An Intimate Gallery

by Marina Rybak
societys-corset-insideIt was a seductive discovery, when I stumbled upon the art of Tamar Stone. I have never seen anything like that before. Fascinated, I reached out to the artist immediately. Once the connection was established, I proceeded to journey into the Corset Work world of one-of-a-kind handmade books, created with vintage corsets, girdle paper advertisements and lingerie salesman manuals from the years past.

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Society’s Corset: Hints to A Fashionable Lady © 2007 Antique salesman sample girdle with net trim, satin ribbon and vintage corset lace. Machine Stitched, cotton embroidered text.

As a photographer and a filmmaker Tamar naturally stepped into the realm of bookmaking. Her inspiration emerged from the personal history of wearing a corset/ brace herself due to spinal curvature … Read more


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By Marina Rybak

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I had a rare opportunity to visit the Antonio Ratti Textile Center at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and explore its renowned hand-made lace collection spanning the period of five centuries. The masterpieces of so called “lost art” are unmatched in beauty and their unique aesthetic is an integral element of the lingerie design narrative. Underscoring this connection, I became a supporter of the Center’s Lace Fund. Naturally, I was drawn to the artistic expression of Katherine Mangiardi, contemporary New York artist who is fascinated and is inspired by hand-made lace.

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According to Katherine’s “Artist Statement” she recreates “intimate portraits” of lace. Her enigmatic style expands from the realist to the ethereal. Her source of inspiration is both … Read more


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by Marina Rybak
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I fell in love with Place des Vosges the moment I entered the majestic square in the historic Marais district in Paris. It was love at first glance. I felt right at home and soon after I found a flat, I called my own, just few blocks away on Rue St. Gilles. Hardly missing a day, I spent most of my mornings at Ma Bourgogne, a local café, nestled under the arcades on one of the square’s corners. Dreamily I would gaze into the gardens in the center of the square, intending that “if I ever would want to experience heaven on earth, I would live on Place des Vosges”. Naturally, when I had my first encounter with a Vosges chocolate … Read more


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It’s The The Power of Cleavage…

By Marina Rybak
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100 movie poster bookThe race is on! The highly anticipated Arts and Entertainment Award Season is here. The frenzy of the ceremonies is heating up and the self-proclaimed authorities of the best and the worst-dressed lists are jamming the communication channels, fighting for our attention.

Just in time I stumbled upon a “palate cleanser” at the Rizzoli Bookstore, a recently published hardcover book –100 Movie Posters: The Essential Collection. Penned by the world-renowned vintage poster expert Tony Nourmand, the book is a carefully edited selection of visually spectacular images, reflecting the best in the cinema poster art and design.
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Bra history buffs and enthusiasts would be happy to learn that The Outlaw provocative, censorship-defying poster from … Read more


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By Marina Rybak

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I was only waiting for the right moment to highlight one of my inspirational influences – Edward Steichen (1879–1973), a 20th century artist, renowned for his groundbreaking photography. His iconic Chantilly lace-veiled portrait of Gloria Swanson is one of my favorites.

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As an award-winning horticulturist with an experience in combat aerial photography Steichen once stated that he was “a painter first, last, and all the time” and photography was “only a side issue”. But it is a fine artist behind the lens, who excelled and captured a worldwide fame.

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Steichen’s images reflected a true original, versatile and prolific in his expression. They ranged from the natural world to celebrity portraiture and fashion, unified in a similar poetic grace.  A master sensualist, he … Read more


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By Marina Rybak

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When I embark on a new design adventure, it is the artist in me that leads the way. As one of the first steps, I often enjoy the tactile experience of assembling a collage of inspirational images, as if I am constructing an art piece. For intimate apparel, I focus on the environment, seeking out the image of that ideal bedroom and the sumptuous bed in it. This will spark the mood for the collection to come. The essence of lingerie begins in bed.

I used to escape into the bedding department of Takashimaya department store on Fifth Avenue just to pick up the right vibes and maybe, that special gift for myself. I would immerse into the setting where a beautiful … Read more


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