About this project
Travel back to the elegant past and enjoy an evening of cocktails and dancing with corseted ladies, gallant gentlemen, and meet like minded people.
Enjoy burlesque performances by Perle Noire featuring a custom costume by Lace Embrace, try a dance lesson, be selected for the costume pageant.
Meet Cathie Jung, Guinness World record holder of the smallest corseted waist!
Special guests will be added as we reach our funding goals! Purchase your tickets today!
Have your portrait taken in the Regal Photo Booth.
Be presented to the Royal Court as a Courtesan, Viceroy, Earl or Countess.
Princes, Princesses , Dukes and Duchesses will join the King and Queen for the Royal Dinner in the private dining room.
As you can only pledge once, please be sure to pledge enough to cover all the rewards you desire. Example for 2 $30 tickets pledge $60 or for 3 tickets pledge $90.
Knight or Lady $30 general admission to the Grand Ball.
Earl or Countess $100 includes welcome cocktail in the VIP lounge and ballroom seating.
Viceroy $200 includes 2 premium beverages in the billiards room, Regal Portrait print and ballroom seating.
Courtesan $200 includes a mini-updo and makeup touch-up while sipping a welcome cocktail, Regal Portrait print and ballroom seating.
Prince or Princess $400 includes Dinner with musical performance, Regal Portrait print, welcome cocktail in Royal lounge, Royal Court seating in the ballroom.
Duke or Duchess Gala Weekend $800 includes Dinner with musical performance, Regal Portrait print, welcome cocktail in the Royal lounge, Royal Court Seating in the ballroom, Sunday brunch.
After brunch a private tour of Fashioning the Body exhibit will be presented at Bard Graduate Center. Join Melanie for a private tour through the galleries and learn about the history of undergarments. See rare 18th century stays, men's cod pieces, bustles, hoops and crinolines, Victorian corsets, brassieres and modern underwear. Receive your autographed copy of the limited print book, Fashioning the Body.
Risks and challenges
Our annual fundraising events help to build the Antique Corset Museum and create a unique and enjoyable opportunity for the community to get dressed up and enjoy the elegance of the corset.
Once we have raised enough funds for the museum, we look forward to installing and planning our exhibits. Melanie's collection ranges from the 18th century - 1960 with over 300 antique corsets and underpinnings.
Previous funding from our events has gone towards creating the museum space and building cases for our travelling antique exhibitions as well as permanent museum fixtures.
Melanie has built a business from her devotion to historical corsetry and enjoys designing corsets for the modern woman. The museum brings her full circle back to her passion for antique corsets and sharing in the corset community. It is a dream come true to see the museum become a reality and to work closely with world renowned museums on their exhibits.
The Grand Corset Ball is the first event held in the US and is costly in itself. By fundraising and selling tickets, we hope create a spectacular event, and also bring the dream of the Antique Corset Museum even closer to reality.
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