Your Fantasy Costume Articles
Above: mechanical steampunk wings by Bionic Concepts.
Bionic Concepts by John Paul Rishea, a crafter and store that specializes in wearable robotic fashion combining art and robotics to produce futuristic items that display beauty and strength together. With over 12 years of experience they are really well known for their line of amazing mechanical wings and robotic custom gadgets and armour. Wether sci-fi and futuristic with bright leds or with a more retro-steampunk look. The collection is simply amazing. The gadgets are functional and easy to control to be wearable and easy to display features. In some of the products CO2 pressurized gas pneumatic system.
I particularly fell in love with the wings, they even some angelic white ones (<3)
There is an etsy store too where you can find some ready to go in-stock items
Above: Exo-boots gadget made of lightweight Aluminium and ABS plastic, it clips onto platform boots. Easy to install and remove and looking that AMAZING! Very anime-scifi
Below some "wrists" with panel lights, it makes me thing of Japanese Anime or even Tron Sci-fi conceptual work. Wether for a fantasy or sci-fi event or perfect for a rave party.
They offer mechanical wings in robtic or retro Steampunk style powered by pressurized CO2 gas and controlled by a hand held control pad.
Tambukiki is a clothing store that have a lovely collection of eclectic mix of stylesfrom Boho to Grunge to Punk to Goth to Romantic and everything in between. Many of the items are in fact very fairy and/or pixie looking. But also many pieces with 50´s/60´s, 70´s hippie looks and ethnic inspired garments. That is, as it is indeed a big store, you must surf and search within it to find what you might be looking
Above: Grecian/fairy delicate white dress with delicate drapes of wispy ethereal white. Great for a "Goddess" or "Nymph" look
But they have the most amazing cute bloomers and also western-victorian skirts really lovely for Steampunk lovers
Below: lovely ivory bloomers
Most importantly the prices and shipping (even international) seems really affordable.
Black Pin is a lovely millinery store based in Scotlan run by Terri Tovill and featuring victorian, gothic, steampunk and Burlesque top hats. But also 18th century tricorns, headpieces and fascinators. Do you remember our special article about Marie Antoinnete's rococo fashion? Well this is a lovely addition to it. Different styles of victorian, from top hats for a Mad Hatter, to riding and mourning hats and even mini-top hats in burlesque fashion, and all are handmade with vibrant velvets, organza, silks, leather, and lush vibrant materials and of course to measure. Some are delicate and others more rough looking, a recall of another era of aristocratic elegance with a spice of sensuous decadence. There are models of course for girls and men too.
The brown models are so lovely for Steampunk lovers. Like the one shown here
Below lovely angelic Bridal top hat with Ostrich feathers
Above: Mermaid Headpiece by Mimsy Crowns.
Oh another enchanting magical discovery :)! :) I cannot find words to express how much I love these headpieces. I am a big fan of czech and russian vintage fantasy movies and they used to portray this kind of headpieces in many of them. I think that is mostly the reason I always remember Sadko (1953) and The Czech version of the Little Mermaid Malá morská víla (1976) among others. :) Below you can see stills from those two movies, curiously both portraying underwater princesses.
Above: Stills from Sadko (1953) and The Little Mermaid (1976)
Below Headpiece custom made by Deborah Harper from Mimsy Crowns :) It reminds me so much to those in such Eastern European fairytales. It would made also a lovely crown for a Snow queen. So sparkly and ethereal.
Mimsy Crowns is run by crafter Deborah Harper spent much of her childhood and early artistic development in the artisan village of Carmel, California. Inspired by the beauty and whimsical atmosphere of that area, she became a prolific painter and sculptor.
A move to Los Angeles prompted her to venture into original clothing design which resulted in her becoming a fashion designer for several of MGM Studio’s top television shows. Deborah now brings her expertise in specialized fabrics and design to her hand crafted lamps, crowns and head pieces. And OH MY GOD! what headpieces, royal, massive, vibrant and absolutely unique. Of course we are talking about one of a kind items and though she lists "custom-made" You can have a look also the her etsy store where she lists some custom-orders that she can replicate in "similar" not exact fashion and already to go articles if you don´t have the patient to wait ;-)
Another of my favorites as I'm having a weakness for green lately. This one is the Forest Nymph crown, in all hues of greens. In fact she has crowns fitting for almost every season and element :) They inmediatly make you think of that. Perfect for Dryads :)
Some of them are fitting for fairytale princesses, others shows other inspirations like Art Noveau and even Nepal and Chinese headpieces. They make a lovely option for tribal bellydancers and are even reasonably priced considering the fact that a lot of sewing, beads and all kind of materials, fabrics and ribbons are meticulously mingled to render unique pieces.
Above: Peacock Fairy Ballerina by Sajeela Design
Sajeela Design is a delightful store based in the capital of the Spectacle! Las Vegas! They offer a collection of items from full show girl costumes (very sexy and daring) to mermaid tails, feathered boas, ruffs and bras, and even matching shoes. All colourful, striking and sexy. I stumbled upon them because I happened to see their "Poison Ivy" corset and thought that is so fairy :) I want it so badly, snif :) I'm having like a "green" obsession lately :) You can also find them in etsy Sajeela Design
Above: poison ivy corset/bodice dress, the green feather wings are also made by them.
