True glamour is a cinch
YOUR wedding day is the ultimate opportunity for dressing up, for the bride and for the groom. It’s a chance to take centre stage and show each other off at your most glamorous and jawdropping best.
And what can be more Hollywood starlet glam than a waist-cinching, curve-enhancing corset, reminiscent of the Moulin Rouge, or a Wild West saloon girl. Or what about a Gone With The Wind-style flowing gown and cloak of sumptuous beaded brocades, jewel-encrusted velvets, satin, lace and taffeta?
For a truly romantic and ooooh-inspiring alternative to the white wedding ball gown and veil, a visit to the Cyber Alternative Clothing emporium is an absolute must.
Clothing designer and corsetry specialist Carol Kay has seen it all over almost 30 years in the business. She runs a bijou operation based at the King’s Court in the centre of Glasgow, specialising in what she describes as the “alternative to alternative high goth clothing”.
“There’s not much we haven’t done in terms of wedding outfits or themes,” says Carol. “From elvish and fairy wedding parties, complete with the sweetest sets of sparkly fairy wings, to a full-on Addams Family tribute wedding, pagan hand-fasting ceremony clothing and even a full latex clad dominatrix outfit for the whole wedding party.
“These weddings are great fun, an unforgettably theatrical event which is great for the photo album. For the Addams family style wedding, we even arranged for The Hand to scuttle up the aisle and hand over the rings, although it took on a life of its own and kept straying from its path.”
Of course, corsetry is a serious matter and, to achieve that Dita VonTeese hourglass figure – no matter your size or shape – takes a degree of training to get used to the body-sculpting features of the metal-boned construction.
More than simply a series of fittings, Carol spends a great deal of time in consultation with the bride to ensure she will get the best from the figure enhancing design.
“You can’t just wake up on your wedding day and slip into the corset,” she explains. “Anyone new to corsets should take time to practice wearing it, building up to longer periods of time and tightening the laces in small stages.”
Corsets are kind to any figure but particularly flattering to a bride with womanly curves. For the larger-busted woman, an under bust corset is advised, although a full-busted design can be made-to-measure. For the very slim, a corset can create that curvaceous silhouette by cinching in the waistline by up to four inches.