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Victorian Choice: Civil War, Period Clothing, Lolita and more!

Above: Marie Antoinette styled rococo gown made by Victorian Choice. A perfect follow up and addition to our previous rococo garments article.

Victorian Choice, based in Redmond, USA,  specializes in designing and making historically inspired dresses and gowns. Whether you're looking for a Victorian dress, a Civil War gown, a Renaissance, Lolita or  even other costume for your themed ball, wedding or event, you've come to the right store. The dresses are beautiful dresses and will  transport you to another time and place. Good thing they are also affordable and have a rather large catalogue to choose from. Some blouses and dresses would fit perfectly also for Steampunk or Gothic lovers as they include gorgeous bustle skirts and period pieces. They make all sizes from XS to XXXL They design their own dresses. The reason that the pictures here appear watermarked is so you know that these are made by  Victorian Choice and no other, so we respect the watermark, as they have claimed some other non licit sellers to use their pictures to sell their gowns. They even have some white models that would be lovely for an alternative bride.

Above Renaissance Velvet Regal Queen Period Dress Collared Ball Gown Reenactment. I love the standing ruff of this one :)

Above: striped gothic gown, somehow it reminded me to Tim Burton´s Sleepy Hollow :)

 


Above: Victorian French bustle dress. Perfect also for Steampunk lovers.

You can also network in

Victorian Choice Official website

Victorian Choice Official facebook page

Below: Civil Wall Southern Belle styled gown

 

Talismana Designs: urban tribal style, wearable and "fantastic"!

Based in USA Talismana  Designs is a eclectic collection of handmade clothing and accessories that ranges from fantasy-elvish pixie wear to steampunk and dystopian fantasies. :)  They have a store in etsy, and the best description I can make is that you visit the site and surf among the listings. They have lovely steampunk bloomers  (some even daring for burlesque lovers) and bustle skirts, pixie-elvish wear and even tribal and fairy jewellery :) It has a fusion "vibe" ongoing in the entire collection.

Above: steampunk victorian bustle skirt belt (it ties to the waist) and matching bloomers). This one in brown but also available in other colours like green (for absynthe or green fairies)

I absolutely fell in love with this adjustable  leaf pocket belt. It looks so pixie-elvish and so useful too :). Or maybe it is because I've been a bit obsessed with greens and earthly tones lately and I keep on losing my keys too, :) bookmarked! They have also other utility belts in other colours and moods, in blacks or more steampunk-ish brown :) They also have fairy skirts and earrings with organic shapes, some inspired in fossils or plants. Very organic and faery-like.

 

Bellow some examples of their accessories.

I loved these earrings, it's a mix of an unfurling fern and ammonite fossil.

Above super-amazing necklace with raven skull replicas. I like the fact that they use replicas and not real bones. Perfect for costumes of sorcerers, very tribal and pagan looking :)

They also welcome to network in their facebook page at
www.facebook.com/talismanadesigns

 

Miss Violet Lace: High quality cosplay wigs

Miss Violet sale is a store specialized in cosplay wigs and extensions. At Miss Violet Lace you will find high quality wigs, hair extensions and hair pieces. Indie, scene, emo, cosplay, hipster and lolita styles. She has listings in Ebay and also in Etsy. Crafter Krista Komis can alter and redesign by hand Cosplay wigs making them look so natural. I found a lovely selection of natural colours, I particularly loved all the shades of red from auburn to ginger she has listed but she also gets into lolita and pastel coloured japanese style (kawaii!!!!).  Also some lovely ones with shades of blues and greens if you are more into "mermaid" mood. Some natural looking, and some strikingly daring :)

Above: long curly luscious brown wig with golden accents, perfect for a medieval or renaissance princess! :) <3

Above: Spicy Ginger Lolita wig, curly and natural looking. A perfect fit if you want to cosplay Merida from "Brave" movie. (check our article about Merida)

She has some lovely hair extensions too, in different hues and colours, synthetic fiber or human hair, curly or straight, you pick what you want, like these lovely mermaid curly extensions (human hair) perfect for mermaid or dryads. And also some "bangs" clips with colour blends that are super cute (for girls like me that don't dare to cut a fringe)


You can network with Miss Violet Lace in facebook for new products announcements, special offers and more.

 

 

She also has a  youtube channel showing proper care of the wigs and even how she alter the stylings of some of them.
Other Miss Violet Lace networks
Instagram:
@missvioletlace (http://instagram.com/missvioletlace)

Twitter:
twitter.com/missvioletlace

YouTube channel (wigs, hair, beauty + more): 
youtube.com/missvioletlace

 

 
 

Abstractika Art Work Tribal Pixie and fairy wear

 

Above: pixie petal fairy skirt  made by Abstractika perfect for fairies, pixies, elves and bellydancers :)

Here we come again with a lovely addition to our "fairy-pixie" wear collections. :) Note that this is my favourite clothing because it's not only for fantasy costumes but also to bring fantasy costumes into your daily wear :). I am Spanish so I found delightful to see they're based in Castilla y León (in my own country). Etsy site has listings in English though encouraging international purchasing. So today we feature a lovely shop called "Abstractika Art Work". All clothes are hand made to order, so it takes some time to ship, though they always welcome contact and there are also some items that are ready to go. The crafter encourages contact to check availability on the different products, jewellery, accessories and clothing listed.  Skirts, dresses, long and short sleeved tops :) Have a look and enjoy!

