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An ethical, luxury, black, white and red, organic corset collection. The culmination of the project will be a fashion show event.
An ethical, luxury, black, white and red, organic corset collection. The culmination of the project will be a fashion show event.
21 backers pledged $3,005 to help bring this project to life.

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Imagine a black and white scene of glamorous women, lounging in luxurious robes and corsets, wearing fancy stockings and draped in cascading necklaces. That is the feeling of the next Rachael Reichert fashion collection. I will strictly tailor the torso into the shape that I desire and contrast that structure with freely flowing robes. The result will be elegant luxurious glamour.

Thread Lace Corset- Peace silk, organic cotton and thread lace, 2011

Collection Details

Black and White Ruffle Corset- Organic cotton, 2011 

After the success of my Living Doll House Collection, I intend to evolve the aesthetic to a collection of lingerie; corsets, robes, garter belts and loungewear using black, white and red, luxury, organic and eco fabrics. This collection will also include necklaces. Each item in the collection is ethically made in my studio and is a unique, one of a kind piece. The fabrics used are mostly organic or vintage and most of the trimmings are handmade or vintage. The culmination of this project will be a fashion event, showcasing my clothes, that will take place in Ithaca NY.

Black and White Ruffle Corset- Organic cotton, 2011 

My clothes make women feel glamourouspowerfulsophisticated and alluring. When women wear Rachael Reichert designs, they are transformed into radiant creatures with infinite confidence, for whom the world bends. These clothes empower women and encourage a culture of looking beautiful and feeling beautiful. It is especially poignant to produce these clothes in Ithaca, where there are fewer fashion alternatives than in the large cities. By having local women wear my clothes around town and by having fashion shows and events, I am doing my part to make the city more fun, exciting and glamourous. My outfits are also a chic, upscale, alternative to the usual, casual, eco clothing. They are for women of the world, wanting to dress ethically, but not wanting to sacrifice their style. 

Most of this funding will go towards buying fabric. This money will also help me be able to work on the collection full time. All the remaining funds will go towards the promotions and costs of the fashion event that I will be organizing. If I am overfunded I will be able to afford better fabrics and create more of my designs.

The clothes from the collection will be available to buy at the fashion show. Afterwards they will be for sale on my Etsy Store and at my studio on the Ithaca Commons.

Ethical Material Details

Black and White Lacy Halter Dress- Organic cotton and thread lace, 2010 

All clothes will be constructed out of eco fabrics such as organic cotton and peace silk. Most of my cotton is made of “100% organic cotton grown, woven, and dyed according to Global Organic Trade Standards in India”. Most of my silk is “100% wild silk. Wildcrafted or semi cultivated in India. The fibre is pulled out from the cocoon after the moth has emerged, and hand spun. Handwoven in villages of rural India”.

Corsets have many parts to them besides the fabrics. I use at least 24 flat and/or spiral steel bones in each corset, as well as vintage twill tape for the bone channels and waist tape, aluminium grommets, lacing and a steel busk.

Eco friendly corsets are a rarity in the world; I am one of only a few designers who create eco corsets. Because of the nature of how tight corsets have to be, the fabrics need to be chosen very carefully for their structure or else they will stretch out when worn. There are very few eco fabrics that meet those standards.

A new feature that I intend to add to this collection is locally handmade bobbin lace. The Tompkins County area has a small community of lace makers who I will be able to afford to buy from if I am fully funded. I will also continue to use my own signature handmade thread lace seen in all previous collections.

Close up of Thread Lace Corset, 2011

Unfortunately it does cost extra money to buy ethical materials. The fashion industry has spent a long time exploiting men, women and children for underpaid or forced labour, bringing the common price of clothing way down; A benefit to some at the expense of others. I am trying to make clothes with a clean conscience, and that is an expensive undertaking.

Preliminary Timeline

Making the pattern for the Thread Lace Corset, 2011

This campaign will end in January and if it is fully funded, I will receive the funds by the end of January. As soon as that happens I will buy all the materials and supplies needed to create this collection. In anticipation of that time, I will prepare by starting to create the patterns for the clothes I will be making and choosing the models for my show.

All of February and March I will be holed up in my studio, sewing away on my vintage sewing machine, making all of my wonderful creations, every day and night. Tickets to my fashion show will be sent out at this time.

I hope to be completed with this project in early April when I will have photo shoots and my big fashion show event in Ithaca. The date will be based on venue availability.

Throughout the rest of April and May I will complete and send out the rest of the Kickstarter rewards.

Rewards

Pirate Necklace- Garter straps, chains, beads and other found objects, 2011

Some of the rewards are similar to the items I gave out for my last Kickstarter, but these ones will all be new to match the new collection.

Lady Athena: Articulate Paper Doll- one of the rewards from my last Kickstarter campaign, 2011 (now available to buy on Etsy!)

With the exception of the ticket to my fashion show, all rewards will be sent out after the collection is complete.

Any rewards from the $300 category or higher are made to fit and I will contact each supporter to either collect measurements or have you come to my studio for a fitting. 

Designer Info 

A label, fabric heart, and scissors at my sewing machine, 2011

This is my fourth collection to date, and with every piece I make, my fashion design and construction skills improve exponentially. Each collection provides challenges that I eagerly overcome. 

I have been sewing since I was a child, but it wasn't untill high school that I realized fashion was what I wanted to pursue as a career. At that time, I was making duct tape clothes, showing them in local galleries, selling duct tape wallets and purses in local shops, and taking on commissions for duct tape garments. I've come a long way since then. Studying fashion at Central Saint Martins in London and working in the fashion industry refined and developed my skills and I am now confident enough to sew luxurious, sophisticated, clothing out of fine fabrics. I'm 100% committed to continuing my fashion label as my full time career.

The first corset I made, 2005

Funding this project is not just helping me create a fashion collection, it is investing in the future of the Rachael Reichert label, empowering women to dress ethically and glamorously.

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Thanks for taking the time to look at my project page!

The Living Doll House Exhibition, 2011

The Living Doll House Exhibition, 2011

The Living Doll House Collection, 2011

The Living Doll House Collection, 2011

The Living Doll House Collection, 2011

Living Doll House Collection, 2011

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