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02/11/2014 06:40 pm ET Updated Apr 11, 2014

Vintage Lingerie: Playful Ways to Wear a Corset, Pannier and Merkin

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Photography by Travis Geny, modeled by Alina Phillips, art direction, wardrobe styling and floral designs by Jill Mason, and Kate Rutter for HART, fashion designs by Rio Wrenn, hair and makeup by Janelle Hayden, Owner of 'The Prettiest You'

Vintage lingerie can sometimes be too delicate and frumpy to cause a huge heat wave in the bedroom, ballroom, boardroom and/or even the closet for that matter.

However, art directors, wardrobe stylists and floral stylists, Jill Mason and Kate Rutter for HART (WeAreHart.com) in Portland partnered with raw textiles designer Rio Wrenn, model Alina Phillips, hair and makeup stylist Janelle Hayden, Owner of 'The Prettiest You' to create a unique, and lighthearted way to wear this vintage look.

Let's find out how their artistic enlightenment transformed vintage frumpy into an electrifying coquettish fantasy.

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Photography by Travis Geny, modeled by Alina Phillips, art direction, wardrobe styling and floral designs by Jill Mason, and Kate Rutter for HART, fashion designs by Rio Wrenn, hair and makeup by Janelle Hayden

Mason and Rutter say:

The idea was to use elements from the history of costume like the crown, corset, pannier (side hoops), and merkin (a pubic wig) in a new and playful way.

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Photography by Travis Geny, modeled by Alina Phillips, art direction, wardrobe styling and floral designs by Jill Mason, and Kate Rutter for HART, fashion designs by Rio Wrenn, hair and makeup by Janelle Hayden

We wanted to take away the restriction and discomfort of garments from the 16th - 18th century and give birth to a fun, and flirty look. Adding the fresh cut anemones, which symbolize unfading love, reinforced to playfulness and kept the look fresh.

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Photography by Travis Geny, modeled by Alina Phillips, art direction, wardrobe styling and floral designs by Jill Mason, and Kate Rutter for HART, fashion designs by Rio Wrenn, hair and makeup by Janelle Hayden

Wrenn says:

The corset is a wood front corset from 1860. It was made with vintage cotton lace and backed with cochineal dyed silk, part of my 2011 Collection. The Pannier Phillips is wearing is made with steel banding and silk organza. It was made to go under skirts but has been shown in this format for visual interest.

Hayden says:

I love, laugh and paint beauty into all I see. So, when I was told that a soft, organic romantic vibe was the photo shoot theme, I became super excited. I really wanted to capture the look and feel the creative team was going for, so, I chose a natural appearance to allow Alina's skin, and facial features to tell that story.

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Photography by Travis Geny, modeled by Alina Phillips, art direction, wardrobe styling and floral designs by Jill Mason, and Kate Rutter for HART, fashion designs by Rio Wrenn, hair and makeup by Janelle Hayden

How did you achieve such an effortlessly chic look?

Okay, here are a few of what I call, "Hayden's Tried and True Beauty Tips" that make magic happen on the human facial canvas:

  • MAC's strobe cream to moisturize the skin and give a subtle glow
  • MAC's 224 brush to apply all shadows which included 'Dazzle light' on the brow and inner corners, 'Naked lunch' on the lid and some 'soft brown' in the crease
  • I smudged rich ground gel liner from MAC into Alina's top and bottom lash line then covered it with MAC's 'all that glitters' to soften the look, and blend it all seamlessly
  • Alina's lashes were lightly covered in L'Oreal's voluminous mascara in carbon black, as I am in love with this mascara
  • The foundation used was Face Atelier's #4 then lightly contoured with MAC's contour powders and for her lips I lightly lined in MAC's 'Boldly bare' lip liner, and MAC's Myth lipstick

I applied everything with a gentle light affect to achieve a tender subtle glow that did nothing but enhance her natural beauty. Alina's hair was nimbly touched with Enzo Milano's one-inch wand, all curled softly away from her face and tousled with Euforas 'Piece works', another favorite of mine.

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