 I love their pointy skirts with that ragged and ethereal look. I also like the palette of colours of their collection, most of the items are restricted to earthly tones,  mossy greens and browns perfect for elves and forest dwellers. It has also a tribal eco-friendly vibe as usually this kind of clothing has :). 

 

I love this pixie dress that you can order in different colours. :) Green or brown would be lovely :)

They feature too a quite large selection of accessories and necklaces made out of gems and embroidery in different colours. And they are gorgeous. An example below.

You can also network with Abstractika Art Work in facebook 


 

 

Lotus Moon: comfortable, pixie, urban, tribal fairywear

 


Lotus Moon is a store that specializes in wearable comfortable daily wear but with a pixie-fairy touch to it.  If you are a free spirit, like tribal clothing or simply want to be an urban fairy in disguise, this store has a super large catalog of clothing that ranges from long medieval dresses to coats, jackets, skirts and all you could need to fit your wardrobe with this style of clothing, and most importantly at reasonable prices. I need to have at hand a few pieces to make a further statement about the quality but in the pictures it looks nicely and in fact I love some of their green and brown dresses and tops, with those pointy, ragged pixie looks. :) So I've definitely bookmarked them to investigate further.

Still here are some examples and you have the link above, to get lost in their list of products which is overwhelming diverse in Lotus Moon

Above: simple fairy corset: I loved it in green and brown, very affordable and I think they're perfect as base  if you want to customize it.
Below: cyber-pixie black top with white lining and a pointed hoodie. Daring, sexy and still fantasy-like :)  The kind of things I love for my daily wear.

Above: white chemise/dress with fluted sleeves. Also available in other colors. I particularly liked the green, white and brown. I think it works great as undergarment to put a cincher or corset on top. :)

Another lovely coat in green. I want it! aw!

 

CLAMPCLAMP: Shoes for fairies and mermaids

ClampClamp is a store based in Thailand that crafts lovely sandals with leaf and seaweed patterns, deliciously comfortable and looking. All the designs are original and inspired in the shapes of nature  what provides them an earthly and organic look designed to enhance the beauty of the foot shape. From lovely ivory whites (for alternative brides) to browns and greens, both for women and men. From lotus, seaweed to gingko leaves, with natural colors. The shoes are made out of leather the sole is made of rubber to prevent slipping.  ClampClamp takes  inspiration from different Asian cultures, mixing Japan's eye for detail and craftsmanship with Thailand's free-spirited nature.


 

Above:  Jack and the Beanstalks knee high model.

Comfortable and beautiful to look at. Perfect for fairies, pixies, nymphs and other fantasy creatures ;-)

Below: delicate ivory white leather sandals with petal and organic shapes.

 

ELFIC WEAR: Unique clothing and props for fairies, pirates, elves and steampunk lovers

Unique and theatrical fantasy garments designed by crafter and also model Elfic Angelic (who models in many of the pictures that showcase her catalog). Elfic Wear is a fantasy clothing brand based in Portugal that ranges from Elfic and LOTR  to Steampunk and even historical recreational garments.  Each piece is handmade and unique and shows her devotion for fantasy and her thorough care for details. Clothing and accessories of exclusive design that will be the perfect unique touch to your fantasy garments.

There are already to ship products listed in  Elfic wear Etsy store but she also encourages contact if you want to commission an unique piece or a replica of one of the items that have been already sold (never quite the same but in similar fashion).

Do you want to be an elf roaming in the forest?

Above: Elven leather armour. All accessories and clothing by Elfic Wear.

Do you prefer to be a Steampunk airship pirate?

 From the forests of a Lord of the Rings landscape to the gears and steam of a retro-futuristic setting, the shop is also a journey through different worlds and fantasies, and show also the chance to see many of the pieces worn by the designer herself (who I may say is gorgeous!) alternative model Angélica.

You would do well in networking and add Elfic Wear to your facebook favorites too. They usually make give-aways  to engage their fans and I may say I was myself the PROUD WINNER (yes random and fairly, so I'm real prove they work)  of one of their give aways. I chose myself a fur green vest and gauntlets, that you can spot in this picture of myself.

Above: me wearing green gauntlents and fur vest won in Elfic Wear contest. More pics of myself wearing it in my tumblr.

