Your Fantasy Costume Articles
As some say, one picture is worth a thousand words... and in this case I truly believe so... Just look at the lovely example above... It's dreamy... It looks comfortable, organic, fairy and just out from a dream. LA based Lily Blue Goschen designs are simply mesmerizing and unique works of art, for those looking for exquisitely tailored pieces. Her passion and love for beauty shows in every single piece of the catalogue, so no wonder her works have been featured by well known performers... alas! I wish to be able to perform on one of these myself. :). Lily Blue Goschen´s clothing has a commitment to bring together beauty and quality, combining shapes, lines, waves and fabrics in an intricate way. Some models reminisce medieval patterns with long and flowing sleeves, others are imprinted by an organic nature-based tribal essence, but all the collection feature pieces of delicate and ethereal femininity. The colours are warm, ivory, golden, fragments caught between twilight and sunset... The pictures to showcase the dresses in her official site are equally beautiful. For those wanting to bring "fantasy" not only to a possible performance or convention but for special times like a party or even wedding... being of course, the princess or the queen fairy of the fairytale...
You can also network by liking Lily Blue Designs in facebook.
Above: gross-looking zombies from acclaimed tv series The Walking Dead
As many of you know a Zombie walk is an organized gathering of people dressed like zombies. :) There is no deny that this genre has experienced a golden era and more even after successful tv series like "Walking dead" (hmm not so much after Fear the Walking dead which so far has no zombies at all... well, rant over). The living dead are in fashion, wether for these kind of conventions or for getting ready for upcoming Halloween :) There are some movies I'd recommend too that features different kinds of zombies and different ways to get infected but let´s name a few: 28 days later, REC (Spanish movie), Z nation and of course the "classics" Night of the Living dead and one of my favourite "Dawn of the Dead" and the hilarious spin-off "Shaun of the Dead", a brilliant zombie movie all the same... So if you need some inspiration, start with those!
At least you will need fake blood, LOTS of fake blood, to put stains in your ragged clothing and around your mouth and wounds. These can be found easily in almost every local party store. In ebay you will find fake blood in plenty of brands, prices and qualities.
If you still want to find "the love of your life" in a zombie party (unlikely but well, I've seen stranger things) and not wanting to go all ugly remember that you can opt for different levels of decompositions and rotting, so as long as you look dead you don't have to go that extreme... you can even opt for a "dolly" or "pin-up" zombie girl. In those examples some Burton´s inspired "corpse bride" look are usually guarantee of success! (opt for blueish or pale white skin and just darken around your cheeks and eyes to make them look bony) but c´mon! :) the fun part about being a zombie is that the more grotesque the better... I've seen all sorts of zombies, even zombified supernatural creatures (like werewolves or fairies)... No limits, except you've been biten by a not-dead and you're doomed.
What about the costumes? This when you can also be creative. You can go for any character from any era and make it rise from the dead... right! Remember Michael Jackson´s thriller? So you can choose actual daily wear or historical clothing, or even funny options like "Elvis Presley" and other dead classics... All you have to do is to tear, age, and add some blood and dirt! :) You can add bloody hand prints or use gray or brown spray paint to age it, or soak it in tea and let it drow. NO IRONING PLEASE! :)
Some useful links:
-Really scary DIY gory Zombie make up tutorial by freakmo.
but if you are not skilled with prosthetics maybe you want to consider easier alternatives with only make up (and maybe some fx lenses)
-If you want to add some creepy details my talented make up friend KlaireDelys has made some tutorials about disgusting and gory details like broken nails.... eww!
I love barefoot sandals and jewellery! They are so ethereal and light...
