We have had lots of new, exciting items arrive this week!
Firstly, the exquisite Medieval-style chiffon gown with its delicate beaded bodice is the newest addition to our bridal couture collection, and is also available in black with jet black beading.
Our unique overbust corsets with attached suspender clips are both glamorous and versatile – the clips can be used to hold up your matching stockings as modelled by the stunning Morgana, or to hitch up your ballgown skirt.
For an alternative to skirts, why not wear your favourite corset with our new wide-leg chiffon trousers. Flattering on all shapes, these can be teamed with a tailored jacket and stilettos for a seductive take on corporate chic.
Prom season is nearly upon us and how better to wow your friends and that special boy than in this electric blue shot taffeta corset and matching long skirt with train. For a sophisticated and elegant look, accessorise with our black satin opera gloves and dazzling jet black crystal necklace.
Don’t forget, we still have a massive end-of-line sale, to which we are adding new items every few days. If you would like to try any of the items on before buying, give us a call or drop us an email and we will put the item aside for you at our Spitalfields shop.
If you are in the UK you have probably heard about the fuss on the good old Beeb (BBC). Well here is the lady, Georgina Baillie, wearing her FairyGothMother corset…
Corsets. The word alone conjures up vintage images of stiffly brocaded Elizabethans, elegant Edwardians and starched Victorians, burlesque ruffles, the saloon girls of the Wild West, buxom wenches and a whole host of other feminine archetypes. And yet, most people will only be familiar with the high street equivalent; the bustier or the basque. If you’ve ever worn one of these, you’ll have noticed that the plastic boning bends and distorts every time you sit down, or breaks and digs into your ribs.
Fortunately, our lovingly made, steel-boned corsets are really quite different. We’re passionate about corsetry at FairyGothMother, and are committed to offering you beautiful and comfortable corsetry of exceptional quality, to emphasise your feminine curves and create a fantastic silhouette which will make you feel a million dollars.
“So, what’s the difference between these high-street ‘corset’ basques and FairyGothMother steel-boned corsets?”
Forget uncomfortable plastic boning, wear-once-and-throw-away basques which fasten with tedious to do up and easily breakable hook-and-eye fastening, ill-fitting cups and stretch fabric which loses its elasticity – our corsets are constructed from sumptuous silks and satins, with heavy-duty lining and steel bones to ensure a perfect hourglass figure, which cinches the waist around 4″ whilst flattening the tummy, shaping the hips and boosting the bust. Instead of hook-and-eye, we use steel busks which clip at the front, and fully adjustable back lacing for a perfect fit. Of course, we cater to different preferences, and also offer a range of starter corsets which reduces the waist by 2-3″, and specialist curve-enhancing styles which can take 6″ off your waist, without damage to the corset or your body – and yes, you can still breathe!
Over time, your corset will mould itself to your body, which is why we recommend never letting anybody else borrow your corset for a night out, and if you’ve just bought a new corset for a special evening out, it’s advisable to wear it for a couple of hours for a few days before the event, so that both you and the corset can get used to each other. Every time you wear put it on, you should be able to lace it up even tighter, so do make sure you choose a corset which is at least four inches smaller than your natural waist, or it will soon be too big for you.
Corsets are often the ideal outfit solution for special occasions, such as weddings, proms, balls, formal events, concert performances, burlesque shows… The list goes on. As well as being part of an outfit ensemble, corsets can also be worn underneath clothing, and for this, we offer a particularly thin range, available in white, cream, nude and black, and will be able to advise you on how to make sure your corset is invisible underneath your dress. We hold the largest stock of corsets anywhere in the UK, with thousands of style and colour combinations available, as well as a bespoke service if you’d like one made to your exact specifications.
“But!”, I hear you exclaim. “Given that you have over 60,000 style, fabric and colour combinations available, how on earth do I find the best one for me?”
Easy peasy – we’ve split our massive range into several sections to help you find the right corset. From simple basic corsets to the elegantly embellished and Swarovski-encrusted, each category features the most suitable corsets for your needs.
