Your Fantasy Costume Articles
Above: me wearing Holy Clothing Arwen square neck dress in Jade Green (no filter photo so you can appreciate the true colour of the dress)
HolyClothing is a a clothing company based in India that manufactures bohemian-romantic-renaissance clothing in an ethically managed factory. They have hired a team of skilled tailors to offer their exclusive catallogue of garments, tunics, skirts, and tops. This is a rather long article so three words to sum it up: AFFORDABLE+QUALITY+DIVERSE. As a performer of fantasy music I am always looking for these three things and I had stumbled upon this site several times :). So here we go with a full feature!
HolyClothing proves to be an excellent resource not only for those looking for affordable medieval or Renaissance options but also for those wanting to keep a faery-pixie-boho style for their everyday wear. Official site is run in several languages and it is easy to navigate. They offer instant discounts if you sign the newsletter and join their networks, and shipping is reasonable (free for purchased over 99$ actually). I particularly love to dress in "fantasy style" on a daily basis and there are plenty of options to choose from. You can decide if with jeans or with a long flowing skirt, if to stroll down the street or attend to a faery event. Ranging from full dresses (long, short, with and without sleeves) and gowns to tops, skirts, boleros, cloaks and even coats, the catalogue is diverse spreading through different styles. From comfortable and easygoing tops to romantic lace and fluted sleeves. There are even some velvet coats that would suit steampunk or victorian style if chosen in black or brown colour (which are usually available).
If you are in amazon, they also list items in amazon.com including some "prime" articles. Sadly not for Spanish users (amazon.es) yet :) but their official site offer international shipping :).
Below: Paloma Hooded dress in red... perfect for urban Little Red Riding hoods!
Above: Pixie Boho Georgette Inlay Elastic Waist Zigzag Hem Sun Dress. I love it in Burgundy and Green. Perfect for an alternative "Tinkerbell" and perfect to still feel "fairy" in hot summer days.
Not only they are affordable but they are also of great quality and handmade in fine fabrics. Some pieces feature exclusive embroidery patterns that is also done by hand!. Don't be misled by the price, the actual garments look beautiful and beautifully finished.
They also seek the feedback from their customers, sharing "works in progress" and future ideas and designs through their different networks sites (see links at the end of the article). I'm particularly excited about the ones with long floating sleeves. Garments are pre-washed & easy care. You can wash them in the delicate program of your washing machine and it's recommended to iron on the inside to avoid lines on the fabric. Due to their special dying techniques, this simple guidelines to maintain the rich deep colours are recommended for a long lasting use of them.
The models are offered in solid colours mostly, but the range of options is great. I particularly like that besides the classic black and white, they offer too lush earthly colours like jade and forest green, golden beige, burgundy and browns. And even some lovely purples and deep blues. On limited runs they also have models in less usual colours like silver, pale pink and blue. Almost 20 different hues can be found through the site. They use a special double dye technique, dyeing first in grey and then into the final colour. So whatever your element may be and whatever season you aim for, you will likely find an option that suits you. I love to be able to choose from a big palette, and the fact that some tops are offered in such basic colours also provides pieces that you can easily customize on your own when you are. Regarding this I'd love to highlight their lovely flowing tops with fluted sleeves. It is a compliment to say that the most complex garments are rich but not overdone.
Some of my favourite tops: Isadora top (waiting for them to re-list it in smaller sizes). Due to high demand some of the sizes are not available in certain models but they seem to have a quick rotation for this.
Above: Isadora top in purple and Rhiannon in burgundy. I'd love these ones in almost every single colour they have :) perfect for further customisation, as chemise for bodices, floating and fairy :). They have several models of tops with fluted sleeves or medieval designs.
HolyClothing offer sizes from S up to 5XL so even if you are on the plump side you will find garments fitting. There are fairies of all sizes after all right... and it is really frustrating how limited some brands regarding this aspect tend to be. Each model has a comprehensive size chart with the actual measurements of each piece so you can pick the right size more accurately. But if you still fret about choosing the right size they encourage contact and have a super-friendly customers assistance replying very shortly through their contact email.
Another favourite pick is their "Irish Renaissance" dress (Irish peasant style). Super affordable and basic, great for customisation. I'm thinking myself of ordering one in. They have a model with the chemise and also "over-dress" only options.
Above: Irish peasant styled Bronwyn overdress and chemise
Below Silver Pewter Gwendolyn Enchanted Flowing Velvet Lace-Up Hooded Maxi Jacket
I like this jacket in velvet green or Silver (as shown) because they are very elven
They had the courtesy of sending me this dress Arwen so I could myself provide a review and below you have my "happy client" pictures. The dress is stunning and of high quality, the delicate floral embroidered fabric is the exact same hue as the rest of the dress, due to their special technique of dying the entire garment once it is entirely made, so every trim, fabric and lace matches perfectly. The black lacing adds to the Renaissance feel to it and despite having ordered a size slightly bigger than my own, the dress fits stunningly because it really falls on your curves the right way, enhancing your waist and resting gently on your hips to flow down to your heels. The fluted sleeves are gorgeous and makes you want to roam through mossy green places with it. Mine is in "Jade Green" size M and you can see it below on myself :) and judge if it suits me well. I particularly felt like out of the Lord of the Rings myself! :). I am rather curvy, I have a rather small waist but big hips, the design made me feel like accentuating but not exaggerating my natural shape in a gentle way. I think this one would made a lovely bridal gown. In fact I wouldn't mind to have one in white for a pre-raphaelite mood shooting.
