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Queen of Ice



Damaris Luhn


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Outline the story …

As a child I loved listening to Hans Christian Andersens "Die Schneekönigin" (The Snow Queen) so I decided to do my own version of this character. The detail that fascinated me the most was the moment in which the little Kay tried to place ice-pieces into the word "eternity" when little Gerda found him. So i decided to focus more on the ice-theme instead of the typical snow-theme approach.
Most of the time Snow Queens are meant to be white so I decided to create one in black, due to her strong and kind of dark character. Vines and thornes underlining the twisted and wicked mind of hers. The corset is covered in ice-crystals, like there were freshly fallen and little icedrops hanging from the vines to soften the hard look a bit and give it something delicate and divine.
Overall I wanted to achieve an elegant but cold and unapproachable look, a true "Queen Of Ice".

Outline the construction…

I feared cupped corsets for years and never find the courage to finally make one my own. But as this years entry, I thought it would be the time.
The pattern of the corset is selfmade and fitted to a friend of mine. It was an overbust corset which I redraw to a cupped corset with the help of Barbara Pesendorfers Cupped Corsets Tutorial on Foundations Revealed. Sadly I never had the opportunity to fit it to her, due to the current times.
The corset is made of 7 panels, the cup has 5 pieces. The moiré is fused to a soft coutil and also fully lined. It is boned with spiral steel and straight steel in the front and back. It has a modesty panel but for photos on the mannequin I always remove it.
The beads are sewn on by hand, some tiny Swarovski-crystals are glued in between them to give it even more sparkle. The vines are made of PU-leather and they have a wire inside to keep them in form.

This piece was a true challenge, skill-wise and also for my patience, to be honest. But I am proud I finally did a cupped corset and am quite happy with the result.




  1. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 11, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    This is perfection, hands down! the mix of beads and studs and that shiny black fabric! I don’t know which part I love more :O

    • Avatar Damaris Luhn on March 13, 2021 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you so so so much Kitty <3

      • Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 15, 2021 at 10:24 pm

        And your modelling and photography game is on point <3 I wish I could make as crisp a finish as you do- I cannot see any flaws on your gorgeous work!

        • Avatar Damaris Luhn on March 20, 2021 at 1:24 pm

          Oh thank you so much, it actually was hard for me in front of the camera to be honest 😉 I knew the job isn’t easy but now.. well I prefer beeing behing the lense 😉
          You are so sweet, and if you ever have a question, please just ask <3 And I hope someday we can actually do something together, I would love that so much <3

  2. Avatar Mary Jo Ernst on March 12, 2021 at 2:53 am

    Beautiful details ! Love the scattered beads down the center front

  3. Avatar Stef McKnight on March 12, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Really love the conceptual swapping of colours from the typical snow queen colouring – it is dark, sumptuous, and frigid all at the same time.

    • Avatar Damaris Luhn on March 13, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you Stef, it means a lot to me. Love you for saying that, really, I was unsure if anybody could really see the “Snow queen” in a really dark and twisted design, so I am glad and happy that you do <3

  4. Avatar Meri on March 12, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Simply I love it, the details, the shape, moire fabric… lovely!

  5. Avatar Maria Jones on March 12, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Just gorgeous! I love how you did the vines. You really did get that cold, ice queen quality across. The black eyelets are a lovely extra touch

    • Avatar Damaris Luhn on March 13, 2021 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you, thank you, thank you. Love that the cold and icy vibe came across, even if it is a black design 🙂

  6. Avatar Carol Hughey on March 13, 2021 at 7:14 am

    She is definitely and ice queen. You nailed the character and your details and execution are exquisite.

    • Avatar Damaris Luhn on March 13, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you so so much! I am so glad the character and those cold vibe came across even if it isn’t snowy design 😉

  7. Avatar Mandy Pursley on March 14, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    So creative! I love all the details with the crystals, spikes and vines that really evoke the essence of the character. Bravo!

  8. Avatar Marion Brégier on March 16, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Such beauty ! I will keep looking at it a bit more, it soothes my heart <3

  9. Avatar Amanda on March 19, 2021 at 1:26 am

    This is so gorgeous!! All the details are really stunning.

  10. Avatar Carly Van Groeningen on March 19, 2021 at 11:10 am

    This is absolutely stunning! Beautiful work in every way.

  11. Avatar Phanuel Jagna Levinsen on March 20, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Holy….. This is amazing. The upward-fading crescent, the droplet beads…. and of course the silhouette…. this is gorgeous.

  12. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 23, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Damaris! I always love the shapes you create– beautiful job! And the use of the moire black fabric with the undulating shapes of the vinyl vines makes it almost seem as if this darkness has live and movement even with the trembling frost taking over. Fantastic job!

    • Avatar Damaris Luhn on March 27, 2021 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you Maeri, so much, for your kind words and seeing the meaning behing the design. Much much love to you <3

  13. Avatar Kikkii von Fustian on March 27, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Beautiful design and well done execution! I’ve been fearing cupped corsets as well, haha. You did an amazing job, I’m in love with the beading design especially <3

    • Avatar Damaris Luhn on March 27, 2021 at 11:01 pm

      Thank you Kikkii for your words!
      Cups actually frightend the hell out of me, hehe, but if you have a well fitting overbust corset, the tutorial from Barbara Pesendorfer will help and guide you through it. Still a lot of work, yes, but worth it & you will learn so much. So go go, you can do it!!!
      And yes, currently I love beading, there is still so much I want to try and so much to learn 🙂

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