May 17th, 2012
|04:23 pm - Kambriel NYC fashion show|
I had a wonderfully top secret art project to complete as soon as we got back from doing our fashion show at the NYC 19th Century Extravaganza in NYC, but the project is **APPLAUSE* done (I can't wait to share it with you!), and today I finally had a chance to gather up some photos from the show.
The pictures are presented in order of appearance in the show itself, and the song we performed it to was the mesmerically dreamy "Salomé" by The Changelings.
Countess Cynthia von Buhler, in an Edward Gorey inspired "The Evil Garden" (note the plethora of tassels aka Les Passementeries Horribles...) gown ~ in monochrome shades of both shimmering and velvety black with accents of silvered grey:
A closer view of Cynthia with a ruffled collar made from antique Chantilly lace found in Paris, oversized black rose hat, and the gown's beribboned bodice:
Cat Valente, looking every bit the goddess she is, with a headdress made from a combination of velvet, glass beads, and silken flowers:
Cat wore an Isabella Coatdress made from lightweight teal wool, with art nouveau organza flounces in shimmering teal and black with golden highlights:
Naeelah wrapped in shimmering Art Nouveau organza atop a ruffled dress in translucent black, edged with iridescent peacock shades. The diadem styled headdress is made with salvaged Victorian jet beadwork, framed in pleated satin, upon a velvet base:
Monsieurs Curse et Joel ~ Curse in a silver silk dupioni high collared shirt and matching cravat, with a peacock feather silk brocade long waistcoat, and Joel in a crinkled cotton high collared shirt and matching ascot, with a black, blue, and gold toned silk brocade double-breasted vest (made from the last bit of the same silk as Amanda Palmer's bustle dress that she wore on her tour with Neil last November!):
C'est moi, in tentacular black:
Aurora, in a highly textural skirt of black satin flower petals, lace gloves, and fitted jacket made from antique hand-embroidered soutache in an elaborate striped design. These were topped off with an authentic Victorian black jet Medici collar, placed atop the jacket:
Judy, as the perfect mysterious femme fatale, in a ruffled capelet of sheer black netting and pleated satin, worn atop a gown of vintage lace inset with black velvet, beaded accents, and openwork sleeves ~ all topped off with a velvet hat edged in beaded fringe, and hand-cut tattered ribbons:
Gala in an elegantly whimsical gown of silver & ivory striped taffeta, edged in black lace, and featuring a pictorial bodice centerpiece ~ again topped off with one of my giant black rose hats!
Backstage bonus shot! Wherein Cynthia & I are apparently brushing up on our skills of telekinesis:
Post show, family portrait:
Thank you so very much to Zoh & the NYC 19th Century Extravaganza for inviting me to show in their charming event at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn, as well as our fantastic (both onstage & offstage as well) models for gracing these designs with their wonderful presence & warmth of spirit ~ Cynthia, Cat, Naeelah, Curse, Aurora, Joel, Judy, and Gala. In addition to our models, thank you so much to icprncs & morthael for making the trek up to see the show, *and* for all of your (greatly appreciated!) help afterwards. *My love to you all*
I hope you enjoyed the show!,
wow, you are amazing! the level of intricacy and detail is just incredible
It means a lot to me that you'd notice and appreciate those little intricacies & details ~ thank you!
oh yes, it totally sets you apart from a lot of "gothic" designers and the final result is just amazing. This is gothic haute couture!
You do such fantastic work that I can't decide what I like the most! I do love the fabric of Curse's waistcoat, very unique. And I am so envoius of all your headpieces!
Thank you ever so much! I really enjoy making headpieces, and went on a bit of a binge with these in the week leading up to the show.
C's waistcoat brocade is so decadent with all of the overlapping peacock plumes woven into the silk ~ I wouldn't mind wearing something out of that myself ;)
Isn't she just terribly glorious? I have another portrait shot I took of her that's so filled with magic and beauty that I think it might deserve a post of its very own ;)
Gorgeous! I was there, and yet I'm blown away all over again looking at the photos.
