OCOC15 special guests and contributors
We are incredibly excited that our very special guest for OCOC 2015 will be Europe's top Show Girl and Burlesque Performer, the Fabulous IMMODESTY BLAIZE!
Immodesty has performed for A-list audiences all over the world. Been crowned Reigning Queen of Burlesque at the Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame and produced her feature length documentary 'Burlesque Undressed'. She has also had two successful novels published and regularly appears as a presenter or guest on TV and radio.
At OCOC this year, Immodesty will be delivering the after dinner talk on Saturday night and she will also be judging a competition! OCOC15 attendees are invited to design a corset for Immodesty which when made, will be modelled by Immodesty, and professionally photographed. The winner will be chosen on Sunday 30 August. An amazing opportunity and wonderful addition to any corset makers portfolio!
Mr Pearl, corsetiere to the stars and all of the Paris couture houses
Over the last 25 years, self taught corsetiere Mr Pearl has made corsets and gowns for all of the top couture houses in Paris including, Gaultier, Mugler, Dior, Chanel, McQueen, Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and many others while his personal client list includes such celebrities as Kylie Minogue, Jerry Hall, Victoria Beckham, and, most famously, the burlesque performer, Dita von Teese. A trained ballet dancer, Pearl started his career in couture at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden first as a dresser and eventually as a costume designer for classical ballet. At the same time he was a denizen of the London club scene, acquiring the alter ego of Pearl, re-christened Mr. Pearl by Isabella Blow. During this time, Mr Pearl met Leigh Bowery who introduced him to Thierry Mugler and the rest is history!
We are delighted that Mr Pearl has agreed to join us for OCOC15 and will be giving a talk about his years in Paris working with all of the top fashion houses.
Barbara Pesendorfer is the owner and designer of the Austrian label Royal Black Couture & Corsetry.
With a master's exam in traditional tailoring, dressmaking and historic costumes for screen and stage, she founded Royal Black in 2006 and turned it into a full time business in 2011, after working as a costume designer at theatres and for several Austrian designers for a few years.
By now Royal Black is a well established name in the corsetry market and Barbara's creations are known for accurate craftsmanship, opulent decoration and innovative techniques like lasercut and handmade 3D ornaments.
Barbara has specialised in bespoke corsetry and extravagant couture commissions for clients from all over the world and her biggest passion is to explore new techniques for corsetmaking and decoration, to experiment with new patterns and lines and to push the boundaries of old trades with new technology.
IAN FRAZER WALLACE
Fashion artisan Ian Frazer Wallace has designed for a broad range of fashion companies in the commercial sector, designing everything from sportswear for high street brands through to eveningwear and his own clubwear brand. However his passion for creation succeeded his love for design. In the early nineties celebrated Spanish metal couturier and corsetiere Manuel Albarran, mentored Ian in the traditional artistry of corset making. Ian went on to commence an eighteen-year career at the helm of Selfridges fashion workroom, where he perfected his skills for fit, form, fabric and construction.
Ian’s passion for preserving traditional English craftsmanship is his driving force, and is evident in all of his creative work. He has created corsetry and luxury commissions for many of London’s innovative designers, from Bora Aksu through to Ziad Ghanem and more recently headed up the Couture team for the inspirational brand Sorapol. He was also one of the founding members of the wearable tech company Studio XO. He has also worked as costume maker on the Disney remake of Malificent, and more recently Cinderella. In addition to this, he is chief costume maker for international burlesque star, Miss Immodesty Blaize.
In his capacity as partner at The Whitechapel Workhouse, Ian now wants to focus solely on creating costume and couture for the industry, and creating a positive environment in which to mentor clients in clothing construction and the importance of craftsmanship in fashion.
Fiona Pullen is the owner of popular sewing website The Sewing Directory, a directory of UK sewing businesses and courses. She is also the author of Craft a Creative Business, a business guide which reached number one in the Starting a Business chart in Amazon. Fiona is passionate about business, and in particular SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). Attracting over 70,000 visitors a month to her site, more than half from Google she will demystify SEO to help you attract more visitors to your site or blog.
In my seminar I will explain the basic principles of search engine optimisation in laymen’s terms. Helping attendees understand how a few simple changes to their site can help increase their website traffic hugely. Increased levels of relevant search engine traffic will lead to more sales and course bookings building your income without having to pay someone hundreds of pounds to do the SEO for you. I’ll show you that SEO is not as complicated as you think.
We have a late addition. We're delighted that Autumn Adamme of Dark Garden Corsetry & Couture will be returning this year. Our special guest last year, she gave us a fabulous after dinner talk. This year she's back to hold a workshop for us.
At the forefront of modern corsetry, Autumn opened Dark Garden in San Francisco in 1989. Since then she’s gathered a famous client list that includes Dita Von Teese, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Osbourne and of course legions of loyal, if less famous customers. She truly is the godmother of modern corsetry and has a wealth of knowledge and experience she's allowing us to benefit from.
We now have two years under our belt, read all about them over on our press page
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