Maya Hansen Queen of the Corset

Hello all,

I’ve been looking through websites, trying to find ways to improve my Elegance blog by introducing you to some MODERN corsetry, and I found this corset maker called Maya Hansen.

After looking at her work for only a few minutes I fell in love with her Marie Antoinette vibes (LOL) and fabulous sense of colour so decided to put some of her corsets on my blog.

Maya Hansen was born in 1978 in Madrid. Maya’s father was Argentinean and her mother was Danish. She graduated with honors from CSDMM (Centro Superior de Diseno de Moda de Madrid).


During the early days, Maya was conceived as a ‘gothic’ brand and got retailers from all over. Maya began to consider herself a corsetiere in 2006. Now she focuses all her time on corsets as the main garment in her collections. Maya tries very hard to be better even when she’s at the top, and now spends all her time studying fabrics and styles as well as making corsets. She also works through fair trade with all her fabrics.

Maya sells all her products through her website which I urge you to look at (The link is below.)


Heres some of her corsets

and heres her website if you would like to see some more. She also creates fabulous dresses. I know what I will be wearing to the Oscars (he he)


Click ‘read more’ to see the gallery of Maya’s corsets...

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Haute Couture Lingerie

Hello everyone,

I’m on a run here with what women wear ‘under’ their clothes since I went to the Elegance Exhibition at Killerton House, so I thought I would share with you some of these artistic knickers made by two sisters called Lisa Z Morgan and Melanie. These two girls have not just made underwear, but they have made offerings to the goddesses of our world, sort to speak.

They have made each one of their pieces original and beautiful, each differently so.

They own a company called
Strumpet and Pink. Each masterpiece is made out of the finest materials. Silks, Satins, Netting, Seed Beads and chiffon.

Throw all these together and they hardly make art! you might say. But the sisters don’t throw these together, they
mold them!

Click ‘read more’ to see some of their work. Don’t forget to check out their website in the link above!


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Elegance Exhibition - Killerton House, Devon


Today I went to a costume museum exhibition. It was hosted by the
National Trust at Killerton House in Devon, and was called ‘Elegance’. It was great fun. I learned many new and interesting facts. And got to try on some 150 year old underwear…


Did you know pregnant women about 150 years ago had to wear corsets? And when they got too big to wear one they were put into confinement.

Did you know that in the 20's it was popular to have the figure of a man? If you had curves you would get things rather like bandages to tie your breasts down?

I met a very nice lady called
Shelley Tobin and I talked to for at least an hour. She is a curator at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, and was very helpful. She is obviously very passionate about her job and it was nice to talk with a person with such shared interests.

I am very happy that I went and have many souvenirs to show for it, including pictures of me in corsets and an under dress (pics coming soon).

Now I'm going to go through a few things I learned with you:


This is a stay busk.

It helped to make the breasts stay in place. It was a popular gift a man would give his female lover as a token of love. If he did that he would often have carved it himself. These days I think a girls parents might be a little anxious if a boy made her something to keep her breasts in place.

My theory is that one of the reasons women wore bustles is it made them less self conscious about how fat their bum's were, just my opinion.  


They also made people look bigger boned which was the fashion. Because if you were fat you had food to spare.


To make the bustle look bigger they used hip pads.

The corset crushes the diaphragm, liver, kidneys and bladder making it so girls had to nip to the loo quite a lot. Since children from a young age wore corsets its believed it stopped people from growing properly.


Also because it squished the body so much it altered how the body functions and made for a shorter life. If you wear a corset for a number of years it starts to twist the spine and make the bones easier to break.


Note: if you wear a corset long enough you start to get thinner even without wearing one.

My review on corsets:

All in all, I think corsets are works of art, though they were made to imprison women and shorten their life span. I am glad the world is finished with hardcore corset wear. And I hope it never comes back. But I respect the love of pretty underwear, which I share and can see why people think corsets are so amazing.

If you are near Killerton please go, its so much fun!

I enjoyed it and I think you would too.


Cosplay Girls... Fashionista or Tart?

The Cosplay Girls


Ideas on The Cosplay Girls by Chanya Pepper

Many people share the obsession of dressing up and taking photos of themselves, often basing their outfits on a certain character they saw in a comic, anime or manga. There is an ongoing debate on whether these girls are artists or tarts...

Today I’m here to share a small gallery of these girls and my amazing opinion...and maybe a few psychological views!

In order to truly understand Cosplay you must be a girl. As a little girl you have a fantasy. A fantasy to be a princess, a fairy, an angel, a mermaid, and a damsel. As you get older you try to suffocate that urge and eventually it shrinks... smaller and smaller in the mind...until you hardly think about it anymore.

Some cultures promote the princess, fairy, angel, mermaid damsel.... phenomenon. And this is the Japanese culture. A mystical culture were men can wear pink without getting teased and girls can live in the luxurious fantasy called cosplay.

These girls aren’t tarts. They are simply girls dressing in the way they wanted to since they were small children; it’s a love of luxury, if anything. It’s a freedom of fashion and they are attacked for it online.

Some of their stuff can get pretty...ummm...French. But that doesn’t mean they are thinking what you are thinking about that.

They are some of the most creative people in the world and most of them make their own costumes. Many of the Cosplay girls spend all the money they earn on wigs, contact lenses, and fabric.

Not to mention cameras....

I hope I have helped you understand the cosplay girls more....

Do have a look through the Gallery.

Yours truly

Chanya Pepper




Looks like a Vampire hunter/ school girl


Pretty n’ P!NK


Tecno Hacker


Emo wif P!nk


School girl heart


Smexi spaceship attendant on the vampire country flight in the fifth element


River Woman






Emo Cuteness


We are like... um what’s that word? oh yea cool


Final Fantasy


I’ve been collecting hair things since I was two Happy It’s a hobbie!


Angel in... Corset?


Lets pretend we don’t know they are taking a picture of us.


Sunshine Lolipops n’ Rainbowz


Wickedly cool witch of Japan


And then there were three....


Dear lord send me £10000000000000


Gossip of the Frilly’s


Love, Angel, Music, Baby and.... Oh yes Gwen


I think I need some eye lash curlers....


Aren’t we just the cutest tourist magnets?

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Is vintage cool? Many young girls have asked this.

Well, Personally I think that vintage is.... GREAT. As long as you follow a few rules.

1. Don’t go over the top. Vintage is good as long as you still keep it modern have some vintage shoes and an old victorian belt and a little summer dress that everybody has been talking about. you will look awesome.

2. If your going vintage do the real thing. There is nothing like a person who waists their money on corny plastic **beep** excuse my french.

3. Don’t get the 500£ original 30’s evening gown then get a person to alter in to a mini dress. That makes you look like you’re trying too hard to be sexy or hot. Because it make’s people think ‘God what a little tart.’ ....
Just trying to be helpful.

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Here’s an example of a woman of sheer style and grace imagine that one dress is now one of the most well known pictures of all time...

Oh and Vintage isn’t the only thing out there. Be like Coco Chanel and make your own fashion.


yours truly

Chanya P.

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