I confess I am not the owner of a pretty pair of feet, but even to my hobbit feet I am sure these would look so good!. We have covered barefoot sandal stores before, but this article focus in a lovely little store from Australia called FOREVER SOLES that specializes also in this kind of shoe-wear, and that features a long collection of silver or white models perfect not only for alternative brides but also for moonbeam fairies :). Elegant from minimal to elaborate it will make you want to dance under the moonlight or feel the sand under your feet! They will adapt to your ankles by a fastening change. They look fairy and ancient at the same time. Most of the models are made of silver and that will require some care from your part to keep the shining keeping them in a dry place and cleaning them often with a cloth. But aren´t they lovely?
The site also features some lovely anklets and even some conventional shoes. For lighthearted spirits!
Above: Metal looking unicorn venetian filigree mask by Fqcouture
Above: handmade luscious and vibrant red gown with custom corset and bodice.
Fqcouture is a USA-based store specialized in handmade fantasy inspired accessories and costumes. Owner and crafter Daisy Viktoria launched her own brand for her creations and thus Fq Couture (Faerie Queen Couture was born). Out from her own love for fantasy she offers a lovely collection of circlets, filigree Venetian maks, unicorn horns, underbust corsets and even lovely layered faerie or ruffled Victorian/steampunk skirts.
Above: underbust pirate/victorian vest in black. Also available in other colours, including some lovely models with a stripes that reminisce of "circus" inspired fashion.
Below: Cage hoop undergarments to make your skirts look full. She has quite a few different models to adjust to different time fashion eras.
But there is much more you can find out about this designer. She obvious love historical garments and you fill find an AMAZING fortfolio in this this FAERIE QUEEN SITE
This includes some lovely medieval, renaissance, fantasy and even gowns inspired in ancient times or different civilisations :) A must see. :) I wish I had her skills with the needle.
Above: Eowyn inspired medieval dress
You can also network with the crafter for custom orders or couture pieces (including corsetry) as well as having a look to her past and current catalogue and more at her official site at daisyviktoria.com
Above: cute autumn-coloured brown felt bodice made by Hedgiefelt. I love it! It´s very pixie!
Felt feels always so natural and organic...I confess I have a weakness for this material (to the point I even tried to felt yarn myself with not such a great success) because there is something rough and unprocessed and raw in it that I actually love. It feels warm and cozy too.
Hedgiefelt is a store based in Lithuania that specializes in high quality handmade felt-made clothing and accessories. Made in nature-inspired colours and showcasing some lovely patterns combining felt with some other materials like silk, the collection is elegant (even f some white lovely gowns for daring alternative brides that want to opt for something "less classical"), but overall keeping that pixie, ragged, organic vibe that usually goes along with felt-fashion.
Lovely pixief felt white dress
They also run a blog but it´s in their native language, still you may want to have a look with translators just to see already made pieces and previous works :)
Below, an absolutely GORGEOUS black felt dress by Hedgie felt. I'd love this in ivory or greens. They look so elegant and comfortable.
Or these might be among the most gorgeous angel wings I've seen lately. Oh how much I´d love to have one for performing in a concert or for a music video. Based in Texas, The Crooked Feather has some of the models are HUUUUGE and gorgeous. The store feature a collection of wings in a variety of sizes and colours, and exquisitely crafted, indeed they look durable and comfortable and the result of an infinite patience. The dream of a professional photographer for a photoshoot, or to cosplay winged characters like Maleficent or anime. From white "angelic" to raven black to Davinci or leather and gears Steampunk variations, if you wan to take flight, consider a look to this lovely store.
Above: Feather wings by the Crooked feather. Below my own illustration for the song "Facing the Dream", sigh you are having the same idea than I, righ? (sighs again)
All the wings, and accessories are hand made with love and attention to detail. Each piece is an individual work of art. The store also accept orders and commissions. Take into account that as the products are made to order they need some time to be prepared and they encourage contact so you can be
Dear Gentlemen, this is your final destination...
