Pin-Up and Rockabilly styles have been rising in popularity. While you can certainly spend a lot of money to get the look, it isn't always necessary; chances are you've already got some pin-up worthy pieces in your closet now! Here's some helpful hints in getting them styled! And don't forget to wear cute undergarments, just in case you decide to go for that style of pictures!
I apologize for the slightly funky picture quality in the examples... I had used Polyvore when I put these together for my photoshoot group while my personal laptop was out of commission and it's not always up to my usual standards.
Are you ready to see some pin-up looks in action? These pics are some gals who sent me pics of their own easy pin-up looks! Put one of your own together and send it to me-- you just might get added here!
Here are some examples from the shoot I planned this summer for DuBois Area Fantasy Photoshoot! If you click on the big photos, it will take you to the photographer's page. If you liked this article and want to see more from me, join my mailing list and follow me on facebook!
Blade Runner is probably the quintessential cyberpunk film, but others of the mainstream sort include The Matrix Trilogy, Tron, and Dredd, as well as a plethora of anime, such as Akira, the Ghost in the Shell series, and the Appleseed films. There are tons more movies, but I simply cannot list them all, regardless of how much I have always loved them. Personally, my favorite cyberpunk author (well, one of my favorite authors period!) is Neal Stephenson. His cyberpunk works that he most renowned for are Snow Crash and The Diamond Age: or A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer. Other works of cyberpunk fiction include: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick (upon which Bladerunner is based), William Gibson's Neuromancer, and The Terminal Connection by Dan Needles.
Cyberpunk is different from Cybergoth. Cybergoth is rave and goth that has been influenced by the Cyberpunk movement. Honestly, until I started delving into this, I had no idea they were so different, however, once you take even a minute glance at them, the differences are apparent. The image on the left here is an example of Cybergoth. The right is Cyberpunk.
The clothing of Cyberpunk varies depending on the type of character you want to convey. You could belong to a very Asian-influenced culture and adopt some of their traditional modes of dress infused with tech. You could be a part of the upper class: shiny, polished, and couture. Just as people think that Steampunk has to be brown, if would seem that the thought is that Cyberpunk is black and neon. You don't need to be pigeonholed by that! Use whatever colors inspire you and fit your look. Skin-tight bodysuits are wonderful for multitudes of jobs and can incorporate electronics into their being as well. Think about the sort of character you'd like to portray in a Cyberpunk world. If you're looking for some cyberpunk apparel to include in your outfits, check out EchoDecay for some awesome ladies apparel, CyberDog for fashions for everyone, and Plastik Wrap for some amazing pieces. Artifice Clothing is wonderful for some fabulous latex pieces to include in your ensemble.
Below you can see some examples of Cyberpunk costuming. If you have your own outfit-- show me! I'd love to see your creations! It has been depressingly hard to find people in cyberpunk (although cybergoth is very popular)! If you'd like to keep up with my blogging, modeling, and jewelry making, don't forget to give me a like on Facebook and to join my mailing list!
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If you've been following me for a bit, you know by now that I run a group that organizes costumed photoshoots. I have had some people ask about how I do this and how I got it started, so I thought I'd share my experience here with you! I was inspired to start my own group because my friend, Josephine, is in an organization that does amazing shoots out in California called Worlds of Wonderment. I am friends with several other local costumers and cosplayers and we are always looking for more opportunities to get out, wear our awesome stuff, and share our craft, however, living in Central Pennsylvania feels kind of like being alienated from the rest of this community because we're kind of the middle of nowhere. I decided to set out on creating DuBois Area Fantasy Photoshoot out of the town I live in because there are several towns to which we are central and most of the shoots are hosted within an hour of Dubois, PA. I run everything through Facebook because the majority of people have it and it makes it a lot easier than trying to set up a separate forum and trying to admin it. I also don't think that many people would be happy with having to go to yet another website. You need to be ready to be in charge to do this. If you're interested but don't want to be the organizer, talk to friends you think would be interested and see if you can loop one of them in.
Step Two: Advertise! No, I don't mean that you have to pay to advertise your page with facebook or anyone else. Share your new public photoshoot page with your friends and invite them to like and follow it. Share it into local groups, whether they are for costumers or not. I shared often into just out local DuBois groups to connect with photographers and people who wanted to model. If you have a blog or a website, use it to help get the word out. Get your friends who want to get this started to help spread the news and invite people they know, too. While you're doing this, don't forget to be adding content to your page to help keep people interested. I share lots of inspiration pics from a lot of different sources-- mostly photogs and models on Facebook whose work I admire. I wouldn't upload pics from people who are not a part of your group to share because then others may think that they are a part of your organization. You should always tag and credit the people in the photos if you do it that way, though.