To finish wish they offer an immediate 5$ discount if you sign their newsletter and they keep on making contests and give-aways and networks on constant basis so you'd rather follow them to be up to date regarding these, and may be picked as lucky winner of one to judge yourselves :). They have a satisfaction guaranteed or money back and free international shipping over 99$. In their official site they also have a rotation of "deals of the week" and sales.
In Pinterest you will find pictures of the manufacturing process and installations as well as a "happy clients" gallery :) so you can see the actual garments in real people all around the world.
I will certainly look forward to have more items from this lovely store, for my fairy/fantasy shootings :) bookmarked! :)
Above: Delicate crescent moon Goddess Circlet. Inspired by Sailor Moon but also perfect for pagan Goddesses :)
Fairycave is a Spanish (based in Murcia) company specialized in headpieces and accessories inspired in cosplay and fantasy. Unicorns, moons and fairies. Owner and seamstress (and cosplayer herself) María Mayor de Haro. All items are handmade and designer by her, some taking inspiration from well known anime/manga/videogames characters like Sailor Moon or Princess Zelda, others simply out of her imagination and love for all things fantasy-related. Some of her pieces have been featured in well known fantasy photographers shoots and editorials.
Delicate ethereal Unicorn resin horn circlet
They also welcome contact for custom work, like this wonderful winged piece (I have a weakness for browns and green lately so fell in love with it). Perfect for a forest queen :). It mixes elements of fantasy and Art Noveau, with delicately matching colours in the whole set :). Eye catching for sure.
Join the network to stay tuned with their latest new, see the happy clients gallery, past portfolio and also to have the chance to participate in their contests and giveaways :)
Today we celebrate the International day for the Women, and thus today we feature a feminine, unique and lovely store called "Accentuate Clothing" a USA based clothing label that specializes in handmade flowing, delicate, comfortable pixie-fairy-tribal clothing made in stretch knit fabric, for all of you goddesses who likes to celebrate your inner magic everyday.
Designer Diane Gardner created this label that shows an earthy almost pagan flair into it. Some of the dresses and tops features flowing extensions, almost ragged and organically looking adding a 3 dimensional flowing quality to the garments that be appealing to all tribal and bellydancers out there (at least to me as a singer and performer they look like a "must bookmark") Aren´t these gorgeous?
Of course right now I don't sport the figure for this, but there are several long sleeved tops and different styles that offer a zillion possibilities of layering up :) You just have to find a way to let it flow and radiate from you like in this picture.
Above: Purple tribal set by Accentuate Clothing, like a blooming flower.
They also have a variety of pants, tops and skirts with unique patterns and designs. All garments are finished with topstitched seamlines. All garments are cut, sewn, trimmed handprinted and handmade by Diane and her assistant Witney. They also encourage direct contact for custom orders.
I'm in love with this Organic leafy green coat :/ sigh! :). Perfect for forest dwellers
Network to see some other pieces of their port-folio.
Perfect for naturelovers out there!
Above: Woodland fairy dress by Rawrags in elven earthly forest green tones
Raw Rags is a company based in Denmark run by designer Pia Kokholm. that specializes in handmade unique gowns and dresses, combining different fabrics, antique lace and apliques, crochet. Rawrags encourage custom orders. All pieces are one of a kind, handmade and unique, and the delicacy the colours are combined (earthly greens and browns, romantic ivory and pale pink) as well as the different textures and techniques used in each piece is really impressive and the result dreamy, intricate and ethereal. No wonder, Pia herself dyes the fabrics herself, and plot in advance the gorgeous combinations of colours that are shown in each garment.
Raw rags combine different fabrics and textures, raw but delicate, pieces are not only gorgeous but evocative
Ranging from romantic vintage bridal dresses to pixie-boho-hippie and even daring flapper vibes sometimes, the collection offer a lovely collection of dresses, jacket, pants, tops, cardigans.
Below: Raw rags Bridal gown for alternative, romantic, and daring fantasy brides.
Lotus and Co is an online store that specializes in nose septums made of surgical steel and with a lovely tribal/fairy/druid design. The store is based in USA but they ship worldwide. Some of the models require you pierce your nose, but if you´re reluctant to do that (which is my case) you have also some ready to clip in models. You will find models in golden, brass and silver colour, some of them featuring gemstones and intricate filigree shapes. Are you in the mood of something edgy and daring to wear today? This might be the final touch to your tribal/bellydance/gipsy or fantasy attire.
