Category Archives: Horror

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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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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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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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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Predatory

I’m not sure what she is doing on our planet but at the very least she wants a trophy to take home.

The Predatory is a three piece set, made up of corset, skirt and neck corset. Made from cotton coutil and faux leather with a decorative stitching to the front and back panels.  It has huge spikes on the hips and on the neck piece as well as faux leather fringing.  This is not available in the shop as of yet but can be made as a custom order. Feel free to contact me if you would like one making or something similar! The set in the photos could be available for hire, contact me for more details.

Halo did an amazing job of acting out each Monster and Mark of ASYLUMseventy7 did a fantastic job of bringing my vision to life.  We really enjoyed creating this shoot, a big huge thanks to all involved. This mini collection was made mainly to go along with the new website but I have lots of other designs in the pipeline so stay tuned folks!

Model: Halo Haynes

Photography/Editing: ASYLUMseventy7

 

COMING SOON –  Guest Bloggers including the fabulous Vanity Kills and Gore Couture’s very own serial killer Amelia.

More details to follow….

 

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The Screaming Banshee

Don’t let her wail at you, for you will surely die.

This Monster is clad in the Silk Banshee cincher and accessories. I wanted to create a version of this new style cincher with a simple print on silk. The texture of the silk dupion is stunning, even with the print on it you can still see and feel all it’s tiny imperfections. For me that is what makes it beautiful and my favourite fabric to work with. You can find this now in the Shop or if you would like a custom print of your own designing on silk Contact Me!

Jade of Ferox Clothing made the gorgeous Hooded Top especially for the shoot. Made from the same silk with black lining and faux fur around the hood.  Please go check out her work which massively promotes cruelty free, animal inspired fabrics! A big thanks to Jade for also helping out at the photoshoot and enjoying our Marilyn Manson indulgences.

More to follow…….

Model: Halo Haynes

Photography/Editing: ASYLUMseventy7

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Black Widow

The first of the Monsters has arrived to wreak havoc on us all.  She is the Black Widow!

I’ve been making latex clothing for quite sometime now so I thought it was about time to add some to my collection. This particular one was inspired by the crazy Spider Lady Lei-iisa.  You can find the Black Widow to buy in the Shop or if you want this or any custom latex corset making then contact me! I specialise in appliqué work.

A massive thanks to Maja Stina for the loan of the latex catsuit. You can find her latex creations at http://maja-stina.com/ You can also find her in the Galleries modelling other corsets that I have made for her.

More Monsters to follow so stay tuned folks!

Model: Halo Haynes

Photography/Editing: ASYLUMseventy7

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Top 10 Reasons to Shop with Gore Couture

Top 10 Reasons to Shop with Gore Couture

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  1. Jason Voorhees’s mask might be iconic, but ultimately does nothing for your cleavage. Our pieces deliver on both fronts.
  2. Spikes on the hips make for excellent creeper repellent.
  3. We take the motto “All killer, no filler” deadly serious around here. All top notch quality steel boning, all the time. Our corsets don’t wrinkle, stretch, or give you a weird bulge when you sit down.
  4. When you call upon fallen angels clad in our All Seeing Eye Lucifer Underbust Steel Corset, they actually show up.
  5. Five words: Full Made to Measure Service. Because ill-fitting garments are the stuff of nightmares, we’ll go to hell and back to ensure you get the beautiful silhouette you deserve.
  6. Doll heads, Baphomet sigils, and inverted crosses are only the beginning. Dream of a creation so drenched in evil that you fear no designer will dare bring it to life? Show us what you got! We’d be delighted to help you unleash some custom made couture on the unsuspecting masses.
  7. They say the devil is in the details and we agree, which explains the obsessive devotion we exhibit when painting & sculpting dead dolly embellishments as well as hand-printing blasphemous patterns.
  8. If cannibalism figures prominently into your mating rituals, our Webs of Deceit underbust will assist you in dressing up for the occasion.
  9. Statistics don’t lie: It’s highly improbable to have a bad day when hit with a Glitter Bomb.
  10. Feeling a bit like Buffalo Bill? Lace yourself into a Death’s Head Moth Underbust, crank up “Goodbye Horses”, and indulge in a pants optional dance party.

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