Category Archives: Things We Love

Operation Pink Sparkly Flames

We recently put our hearts and souls into this stunning black corset with magical pink sparkled flames cascading up the front. We try not to pick favorites, because we love every corset that we make, but this one was hard not to adore. Our inspiration was drawn from some of America’s outrageously cool style icons – Elvis Presley, Evel Knievel, Dolly Parton and one legendary costume designer; Bob Mackie. This corset is currently living with one of our favorite celebs, so keep your eyes peeled for this blinged out number to hit the stage sometime in the near future!!!

Creating this corset required us to really get out of our comfort zone and work with some different materials. Only a week prior to being commissioned for this piece we were given an AMAZING collection of vintage beads and sequins. A friend from Colorado, JoDee Costello, came across this gold mine as she was cleaning out a house that was once owned by a professional ballroom dancer. She apparently had left behind some of her costume décor and we were fortunate enough to get these passed on to us! Take a look at some of our vintage materials and watch this fierce number come to life!

We were given boxes and boxes of these fuchsia beads. We fell in love with the glass tubes they came in, how cool are the tiny cork tops?!?

This was our first attempt at laying out the flame. Danielle sketched a flame and we experimented with setting the beads and jewels into different combinations

We started with a custom black cotton corset with a zipper up the center front. From there we hand stitched the pink flames to the top layer of the corset, and lined the edge with Siam aka fire truck red Swarovski crystals.

We then filled the flames with a combination of rhinestones, sequins, and beads.

We added black Swarovski crystals around the flames to create a little more drama and like that it was done!

We had so much fun creating this piece, and can’t wait for it to make it to the stage, because clearly that’s the only place it belongs!

Thanks again to JoDee for the beautiful vintage sequins and beads, it wouldn’t have been the same without that special touch!

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Hayden Panettiere in ani&ari on “Nashville” TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

Be sure and tune in tomorrow night to see Hayden Panettiere in her custom ani&ari corset on ABC’s Nashville!!! With the wardrobe director, Susie DeSanto, we created a new style just for Juliette Barnes, Hayden’s character! This special edition is appropriately named, Hayden. Hope y’all love it 😉

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Corset Bling

We had a special request from stylist Tiffany Gifford to create custom black leather corset that could have interchangeable Bling for Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square. The first bit of bling we created for Shawna’s corset was variety of jewels, beads, and chains.

We took a variety of jewels we had in the studio covered them in our trade secret glue that is the strongest glue around, and dipped them in cool beads.

We then glued the beaded jewels to a piece of cotton Coutil and wrapped them in chains. The trim was attached to the corset by metal hooks that were sewn into the Coutil.

The finished corset looked amazing! The embellishments added something special to the basic black leather corset! The best part is that the bling is removable! Stay tuned to see what embellishments Tiffany requests next – maybe studs, flowers… we can create anything she can dream up!! It was a good craft day at ani&ari 🙂

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Miranda Lambert in ani&ari TONIGHT!!!

 Exciting news from our  atelier – we designed the custom corsets worn by  Miranda Lambert and The Pistol Annie’s at their CMA Music Festival performance at LP Field. The show, Country’s Night To Rock, was taped in June but airs tonight on ABC!

Miranda’s corset was a challenge because of its custom cap sleeve, something we’ve never attempted before and she ended up loving.

Our sleeve innovation started with this simple bra cup that we turned into a structured shoulder pad. We then attached a custom made leather strap that is detachable from the corset.

For the next step was to cover the shoulder pad with the stretched black lambs leather. Guess what we used? Rubber cement  a trick we learned from watching our dad make saddles for cowboys in our basement – Thanks Dad!

Once the sleeves were covered in leather and sewn together we hand stitched two rows of chains around the rim of the shoulder pad. We spent extra time carefully measuring the chains to get the asymmetrical flattering look.

Voila!!! They turned out so cool and Miranda looked amazing in them!

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Hayden Panettiere in ani&ari

Exciting news at the studio; we were contacted by Susie DeSanto from the wardrobe department of the hot new ABC show “Nashville” to create a custom corset for one of their stars Hayden Panettiere. If you haven’t heard about “Nashville” then you must be living on another planet, because it’s the most talked about new show for the fall. The show stars Connie Britton as a country singer juggling her home life and struggling to remain a relevant country star. Meanwhile Hayden’s character is taking over the country music industry.  It’s going to be amazing and we’re so excited to watch!

