Larissa Boiwka is an artist and corsetière who resides in the beautiful, historic Olde Towne East district of Columbus, Ohio. Primarily self-educated, she has studied corsetry, couture beading techniques, many fabric arts, and traditional clothing pattern making. She also teaches many classes on bead embroidery, historic hand embroidery, jewelry making techniques, and fashion design at well known institutions such as the Columbus College of Art and Design and Byzantium (a jewelry and art gallery). Her degree is in Anthropology from The Ohio State University where she studied Archaeology and ancient Mesoamerican, Near East, and local Paleo Indian cultures. This background surfaces often in the themes she uses in her work for her fashion label Wilde Hunt Corsetry, as she draws a lot of inspiration from ancient cultures, mythology, and folklore.
An experienced corset-wearer, she began making her own corsets for fashion and evening wear because she was tired of seeing the same mass-produced corsets everywhere. After many years of intensive study and practice, Larissa eventually started taking commissions for custom corsets. With each commission she takes, Larissa tries to push herself and her skill set just a little farther in order to create truly exceptional custom leather corsets. Larissa is a recent recipient of a Greater Columbus Arts Council grant, which she used to create a collection of genuine 23kt gold corsets that were inspired by the Art Nouveau movement.
Her work has been seen on PBS, Oddities (Science Channel), and has been featured in many internationally released music videos.
You can see a PBS video documentary of her work here:
Wilde Hunt Documentary
For commission inquiries or to see more of her work please visit:
Wilde Hunt Corsetry