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Here I post about fancy costumes, shows, and fun things.
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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Iva Handfull

Fun snapshots of an outfit I made for my friend Iva Handfull.

Pam Hogg

I recently discovered the designer Pam Hogg. She makes some seriously amazing Glam Rock/Star Woman/Superhero fantasy ensembles.

Spring/Summer 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

For Love of Johnny Wier

My friend Wiggy Stardust is the best kind of wacky. First of all, she goes by Wiggy Stardust. Second, judging by this story, she isn't afraid to grab life by it's disco balls.

On Monday night we attended a party hosted by 42Below. There, she told me of a plan her and her friends had, to drive up to Canada the next day and make a fun mini-vacation trip of finding Johnny Weir. He, being the most exciting/controversial thing to happen to ice skating since the Nancy Kerrigan incident.

It seemed so appropriate that the sparkle clad Ice Swan and Wiggy would someday collide in a vision of glitter, but how on Earth do you just "Pop up to Vancouver during the Olympics, and meet a famous competitor".

I don't know how she did it, but she did. And at least she was clad in a dress and onsie from my collection.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Pea Coat for Mom

Today I made my mom this mod style pea-coat for her upcoming trip to Copenhagen. It is made from an old wool coat, which was pretty outdated (Circa early 90's, and kinda frump-a-dump). After I hacked it up, it's little more fashionable with the high collar and yellow satin piping.

My brother is a painter (www.jefrescott.com), so I took one of his works which had been printed on canvas, and sewed it into the lining. Just a little added touch of love.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Von Stratton in Australia

I made this for my adorable friend Holly-Anne. She lives in Melbourne with her man Adam. I met them in Shanghai when we were there for the M on the Bund 10 yr. anniversary party. They're in a band called Mink Engine (http://www.minkengine.com/)
I can't wait to see pics of her in it!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Something Very Interesting is happening in Sweden

This morning I stumbled across this website for Naim Josefi. A designer at Beckmans in Stolkholm, Sweden. I just had to share some of his work. His website is here:

Sunday, February 21, 2010

$ Little Man Money Suit $

I made this adorable Money Suit for my nephew.

Dolla Dolla Bills Ya'll!

It' a two piece set. A collared blazer, and a set of pants.

A Leigh of another kind

Leigh Bowery was most noted for his outrageous outfits in London during the mid 80's and early 90's. I first heard of him when I saw the documentary WigStock. Here, this heavy-set obscurely masked drag queen lip lynched through a song, jumping and dancing while at it. Then 3/4th the way through he lays on a table set in the center of the stage...and births out a grown woman in a nude body suit.

I was floored. Who is this? What is this? And WTF?

He was a massive presence. And outrageous personality. An innovative costumer. Grotesque. Bizarre. Outlandish. FABULOUS!

My homage to Leigh:

Long Live McQUEEN

When I was 17 I didn't know much about fashion. Sure, I'd been in enough High School musicals to know my way around a costume closet, but most of my greatest fashion moments occurred in the Value Village thrift store by my house. I barely knew how to sew, let alone anything about the billion dollar fashion industry.

One day that all changed. With this album cover:

(Bjork in Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Haute Couture)

I'd never seen anything so bizarre and otherworldly, as well as inspiring and beautiful. This singular image sparked an instant love of both the designer Alexander McQueen and the artist Bjork. From then on in, I could not get enough of either. I knew that I may never be able to afford Mcqueen's exquisite creations, but that perhaps I may be inspired by him, and hone my skills as a seamstress to create spectacular visions for myself.

Some of his most brilliant work was for Givenchy Haute Couture in the late 1990's. Unfortunately I am unable to find images of his collections for the House from this time. It was his Cyborg Blade Runner inspired show, with it's TRON-esque bodysuits that blew me away as an aspiring designer.

I remember the season when his models evoked the eerie beauty of ghostly pirates shipwrecked on an island. Models dressed in distressed black frocks hinting of 16th century design, then livening the show with full and fantastical silk dresses in the bright colors of tropical parrots. When I saw this, my jaw dropped, and I knew if ever I married, this would be my Dream Wedding Dress.

Always one to shock and awe, Mcqueen was a true master in the fashion world. Whether you liked what he'd done or not, one thing was for sure; His craftsmanship was impeccable.

(McQueen SS 2005)

There are those out there that believe the fashion world is a ridiculous, silly, and superficial place. Well, yes, sometimes it can be. But we all need clothes. Eventhough the shirt you're wearing might be a $2 purchase from the second-hand store, it was once a carefully thought out plan of a designer. Fashion is the one media accessible to every person in the western world. Anyone can choose a daily ensemble that best represents how they want to portray themselves. That's the joy. Anyone can do it.

As a designer you can be as wild and creative as you want, but ultimately it boils down to "Will Anyone Buy This?". It's tough as a designer to find that line of staying true to your vision, but also needing to create something marketable in order to perpetuate the funding that allows you the means to keep creating. Where is the happy place between the humanity of creating art, and the Capitalism lifeblood of the fashion industry?

From the interviews I've seen, Mcqueen, a down to Earth guy from a working class neighborhood in London, pondered this issue as well. I can only hope that he felt in his heart, that he was staying true to himself.

(McQueen F/W 2007)

(McQueen for M.A.C 2007)

I would like to think that Lee Mcqueen was the kind of person you could buy a pint, and easily share a laugh with at the pub. His "punk" sensibilities made one feel that eventhough his creations were well out of most peoples price range, that he was still always playing for the underdog. Rooting for society's outcasts, and showcasing unconventional beauty. I hope he knew about all the designers (from aspiring to established) and artists he influenced and inspired through his 20 year career. He made the world a more beautiful place.

One thing is for sure, yours truly owes a debt of gratitude for his influential work. Life might be quite a bit different for me, if Lee McQueen had never existed.

(Bjork in Alexander McQueen)

(Bjork "Who Is It" video)


This past Summer was super fun.


From The Atomic Bombshells show: A Nightfall in New Orleans

(Images by Christopher Nelson Photography, Video by Golden Echo Films)

Debora Spencer Photography

What happens when you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday afternoon, drinking Mimosa's in a friend's studio, with a suitcase full of fun outfits? MAGIC!

A Dress in 3.5 hours

Some of you may find this entertaining.
Here's how I get ready for an evening.