Hmm I feel tempted to go for the matching green leather pocket belt :) which I may say it's very "greenpunk" too :) with those little terrarium pots.

 

Tartan toppers: sumptuous fantasy headpieces and hats

Above: Headpiece inspired in "The Great Gastby" with ostrich and peacok feathers and  flapper 20´s style with feathers

Workshop based in the Highlands, Scotland, Tartan Toppers is a delightful collection of sumptuous and glamurous  mini-hats, fascinators and headdresses from the glorious Highlands of Scotland, what's not to inspire. Combining different high quality materials like velvet,  feathers, ribbons, beads and adornements and also up-cycled materials, rendering pieces that are one of a kind and of very original design. From tribal, Art Noveau, flappers (roaring 20´s) to high couture, the selection shown in the store shows  the love and pride of the crafter reflected in each of the pieces that are hand-made.

I love the luxury yet sometimes slightly beautiful decadence of all the items.

There are also "lace" masks in white, cream and black. They look luscious and mysterious.

Below: There are also some pieces inspired in popular movies like The Hunger Games. Below you can see a headdress with orange monarch butterflies based in Effie´s character in "Catching Fire". These are not replicas but reinterpretations and you can find them also in different color options.

 

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Above: Art nouveau Mucha inspired floral crown, headdress/headpiece with giant red poppies, roses, feathers, leaves, berries and the most sumptuous tassels.. Very romantic with a distinct early XX flair.

 

 

Dressing up like Daenerys from Game of Thrones

 

Ok, ok! Don't kill me! I've not seen  Game of Thrones  HBO hit tv series or read the fantasy  books! :) And I'm a lover of fantasy but I've simply not stumbled upon it yet :) Still I get tons of requests about making an article about this character :) who I also get lots of comments from my own listeners that I look alike (well I wish but I don't think so) so I made a little research :). It will be improved for sure but hope it helps our current readers to gather some ideas to attempt this cosplay with success :)!  

 

For the wig I particularly like one that is available from Lockshop wigs as a "premium" item, it's a bit pricey but it looks soft and rather natural.



There are plenty of wigs styled for this character available in etsy and ebay too, all ranges of prices and qualities. It is worth to have a look to ebay for Daenerys wigs listings. 

The etsy store "Pungo Pungo" has several gowns, attires and accessories of this character custom made and some even ready to ship, like the following

Above: Daenerys Targaryen Qarth Gown. Custom made Khaleesi costume with belt and beads.

Above: Dothraki Khaleesi leather cosplay made of leather and suede by Pungo Pungo 

 

 

Below: Replica of the light gray  Daenerys Wedding dress (with brooch) made by "The Iron ring" shop that  makes replicas of tv and movie attires. The shop has several others items related with Game of Thrones. 

 
Rearding complements and jewels there are also listings in etsy and ebay. 
Below some useful videos to arrange your hair and make up as Daenerys
 
Ravendarkcreations sell a set of a fully painted dragon that is rather realistic (custom coloring can also be ordered). The sculpture is made of resin  and of high detail. You can also purchase from them a cheaper unpainted version if you think your skilled enough to custom paint it yourself. 
 

If you want to add props you can also add some dragon eggs like these handmade by Lakoindecaori shop
 

 

 

Adanegra: wearable pixie/hippie fairy wear

 

Below: My favorite dress of Adanegra, reminded me in color and shape to The Dark Crytal´s Kira´s dress. I feel seriously tempted to get this one. 

 

Adanegra is a lovely and little company and workshop based in Galicia (Spain). You can visit their official website at adanegra.com.  Official website is in spanish but it is very easy to surf and use the shopping cart and there's a contact form if you have any doubt.  They sell out of Spain within countries of the European Union, if you don't belong to the European Union contact them first.  They also have safety policies in the site and a 10 days return guarantee for each of the items.Their trademark and logo is a cute black cat that is in every piece in a way it fades when you first wash out an item. It has a rather large, vibrant and colorful collection of jumpers, dresses, skirts  and even complements. They are made of cotton and hand-dyed and it's highly recommended to wash by hand.  All items are handcrafted with Adanegra´s own design and each piece is unique in pattern and color-combination.  Very useful as urban fairy or pixie ear, looks comfortable and cozy as well as edgy, eco-friendly and very fantasy-like. For mythical creatures that have to mingle in urban media from time to time. The dresses and skirts sometimes combine different layers so it's also fit for bellydancers. The whole collection has also that "rough and tribal" finished. I remind that as they're hand-made the result of each piece is "exclusive" and unique.


Above: Cozy  Pixie-hoodie jumper. Made in hand dyed cotton. 

Above you can check some of their actual catallogue in this youtube video showreel

You can also network reading their blog (spanish) http://www.adanegra.blogspot.com.es/

and/or network with the crafters in facebook  https://www.facebook.com/adanegra.taller?viewer_id=524443054

Below: another lovely long dress in yellow-green with different petal layers