I’d followed Hopeless Lingerie’s adventures in creating beautiful lingerie for around a year before I purchased this piece, the Olivia harness. One of the many reasons I admire Gabrielle Adamidis’ work is due to her making the most of what she has at her fingertips. She mentions in an interview that she is limited by living and working in Melbourne, Australia, she doesn’t have as much access to a wide variety of wholesale trims, so most of her collections are black, but she works with those problems to create collections which look effortless, chic and are very comfortable.
“…I use black trims a lot because it is all that is available here in Australia to purchase wholesale. So this black edging and framing that runs through a lot of my work is more than just aesthetic.”[Fig3]
Gabrielle sources her elastics from Japan – high quality satin elastic is one of her most commonly used trims in her harnesses, and some of the softest I’ve ever found.
As Hopeless Lingerie is a small (very small) brand, their materials are commonly sourced wholesale from the country of origin.
The satin elastic began it’s life as a polyester and cotton blend, which was woven into the satin elastic. Next it would be dyed, black in this case, and after this it would be folded and stored in boxes until it would be purchased, and shipped to Melbourne to be received by Gabrielle.
From then, after my order had been processed, Gabrielle would cut and assemble the elastic for the harness, and within 6-8 weeks it was dispatched, flown to the UK and delivered to me in north wales via the Post Office sorting office in Chester.
Fig 1 & 2. – Hopelesslingerie — Olivia Harness. 2014. Hopelesslingerie — Olivia Harness. [ONLINE] Available at:http://hopelesslingerie.bigcartel.com/product/black-satin-elastic-olivia-harness. [Accessed 10 December 2014].
Fig 3. – Hopeless Lingerie designer Gabrielle Adamidis: “…it is okay to talk about sex.” | conversations with bianca . 2014. Hopeless Lingerie designer Gabrielle Adamidis: “…it is okay to talk about sex.” | conversations with bianca . [ONLINE] Available at:http://conversationswithbianca.com/2012/09/07/hopeless-lingerie-interview/. [Accessed 10 December 2014].
Fig 4 & 5. – Instagram . 2014. Instagram . [ONLINE] Available at:http://instagram.com/hopelesslingerie/. [Accessed 10 December 2014].