you can leave your mask on...

Earlier in the week, I posted a sneak peek of a costume design shoot I styled for local designer Kelly Lynne. Well, voila! Here are the final images! I was super geeked about this shoot based on my cell phone pics, but I am even more excited for the final product. The images, shot by Michelle Matiyow, perfectly capture the innocent-yet-macabre aesthetic of the designer. It also presented me with an opportunity to really let my imagination run wild when it came to the styling. Check it out below and let me know what you think in the comments!

Kelly Lynne Costume Shoot
photo: Michelle Matiyow for LM Studios
styling: Rebecca Voigt Fashion Styling
hair: Sandy Bambi
makeup: Megan Murphy
model: Maeve

White Swan

When Kelly and I first talked about the direction for this shoot, her number one note was that she wanted the shoot to be "extra weird and crazy." When it came to her black and white swan costumes - each complete with a very traditional handmade pancake tutu - she wanted them to look "less ballet." The idea for white swan came to me pretty much immediately. I loved the idea of using a bright pop of color to amp up the virginal white swan. (If you haven't seen Swan Lake, or Black Swan for that matter, the white swan, Odette, is fragile and innocent; the black swan, Odile, is her seductive and powerful rival.) What better color than fire engine red to give the white swan a dramatic new look? Tights from American Apparel, which I've had in my stylist bag-o-tricks for years, and a hat (originally a gift from Gena Conti), made over with lots and lots and lots of red silk flowers, brought my vision to life.

For the black swan, the idea for her makeover came to me as I was digging through my supply of hats, masks, tights and gloves. I wanted black swan to look like a comic book villain with a Fosse vibe. I had a bowler hat, black mask, fishnets, my favorite studded black leather gloves - all I needed was a cane. Luckily, Meijer has a way hipper selection of canes than I anticipated. Who knew?

The rest of the looks were a little more straightforward since Kelly already had many of the elements herself, such as Alice's bloody bunny handbag, the gray ballerina's surrealist pointe shoe hat, and the Ringmaster's plumed top hat. But of course I still brought lots of fun extras...



How incredibly perfect are these polka dot thigh highs? Combined with my fingerless motorcycle gloves, they really give Alice an edge, don't you think?

Feather corset and tulle skirt

For her last runway show, Kelly embellished a bunch of masks with lace. I had the idea of layering them on top of each other, and I was so happy when it came out the way I pictured it in my head!

Gray ballerina skirt and top

Sparkly tights by American Apparel, pointe shoe hat - what else do you need?


If only I hadn't forgotten my whip...

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