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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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Inside the ani&ari studio: Grommets Edition

One of our favorite parts of finishing a corset, is embellishing the busk and grommets. When we want something other than silver (which is the way the come) we get a little creative with combinations of nail polish…

Our plain grommets (left and right) and a simple busk (center)

We used a white polish by Essie for the base coat of the busk, then covered the top in an OPI sparkle. The grommets are covered in an OPI blue sparkle.

For this fabulous pink linen, we chose to paint our black grommets with a matching pink sparkle by Sally Hansen.

Be sure and check back for more peeks inside ani&ari!!! We’ve only just begun 😉

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Inside the ani&ari studio: Fabrics

One of the most important steps in creating a custom corset is choosing the fabrics. Unlike many designers, we do not carry a specific swatch book full of fabrics to select from. We treat each corset as a work of art and no two corsets are alike. Our process of designing the perfect piece for the client begins with a one on one consultation. During the consultation we present different types of fabrics we like to work with and we see what they gravitate towards. Fabric choices depend on specifics about the customer’s style and where they will be wearing the corset. People’s taste is as individual as their measurements, so we cater to their different needs. The people we work with vary from knowing exactly what they want to letting us take complete design liberty to create what we see fit. Either way a allows for a unique piece to be born.

Cotton Coutil is the only specialty fabric that we always have in stock. Coutil is a very densely woven fabric created especially for corsetry. The tight weave helps to prevent poke throughs of boning and provides the ultimate in fabric strength and durability.

Combined with the cotton Coutil, we can overlay lace, embroidered organza, silk, linens and pretty much any other fabric you could imagine to make a corset.

The only fabrics we really try to avoid are any that stretch. With the structure of the boning and the shape, corsets just aren’t made to stretch. Imagine shoving a pillow up to a fence, the boning being the fence polls, and the pillow being ANY woman’s flesh. You don’t want anything stretching in-between the boning it just doesn’t work.

Sequins! Yay!

Leather and lace

Happy Wednesday! Be sure to keep checking back for more looks inside the studio!

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ani&ari out in Vegas

Before the trip, we made two custom corsets for ourselves. They were a special treat for a special weekend! Ari’s (left) was a combination of white french silk covered in lace, python, and black lambs leather. Ani’s (right) corset was made with a nude linen covered in a delicate hand stitched navy blue lace.We had so much fun wearing them!!

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Erika’s Custom Corset

We made a corset for our gorgeous friend Erika. She took a few pictures, so we thought we’d share. Thanks Erika! Image

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