Blossom Corset is part of the Gold Corset series. In Blossom Corset James imagines the corset which opens like a flower. This fashion accessory inspires James because it has a long history and has always been controversial. Corsets were worn by women — and sometimes men — in the Western world from the 16th to the early 20th century, although corset-like garments appear as early as 1600 BC.
The corset – a garment with a rigid bodice that incorporates boning and is laced together in order to shape the torso – has a controversial history. Today, corsets are still worn by enthusiasts and as part of fetishistic, cross-dressing and burlesque practices; and while they may no longer be part of the average woman’s everyday routine, they have never truly disappeared from fashion.
Theme: Flowing Muse
Series: Gold Corset
Title: BLOSSOM CORSET
Date of completion: 2009
Place of realisation: Paris
Signature: FACE Acronym (sjs) bottom left - BACK James Arax
Mixed technique: Gold pigment, glue, white acrylique
Support: Linen canevas
Size: 25,59inx36,22in 65cmx92cm
Format: M -P30
Area: 0,59m2 Height: 0,92m Width: 0,65m