You can also network with the designers here:
Spirit Fox Crystals ships is based in Illinois and the store ships only within US territory. But you can contact them and get a quote for the shipping if you leave out of the United States. I stumbled upon this store through their instagram account (all links at the end of the article), soon afterwards they made a giveaway (I didn't win, alas! but this is a nice reminder to subscribe to their account so you can be aware of these events). I found a lovely collection of druid earthly amulets, with caps sculpted in clay in the shape of mushrooms, roots, leaves and other forest treasures. The pendants are made of crystals, and in the store the crafter has added some lovely text about their meaning (and purpose).
Above, super shiny green calcite pendant, it almost looks it has its own light
Below: Quartz pendant with sculpted clay cap.Store lists quite a variety of necklaces in these fashion and they are all one of a kind. They are gorgeous.
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Designer and crafter Sarah Sabatini created the store "The Forest Fairy" that has a lovely collection of fairy and nature inspired items. Based in Canada Sarah is truely a lover of the fantasy realm and in her own words "My goal is to inspire and send a message for everyone to treasure the time they have with loved ones and the beauty in this world. Always have an open mind, loving heart and magical dreams. Believe"
My favourite items in the store are the gnome/scandinavian hats made of fleece and with a trim.
Aren´t they cute?
And rather affordable too! I want the red one :) and stroll down the street to the supermarket with this. Live folk, people!. These lovely hats are inspired by Sarah´s Swedish heritage and the little Tomte from Scandinavian folklore.You can wear them for Christmas, Halloween or throughout the cold winter season. They have something very Nordic in them. One of my favourite tales is the Norwegian "East of the Sun and West of the moon" and somehow I pictured this in the female lead character.
But besides the hats the store features a lovely collection of little pixie-fairy thingsm from tiny mushrooms to four leaf clovers. Below some cute accessories by The Forest Fairy.
Check the following links to network with the Forest Fairy.
THE FOREST FAIRY
Discover more Forest Inspired Treasures here:
Based in UK, Hysteria Machine is a shop that specialized in designing amazing fantasy headddresses. and other fantasy props and accessories. Created by designer Cara Trinder and inspired by many subcultures and fantasy and folklore sources, her pieces look out of a gothic ghost old book, those who you would not read by dim light... With a dark edge in her creations, they range from small antlers and tentacles to massive and detailed crowns and headdresses. Stunning!
Using resin casts and faux skulls some of the pieces are eerie and disturbing but deliciously intrincate. I´m tempted to buy something with rat skulls, my totem, specially knowing they are not real skulls you know :) because I´ve had pet rats and Iove them. Knowing they are fake bones though makes me wanting to try them as a provocative state of my love for these species.
If you are looking for something very specific they encourage to contact for a possible custom commission. They are based in UK but ship worldwide through their etsy store.
Some of the items listed are ready to ship and others are made to order, so please read the shipping policies and description of the items. They usually collaborate with very talented photographers, and some of the photos featuring the works are stunning. It is worth to visit even if only to be inspired by their evergrowing portfolio. Sometimes slightly disturbing but eerily beautiful...
Above: Picture taken by photographer Laura Sheridan featuring a headpice by Hysteria Machine. Below another picture taken by the ame photographer with an equally ghostly eerie white set.
they also have some items delightfully geek... as this ring and necklace inspired in the Labyrinth knocker.As a Labyrinth fan, this is like woahhh :). I love this kind of details.
For lovers of the unusual, rare, strange and almost occult... have a look at these lovely planchettes... A delicious of victorian of steampunk oriented cosplays
Don´t forget to network with the crafter for sneak peeks at works in progress, flash sales, giveaways and more.
You can help! The Dark Angel company based in UK have suffered the floods that took place there recently, and the studio and stores fabrics, machines and store was badly damaged. Owner and designer (and talented fantasy photographer) Carri Angel opened the year with the tragedy of seeing her work (again, because some years back they found themselves in the same distress) inundated by mood and water and also affecting the team of workers there.
Her partner in the fantasy photography project Lunaesque Angela Harper inmediately opened a gofundme page as "rescue plan" for the flood support. Inmediately many friends and happy customers started to contribute. You can read the case and show your support here, thus helping The Dark Angel to re-open in the near future.
With part of that money the company has sent many "rescued" pieces to professional cleaning and they are making a MASSIVE SALE on etsy. So if you are looking for a BARGAIN it is also a good way to contribute.
Below: velvet military cloak... I'd love to see my man with this sigh... don't you? This and other many offers are continuously being added to their Etsy Sale which also contribute to overcome this terrible incident.
Now who woudn´t dream of this dress! The Gallery couture (made to order) seem to be up and running to, look at one example below, isn't the colour just so beautiful?
I post this not as an affiliate in anyway but as an absolute happy customer through the years. They create beautiful fantasy clothing and in fact It was among the first shops we featured in this blog in this article "Dark Angel: Exquisite Fairytale Clothing", and still among my favourites. Some of my most iconic performance gowns have been from this store, and through they years they remain impecable.
Above: me wearing The Dark Angel Purple Gothic dress
Good Luck and I hope to see The Dark Angel studio back to normal soon enough. Love and Light!