True glam­our is a cinch

The Herald Business - - Advertising Feature - Nuala Naughton

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.

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