Designer and owner, Alison Campbell is based in Glasgow. After an original intention to study Fine Art was delayed, Alison trained and worked in Graphic Design. Looking for a more satisfying and hands-on creative outlet, her love of sewing, corsets, vintage fashion, history, burlesque and classic movie glamour all came together and resulted in Crikey Aphrodite.
Alison is a trained bra fitter which makes her eminently qualified to produce corsets for fuller busted women who are not well catered for by off-the-rack corsets. Smaller busted women also benefit from shaping designed to flatter. As so many women of all shapes find it difficult to fit into any off the rack corset fit is the most important (and trickiest) element of bespoke corsetry. She also has a long term love of embroidery and fine lace (perhaps the only person to embroider a poster for her first big college graphics project!) and a passion for fine fabrics. So quality is another huge priority.
Crikey Aphrodite has shown at the Nightwalk fashion show in the Arches in Glasgow, sent pieces to exhibitions in the British Embassy in Moscow and to the Ukraine, been included in the Museums of Scotland Legacy of Lace exhibition in Kilmarnock's Dick Insitute. Alison is also on the organishing team and has taught at the Oxford Conference of Corsetry, an international conference for corset makers.
This next year will see some more exciting projects. August will see the third Oxford Conference of Corsetry and the announcement of some opportunities to attend courses with Alison, both in Glasgow and in Oxford.
Based in Glasgow, my location frequently informs my designs and choices of materials.