Meet the team
In 2012 a group of us (Julia, Gerry and Alison plus Jenni Hampshire and Marianne Faulkner) got together to help make Julia's idea reality. In year one we ran the classes and did everything else besides. All busy working corset makers, we began to build a conference we would want to go to. Now as the conference has progressed, we have a core team of three 'Fellows' committed to organising the event, and an ever growing group of associates and contributors, including at times the other two Founding Fellows, enabling us to offer you the benefit of an ever widening pool of experience
OCOC organiser Julia Bremble owns the popular online shop, Sew Curvy, selling a wide range of supplies for the making of corsets, lingerie and general sewing.
From the Sew Curvy Studio in the heart of the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside she also teaches corsetry to both beginner and advanced students. Julia is also the author of a popular e-book on corset making for beginners. As well as the shop, classes and organising the conference, Julia makes bespoke corsetry and clothing under the label "JB Corsets".
With a background in conference organisation, and the hospitality industry, Julia was the perfect person to have one of those 'why don't we do this, instead of wishing for it' moments! And so OCOC was born.
Alison Campbell, of Crikey Aphrodite is based in Glasgow in Scotland.
Alison swapped an 18 year career in graphic design for bespoke corsetry, Inspired by the landscape, history and the city around her and also by classic movie glamour from the elegant 30s to the technicolour 60s. She is passionate about fit and local fabrics, and is always keen to support and promote the Scottish textile industry.
Also a trained bra fitter, she is slightly obsessed by bust fit in corsetry.
Her work has been exhibited in venues as far apart as Moscow and Kilmarnock and is a staple in Glasgow catwalk shows.
After many years based in London we’ve lost Gerry back to Chicago but thanks to technology and air travel. she's as crucial a part as ever.
Gerry has developed a stellar reputation as a corsetiere throughout the years and has recently launched her own studio and showroom in Chicago. Her education is in fine art and fashion design while her experience rages from bespoke design and construction to pattern drafting and tutoring for the fashion industry.
Her label Morúa, specializes in corsetry and gowns that evoke romance, architecture and nostalgic visions of history. Gerry loves helping women look great and feel good with perfectly fitted dramatic heirloom pieces.
Luca works as a designer and costume cutter for theatre productions and films all around Europe. He recently worked as head cutter for the Jaques Audiard film The Sisters Brothers creating the costumes designed by Oscar winning costume designer Milena Canonero. Other work as a cutter include the Showtime costume drama The Borgias creating all the costumes for the role of Lucrezia Borgia designed by Oscar winning costume designer Gabriella Pescucci. For nine years he was the Head of Wardrobe for the Spoleto Opera Festival in Italy and he was a member of the wardrobe team at Shakepseare’s Globe Theatre from 1999-2005, cutting and hand-making clothes for many productions including the award winning Twelfth Night for which he made Mark Rylance’s ‘Olivia’ outifits. In 2004 Luca designed Much Ado About Nothing directed by Tamara Harvey.
He teaches accurate historical cutting and sewing techniques at the School of Historical Dress in London, of which he is a founder member, and at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome along with world famous costume designer Piero Tosi.
His knowledge on historical tailoring and dressmaking techniques have led him to collaborate with museums with important dress collections such as The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, where he lately completed the reconstruction of a Worth’s ball gown worn by Josephine Bowes in
He was also the historical sewing expert on BBC programmes such as Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm.
In 2011 he completed a project with the National Trust for whom he has recreating an 1884 gown of Princess Alexandra.
Luca is a co-author with Melanie Braun, Armelle Lucas, Susan North, Claire Thornton and Jenny Tiramani of Seventeenth Century Women’s Dress Patterns: Book One & Book Two and Patterns of Men Dress 1600 - 1630 for V&A publications. He recently published Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion 5: The cut and construction of women’s bodies, stays, hoops and rumps c. 1600-1795 with Jenny Tiramani, Sebastien Passot, Armelle
Anthony Ladd Canney
Since he appeared on the corset communities on LiveJournal that got so many of us started, Anthony has reached stratospheric levels. He has a rather astounding list of past clients and has become well known for both male corsetry and for stunning ensembles for performers. We are so pleased he is with us this year.
One of our founding team, Marianne Faulkner is based in San Francisco, California. Her line, Pop Antique, specialises in quirky, comfortable, curvy ready-to-wear corsetry. Alongside her focus on sustainable design, Marianne loves to experiment with innovative corset construction styles, including modular and integrated corsetry, and Pop Antique's unique knit corsets. With a strong retro influence, Marianne's vision for Pop Antique is easy and contemporary, not derivative. Marianne was mentored by Dark Garden during her MFA thesis. She continues to work at Dark Garden as a pattern maker and is also a columnist for The Lingerie Addict, where she continually furthers corset education in a way that is accessible and welcoming.
We're delighted that Autumn Adamme of Dark Garden Corsetry & Couture will be returning this year.
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.
Steph’s professional training and qualifications in costume history, pattern-cutting and draping have taken her from California to her native Munich and Paris. She is now based in the UK where her work creating bespoke replica historic clothing for museums, palaces, media and film have gained her recognition at the highest level, including from the V&A. She’ll be joining us again to share some of her extensive collection as well as some of her knowledge. She’s also a very lovely person so we’re looking forward to us joining us again.
Ian Frazer Wallace
Our special guest speaker is Ian Frazer Wallace from @whitechapelworkhouse . Ian has an impressive background, extensive knowledge and expertise in corsetry, fine tailoring & couture. Early on in his career, Ian was mentored by Spanish couturier and corsetiere Manuel Albarran. He also headed a team at Selfridge's, as well as working for many of London's most innovative designers such as Bora Asku, Ziad Ghanem and more! He was our first guest speaker in our first year and we are so honoured to have Ian with us again this year!