A weekend residential conference for corset-makers, by corset-makers.
We get going on the morning of Saturday 26th August and finish up late afternoon on Sunday 27th August 2017.
We have presentations from Barbara Pesendorfer of Royal Black Couture and Corsetry, Laurie Tavan, Marianne Faulkner, Cathering Clavering and Colin Gilchrist. Lots of networking opportunities, models and photographers, a fabric swap shop, and more. You'll also be able to show and tell your work and get a good look at everyone elses (and maybe a try on too!). On the Saturday night there will be a drinks reception "Oxford Style" on the Quad followed by a formal dinner in Hall with an after dinner speaker. The price includes all of this, accommodation, and other meals and refreshments.
The goal of the conference is to promote excellence and innovation in corsetry within a supportive and fun atmosphere. There is no limits of level, you can be an absolute beginner or a seasoned pro. There is something for everyone at every stage.
We are now several years in with even more exciting plans for the future. There are so many wonderful topics to cover... topics that are hard to find help on anywhere else.
Historical Oxford has seen many illustrious and acclaimed names over the centuries. Now it's playing host to the cream of contemporary corsetieres and also inspiring the next generation.
For 2017 our venue will be the beautiful and unique Jesus College which is right in the centre of Oxford. This has been our home since the beginning It's impressive but not intimidating, and very friendly. It's also beautiful, with most of the buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries..
Accommodation is within the college. The rooms are well kept, have all you need and most look out on the quads. Meals are provided and taken in the hall, which is one of the oldest parts of the college. We also have access to other beautiful parts of the college for our photoshoots and reception. There is a bar on site too for the Saturday night. All the teaching takes place in the full equipped conference and study rooms, with all facilities to hand and regular doses of tea and coffee.
You will have everything you need right there and it creates a wonderful atmosphere, and a very safe and secure one. But if you need to pop out of the corsetry rabbit-hole for anything then the centre of the city of Oxford is only a street away (it's easy to forget it's there at times). Also we have the assistance of the wonderful College staff who are there to help with anything, as well as making sure we are well fed and cared for.
2013 - Beginnings
We have grown and expanded since our inaugural year, 2013. It was a resounding success. With workshops and talks on draping, bust fitting, fashion illustration and an embellishment bar. Photoshoots and our after dinner speaker Ian Frazer Wallace and his companion Polly Fey. It was a great start, with more to come.
2014 - Of Birds and Autumn
In 2014 we got to grips with design basics, pattern blocks and grading, and heard all about Sparklewren's bird's wing design. Our special guest was the amazing and inspirational Autumn Adamme.
2015 - Number 3
We knew it was going to be a good year from the start when we got confirmation from Barbara Pesendorfer of Royal Black Couture and Corsetry who gave a fascinating talk involving unconventional and downright futuristic materials. We also had Autumn Adamme back, this time to hold a workshop on pattern matching. And, Ian Frazer Wallace of the Whitechapel Workhouse also came along to go over integral corsetry. We also had the lowdown on SEO from Fiona Pullen and an up close view of Stephanie Selmayr's (Past Pleasures) fabulous collection of antiques.
We were beyond thrilled to be able to host a Q&A session with the incomparable Mr Pearl, a man whom it is every corset maker and enthusiasts dream to meet. He gave us a fascinating insight into the world of couture, with some fascinating tales of a world most of will only ever see from a distance.
And a Dose of Glamour
To top it all, we were wowsed by an exclusive performance and moved by an amazing after dinner talk from Immodesty Blaize! Who wowed us in a gown made by the Whitechapel Workhouse, encrusted with crystals supplied by Preciosa and feathers from Fancy Feathers. All held up with boning from Sew Curvy.A dele
In addition to the main conference, the 'fringe' events expanded this year too. The delegates have had a pre conference dinner every year, but this year it expanded to afternoon tea, and cocktails as many attendees arrive a few days before the conference and make the most of the trip and catching up with old friends and getting to know new ones. We kicked off with a little tea party in the Sew Curvy Cottage, then wound up with an after party in a pub with fabulous pizza. It's lovely to see everyone make a proper holiday of it.
We've had a year off due to renovations within the college. So we've had time to make OCOC'17 even better!
To see what else goes on, have a look at pictures from previous years here.
BANNER IMAGE CREDIT: Corset by Grace Horne modelled by Gingerface Copyright Tigz Rice Studio 2015