|Basic Corsets includes both overbust and underbust corsets in plain fabrics and sleek styles, suitable for the beginner, those on a budget or looking for an everyday-wear option. We can also use these as the baseline for a unique creation, and love adding trims, Swarovski crystals, ribbons, bows, lace overlays, sequins, or any embellishment your little heart desires.|
|Underbust Corsets give an hourglass silhouette by reducing the waist and midsection, thereby emphasizing the feminine shape. From our teeny tiny corset belt all the way to longline underbusts which begin just under the bust line and curve over the hips and all our corsets in between, we have a style to fit any body shape. Ideal for those who prefer to wear a bra rather than be supported by an overbust corset, or for wear underneath outfits with structured cups, underbust corsets are great either over a dress, with a shirt and skirt or trousers, or on their own as a lingerie piece.|
|Overbust Corsets and Overbust Corsets 2 are our largest sections, featuring styles suitable for formal wear, prom outfits, alternative bridal gowns to lingerie and burlesque corsetry. These corsets provide support for and boost the bust, so you don’t need to wear a bra with them. Some contain padding for smaller cup sizes or are cut with larger busts in mind, some finish just below the waist whilst others come down over the hip, and you’ll find a variety of different bust-line shapes to suit every décolletage.|
|Corsets with Straps contains all our corsets with shoulder straps, halter ties, shawls and sleeves, which are popular for formal events, and amongst our more mature customers who might prefer a little more coverage and a more elegant, modest appearance, without having to sacrifice the waist reduction provided by a corset.|
|Specialist Corsets are for experienced corset wearers who prefer a very pronounced corseted shape, and these corsets comfortably reduce the waist by around 6″. Combining heavy boning with sumptuous elegance, this is the place to be if you’re a true corsetry aficionado.|
|Wedding Corsets is where you’ll find our bridal collection, containing corsets perfect as part of a wedding gown, as well as honeymoon and bridal lingerie corsets. Don’t forget to scroll down for helpful bridal corsetry advice.|
|Burlesque Corsets contains cabaret-style pieces ideal for burlesque starlets or cabaret patrons. Mix and match with our bustles, burlesque lingerie and accessories to create your unique outfit.|
|The Gothic Corsets section is where we indulge ourselves with darker side of corsetry, and takes us back to our alternative fashion origins in Camden. Here we showcase the best in dramatic corsets perfect for any Gothic princess.|
|Finally, our Prom Corsets selection features corsets for which we have matching fitted, flared and ballroom skirts to create a beautiful and distinctive ballgown. Not just for debutantes, this section is also useful for outfit ideas if you’re attending any formal event with a black tie/white tie or dinner jacket dress code.|
As FairyGothMother and through our fledgeling in-house label, Lulu and Lush, we pride ourselves on providing glamorous, luxurious and unique corsetry for everyone, whether you’re an enthuiastic beginner or a seasoned connoisseur. So do pop in and see us or get in touch with any questions, and come in for a consultation for our bespoke service or allow our friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you choose your perfect corset from our extensive off-the-peg range. So whether you’re a size 6 or 26, an AA or a J cup, have a budget of £100 or £1000 – we guarantee we’ll either have in stock or be able to make for you a corset you’ll adore.
We have had so many compliments on our deep satin frilled knickers with their cascades of ruffles and pretty bows, we couldn’t resist turning them into their own range. Complete with matching bras and corsets, please welcome the newest additions to our Lulu and Lush lingerie collection.
||Vamp it up with our Showgirl set, in classic black satin with red trim on the ruffles and finished with red satin ribbon bows. This lingerie set is great on its own, or give it a Burlesque twist with a red underbust with black ribbon lacing, perhaps with a black suspender belt and black seamed stockings to complete the look. You could even dress it up with one of our drop crystal beaded necklaces for a fabulous cabaret-style outfit. The bra is available from size 32B up to 36DD, and the knickers from size S to XL.|
|Hop on the nautical trend with our ‘Hello Sailor!’ royal blue and white set, ideal on their own or perhaps teamed with a white underbust laced in royal blue ribbon, and a white suspender belt underneath the knickers to hold up some some seamed stockings. This bra, as well as the Showgirl bra, features padded, underwired cups, which along with the frilled bust line, emphasise and boost the cleavage. In royal blue with white trim to the ruffles, the bra and knickers are both adorned with flirty white bows, and are available in the same size range as the Showgirl set.||
|For those of you who love the sailorgirl look but love our frilly knickers, we have now added nautical blue with white bows to our ever-expanding range of colours. Either team with a white overbust as shown in the picture, or with the satin bra pictured above. The hat shown isn’t available online yet, but can be purchased instore or ordered by calling our Lulu and Lush boutique in Old Spitalfields Market.|
Hoorah! It may be the end of summer but don’t despair – the new additions to the Lulu and Lush label from our in-house designers have arrived! We’ve updated our adorable babydoll for the new season, as well as created three new styles of satin frilly knickers (because we know you love them so), and a whole host of gorgeous silk dupion and brocade corsets which are perfect for hiding the evidence of all the ice creams you’ve eaten on your holiday…
We have four new styles of satin knickers for you, which feel so delicate against the skin and are perfect for warding off those end-of-Summer blues. With cascading satin ruffles at the rear and a contrast bow at the front, our Frills knickers are available in the classic cabaret colours of scarlet red and black, and in the Ice palette of glacial blue with candy pink accents, which look good enough to eat! Our new Belle ‘French Maid’ knickers are fun and flirty, and look great teamed with black nipple tassels, killer heels and a black feather duster, and if you can pull it off – a cheesy French accent!
