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Created in 1989 by proprietress Autumn Adamme, Dark Garden has established itself as an integral piece of San Francisco's local culture, and is internationally recognized as a leading corsetiere. We are the go-to corsetmaker of burlesque icon and tastemaker Dita Von Teese. Our men's and women's ready-to-wear and bespoke fit corsets and ensembles are each individually handmade on-site in our San Francisco boutique, guaranteeing the highest standards of quality. Dark Garden corsets are designed to sculpt and support the body, without sacrificing comfort.

Our ready-to-wear line fits exceptionally well because it is based on the averages of the thousands of custom corsets we've made over the decades. Each year, we make hundreds of corsets and dozens of custom ensembles, personalizing each style to match any body, identity, purpose, and aesthetic taste you can imagine. Our years of experience in designing for such a wide array of people means we know how to create the most flattering line and bring your vision to life.

We have two expert designers in house, proprietress Autumn Adamme and associate designer Kalico Delafay, who work with each client on an individual basis to create the outfit of their dreams. Kalico Delafay also designs our Dollymop ready-to-wear line and is an exceptional milliner and accessories designer.

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How I cater to Offbeat Brides

Every corset created by Dark Garden is individually handmade, which allows for a high degree of customization. As a member of San Francisco's vibrant queer, burlesque, and fetish communities, we have an open door policy at our boutique. It always has been and always will be our policy to assist all customers: we love to build corsets that express our clients' individuality. As we make both standard fit and bespoke corsets, we can adapt your design ideas to fit a range of budgets.

Contrary to the commonly held belief that ready-to-wear corsets don't fit on "real" bodies, our unique patterns and variety of ready-to-wear styles fit exceptionally well on a wide range of sizes and shapes. Our boutique staff are trained to fit the styles from our ready-to-wear line on any body, and we can execute minor alterations on these styles to personalize them to your unique form. Many of our brides pair a ready-to-wear corset with a custom skirt. Bespoke corsets and ensembles utilize individual consultations and multiple fittings to ensure exceptional fit.

No look is too "out there" for us; no body too big, too small, too busty, or anything else. We promise to see your wedding theme carried through your gown with panache. Our design work runs the gamut from classic to gothic, elegantly fey, steampunk, and Burning Man-esque. Our historically influenced designs range from elegant Victoriana and Baroque styles through to chic 1940s-esque looks appropriate to an Old Hollywood screen siren. While Dark Garden's collection of tailored-inspired corsets is a wonderful fit for butch and genderqueer brides and grooms, we also have a lot of experience with traditional foundation corsets and classic white wedding ensembles. Through the dozens of wedding looks we make each year, we've also gained practical knowledge of interacting with mothers-of-the-bride and mothers-in-law to help ensure your dressmaking process goes as smoothly as possible.

If you're looking to support a wedding gown purchased elsewhere with a corset, our Risqué line makes for an elegant foundation piece – and a striking addition to your trousseau. Who doesn't love beautiful lingerie under a beautiful gown? We have made many low-back corsets to replace a strapless bra under strapless gowns. Corsets offer excellent bust support and create a far smoother line than any strapless bra can, not to mention great back support on a long day. Well-endowed ladies often find that corsets offer more comfortable support than the pressure of a bra. The adjustable fit afforded by corset lacing, in addition to its carefully balanced shaping, actually makes for a much more comfortable (and shapely!) experience than the all-over squeeze of stretch shapewear.

"Their work exceeded my expectations. I couldn't be more pleased with my ensemble. I was not accustomed to wearing a corset, but it was so comfortable, I could have worn it even longer! I was also surprised at how reasonable it was for a wedding dress." -Dorian

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We love our Offbeat Brides! Purchase any corset from us and receive a free handmade thigh garter for your toss. Just mention this offer when you're picking up your corset and we'll show you our array of currently available options.

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Dark Garden brides have been featured on the Offbeat Bride blog over a dozen times! From traditional to tattooed to transgender, we've done it all.

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