I´d wish to see my boyfriend in half of the frocks listed in this lovely store. I confess I'm addicted to Victorian and Regency and period drama movies, oh those fine looking gentlemen, with their frocks, vests, and cravats (that you can order in custom fabrics)... OK, this is where I sigh and stop and I tell you men of the world, this is what you should be wearing! And I mean it ! :)
Above: gorgeous Military tailcoat inspired in XVIII-XIX naval coats... Do you want your own Ross Poldark or Captain Wentworth? Force you man to wear this... Do you want to impress us ladies? Wear this! :) Well, that said, I totally love the picture and my votes up to bring this back as daily wear. Bold, masculine and elegant, enough said!
With their studio based in Denver, these tailors and artisans have specialized in traditional sewing using fabrics and material of high quality. A.J. and partner Lianna offer handmade pieces of high quality standard, durable and comfortable. They make bests in many different styles, also with patterns inspired in more recent periods like the 20´s. So it doesn't matter if you want to be Mr. Darcy, a film noir detective or The Great Gastby, or even if you are into vests and coats because you sort of like lately in fashion Steampunk or Diesel Punk trends, this store might have something for you.
It also feature cravats, jackets, cloaks and shirts, almost anything a fine Gentlemen should have in their wardrobe :)
In A.J. Machete & Sons you will find a collection of pieces that we have made in the past as inspiration for your own custom pieces and designs. Denver Bespoke (by A.J. Machete and Sons) was the recipient of the FGI Rising Star Award for Menswear. All pieces are handmade to order in their studio.
For more about how A.J. Machete and Lianna K. produce their amazing bespoke suits, vests, and shirts in Denver, Colorado, check out out their BLOG or network via facebook
Above: Custom-made brown leather duster with Steampunk/fantasy design.
They also keep a side shop for ladies too if you want to have a look http://www.vigilantelabs.etsy.com
Ok, I confess it. I love "Love and Prejudice" and yes I have an obsession with men with cravats and sideburns, like almost every girl in the world... sigh! And I watch Regency and Period dramas inspired in Jane Austen´s novels, including some silly spin-offs like "Austenland" and "Lost in Austen".
To be true, I love the way men used to wear in the Regency Era. Even if I think that women clothing was not so up to the elegance of the gentlemen in this aspect, I find the whole period very romantic, for obvious reasons. Oh I certainly would like to see my partner in these garments.
So making a little random search I found this really lovely and adorable store in etsy called HEDGES8. The prices are really affordable and if you plan to make a special tea-party of if you want to represent a theatre play, this is a rather sweet and I repeat, affordable option to look at. And surprisingly the store is based not in the UK but in USA! :)
As items are hand-made obviously most of them are one of a kind but they also encourage commissions and custom orders.
There are plenty of Regency sewing patterns available in ebay for Regency costumes, but if you don't happen to be good at couture work, I found the store a good option. They also have some lovely prince-charming/princess medieval/fantasy gowns that I bookmarked as well, though I will keep this entry highlighted for their Regency catalogue.
Fine ladies... and gentlemen. Below gowns, coat and poet blouse-shirt by HEDGES8 .
You could then complete your look also adding a few regency complements like parasols, hats and even teapots from the UK-based store Austen´s gift shop.
"Ritual adornments through Transmutation and Alchemy of Spirit"
Crafter and designer Deborah Wright loves fantasy and beauty and it shows in each one of the hand-made pieces featured in Artistic Rite etsy shop. I accidentally stumbled upon this mermaid headpiece and I fell in love right away. I had to see the store and I was delighted to find a luscious, tribal and sensual collection of crowns and headpieces. Some are art-noveau inspired, others are organic and nature-inspired, all of them taken right away from the pages of a fairytale. Featuring feathers, gems, lace and all kind of materials blended to create unique, eye-catching pieces. They also welcome custom orders but take into account that sadly they only ship within the United States.
Most of the items come with really beautiful professional pictures so you can judge how striking they can be if they go along with the right make up and style. The store also feature a nice collection of small accessories too, like rings and necklaces, though the absolute highlight are the headdresses in my opinion.
Crafer also keeps this blog if you want to dive deeper in her world and creations