The Caves of Faith

The Magao Grottoes (Thousand Buddha Caves) sits at the cliffs of the Soughing Sand Hill about 16 miles southeast of Dunhuang in the Gansu province of China. It is an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road.

It was first dug in the year 366 AD and kept evolving for over a millennium. The caves house over 2400 colorful clay statues and 4500 square meters of wall paintings (murals). These grottoes contain the most beautiful Buddhist inspired artwork in the world. If you are a traveler, these caves should definitely be in your top ten places to visit.

Waking up to photos from a client is one of my favourite things ever! These are so beautiful and I thank Susie Vavoom and Olena Sullivan for letting me share these with you. Here, the beautiful Susie poses in her semi-custom longline with matching embellished garters and deluxe covered bra.

Model: Susie Vavoom
Photo: Photolena
Corset, bra, garters: L'Atelier de LaFleur

Here’s what Susie had to say about her experience:

“As a first-time corset buyer, I wanted to invest in a corset that would shine on stage. Mina’s counsel, expertise and beautiful finished product took my vision to the next level.  The detail and care she demonstrated - from ruffled garters to the magnificent contrast casings, to the delicate bows - it truly brought a smile to my face. I love it! I look forward to collaborating with Mina on future projects. ”
-Susie Vavoom


Wedding Dress


This fashionable red silk gauze dress was a bold choice for a wedding. It was worn by Monica Maurice (1908-1995) for a quiet marriage to Dr.Arthur Newton Jackson (1904-1985) at the Chapel of Our Lady on Rotheram Bridge in South Yorkshire on 18 June 1938. Monica was an independent and unconventional woman who in 1938 become the first – and until 1978 only – woman member of the Association of Mining Electrical Engineers. In addition to her passions for racing cars and flying, she loved to wear striking and stylish clothes. For her wedding she chose a feminine day dress in her favourite colour, a rich ruby red. The sheer dress was worn with a matching artificial silk slip and contrasting deep blue silk belt. She wore a floral wreath with a shoulder-length veil. Although her headdress has not survived and is only visible in black-and-white family photographs, her veil seems to have been either red or blue to match the dress.

For the bride conditioned to think in terms of a traditional Western white-wedding, red is one of the most daring alternative colours. However, in many non-Western cultures, red is traditional for wedding garments. It is often worn by Hindu and Muslim brides, and for Chinese and Vietnamese brides the colour represents good luck.