In September of 2014 I had the pleasure of interviewing the ever-beautiful and talented corsetiere behind Vanyanis: Lowana O’Shea. I have a lot to thank Lowana for: she and the late Christine Wickham had personally launched a fundraiser to allow me to attend the Oxford Conference of Corsetry that year, and Lowana let me tag along during much of our adventures in England!
As filming interviews was not permitted on location in Jesus College, this interview was filmed in our hotel in London about a week after the Conference:
0:28 You’re looking very glamorous today, what exciting things did you get up to today before this interview?
1:05 How did you come up with the name Vanyanis?
1:35 How long have you been in business, and how did you come to love corsetry?
2:27 What is your favorite part of the creative process?
3:10 (Showcase of one of Lowana’s couture overbust corsets with over 3000 Swarovski crystals!)
4:38 What is your least favorite part of corset making?
5:20 What do you see in the future of your business? What are your aspirations for Vanyanis?
You can find more of Lowana’s work on her website, Vanyanis.