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Saturday night at OCOC14

Autumn Adamme and Ian Frazer Wallace at high table.  picture copyright Julia Bremble

Autumn Adamme and Ian Frazer Wallace at high table.  picture copyright Julia Bremble

Written by Julia Bremble

Saturday night at the Conference is a special affair.  After the workshops of the day, there is a little social time before drinks, dinner and more socialising in the bar.  The evening starts with Pimms on the quad Oxford style and  this is served up with a healthy dose of glamour.  Anybody who has watched Inspector Morse on TV may be familiar with the scene!

The drinks reception is where all in attendance gather before dinner to have a chat and catch up with those who they may not have had a chance to meet yet.

Glasses ready to receive the Pimms - a gin based cocktail which is particularly popular in Oxford.  picture copyright Julia Bremlbe

Glasses ready to receive the Pimms - a gin based cocktail which is particularly popular in Oxford.  picture copyright Julia Bremlbe

Here am I with the Godmother of Modern Corsetry, Autumn Adamme.  It was Autumn who back in the 80's and early 90's decided that corsets should be worn on the outside!  Us modern corsetieres have alot to thank her for.  Autumn was particularly enamoured with the picture of Elizabeth I hanging in the Peter North room where the College silver is stored.  picture copyright Steph Selmayr

Here am I with the Godmother of Modern Corsetry, Autumn Adamme.  It was Autumn who back in the 80's and early 90's decided that corsets should be worn on the outside!  Us modern corsetieres have alot to thank her for.  Autumn was particularly enamoured with the picture of Elizabeth I hanging in the Peter North room where the College silver is stored.  picture copyright Steph Selmayr

Our special guest last year was Ian Frazer Wallace of the Whitechapel Workhouse and he was with us again this year.  It has become a tradition for him to make a showpiece for Saturday night.  This year I was very priveledged to be part of this as Ian asked me to make the corset pattern for his Chanel inspired suit.  More on that in a separate post.

Ian Frazer Wallace with his Chanel inspired corsetted suit made from wool boucle and using traditional corsetry, tailoring and milinery techniques.  Modelled by beautiful and effervesent April.  picture copyright Chris Murray

Ian Frazer Wallace with his Chanel inspired corsetted suit made from wool boucle and using traditional corsetry, tailoring and milinery techniques.  Modelled by beautiful and effervesent April.  picture copyright Chris Murray

After drinks we have dinner in Hall.  Not 'the great hall' or 'the hall' or 'the dining hall'.  In Oxford, the place you eat is simply 'Hall' and all colleges have a very grand Hall where all students eat all meals.   When you become part of an Oxford College, whether as a student, member of staff or conference delegate, you really begin to understand where stories like "Alice in Wonderland" and other fantastical tales from this city come from.  It is literally another world.

Dinner is a three course grand affair followed by a talk by our special guest.   The food is served by attentive waiters and waitresses and wine flows freely along with the conversation.  At night, Hall is a magical place to be.

Jesus Hall is a grand room presided over by Elizabeth I and accompanied by portraits of other luminaries of Jesus including Lawrence of Arabia who was once a student here.  picture copyright  Tavan Photography

Jesus Hall is a grand room presided over by Elizabeth I and accompanied by portraits of other luminaries of Jesus including Lawrence of Arabia who was once a student here.  picture copyright  Tavan Photography

After dinner our very special guest takes the stand.  This year it was Autumn Adamme, Founder and Proprietress of Dark Garden Corsetry and Couture in San Francisco.  Autumn who has been making corsets since she was 10 years old,  spoke about her life in corsetry, her influences, inspirations and mentors,  and then went on to describe her business philosophies which covered the joys and pitfalls of running a corsetry business.  I  found myself nodding vigorously at almost everything she said as I know many others did too.    Autumn gave an interesting and inspiring speech which I am sure will serve to guide many corset makers - beginners and experienced alike, through the rest of their careers in corsetry.   It is always affirming to know that the things we think and believe and are passionate about in our own ideas and practices, are all things that have been felt and experienced before  by others who share those passions, and who have blazed the trails before us.

Autumn also spoke of her time in Paris this summer, studying with Mr Pearl, the acknowledged leader of our field.  picture copyright Chris Murray

Autumn also spoke of her time in Paris this summer, studying with Mr Pearl, the acknowledged leader of our field.  picture copyright Chris Murray

After dinner it's time to assemble in the Fourth Quad - that's the student bar! It's in a cellar and is the perfect place for cosy chatting about corsets!  In naming the pictures below, I see they are a bit of a 'who's who' in Modern Corsetry

Socialising in the Fourth Quad - the student bar - here's Jenni of Sparklewren, Rosie of Rosie Red, Lowana of Vanyanis, Hannah of Neon Duchess, Liz of Elizabeth Armstrong, Steph of Past Pleasures, Caroline of Corsets by Caroline. picture copyright Chris Murray

Socialising in the Fourth Quad - the student bar - here's Jenni of Sparklewren, Rosie of Rosie Red, Lowana of Vanyanis, Hannah of Neon Duchess, Liz of Elizabeth Armstrong, Steph of Past Pleasures, Caroline of Corsets by Caroline. picture copyright Chris Murray

I feel like i'm in Fame!  Here we have Lucy of Lucy's Corsetry, Karolina of Karolina Laskowska Lingerie, Ian of Whitechapel Workhouse, Roxann of Stitched Up, Gerry of Morua Designs, and that little flash of blue hair belongs to Alice of Videnoir.   picture copyright Chris Murray

I feel like i'm in Fame!  Here we have Lucy of Lucy's Corsetry, Karolina of Karolina Laskowska Lingerie, Ian of Whitechapel Workhouse, Roxann of Stitched Up, Gerry of Morua Designs, and that little flash of blue hair belongs to Alice of Videnoir.   picture copyright Chris Murray

Caption competition?   picture copyright Chris Murray

Caption competition?   picture copyright Chris Murray

So that's Saturday night at OCOC.  I am so happy and so proud that so many friendships and bonds have been made at OCOC.   The next post about the conference proceedings will be all about Sunday, where the photographers and models come out to play!  
 

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