We are over the moon to be part of the show because the producers have made a huge effort to portray Nashville in an authentic light. Our studio has created custom corsets for Miranda Lambert, The Pistol Annies, and Carrie Underwood thus it would be perfect for Hayden’s country Music Star character to rock an authentic custom ani&ari corset.

We were given a (tiny) pair of studded white denim True Religion shorts to be our inspiration for creating the corset.

Hayden and Wardrobe Stylist, Susie DeSanto both loved these shorts, so we came up with a design that highlighted all the special aspects of these minis. We went with the same white denim and camel colored topstitching. Then we embellished the cups with an array of multi colored rim set jewels. Can you believe we only had 5 days? Our first fitting was via the telephone, but in the end the corset was PERFECTION. We missed the taping, but pictures are beginning to surface and we couldn’t be happier with how she looks!

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a&a photo shoot

Woahhhh! Things have been crazy here at ani&ari. We recently went to LA and had our first official photo shoot. We had an amazing team, and we are SO excited to share the photos with you. Until then, here are a few behind the scene pics. Enjoy 😉

Behind the scenes pictures taken by

Denise López

Danielle and Ariel Tredway

Melinda Rodriguez

Photographer: Sye Williams

Styling by: ANNIE+MELA

Hair: Clark Ivor

Make up: Melissa Tolentino

Art Director: Denise López

Models/ LA Models

Coco Hunter

Alyena

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Corsets in To Rome With Love

We recently saw To Rome With Love, Woody Allen’s latest romantic comedy. Besides being absolutely obsessed with Penelope Cruz, we also couldn’t help but notice the corset fashion show in the middle of the film. See people, corsets are everywhere?!?

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Inside the ani&ari studio: Patterns

One thing that is unique about our corset company is that we make a new pattern for each customer. Once you see what goes into making a pattern, you will understand why this is such a big deal. It is rarely done anymore, because it is so difficult and time consuming. Most designers are not draping their own patterns. They hire a pattern maker, or send their sketched designs to a foreign country. This is not necessarily a bad thing, and some of the world’s top couture designers do it. We chose a different path here at ani&ari because we value the traditional methods of the design process.

There is no simple way to describe making a pattern, but we are going to do our best to share our process.

You begin to make a pattern by creating an outline of the shape of the desired garment. For this blog, we will be making a new underbust pattern.

I won’t go too much in detail about this, but it is important to know that there are reasons for multiple pattern pieces. You cannot just take one piece of fabric and wrap it around the body and expect it to fit. Pattern making is truly an art, in the sense that you must sculpt the fabric around the body in a way that’s comfortable, flattering, and beautiful. It is a skill that some people just don’t have, and luckily Danielle is an expert.

Once you have figured out the shape, the next step is transferring it to fabric. Muslin is a thin and inexpensive cotton fabric used for draping and pattern making by designers. Before you make any garment you must get the fabric on grain. Properly aligned grain is the key to a well-made garment. You probably know more about grain than you think. Have you ever tried on a cheap T-shirt and had the side seams twist around your body? Or after one wash it magically has taken a new shape? That is the result of fabric being off grain. You want the grain, or weave of the fabric, to be straight, even and square. This takes a lot of stretching, ironing and sometimes even wrestling. If we had an intern, this is what they’d do 😉

 

The next step is draping the muslin over the outline of the garment. You then pin the fabric together where the seams are going to be.

After you get all the pattern pieces connected you take them off, press them, and trace what you’ve made on to paper. From there you smooth out the edges of the pattern lines.

After making sure that the paper pattern matches up perfectly, you add the seam allowance. The most important part of all of this is testing a pattern before you make anything out of expensive fabric.

TADAAAAAA!!! Pattern Piece!

Check back for more peeks inside the studio! Happy Monday y’all 😉

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It all starts with a corset

Blake Lively made a big fashion splash at the Savages premier in LA this week. Dawning a flawless Zuhari Murad gown, Blake was classically stunning.

When we tell people we make corsets, they are immediately taken back to the 1800’s or they assume we make fetish wear. What most people don’t know is that they see corsets in fashion every day. Beautiful bridal gowns, red carpet dresses, and couture evening wear all starts with essentially a corset. Knowing how to utilize boning, to make a structured bodice is one of the key elements of creating a beautiful gown. The bodice is the foundation for many of the dresses you lust after in fashion magazines. A well structured bodice also gives designer gowns the tailored look you see on the runways of the world.

Kate Moss in Vercase

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 12

 Kristen Stewart Vanity Fair Spread in Jean Paul Gautier corset (right)

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