thus fast-tracking the alchemist’s spiritual evolution.  White swan symbolism embodies the union of these opposites.  And while “earning your wings” signifies triumph over the shadows of the soul, it is merely a stop on the road to enlightenment, not the end game. Making it evident that within the context of this spiritual tradition, unlocking “swan status”, happens neither by luck nor genetics, but by emerging victorious from battling inner demons.

Though there are countless portrayals of these noble birds as totems of transformation, the alchemical narrative which illustrates how drastic change of either physical or spiritual nature won’t come without bruising (be it of the flesh or ego) resonates with me the most.

In the realm of fashion, no garment conveys the principle of effortless grace never being truly effortless better than the neck corset.  It is structured with the intent to force the wearer maintaining proper posture. The chin is kept high and the neck perpetually extended, which in turn creates a visual illusion of elongation, resulting in a swan-like appearance. This particular piece mirrors Gore Couture’s older Cada Vera style, embellished with extra bandages, which look right at home alongside the blood and stitches. Can there be a better sartorial metaphor for laying one’s neck on the line in pursuit of meeting one’s aesthetic ideal?

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Swans as icons of inner and outer transmutation figure as the central theme of these photos –the collaborative effort between Krissy Gore who handcrafted the neck corset and my band Venal Flesh. Dan, the vocalist’s, androgynous appearance lent itself to assuming avian form, as there is little difference between the male and the female in the wild. As the stylist, I opted to distance the bird from ballet and fairytale tropes, by reimagining it with more predatory flair. Swapping the webbed feet for talons served a dual purpose: emphasizing the territorial aggression that swans readily display in their habitats and the individual’s will to claw through hell to attain their desire. Additionally, the alchemy of beauty (expressed through the black, white, and red palette), as well as its symbiotic relationship with artifice, is explored and aestheticized.

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Swan achievements include: Elemental mastery of earth (walking on land), water (swimming) and air (flying). Also sending fear into the hearts of anyone dumb or unlucky enough to trespass on their turf.  YouTube is plentiful in videos of grown men fleeing from the beaks and wings of irate waterfowl.

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Credits:

Custom neck corset by Gore Couture, naturally.

Model: Dan Barrett of Venal Flesh 

Photographer: Bill Tracy Photography

All makeup, styling and hair executed by yours truly, Vanity Kills 

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Iridescence

I created these corsets using a beautiful iridescent hologram print. Although I’m not known for making many ‘pretty’ corsets, even my blackened heart can’t resist the beautiful colours it creates. This kind of fashion statement has been around for so long now I don’t think it will ever get boring. I was very happy when I figured out I could work it into my pieces.

I made Cold Blooded for the beautiful Evilyn Frantic, I have wanted to work with her for so long! I included matching pasties. Each cotton coutil panel is printed with iridescent scales. This shape is the ‘Demon’ underbust style but can be made in any other of my styles.

Close up shots showing the print & embellishment detail.

Underwater Love was made for wonderful Miss Polli along with a matching neck corset. Again, each coutil panel is carefully printed with my design of seaweed and jelly fish. I also added beautiful iridescent spikes to finish this piece. It is quite majestic! Made in the ‘Lady Killer’ style for Miss Polli but like Cold Blooded it can be made in any other style.

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More details about these corsets can be found in the Shop pages!

Models:

Evilyn Frantic – Side Show & Burlesque Performer from Finland based in Berlin.

Miss Polli – Latex  & alternative model from Sweden.

Photography: TzR

(close up photo’s by myself)

Remember, just about all my prints are customisable and available in different colours and on different fabrics, please see the Styles & Fabrics page. The Sizing Guide will help with sizing issues and made to measure instructions.  Also be sure to check out the Construction & Care page. All prints and embellishments are created in house so you will not find them anywhere else. If you would like me to design a print embellishment for you please feel free to contact me.

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Vanity Kills

This is an introduction to Vanity Kills! No, I’m not talking about a design of corset I created a few years back by the same name but writer and future contributor to the Gore Couture blog! It’s pure coincidence they share the same name but I think from that coincidence came a shared respect and interest in fashion and the macabre.

I met Vanity Kills a couple of years ago online when she interviewed me for Auxiliary Magazine. I loved her style of writing so we got chatting again and she agreed to help me with the new website! She wrote the About page and also did one of the first blogs – Top 10 reasons to shop with Gore Couture.

As well as writing, modelling and other creative endeavours she is a member of the atmospheric dark electro band Venal Flesh who take inspiration from plastic surgery, medical waste, beauty & suffering. 

As you can probably guess, I’m a little bit excited to have her on board with Gore Couture covering an array of topics to make things interesting! 

 

 

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