Our babydoll is back with a new design, now with stretch lace instead of last season’s heart tulle, and available in two colourways – virginal ivory for Eve, and the Lillith babydoll’s sophisticated black. Worn off-the-shoulder and adorned with satin bow, the babydoll flares out to skim the waist and rests just below the hip.
Our Blossom overbust corset in baby pink cherry blossom matches our pink classic frilly knickers perfectly, while the pink ribbon pleats and sweetheart cut emphasise the bust. The Candy corset features black boning channels and black ribbon pleating, and goes well with our new black satin Marlene bloomers, pictured above. Continuing the ruffle theme and more suitable for eveningwear is our Judy corset, which for this season comes in burgundy, purple or classic black taffeta, with a pretty black ruffle and ribbon bow. These corset designs are suitable for up to a DD cup and are designed to reduce the waist by up to 4″, and are fully steel-boned, as you might expect. If you got a bit carried away on holiday and your bank statement is looking a bit bleak, our Vivien corset is not only economical at £120, but is also available in three different colourways – black with either ruby red, emerald green or jet black – and comes with matching ribbon lacing. Bargain!
Indulge yourself with our Sumptuous Silks range, which combine the strength of steel boning with the decadence of dupion silk. The Evangeline corset, in either burgundy, royal blue or jade green, is a versatile silk corset which provides a 4″ waist reduction and is suitable for up to a DD cup. Blue Charlotte is decorated with delicate eyelash lace along the boning channels at the front, whilst the burgundy Victoria features crochet black lace along the bustline. Evie is the ultimate in luxury – in either royal blue or jade green silk dupion, with lush deep coque feather trim – and is guaranteed to get you noticed.
As ever, rather than sticking strictly to the seasons and making you wait, we’ll be introducing more and more delectable lingerie items to our range as the fancy takes our rather whimsical designers, so do check our lingerie and corsetry pages for our regular updates!
|Just a quick update to let you know that we’re doing our best to get your packages to you despite the recent postal strike, but please be patient with us and do let us know if you need an item urgently! To get in touch with us, you can either call us, email us or add a comment to your online order, so we can let you know if we think there may be a problem.
Our poor post girl, Becky, has been furiously packaging hundreds of orders so that they could go out earlier this week, as we’ve been informed that there won’t be any collections today or tomorrow. I’m afraid that means this week we can’t do any rush orders for Friday or Saturday delivery, but if we have your chosen item in stock and you desperately need it for this weekend, we can always reserve it for you to collect from our Lulu and Lush boutique, either in person or by courier.
Speaking of couriers, we’re in talks with various companies at the moment so you definitely don’t have to worry about receiving your Christmas party dresses on time. Hopefully by the end of next week we’ll have some more delivery options so postal strike or otherwise, we’ll be able to get your orders to you
Hope that helps – and please do get in touch if you’re worried about your order. We’re doing everything we can to avoid any strike-related delays, and our friendly and helpful staff will happy to discuss your order and put your mind at rest.
The pictures from our latest photoshoot have come back, and once again, awesomeness abounds on the FairyGothMother website! Yep – we’ve now got pictures of all those elegant, skintight Forties-esque dresses I teased you with in the last update, in different styles to suit every shape. We’ve got ones with revealing splits at the front to show off your cleavage, ones with long sleeves which are perfect for the forthcoming winter, boldly patterned halternecks and ones with slash necks to give the appearance of wider shoulders, which is ideal if you want to balance out wide hips.
Made from thick, stretchy body-con fabric with a healthy dollop of Spandex, our new pencil dresses are massively flattering on any shape. Especially when worn with our shapewear or with a corset over the top (or both!), these dresses cling to every curve, both emphasising your feminine shape and holding you in wherever necessary. They’re also versatile enough that you can wear them to work (in the black, navy or pinstripe, I mean, rather than bright green) with perhaps a vest top underneath for the more revealing styles, and transform yourself Superman-style for a night out with the girls, by cinching yourself into one of our underbusts.
