A black structured bustier, featuring a cosmic detachable sculpture by London-based sculptor Lea Rose Kara. It's finished with boning in the seams for support, and an exposed black metal zip in the back.
Zia's sculpture is easy to remove, revealing an elegantly cut bustier with a curved clavicle-framing neckline. The sculpture is on four hinge hooks attached to fabric loops. Open the hinges and slide out to wear the bustier on its own, or for washing.
Inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope's 'Pillars of Creation' image, Zia's sculpture is made of sculpture foam wrapped in naturally dyed virgin wool, and cured with resin. The pieces resemble an alien cocoon, budding life encased under a transparent shell. Cosmic hues of deep red and extraterrestrial green are marbled in the wool and strung together with gunmetal chains meticulously linked and attached to four hinge hooks in the side seams of the bustier. Strung like a constellation across the front, the beads become 'alien jewels'.
The Zia Bustier is demi-couture - it takes two weeks to create just one piece.
As the sculptures are made by hand, each piece is unique to the other.
Made in London.
Zia's outer is made from a blend of Lenzing Tencel and linen fibres. Lenzing Tencel is derived from renewable sources and manufactured in a closed-loop system that reuses almost all of the chemicals used. It's biodegradable and needs less land and water to be created than comparable materials. The inner material is 100% recycled cotton canvas, sourced from recycled cotton shirts. The lining is Lenzing Eco Vero viscose satin. As with Lenzing's Tencel, it is made from renewable resources and manufactured in a closed-loop system.
Each bustier is manufactured at a North London-based small-batch production studio. The studio specializes in high-end production, working with many emerging and established designers and brands in the city. The sculptures were made in Lea's West London studio and assembled at our East London space in Hackney Downs Studios.
The process to create just one bustier takes 14 days.
You can learn more about the making of Zia in our Creative Process series.
Model is 5'9, wearing size small.
Our measurements are taken in cm from the products laid flat, from seam to seam.
Our apparel products are shipped in a 100% compostable mailer. After removing the shipping labels, your mailer will decompose after six months in a household compost, or after three months in a commercial compost, leaving no harmful residues behind. Our stickers are also compostable as they are printed with soy-based inks.
Our tissue paper is made of 100% recycled pulp and our comp cards are printed on FSC-certified paper.
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