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The Scroop


scroop [skroop] noun: the crisp rustling or crunching sound of a petticoat (usually silk or rayon) from a fabric-finishing treatment.

The "scroop" at Period Corsets(r) is this:

We've been hard at work since the start of the year preparing for our photo shoot--that's when we document new products, and find ways to inspire you based on our complete line of products. Have a look at the Salon Page for Victorian glamour, based our 1880s and 1890s era garments.

Due to many custom requests, we've added another early corset, the c. 1725 Louisa. The shape is curvy and conical, and can be worn with or without the straps. Our other new garment is the Bustle Petticoat, which goes over our 19th Century Bustle. It includes all the ruffles needed, a cascade down the back which smooths the line of the bustle bones.

We were delighted to be part of the Victoria's Secret 2009 Fashion Show in November. The live show was then broadcast on tv in early December. If you missed it, check out our blog for some images. Fergie, lead singer of the Black Eyed Peas, and several models including Alessandra Ambrosio and Marisa Miller wore custom corsets by the studio. Designer Todd Thomas requested custom underbust styles, mostly in silks, variations on our 19th century corset styles--these were paired with Victoria's Secret bras and panties, plus the addition of draped skirts, fantastic wings, and other embellishments. Check out the web for more images--and if you see anything you like, we'd be happy to make one for you, too!

We've been wanting to share with you our one-of-a-kind items (some are pictured in the Salon) so we've opened an Etsy site. Here you will find interesting and beautiful costume pieces, most inspired by our line of undergarments. Some of these items do not fall under our usual "historic-inspired" umbrella, but all of them are made in our usual style: superior construction with high-quality materials and supplies.

We've also started a blog--visit us at to learn the SCROOP about Period Corsets. We will include our featured product of the month, a monthly special sale on one of our Corsets, Petticoats, Skirt Supports, or Underwear. In addition, we'll post answers to questions from our customers. Call or email us about something you've always wanted to know about historic undergarments, our products, or other costume-related queries; we are happy to share our expertise! We also plan to introduce you to the members of our staff, and give you an inside look at the workings of Period Corsets. Check in a couple of times a month for updates.

In mid-March we attended the annual USITT Conference and Stage Expo in Cincinnati. We had a wonderful time showing our corsets, petticoats, and skirt supports; Becky and Susan presented sessions on notions and draping, respectively. Thank you to everyone who visited our booth and attended our sessions.

Costume and set designer Bob Crowley has loved the "Mary Poppins" story since seeing the movie as a child. The North American Tour of the ever-popular musical now plays at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre. Custom bustles in bright striped fabrics are prominent in Supercalifrajalisticexpialidocious. Bob Crowley is also one of this year's recipients of the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards.

Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California is working on three productions. Various corsets will be part of their upcoming drama group shows including: "The House of Bernarda Alba", "The Seagull", and "The Three Musketeers".

Ford's Theatre celebrated the grand reopening of their theatre, and the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth with a new play, "The Heaven's Are Hung in Black". Costume Designer Wade Laboissonniere's period costumes were called "transporting elements" in the Washington Post review. The women's dresses are supported by 1860s era Julia Corsets, Hoops, and Ruffled Petticoats.

Another premier, "The House in Hydesville", with costumes designed by B. Modern, included mid-nineteenth century Petticoats and Underwear. This play is based on the true story of the Fox sisters and their "haunted house".

Period Corsets are political! In honor of hosting the final presidential debate, Hoftstra University celebrated Democracy in Performance with a day of living history. Cheryl McCarron's costume designs include c. 1860s Julia corsets (undercover, of course).

A set of c. 1860s Julia's complete with Mid-19th Century Hoops and Ruffled Petticoats were part of a dance performing at Canada's Stratford Festival. The new work is "Moby Dick", based on the novel of the same name, and set to Debussy's La Mer. The designer, Dana Osborne, chose to dip the garments a pale grey to suit the mood of the piece.

Our newest corset, the c. 1950s Stevie, was featured in Houston's Alley Theatre production of "The Gershwin's American In Paris". Costume Designer Carrie Robbins chose this corset for its classic mid-twentieth century bust cups and nipped-in waist. The Stevie is now available through our web site.

Designer Anka Lupes requested custom corsets for a production of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate". She designed brocade corsets which combined elements of seventeenth and eighteenth century styles to suit the unique look of this Glimmerglass Opera production.

Our c. 1890s Theodoras are undercover in the Roundabout Theatre's "Sunday in the Park with George", creating the classic late-nineteenth century period shapes. Late 19th Century Petticoats and Sleeveless Chemises from our line complete the look.

The popular c. 1660s Kristina, with some custom design changes, is featured in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The production opened in May with designs by Katrina Lindsay who won the 2008 Tony Award for "Best Costume Design of a Play". The play includes Seventeenth Century Petticoats and Pocket Hoop Panniers for a dramatic, historic silhouette.

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