Frequently Asked Questions by Clients

Here you can find a list of frequently asked questions about Skeleton Key Couture and the range of products and services I offer. If you need something clarified, feel free to ask questions.

Do you have a physical store or studio I can come to?

Skeleton Key Couture currently functions as a home studio business and visits to the studio by clients are by appointment only. My studio is situated in the south of Johannesburg, South Africa.

How long does it take to get something custom made?

Orders take a minimum of 6 weeks to create but it depends entirely on the project. More labour intensive projects and more hand stitching work will extend the time it takes to create your piece.

I need something urgently! Can you make it for me in time?

Corsets do take time to create but if you need something urgently then feel free to contact me and I'll see if I can fit you in!

Can you copy a design exactly to a picture I provide?

No. I am not a dressmaker but rather a fashion designer which means that I want my own style and perspective to be reflected in my work. This is not to say that everything I create has to be my own ideas, I'm perfectly happy for you to bring some inspiration images for me start from if you would like a custom made bespoke piece to be created just for you.

Please understand that I will not copy another designer's work outright.

Do you offer off-the-rack corsets?

No. Everything I create is custom made to order to ensure an accurate fit.

What sort of corset shaping do you offer?

Skeleton Key Couture corsets comes in 3 different silhouettes. The Arc, the Shell and the Hourglass.

What sort of boning do you use for your corsets?

This depends on the project but I often use a combination of imported flat and spring steel boning. It really all depends on the corset uses/your budget so please speak to me about your intended purpose for your garment.

Do you make products for men?

Yes! Men are most welcome.

I bought one of your corsets, am I supposed to wear it completely closed at the back?

For comfort, flexibility and weight fluctuation reasons, I prefer my corsets to have about a 5 cm gap at the back so I make all of my products in this way. If you would prefer to have a custom made corset with a fully closed back, please let me know!

I love your work! Can I rent it for a photoshoot?

I'm always open to collaborative shoots and film projects so please speak to me about your ideas!

If you are interested in renting one of my pieces for commercial use (music videos, adverts, commercial events etc.) then please feel free to contact me as well.

How about renting for a private event?

Skeleton Key Couture is not a dress rental service. I do not rent out corsets or gowns for events such as birthdays, cocktail parties, weddings or matric dance functions etc. You will need to purchase a garment or have a custom piece made for you.