It’s not everyday that you come across a designer with a unique design concept. Kali Ogle of Lady Waisted, Hand Made Designer Corsets, based in the U.K., is one of those rare and talented designers. From fabrics like silk and wool to polka dots and fur, Kali has revived one of the oldest and most beautiful pieces in fashion history while adding her own modern touches. Like the bustier, corsets are a classic and timeless style choice that looks good dressed up or down. I caught up with Kali and she took time out of her busy schedule to fill us in on a little more about her, her fashionation with corsets and more.
Where are you from?
I am from Yorkshire, England
When did you fall in love with fashion?
I had an interest in fashion for as long as I can remember. I’ve known that I wanted to study and work in fashion since I was 12 years old.
How did you become interested in designing corsets?
I studied costume design at university where I got to try on an original Victorian corset. They were so beautiful. I decided right away that was where I wanted to focus my attention.
Does the history of the corset or history in general inspire your designs?
I love history and I think it’s a good idea to look back at the orginal corsets for inspiration. Most of my designs are made to a modified Victorian pattern as these still give the best curves.
What aspect of fashion history are you most fascinated with?
The social aspect of fashion fascinates me. If you look back through history, fashion always reflects the social feeling of the time. During the French Revolution, peoples need to distance themselves from the rich meant that fashion became simpler then it had been in centuries. Again in the 1920’s, the role of women in society dramatically changed. Along with the social change, their clothing, dresses, and hairs styles became more masculine and the corsets became less rigid.
Do you know any interesting facts about the history of the corset?
The more you read about the corset the more interesting it becomes. Many people do not realize that men have been wearing some kind of corset just as long as women! In the 18th and 19th century particularly, it was fashionable for men to have a slim waist and they used corsets to achieve this.
Your corsets are so beautiful. Does it take you long to make one?
Each corset takes around 2-3 days to make, depending on how complicated the design is.
What was your participation in London Fashion Week like?
My Corsets were used in a catwalk show at Fashion TV’s Crystal party. I was honored that such a well known and respected show had decided to showcase my corsets. It was very exciting to see them on the catwalk along side some other great designers.
Does a certain era of history or historical figure inspire you.
My favorite era in fashion history is the Rococo period (mid 18th century). It is one of the most extravagant and colourful times in the history of fashion. The Kyoto Costume Institute has a fantastic collection of Rococo clothing.
Are your corsets easy to care for?
Lady Waisted corsets are very easy to care for. By following a few easy steps such as dry cleaning your corset and storing it by hanging over a plastic hanger (metal hangers may stain the fabric) a well made corset will stay in great condition. If you look after your corset well it will last for years.
Can you tell us about facshion?
FaCshion was a great experience. It is a small trade show held twice a year in Spitfields, London. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet other designers and talk to people in the fashion industry.
Which of your own designs are your favorite?
It is difficult to choose! I think I would have to say the maids corset. I think it is very sexy. I have a new range coming out in the next couple of months and there is an elegant polka dot corset with a plunging neckline which is definatly one of my favorites.
Who is your favorite designer?
My favorite designer is Thierry Mugler. His designs are beautiful and almost theatrical.
Do you make other things?
I make a lot of different things. In my new range I have wedding and prom dresses. I’ve also started designing and making lingerie but this will not be available until later this year.
What is your blog about?
I really enjoy researching and writing my blog. It allows me to write something I’m passionate about and learn a bit more on the way. It is mainly about the history of fashion and the corset. I keep it updated with fashion news and it is also where you can find Lady Waisted.
Are your corsets comfortable?
If a corset is well made and properly fitted they are very comfortable. In fact, I often wear one while I’m sewing as they give such good support.
Which are your most popular designs?
I would say that the silk corsets are the most popular. I put a lot of time into finding beautiful and unusual fabrics.
What are the price ranges for your corsets?
Prices range from 140-350 pounds.
Do you ship to the USA?
I ship worldwide and shipping is free.