(I was the one who came in my Isabella coatdress to show you, and then ended up modelling for Zoh . . . )
|Date:||May 17th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)|| |
Aha! Now I know who you are! I was the one who WAS wearing the Isabella coatdress. :) (And I believe we also have bethynyc
We just missed being twins . . . ;-) I got off the subway going there, in my Isabella (w top hat, parasol and lace gloves), and found myself just behind a large group of Mennonites -- the women all in long black skirts and jackets, with white blouses and their hair up in knots. I felt like their decadent cousin. I'm glad I at least got to show Kambriel after the show, when I changed back, though that was *not* the easiest outfit to keep changing into and out of.
Love Bethy; we miss her here in NYC.
Went to your page and read your Dark Shadows review; I'm still planning to see it, because of my fondness for the original, and I'm glad to see several people on LJ who seem to really get it.
You looked great & I'm so happy you came up to say hi ~ it was really nice meeting you!
You too. I'm glad at least I got to show you at the end.
|Date:||May 17th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)|| |
You're more than welcome for the help (after all, we got something out of it too... ;) ) and are so glad we went. Being with you and seeing one of your shows always revitalizes me, and I'm all the better for every experience.
You looked absolutely luminous! It was a joy to have you there, and only could have been better by us being able to pull you up on that stage alongside us, or perhaps the addition of a nice dinner together afterwards... next time :)
(And thank you for your incredibly kind sentiment... I'm not sure if you know how much that means to me & my heart to hear, but it really does mean a ton.)
|Date:||May 18th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)|| |
Oh, my grammar there was hideous. :P
It honestly does make a difference in my outlook to be with you and your work. I tend to come away with greater confidence and a better eye for my own creativity, because you're good at being inspiring simply through your work and your outlook. There's definitely some transformative stuff going on right now, after all the upheaval of the past year-plus, and the show was kind of a "marker" in how things are changing. :)
Also, the photos
as mentioned yesterday.
And thank you for making it such an enjoyable event! (Plus, wonderful jacket is wonderful.)
Is it just me, or were you maybe having a *good day* (as evidenced by this surreptitious photo C got backstage)? It's like there was some big achievement in your life going on at the time and a world of new possibilities opening up... or something ;)
So much for my reputation for always making sour-face when cameras are about! ;)
What wasn't to have a good day about--perfect weather, wondrous company, pretty dresses, new-found freedom...
|Date:||May 17th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)|| |
*STAGGERINGLY* gorgeous -- some of your best work yet! <3
-- A :D :D :D
But there were no onstage bottles of rum this time, I swear!
(& thank you ♥♥)
|Date:||May 18th, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)|| |
(And I'm amused, because I just realized that I've been in TWO Convergence fashion shows involving onstage booze bottles, come to think of it -- although it was Jack Daniels for Donna's show in New Orleans!)
You're very welcome! *smooch!*
|Date:||May 18th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)|| |
Hey, I think the rum matched the theme of the event quite nicely! ;)
|Date:||May 18th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)|| |
wow, what a feast (for the eyes)!
I was thinking of you when we were there, and the "lengths" (*ahem*) you went to getting out to NYC that one time for the exhibit opening ;) You deserve ~some kind~ of merit badge.
I could see you in a gown that's some kind of mixture between the ones Cynthia & Gala wore!
While we were in Brooklyn, we re-visited ye land of the great & macabre Jilli picnic ~ I think you might have left a petticoated spirit or two there in your wake ;)
|Date:||May 18th, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)|| |
They're all lovely, but Judy's outfit was my absolute favorite! Very, very nice work!
