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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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Inside an ani&ari fitting!

Are you curious about what happens at an ani & ari when there is a corset fitting? Here is a peak at the behind the scenes at our atelier.

Our client Tarah, came by today for her fitting appointment to be measured for her custom corset. She will be attending a Christmas gala this December in New York City and she is looking to create a corset that will be memorable! She was inspired by all the corsets that she has seen on the runways of Europe for Spring.  We are psyched to have her choose ani&ari to make her a new custom piece. We took pictures during the fitting to give you all more of an idea of how the whole design process works! Check out how easy it is to be measured. After we measure Tarah we will sit down and talk about what she is inspired by and the types of fabrics and the notions that will fit her vision for her corset. She loves Alexander Wang so we are thinking there may be some leather involved check back to see what Tarah’s corset came out like.

The lovely Tarah, ready to be measured!

Danielle getting her waist measurement

Fittings are fun 🙂

Danielle making sure to get the perfect length

Under the arm is one of the most important measurements!

The waist to lap measurement is another vital one to get, to ensure that our clients can always sit comfortably in their corsets.

Thanks for stopping by! Check back for more inside the studio, and stay tuned for Tarah’s amazing new corset coming soon!!!

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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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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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