Author archive for Lowana

  • Pregnancy Corset Photoshoot

    I’ve always been fascinated with Victorian maternity and pregnancy corsets, so last year during my pregnancy I finally had the opportunity to experiment and make one for myself. Whilst I looked to history for inspiration, I decided to design my own “modern hybrid” interpretation (rather than make a replica of any existing extant design). Using a self drafted pattern, spot broche coutil, German synthetic whalebone, elastic and lots of adjustable lacing I was able to create a comfortable, supportive corset that fit throughout the entirety of my pregnancy. Read on to see a gallery of beautiful photos by Yvonne Liew.

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  • Covid-19

    You will find information on this page about how Covid-19 is affecting corset classes and shipping. Each section will be updated as the situation develops.

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  • Maternity Leave and Photoshoot

    2020 has been full of big changes and exciting milestones in my personal life – my partner and I will be welcoming our first baby into our lives in the next few days. We celebrated our impending arrival at 38 weeks (nearly 4 weeks ago now) with a special photoshoot in Wellington with Yvonne Liew. I made myself a maternity gown out of a delicious black floral brocade and made it to fit over a maternity corset that I made for myself during my pregnancy.  

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  • Vanyanís is turning 12 and you’re invited to join our birthday celebrations!

    Vanyanís invites you to our party, celebrating 12 wonderful years. Join us for a drink on arrival, fancy cupcakes, and an exclusive attendee-only birthday sale on women’s fashion, jewellery, corsets, sewing classes and more!

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  • Melbourne Alternative Designers Fashion Showcase 2017

    We had an amazing time and were thrilled to meet many of you at the 2017 MAD Fashion Showcase held at the beautiful St Kilda Town Hall.

    The showcase featured an array of talented independent designers from Melbourne and across Australia, and we were so happy to bring our collection to Melbournians to see and try on in person. The MAD Fashion Showcase delivered an extravagant offering of some of Australia’s talented and innovative fashion designers, daring performances, and varied, entertaining runway sequences. It is always wonderful to see the individuality of the designer shine through in their creations.

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  • Vanyanis designer Lowana O'Shea celebrates the launch of the Ebonique Collection

    Ebonique Collection Launch Giveaway!

    The day has finally arrived and I’m delighted to share with you our brand new website, and the long-awaited release of our Ebonique Collection. To celebrate this historic Vanyanís event, we’ve put together a fabulous giveaway for you, read on to find out more.

    Most of you who follow us will already know how long we’ve been working towards this moment, and I’m so thrilled to be sharing this all with you. I quietly ‘opened up shop to our VIP’s on January 1st, giving them first access to the collection and orders have been flooding in since then.

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  • Vanyanis corsetry. Model: Jessica Louise. Photo © Chris Murray 2015

    Emmeline Corset Couture

    Hello dear readers! I hope this finds you all well? Today I’m delighted to share with you the set of…

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  • Engraved Laurel Corset Busks

    This post will probably most appeal to other corsetmakers, wearers and lovers of history. I’m delighted to share this “corset…

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  • Photo shoot with Morgana in Oxford, UK

    Hello dear readers! I’m thrilled to present the images from my photo shoot with Morgana and Scott Chalmers at the…

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  • Couture Corsetry Photo Shoot with Threnody in Velvet

    It is with great delight that I present to you the complete set of amazing photos from my photo shoot…

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  • Corset Pilgrimage (part 1): Symingtons, Sparklewren and InaGlo

    My two weeks in England were a bit of a whirlwind! I managed to fit in a lot of things…

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  • In Memory of Christine Wickham

    It’s been a little over two weeks since I received a call telling me the tragic news that my friend…

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