The other week I posted a picture of Victoria Beckham in her super-tight dress with the split front along with our Mayfair dress which is around a grand and a half cheaper and looks just as fab – due to popular demand, we’ve added pinstripe and navy to our range of colours, as well as a Deluxe version with three-quarter length sleeves, available in jet black, jade green or scarlet red. The pinstripe Mayfair dress is pictured above with one of our underbust corsets, available in a variety of colours. Our Bardot dress also comes in pinstripe, and combines corporate chic with the glamour of body-con, finished with a cute patent belt. The slash-neck isn’t too revealing, so you can get away with wearing these at work. Completely unsuitable for work, however (unless you work somewhere fun, like FairyGothMother!) is our halterneck tattoo-print dress. In bright red with a cute black collar, halter neck and waistband, this dress look highlights all your good bits and can be worn with one of our corset belts (in black or red) to really stand out. The dress isn’t stretchy but there’s a split at the back – complete with cheeky ribbon bow – so you can still walk and sit down.
Body-con looks best with flaweless curves, but if you’re a busy lady and don’t have time to slave it out at the gym, shapewear is the answer to all your problems! Aside from wearing a regular or longline underbust corset over your dress as an eye-catching accessory which cinches your waist and smooths over pot bellies, we have a selection of powermesh and stretch underwear items which not only get rid of any unsightly lumps and bumps, but also look and feel gorgeous. Bye bye Bridget Jones’ granny pants – hello stretch silk and powermesh!
Some of our shapewear wouldn’t be suitable for dresses which are so close-fitting, but amongst our range I’ve found these gems which are perfect. The stretch jacquard lace of the Stockings & Romance Suspense girdle smooths the bum and thighs whilst also keeping your stockings up, as does the Seduce girdle in scarlet with white trim, which could double as part of a cheeky Santa Baby outfit this Christmas. Opinion here seems to be divided between whether being able to see suspender clips under a tight dress is seductive or an unforgivable fashion faux-pas, so if you’re not so keen, perhaps the Nadia powermesh girdle skirt by Cadolle, or Made by Nikki‘s shaping shorts (pictured here with removable straps) would be more suitable for you. From the waist to just above the knee, the girdle skirt’s silky smooth fabric shapes and smooths whilst feeling lovely against your skin, whilst the shorts remove the need for another layer of clothing underneath and smooth the bum and tummy. They’re also available with a thong back, and with an optional matching bra for the ultimate shapewear deception – when it’s disguised as a beautiful lingerie set!
I know we’ve been ODing on dresses recently, but not to worry corsetry and lingerie fans – we haven’t forgotten about you! We’ve got a whole new range of basic, eveningwear and specialist corsets just for you, as well as loads of gorgeous new lingerie sets. We’ve started to introduce more ranges with smaller back and larger cup sizes, as requested, so check back here for more about those soon…
We are back from the Goodwood Revival Festival (more about that soon!) and have been busy decorating and settling in to our brand new studio and office, which we’re still really excited about so you’ll probably be sick of hearing about it soon! We’re staying at our Old Spitalfields Market boutique so you don’t need to update your address books, but this does mean that suddenly we have lots more space.
We’re quite liking suddenly being able to see the floor in our stock room, and so we’re re-launching our superduper clearance sale offering massive discounts (as in, less than half price on lots of items!) on hundreds of dresses, skirts, corsets, lingerie sets and accessories… We can’t resist buying pretty things though, so are planning to promptly re-fill the space with new collections for winter! We’ll have all our new goodies up on the website and in our shop soon – our current obsessions are sequins and the Fifties, so our designers are hard at work creating corsets and lingerie covered in sparkly goodness and dresses with foofy petticoats which wouldn’t look out of place on the set of Grease.
Our stock room is a treasure trove of corsetry, lingerie and fabulous ballgowns, some of which date all the way back from our more gothic Camden Market days (gosh, remember them?!) as well as a whole host of amazing one-offs. So do take a peek, and grab yourself a bargain!
