HYBRID: Corsets 101: Kink Community Edition with Dark Garden Corsetry

  • Hosted by Wicked Grounds
  • San Francisco, CA -
  • 32 people on the list-

This class will be offered both in person at the Wicked Grounds Annex in San Francisco, and simultaneously as a live, online class offered through Zoom. Please select SF or online tickets when purchasing.

This class with Dark Garden Corsetry will cover the following:

  • Brief History (of corsets, of corsets in Kink, and Dark Garden)
  • Safety in Corsets (including selecting the right corset for you, lacing the body, & aftercare for body and corset)
  • Types of Kink in Corsetry
  • Waist Training vs. Tightlacing


Dark Garden:

Autumn, Dark Garden's founder, initially began selling her historically-inspired designs to friends and colleagues in 1989. In 1993, Autumn realized her true calling and began focusing on corsetry, working with clients ranging from modern brides to San Francisco’s famous court of queers. Options were slim at that time and Autumn knew that if she wanted comfortable and high-quality corsetry, she would have to make it herself!

Dark Garden has had several landmark moments since 1989! After a few moves, we settled into our current location on Linden Street in 1997. In 2001, the standard fit collection launched, and it remains the only corset line based on a true average of modern bodies.

Dita Von Teese commissioned her first Dark Garden corset in 1996, and it was in a Dark Garden corset that she graced the cover of Playboy in 2002, 2015 and 2016 saw a cross-continental cameo collaboration with the famed Mister Pearl.

Supporting uncommon beauty is our goal. That means appreciating the beauty in every single client we meet, and working with you to cultivate a style that embraces your best self. Every size, every gender, every shape, every aesthetic is welcome in our boutique. What we don’t have in stock, we can make. We pride ourselves on the high degree of customization of fit and style we offer in our Made-to-Order corsets, and our Bespoke corsetry and Couture ensembles provide the utmost in custom fit and design.


Seasoned from nearly a decade of working events with Dark Garden, Carynn officially joined the in-house team in 2017. She has managed the flagship boutique since the summer of that year. Carynn explored the kink scene for many years in her home town before moving to San Francisco to join Dark Garden and has been an advocating for and dressing the community ever since.


Shelby has been a designer and sewing artist for 20 years. Through her time at Dark Garden, world renowned corsetier and sewing house, she has been able to combine her love of sewing with her love of kink through corsetry. With so much misinformation available about the safety of corsetry Shelby aims to lift the veil on how to have fun while you safely cinch to your maximum pleasure. With her bratty kink presence, love of flamboyant fetish wear, and colorful personality Shelby brings a unique and informative perspective on the joys of corsets for kink and fetish wear.


Please note: This class is available for free to Wicked Grounds Patreon members who are subscribed at the VIP level ($30/month or higher). If you are a current Patreon member at that level, please reach out to to be put on the guest list. You may select one Kink 101 class per month for this benefit. Want to join? Go to to sign up!

$15 - $35 in advance, or $20 - $40 at the door for in-person attendance.

We offer a sliding scale, so that cost is not a barrier to attendance.

The regular ticket is $25. This is what most people should pay.

The $15 ticket is offered for those for whom the $25 ticket would be a barrier to participation. If $25 is too much, we take your word for it! Just pay $15.

Have a great salary? Feeling generous? Paying at the $35 level allows us to make the discounted ticketing available to others who need it. :)

So - that's it! Choose the level you can comfortably afford.

If cost is a barrier at any point on the sliding scale, please use the Volunteer List at the bottom of the listing to request a scholarship seat.


This class will be taught out of the Wicked Grounds Annex, and will simultaneously be offered as a live, online class through Zoom. You may choose to attend in person at the Wicked Grounds Annex in San Francisco, or online from anywhere in the world!

In SF, this class will be held in the Wicked Grounds Annex. Please note that stairs at the front door are the only means of ingress and egress to the space. Proof of COVID vaccination and masking are both required for all participants. We recommend arriving 10 minutes before the class start time for check in; late check-ins may require you to have vaccination and ticketing verified next door at Wicked Grounds Cafe & Boutique before entry.

Please do not attend in person if you have any respiratory symptoms whatsoever. Anyone displaying signs of respiratory symptoms may be asked to leave, regardless of vaccination status.

Or, attend online anywhere via Zoom! To participate, you will need to download the free, basic version of the Zoom app before the class. This class WILL NOT be recorded and is not available for later viewing. Zoom now provides closed captioning which will be available for this event.

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