The Bad Button started in a museum. That is to say, the idea of the company that would become The Bad Button was born in the world of vintage textiles and museum costume collections. In the way that it is difficult to separate the painter from the painting, its difficult to distinguish where the aesthetics Alisha Martin brings to her work end, and the actual product begins.
Fascinated with textiles and museum artifacts from a young age thanks to a rather bohemian upbringing spent in the museums of Europe, Alisha found herself gravitating to jobs in museums. Due to many serendipitous jobs in museums with great costume collections, she was able to pursue her passion as well as her profession.
Before ever attempting her first corset, Alisha studied extant museum garments for years to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of historic construction techniques. Interpreted through the lens of modern tools, her corsets echo the corsetry of the past while allowing for a range of modern bespoke finishing. With such labor-intensive techniques as beading and hand-stitching, custom pieces can be confections of wearable art or starkly elegant.
Coupled with this emphasis on aesthetics is Alisha's initial training in human anatomy, focusing specifically on the skeletal system. Academic training and lab work contributed to her understanding of the body. By focusing on not only the desired shape, but the body's structure, she focuses on the maximum comfort as well as reduction. By working with the clients physique, rather than against it, the skeleton isn't compressed and results in a feeling best described as a comforting hug.
Finally, after five years of research and practice, The Bad Button came to be as a professional corsetry studio in 2010. Catering to clients around the world, The Bad Button provides the custom art garment experience.
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