There are so many items in our sale that we’ve split them into different price ranges, so they’re easier to find:
|This scarlet party dress, ideal for the festive season, is now only £45, reduced by £100! The full a-line skirt is flattering on all shapes, and the diamante trim and the chiffon halter ties draw emphasise the bust without being too revealing.|
|Our dramatic, shimmering, dark red and black shot taffeta corset comfortably reduces the waist by up to 4″. Steel boned with a modesty panel and back lacing, the corset is trimmed in cream lace with matching burgundy velvet ribbon running through it. Formerly £155, it is now only £60!|
|Ballgowns don’t have to cost a fortune – reduced from £295 to £145, is this elegant satin gown with a beaded, structured bodice and triple bustled flared skirt. Pictured here in navy, the gown is avialable in several different colours and sizes.|
|How stunning is this coat! Another fantastic creation by Catwalk Collection, this special occasion jacket is made from a beautiful stretch fabric with faux fur collar and cuffs, and is available in blue. Formerly £420, it’s reduced by a massive £200!|
If you’re interested in any of our items but aren’t sure if they’ll fit, please drop us an email and we’ll do our best to provide you with measurements or answer any questions you may have about the fabric or style. All our clearance items will be sent out within 14 days, and of course will be carefully packaged and require a signature on delivery, to ensure none of your purchases go astray. Don’t forget, we now offer free shipping to the UK, and worldwide shipping is only £9.95, no matter where you live or how many items you order.
We’ve only had time to put up a small amount of our vast collection, and will be expanding the sale over the coming weeks. Don’t worry – we’ll keep you updated when we’ve added new items, dear blog readers, Facebook and Twitter friends, so you’ll be the first to know!
|We’re still after a few more sample machinists to help us in our studio, in Seven Sisters, London N4.
We’re looking for someone fabulous, who has a good working knowledge of industrial machines and experience with lingerie. The house are flexible, and around 20 hours a week.
Oh, and we also have opportunities for work placements, so please do get in touch with Donna by emailing email@example.com, if you’re interested!
As promised, here are some of the lovely Fifties dresses by our new favourite designer, Hell Bunny, with which we’ve been filling our shop after they practically flew off our rails at the Goodwood Revival festival! We had a lot of fun last year and even more this year – it was so lovely to immerse ourselves in retro culture and to see the beautiful classic cars. Everyone made such an effort and dressed to the occasion, whether they came as Grease’s Sandy, or in their wartime medical or WW2 RAF uniforms.
For your amusement we’ve included a few rubbish camera phone snaps of Sarah and I dressed in our show outfits – we were only supposed to be wearing the dresses to show them off whilst welcoming people to our stand, but we liked them so much we ended up buying them! Usually when we fall in love with one of the corsets or dresses in the shop it takes us ages to save up, but at only £40 (for the red dress) and £45 (for the pink poodle dress) we snapped them up there and then. Sarah is also wearing a Hawaii dress in the second picture, which will be available on the site very soon (and with a much less blurry picture!), and I’m wearing a customised tweed corset in the last picture, in the fabric of this corset and in the style of this one.
We’ve also got matching petticoats in stock – some of the dresses are the traditional Fifties length which look fantastic over our 27″ petticoats which we have on the website in black, white, black with white ribbon trim or white with black ribbon trim, though we often have different colours in the shop (please do ask!), such as the black with red ribbon trim I’m wearing above. A couple of the dresses are a bit shorter, and require our knee-length versions, so to make it easy for you to choose the right petticoat for your dress we’ve included them as an option on the individual dress pages. That isn’t to say you have to wear our dresses with petticoats – we’ve been wearing ours on their own during the day, and slipping on a petticoat underneath to go out in the evening. Sure, they make the skirts flare out in a way which does look rather fabulous, but from experience we can confirm that they can be quite inconvenient for, say, getting on the bus or not knocking everyone else’s drinks over!
The Scarlett dress is gorgeous in red satin with a black flocked pattern of dice, swallows and all things Fifties (click the picture to be taken to the dress page, if you’d like to zoom in on the print). Black bows, straps and a waist tie complete this dress, all in lush wide satin ribbon. The Poodles dress is so much fun, in black cotton with white mini polka dots and covered in all of a girl’s favourite things – bright pink poodles, sunglasses and lipsticks. Adorned with pink satin ribbon bows, this dress is absolutely gorgeous, and is Sarah’s favourite! The Pin-up dress also does exactly what it says on the tin – the print features retro pin-up ladies posing on a pale blue cotton background, with red accents. For the petite amongst us (or for those who find calf-length dresses far too demure!) the Polly dress comes up shorter than the rest, and is quite subtle for day or evening wear. In black cotton with teeny tiny red polka dots, the dress is finished with red covered buttons down the front but does up, like the others, with a handy zip at the back!
All the dresses are available in sizes Small (10-12) to Large (14-16), and the Scarlett and Poodles are also available in XS (8-10).
We’ve only got a few of the Fifties dresses up at the moment, but we have plenty more on the way, as well as loads more gorgeous Forties outfits which will make their way onto the website very shortly. If you just can’t wait, please do visit us and have a browse – we’re open every day of the week and are always happy to help you pick your perfect outfit.