Let´s face the fact that if you have a stunning body you could have a very clear advantage wearing some of their sexier items like the feathered bras, but if you don't like to expose so much they also have full bodices like this one.
And also long skirts for shy girls like me, loving this peacock green long skirt, they also all sort of matching peacock theme items to match
But not only fairy, flappers, showgirl, boas, feather fans even burlesque... Don't miss your chance to have a look :)
You can also network the crafter by adding them on facebook
Devi Clothing is an UK based company that showcase lovely tribal eco-friendly pixie-fairy wear. The collection fuses several styles but emanates a very earthly and elvish influence as if sewn by fairy-hand. Colors range from brown to greens, and some items even fits for Burlesque, Steampunk and tribal dancers. Devi clothing shows a catalogue that goes from dresses, skirts, vests to even full woollen coats. Indeed magical but also very wearable yet still with a touch of "mystical". The entire collection is something fantasy lovers could wear not only in the forest or parties conventions or gatherings but also on a daily basis.
Above Persephone top & Gaia skirt 2. Lyssa top & Venus skirt 3. Aphrodite dress
Above: Psyche waistcoat with inner cut-work pattern
Loving this bag, they also have hip belts and other accessories with beautiful leaves and butterfly motifs . They use a special cutwork technique to mimic the leaf nerves and butterfly wings. They use it also in many of their items like skirts, vests and even stockings, making easy to find your "full outfit" and items to match.
I'm loving the bags and hip belts, fairy, practical :)
Issylove Dreads is a freelance independent hair extension business based in South London business specialising in durable high quality synthetic clip-in dreads and wigs tailored to suit each individual custom. But if you want something temporary they offer also clip in dreads and even custom wigs with them incorporated so you can access to an instant look without compromising your hair. As they are "fake" dreads they are easy to install by simple braiding and also quite simple to take up. It will not damage your hair though it's recommended not to use it more than 2 month on a row. They can be done in all colours by request (solid, striped, blends or transitions of colors), so the result is up to your imagination. Issy Love is making also some lovely dread wigs too.
You can network with Issylove Dreads in Facebook too
If you happen to live in South London she can install the dreads to you but if you're purchasing form other place she will provide tutorials so you can have it done yourself.
They also accept custom orders, I'm completely in love with this custom-made silver wig
Above: Viking inspired pendant with dragon motif
Neirahda is a store run by crafter Cristina Sánchez from Cuenca, Spain featuring handmade ornaments and jewellery featuring pagan, Celtic and viking motifs and patterns and using polymer clay to mimic carved stones, they really look like old relics. Spirals, runes, triskelions and other elements found in Norse and Celtic mythology render a lovely collection for the lovers of Ancient times.
Above: One of my favorites: Newgrange stone pendant has been made of polymer clay, imitating the texture of real stone. I love this one, for any reason it reminds me to the Mystics of The Dark Crystal, my favorite movie :)
We have sculpted every piece by hand and they have been painted with acrylics, metallic paint and glass varnish.
above: handmade leather bracelet because there are also other complements listed on a regular basis at the store. :)
Charlotte is a wing-maker, she makes really lovely fairy wings that you can see at her etsy store "Fairy wings and fantasy things". The wings are made out of fusible film from doll-size (which seems to be her passion as she is also a doll-maker) to children or large adult wearable ones. I particularly liked her "sprite model" pictured at the beginning of this article. She tends to combine colours in gradient which I particularly like, with some iridescent and ragged looking elements. Some models even wear gears (close to steampunk) or flower embellishments. Each pair of wings is unique and one of a kind and custom made so there are never two that are exactly the same. Thus you must allow the crafter for two weeks if you have a special commission or order though she keeps in stock some "ready to go" gorgeous examples.
Official site is www.momyjosragdolls.com
Above: me from the cover I painted for my album The Underliving to a cosplay version of myself for the video
Hi everyone, Priscilla Hernandez speaking here :) yes, I'm also the admin of this blog and for once I'm making an entry about myself and my work. Why? Because I hope you find it inspiring :) and the post is about "fantasy costumes" too :). In this time I transformed myself into the cover of my own album, in fact several stores and crafters previously featured in yourfantasycostume have contributed with their skills to achieve so :)So as some of my readers know aside of keeping this blog I am also a performer and singer-songwriter and illustrator and I specialize in fantasy music.
Most of my headpiece was made with locks made of whiteyarn coming from Woodland Wild previously featured in this blog (thanks Briony, they worked perfectly! :) Additional hair extensions in white and silver courtesy of Puppy Cat Meow were mingled
Make up, hair and stylism was in charge of Alassie from El Costurero Real also previously featured in yourfantasycostume.
you can watch the final result and videoclip here:
and a BEHIND THE SCENES with some hints about the makeup and hair stylism here