There’s no actual name for this photo so I’m just going to refer to it as “Satan’s Bride”. Judging by the style of the costume, I want to say it’s mid to late 1930’s. Never the less I absolutely love the idea, concept, and over all execution of this outfit. I generally always love vintage costume, they’re simple yet stunning and well put together.
Model is an unknown burlesque dancer, so I’m told.
Photo was shot by Murray Korman.
I’ve been running a round Downtown L.A. that past few days fabric sampling for costumes, so I haven’t been able to post a thing aside from the minor things I can do from my Ipod.
Recently I accomplished sneaking into the backstage area of the Macy’s Passport Glamorama fashion show. I worked this show before way back in 2009 when I was more fashion oriented. There’s no picture of that, so here’s a picture of young Candice, my friend Kim and a chubby me attending my first fashion show with my high school class, which happened to be the Macy’s Passport show in 2008.
The Macy’s Passport show is a wonderfully fantastic show that benefits HIV/AIDS organizations as well as raising awareness, and I knew I had to be apart of it again. After being out of the runway game for about 3 years, I’ve decided to return 20 pounds lighter and blonde. I knew this show was in town, so I knew I had to somehow get in. That’s when I decided to sneak in as a dresser. Day of the show I dressed in all black, because it’s an unwritten rule for dresser and an absolute must if you decide to ever work as one. When I say I sneaked in, I kind of mean it. Most runway shows use student workers, which helps them gain “work experience” in the runway part of fashion, in this case FIDM students were used. Now these students have to sign up to work these shows and there is a roster with each of their names assigned to a model. Luckily for me, when I worked runway I had a FIDM friend who use to help sign me up back in ‘08 and ‘09. The only other way to get into a show is to go through a fashion show coordination group, that you get in contact with and they pay you for working the show. Before you say,”Well you just did all that for nothing and are working for free now.” Wrong, I was given the email of the show coordinator after the show to get paid for all my hard work.
Once somewhat fooling the security team into letting me backstage because I was a “dresser” who didn’t know where I was suppose to be, which personally would of struck me as odd if I were part of the security team, I stumbled into the main tent housing all the fashion for the night, props, as well as models.
I was assigned my rack of clothing and my model (who was this great guy named James), then was given a backstage pass short time after that allowed me to run around the entire backstage area bumping into celebs such as Amy and Nick from Karmin, P. Diddy, and Robin Thick… but mainly just to follow James around and dress him.
The show went off without a hitch, and literally went by faster then the actual prep time lead it to be. While cleaning up and packing away all the outfits I was told by another dresser if I was going to the after party held at the California Mart (which is this building downtown housing a bunch of designer houses). After which I had decided to attend somehow knowing there would be alcohol. I had quickly whisked away to the California Mart. Once there I passed one guard using my dresser excuse, then wasn’t so lucky once I came across a second female guard with bad hair. She had asked for a wrist band that I didn’t have and was very rude when bring up the topic of me dressing the show saying, “I don’t see any models here.” Which was completely stupid because I had seen seven of whom were in the show. After being turned away, a woman over heard the scuffle between us and approached me. She looked at me happily stating,” did you want to get in to the cocktail party?” After answering yes, she replied saying,” I’m here with my daughter who is to young to be here and I cant drink, so here take my band and this extra just in case.” Giddy as can be I gladly took them, then proceeded onward into the party flipping off the female guard while pointing at my wrist band.
Once I snagged my grab bag filled with little goodies, I heard that it was an open bar sponsored by Patron, which in my defense I should never be around because it would quickly result in my downfall later that night, thus causing me to take drunk picture with fake British guards and leaving me to roam around Downtown drunk.
Needless to say it was a pretty fun day/night, and I’m totally going to go back into doing runway work again. Hopefully next time I don’t have to sneak in….maybe I liked sneaking in, it made me feel bad, dangerous and mysterious. Leaving people think,”who’s that cool fashionable guy over there I haven’t seen him around.” Hmmm I think about it for a while.
So till my next adventure…
Custom Duffy Vinylmation
If you don’t know what a Vinylmation is, they’re Disney’s version of a designer toy. Much like popular Dunny toys or any other vinyl figures you may see. These come in a numbered collectors series following certain Disney attractions, film franchise, or even urban artist. If collecting isn’t your thing and you’d rather paint, you can buy blank Vinylmation figures, much like the one this one use to be.
I painted him about a year ago. Don’t worry if you don’t really know who he is, it’s a Disney thing not much people get, unless they keep up with the parks. No one really gets to see any of my custom Vinylmations, mainly due to the fact that I rarely ever show them and I have no place to display them without them being ruined. So I figured why not show them here. I have another painted one….somewhere. I’ll post it later.
Before you ask. I use to collect, now I just customize. It’s funner and the molds aren’t as weird looking as the newer collector models.
