Photo courtesy Matthew Alexander
As beaded bodices take their turn on the bridal fashion runway, local corsetiere Larissa Boiwka is offering her own take on this feminine fit, designing one-of-a-kind couture corsets. The Columbus designer behind Wilde Hunt Corsetry unveiled her first bridal collection last month at Big Rock Little Rooster in the Short North-a mix of beaded, handmade leather over-bust and under-bust corsets. The collection is not meant for off-the-rack purchases, Boiwka says, but to show brides the versatility (and comfort) they can have with a corset made specifically for their body. "Everything is customizable," says Boiwka, a self-taught corsetiere who's been selling her corsets since 2007. "My hope is not to make a standard collection, but to show what's available." This means a fully personalized design, from beadwork to color to even material (she loves experimenting with fabrics and antique lace); as well as a fit that is uniquely you. Boiwka takes nearly 20 measurements to ensure the fit is just right. Her corsets are lined with steel boning that's molded to fit each channel she creates-this means not just perfect sizing, but also no wrinkles.
And keep the corset's versatility in mind, Boiwka adds. Pair it with a large skirt for the ceremony (seen here with a Badgley Mischka skirt from Big Rock Little Rooster), then give it a party look by changing into a sleeker skirt for the reception. Or even pair it with jeans as you make your exit. And then, of course, there's always its post-reception potential as a sexy piece of lingerie. "You're going to get the best look, and the best hourglass figure," says Boiwka, who has clients fitted clients across the country. "Corsets are the ultimate feminine symbol."
Corsets start between $400 and $600 for a simple design, and can range upward of $1,500 for more complex work. See part of Wilde Hunt Corsetry's bridal collection at Big Rock Little Rooster, or visit WildeHunt.com for more information. –Beth Stallings