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!