Creature From The black Lagoon
Richard Carlson as David Reed
Costume by Rosemary Odell
I’m honest considering being this for one of my many Halloween costumes.
Elvis Presley as Chad Gates
Costume by Edith Head
I absolutely adore this outfit, not just because Edith Head (who happens to be a personal favorite) designed it. But because if there’s any thing I love most about vintage fashion it has to be men’s swim wear. It so much better then swim wear now a days.
Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room Host costume circa 1980’s
Costume rendering by Pat Lafond
The Creature from The Black Lagoon
Ben Chapman as The Creature
Julie Adams as Kay Lawrence
Costumes by Rosemary Odell
The Creature from the black Lagoon
Ben Chapman as The Creature
Costume by Rosemary Odell
Detail done on Christopher Walken’s Hessian Horseman costume.
Costume by Colleen Atwood
Once Upon A Time
Lana Parilla as Regina Mills/Evil Queen
Costume by Eduardo Castro
Like mentioned in an earlier post, this bar called La Descarga host a tiki night on Tuesdays. If theres anything with the word “tiki” in it, I’ll probably be there, in or around ;Tiki Bars, Tiki Oasis, International Tiki Market. I love tiki culture, it’s so fun and calm to be around, not to mention how cool the people I meet are. You get all the Rockabilly/Psychobilly type of crowd without the fear of being stabbed or beat up…although I do rather enjoy running in that crowd time to time. I can’t really say tiki people don’t drink as much as rockabillys/pschobillys, if anything we probably drink more. We all drink Mai Tais and tons of other alcoholic beverages out of cool tiki mugs….we’re alcoholics. And granted I’m probably one of the youngest people running around in a crowd of a 30 to 60 year old demographic.
Candice and I had made plans to go to La Discarga’s Tiki Tuesday, so two nights before we had went out I made her this beautiful bark cloth Hawaiian floral print skirt. To be honest I originally had wanted her to wear this skirt to my 22 birthday luau, but I was to busy and didn’t get a chance to make it. However she did get to wear it that bar night….two weeks after my luau had passed. I’m just going to say that this picture does my skirt no justice, it has to be seen in person to truely enjoy it’s beauty and flair.
Ok, ok you caught me I make a lot of circle base dress/skirts for her, but Candice knows how to work these outfits. What can I say sure they look easy to make (and are if your me) but take tons of work to get right. In my defense I’d like to point out that this particular skirt is made up of 16 individual panels that had to be lined up right so the flowers would matched up, then sewn together with the addition of a hand sewn hem line that I do on all of these outfits.
Giselle’s wedding dress worn by Amy Adams
Costume by Mona May
A few months back Candice and I decided to go to the Folly event hosted by Dapper Day.
Many of my Disney brethren may know what Dapper Day is, but for those who don’t much like Bats Day/Rock Around the Park/Gay Day it’s a day out the year when people dress up and roam Disneyland. In this case they dress up all dapper like and try to replicate the early years of Disneyland. Which by the way is coming up September 7th I believe.
So Folly is the first 21 and over Dapper Day event held off the Didney park premises at this speak easy in Hollywood called La Descarga, which by the way is this really cool cuban bar that host a tiki night on Tuesdays.
Being in a Cuban bar the Folly event was a type of Cuban Havana theme. I wore some Bermuda short s, boaters, bow tie and cardigan. Candice however wore the dress shown above. Yes, yes I know what you’re thinking “You made that didn’t you?” To answer the question Yes, I did. I originally had made it to be a spring /summer type sun dress to wear around town during the day, but just seem to fit the occasion.
The night was pretty fun we had got the chance to meet Disney Imagineer and legend Bob Gurr. He was complimenting our outfits and upon finding out I had made the dress proceeded to say I was an “Alice Davis” because I work with fabric. Which pretty much made my night, I adore Alice Davis.
Updates on my whereabouts.
So first off I kind of want to apologize to all you, my lovely loyal followers to whom I kind of ignored for the past few months.
Lately I’ve been wondering around L.A. viewing costuming exhibits, drinking like a sailor, working on my own projects, catching up on films, researching new costumes to show on here….but mainly drinking. Can you really blame me, I live the life of a socialite.
Any who so I’m going to try my best to update my blog more often then I have been doing. Post a few of my costume/fashion/artsy projects past and present, continue on with my typical film/tv costume photos.
If you have any “how to” questions you think I might be able to help with, general questions, costume request, or would like to submit anything DIY/ costume related. Feel free to do so, I won’t bite….mainly because I’m a mysophobe.
Oh also since Halloween is coming in about two months, I’ll probably make a few tutorials to help you all on your DIY costumes. Submit/ask anything you’d like to see done and I’ll see what I can do for you. Sound like a plan? Yeah, sure, ok. Break. :D
Oz, The great and Powerful
Mila Kunis as Theodora, The Witch of the West
James Franco as Oz
Costumes by Gary Jones
Photo courtesy of Entertainment Tonight