This is along the lines of what I originally had in mind for this photoshoot:
I like to plan photoshoots for locals who are also interested in costuming and doing photography for us. The latest one took place on September 14th and was themed as "Dark Ones & Those Who Hunt Them." I always give out the date months beforehand so that everyone can have their outfits ready. For this particular shoot, I had something in mind much different than my usual steampunk/Neo-Victorian bend. I really wanted to do a mod-goth vampire. I already had a dual-belted Torian corset from Damsel in This Dress that was going to be my base piece for this costume, no matter what.
I adore the turtleneck in this look, and it is definitely a splurge piece, but WOWZERS, it's amazing! The leggings are both sweet and dark (and made it into my final outfit), especially when paired with the spiked boots! The feather piece is no longer available from where I found it, but if you're after something like that, I would check Etsy. This cape isn't really what I had in mind, but I wanted one that would just hang from my shoulders. I LOVE Scarecrow's fangs and I'll get to that further down!
After I had this idea in my head, I wound up with an opportunity to get a Damsel in this Dress red Quill Skirt that I'd been lusting after, so I just HAD to include it in my outfit and it totally changed my concept!
This outfit is still along the same ideas, but not quite as edgy as the first. I really like the shoes for this idea and think that they give it a subtle bit of creepiness. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the sweet lace turtleneck. I love the idea of being demurely sexy. Oh, and sorry about the different background colors... I had made this originally to share with my photoshoot group when I was planning and only saved it as a JPEG, so sorry if it is making your ODC twitchy. I assure it it is irking me, too! Blarg!
I was all set to go full steam ahead when I got a $25 Ebay gift card and decided to put it to use funding my vampire costume!
I found so much awesome stuff and managed to get a lot of jewelry to accessorize my look for dirt cheap! I replaced the shoe laces in the Michael Antonio booties with black ribbon. The belt on the bodysuit got cut off so I could wear my corset over it; it is also a much brighter red than the picture! I also went with a black wig instead of the dark red one from the previous idea so that the bright red feather earrings would stand out. As much as I love the black makeup, I went with a more traditional look because the area where we were having the photoshoot is pretty perilous and I wear glasses, but was taking them off for pics-- in short, I didn't want nosepad marks in my makeup!
The fangs I use are by Scarecrow. They run around $20 for a plain pair. I've had several sets of them; they look pretty great and are easy to use. I wound up just getting plain ones in the small size. I went for plain because I figured we could always photoshop blood on them. I purchased the small fangs, though, because the large ones just don't typically look right on women-- they look ginormous and they're hard to talk in and make your lips sit funny. So, if you've got a small mouth, go for the smalls. Make sure to set them up at least 24 hours before you need to wear them. You're going to need about 30 minutes of uninterrupted time to let them set and mold to your teeth. Do not eat or drink with them in, as there is always the hazard of swallowing them. You should not actually bite people with them, either, and especially do not break skin because there is a high risk of infection for whoever you bite due to all of the bacteria that are inherently in the mouth.
My cape, I made! I'm very happy with the way it turned out. If you're interested in having one made for you, send me a message on facebook or email me at FigmentCostuming@gmail.com .
You'll get to see more pics from the photoshoot next month when I have more of them to share! I hope that this post helped you realize that it's totally OK to shift away from your original ideas and let your costumes take on a life of their own! As always, leave me comments, and love, and let me know what ideas you'd like me to work on for you next!
A few weeks ago, I was requested to provide some ideas for a Steampunk version of Snow White, including some that are "less revealing." Disney's version of Snow White features a blue bodice, yellow skirt, red and blue puff sleeves, and curly black hair. I have seen her done with switching the shirt and bodice colors, or variations on them, and you can still tell who Snow is, pretty much, as long as you've got the primary colors in balance and black hair.
To start out, I decided to share some pictures of my friend Jen in her own Steamed Snow costume (with her permission of course)!
Jen's costume features a steampunk wench corset, cropped vixen corset, tierrany skirt, and blouse by Damsel in this Dress. Her hat was created custom for her by Chiki Bird Hat Studio, and her pouch was also custom made for this outfit by Soleste Custom Pouches (You can't really see all of the detail in it, but trust me, it is so gorgeous! It's hand embroidered with sequin flowers!). The detail I love most in Jen's outfit, though, are the seven dwarves she crocheted and put on her belt! Jen's version of Snow White is sweet, and I feel like if Disney was going to do a Steampunk version, she'd wind up something like this.