Step Four: Plan your first shoot! I recommend that for your first time out, you go somewhere public so people don't worry about creepers and whatnot. Ours was done at our city park and some of my amazing friends reserved a pavilion and donated it to us. You don't need a pavilion, but it was really nice to know that we had a central meeting area. Before they did that, I had just been planning to have everyone meet by the stage there. You will get people giving you weird looks and asking you what you're doing. Our first shoot did not have a theme because I didn't want to alienate people by making them feel that their costume wasn't welcome. Anyone under 18 is required to bring a parent/guardian with them. I try to keep our shoots free if possible. If people in your group are willing to put out the money to rent a location all together, go for it, but it can be difficult to get everyone to send you money and then you also have to deal with people cancelling last minute and wanting a refund. Think about whether you want to have each photographer bring a release document for models to sign or if you want to make one for the group in general. I do the latter, then scan them in and upload them to Google Docs so all photogs have access to it. I started out doing a new release for each shoot, but as we have now made it into our second year, I am going to be changing to yearly ones so we don't have to spend time doing it at each event. Some photographers will probably still bring their own forms even if you do this and that's OK.
Step Five: Make a Facebook event page! You're going to have to do this from your public page and not within the group. Facebook has recently rolled out some changes so if you make the event in the group, only group members will be able to join it. This is good for small things, but not for a big shoot. No one will be able to invite other people if it is not a public event. To create an event on your page:
Step Six: Have your shoot! Your first event is going to be chaos and everyone is going to be nervous. It's OK. When I run mine, photographers have one month to have their images edited and either uploaded into the group or shared with us from their page or site. People go through the photographers to order their prints. Print cost is left up to the photographers. I am kind of a dictator and require that if you share photos into my group that they need to be put in an album to make sure things don't get lost. After each shoot, I come home and create a cover image and make the album or things will just be uploaded all over the place and then you have to track them down and it's a lot of stress. It will still be stressful keeping everyone and everything in order, but it's worth it-- honest!
Step Seven: Upload the photos from your first event to your public page. Create an album and add the photos you got back from your first event if your photographers and models are OK with it. Make sure to include all credits. Don't tag peoples' private, personal pages on these. If they want to tag themselves, they can go do it, but since it's public, everyone will be able to follow the tags back to them. I never post last names for minors. I always check first to see if any photographers or models don't want their photos on the public page.
Why should you put pics in a public album? So everyone can see what you've achieved and share! It's also great for people looking to see if they want to join your group to be able to see the work you've done previously and who is a part of the group.
Step Eight: Plan more fun stuff! The first shoot with my group was 5/30/14. We have had six big shoots that were open to whoever wanted to come, as well as several smaller ones that were just planned for the group. We've had modeling classes and a luncheon-- there are all sorts of cool things you can do and lots of fun people to meet in doing it!
Of course there are more details that I'd like to get into, but to save this post from becoming too massive, I'm going to gather them together for Part Two! If you have any questions or concerns that you'd like to make sure I cover, send me a message at Figment Costuming or post them in the comments! And don't forget to follow me on Facebook! There's also a giveaway going on! Find it HERE!
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The clothing of Dieselpunk stems from two aesthetics-- American (both military and civilian) and the Germanic. Here is where I would like to insert a disclaimer of sorts... It is OK to like the styling of German military. It does not make you a Nazi sympathizer. It's clothes. Get over it, people. If you're worried about wearing a swastika, choose a different symbol (Hydra, anyone??), or make up your own! With any costume that is historically based, it is always a good idea to do some research first. Here are some pictures to get you started, but I do advocate looking into it a bit more for yourself as this article is just a primer on the genre and does not encompass everything (because this is a blog, not a book). Pin-Up art also took off during WW2 and you will find plenty of examples of Dieselpunk Pin-Ups while you're looking and that is also a wonderfully fun spin! If you're looking for cinematic inspiration, think of the clothing in movies such as Indiana Jones and Inglorious Basterds. The other side to styling from this era we will look at later as Decopunk.
Here you can see some awesome Dieselpunk outfits! Have you done some Dieselpunking? Share your looks with me in the comments or on facebook!
So, the Punk It series is taking me a while to work on. I was talking to a friend earlier and she had no idea there were so many different varieties of "punked" costuming, so I've decided to write up a basic primer for now. Don't worry, more in depth posts on each of these will be coming, too. As I write them, each will be updated with a link from this post.
I do understand the "Stop telling me what is and isn't Steampunk" argument. My view is that if you really know what it is you are into, then you'll be able to find out more about it and connect with that genre's fans and community. Knowledge is power, my friends!
Nerfpunk is a derivative of Steampunk, and the image basically says it all! Most Steampunks take Nerf guns and modify them to fit the steampunk aesthetic. Nerfpunks take the steampunk look and modify it to fit the guns instead! This brand of punk isn't seen in literature like the rest of them, just in the costuming realms. All of the outfits bear the signature colors of Nerf's products.
As I said earlier, this is just the basics and more on each subject is forthcoming! Do you think there is an area that I missed that I should add? Let me know in the comments, and don't forget to follow me on Facebook so you know when I post new stuff!