I wish you could have been there, but hopefully we'll have a chance to see eachother in oh... about a day? ;)
Judy looked smashing! It was sweet because she mentioned feeling a bit too riské what with the way it showed off her shoulder/upper chest area between the sheer mesh of the capelet and the taupe lining of the dress. At least her scandalous ankles were kept well under wraps ;)
|Date:||May 18th, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)|| |
She DOES look like she might be ready for a romp with a Curious Sofa. ;)
I also really love all the jet beads in this show! I wish the photography could better capture the sparkle.
BTW- completely off-topic, but... I went to the eye doctor and I finally need glasses (YAY!!), so I'm on the hunt for some quirky, awesome frames. Can you think of an antique store that you've visited that might have some? You've visited a lot more than I have. I'm guessing most antiques will be too small for my face, but I love the idea of recycling an old pair.
Hooray for The Curious Sofa reference!
When you were talking about the glass frames, I thought for sure at first you were referencing the ones I have up on Etsy right now ~ it's the last pair, they fit your description to a T, and even beyond cat eyes, these are *bat* eyes with really cool shaping on the sides as well: https://www.etsy.com/listing/95405646/vintage-vamp-french-1950s-60s-batwing
I found them in Paris in an antique shop as new old stock. I can bring them to you this weekend to try on in person if you like ~ I think both the size *and* colour would be perfect for you. I got a pair for myself, and C had purple lenses put into them for me... they're really comfortable and fun to wear :)
|Date:||May 18th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)|| |
Too funny! I hadn't thought about the fact you might have something up on Etsy, and that's pretty much exactly what I'm looking for! I'll be sure to bring cash with me; if they fit my face, you've got a sale. :D
I love having awesome, glamorous friends. <3
All of your designs are so lovely, but I'm particularly drawn to the organza ruffles on the coatdress and the capelet.
Thank you ~ I really enjoyed doing those!
How B e a u t i f u l ! I just keep looking and looking. So many ruffles and beads and tassels and textures and delights!! And the hats!
Ah. Thanks for sharing, this must have been a splendid day, and I hope you feel rewarded for what must have been ages of hard work when you see pictures like that last one, with all of your finery joyfully worn by dear friends. Lovely!
I truly wish you could have been there with us ~ the weather was indeed splendid, and it's always nice to do a show in such charming surroundings! I'm really happy with the way it all came together ~ everyone embodied their outfits so well, and having it set to "Salomé" by the Changelings, just made it all the more dreamy...
|Date:||May 18th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)|| |
Fantastic! I think Aurora's outfit is my favorite. (And don't you think her name is so perfect for her?)
It's such a lovely, evocative name & fits her beautifully!
The little lace heart on the jacket front was an ode to the ladies fencing jackets of yore, and it was made with a hidden pocket behind it, so bonus points for *usefulness*... It ended up fitting her so well, let's just say the jacket portion of the outfit didn't come back with us from NYC ;)
Thanks to both of you!
That little pocket is the perfect size for earplugs. [grin]
|Date:||May 19th, 2012 06:30 am (UTC)|| |
Yay photos! Thanks again for having me along. If you need an extra body to prance around in pretty clothes any time in the future, you will certainly have to twist my arm. ;)
If you need an extra body to prance around in pretty clothes any time in the future,
Anytime ~ you were wonderful!
C got this fun backstage photo of you & J :)
Thank you for including me in another fantastic adventure! I truly did not want to take the dress off.
It worked *so well* on you ~ if Edward Gorey were still alive, I'd suggest we all go down to the Cape and walk along the shore, and you could wear that gown!
I wish we'd have had more Boston-time, but it looks like I'll be back up there for Amanda Palmer's art show in early August, so perhaps we'll get another opportunity then!
All so incredible! Finding myself particularly drawn to the antique lace dress... and the peacock fabric from Curse's waistcoat is stunning!!
oh my, those are gorgeous!! (found them only now....)
I love Judy's dress!:)
I'm glad you found your way to them! Judy wore the lace dress beautifully ~ such a vamp :)