This version of Snow White starts with a blue holster corset by Heavy Red, a 25 yard golden skirt (which you can easily raise as much as you'd like by using a pair of skirt hikes), and a cute yellow bustle by BlueMoonKatherine. I love the color in the top made by RailiNolvak. I accessorized this look with red October boots by Miz Mooz, a neat recycled bracelet that says "Be the Change", and coordinating goggles by SteampunkDesign. Topping off this outfit is a poison apple necklace. The wig I chose for this version is "Bang Bang" by Rockstar Wigs.
I'd like to call this look "The Lady Snow." This aristocratic variant began with a vest and blouse by Fan+Friend Garden; this company will custom make their items to your measurements if you want! The fishtail skirt is very elegant, but the bustle overskirt gives it some more vavava voom! The pearl shoulder epaulettes are classy and a lot of fun, but they are pretty expensive if you want to buy them; if you're crafty, I don't think you'd have a problem making your own. I love the addition of the faux fur capelet to this, but you could go with or without. I've accessorized the outfit with a Bali silver poison ring, a heart locket, and an elegant slave bracelet. The wig I've chosen is Gothic Lolita Wigs' Sweetheart, and I added a hat by Chiki Bird. The shoes are Pleaser's Wink bootie in blue velvet.
For the final outfit, I wanted to do something with pants because not every girl likes skirts! I feel like this is Snow after she's been living in the woods for a while and needed something that was more functional, but still wanted to be gorgeous. This pair of gold pants is by Free People; I adore patterned skinny jeans and I like the weight of a jean a lot more than that of leggings, plus you shouldn't have to worry about panty lines or other inherent dangers of leggings! I added Violet Vixen's Sherlock Rocking Red Corset, an upcycled tatter bustle, and a steampunk utility belt by BlueMoonKatherine. To get some more yellow into the outfit, I selected a ruffled top by H&M. The wig I chose is Gothic Lolita Wigs' Rhapsody because it feels lived in, but still beautiful, like the rest of this outfit; a crocheted blue headband will help to keep the hair out of your face. These fingerless gloves bear the definitions for "flora" and "fauna", which are details I feel are wonderfully befitting of this character. The red boots have little pockets on them to hold essentials, weapons, or whatever a princess living in the forest feels like she might need. I like the addition of the apple core necklace, as if she's already beaten the Evil Queen.
I hope you guys really like these outfits! I had a lot of fun putting them together to get three very different looks. If you're looking for some other options, check out the Pinterest board I made for Steampunk Snow White. Is there a different costume you're having trouble getting ideas for or need some help with? Let me know in the comments! -Midian
I hope you enjoyed the first round of Wonderland costumes! Here are the rest of my ideas for budget costumes done with things you'll actually wear again, so you aren't blowing your money on a one time time deal. If you're interested in an item, click on the picture and it should take you to where I found it. I do recommend checking out your closet, thrift stores, and local shops, too! There are separate slides for men and women.
You are going to need to invest in a pair of rabbit ears for this costume unless you know someone with a pair that you could borrow. The white rabbit is easily accomplished with a red top and white everything else. If you've got a statement watch lying around, it would be a great accessory! White, black, red, or metallic shoes would all work well. Separate slides here for men and women.
Ladies, please remember, if you're wearing white you need to wear nude undergarments! White on white shows through!
The dormouse is super cute and a great addition to a Wonderland group! Grey is your color of choice here. Yes, mice are brown, too, but I would steer away from that color so no one mistakes you for a monkey. Mouse ears are required for this costume, but everything else you should be able to "muggle wear" afterwards.
Queen of Hearts
Also known as the Red Queen, this character is all about her attitude! Obviously, you want to get as much red in as possible. I think it would be great fun to do a monochromatic (totally 100% shades of red) outfit if you can, but other colors you can incorporate are black, white, and metallics. Get sassy!
Sister to the Queen of Hearts, the White Queen is her much more kind and demure sister. This is another one that you want to try to keep ladylike. White, white, white, and white are the colors, obviously (OK, cream would work, too, if you mix it in)! The key to wearing all the same color is to mix up your textures.