IN BRIEF

I'm Velvet DeCollete, a pin up model, fashion designer and blogger from New Zealand. I'm all about encouraging people to embrace the power of style and sexuality. I'm fantastic at posing in lingerie and the absolute worst at telling jokes.

WHY MODELLING?

Ever since I discovered John Willie and Bizarre Magazine I've been enamored with pin up and fetish style. Those damsels in distress and stiletto wearing heroines inspired me, taking me from an awkward teen to a sassy bossbabe. Modelling gives me the opportunity to explore my fantasies ( and yours ) while creating images that speak to people. Oh, and because it's fun. I've been modelling for over four years. During that time I've walked catwalks at huge public events, been published in international magazines and exhibited in galleries. But you know what? I remember what it's like to awkward in front of the camera. That's why I offer consulting and shoot styling services, to empower other women to strut their stuff and work the camera (or the sidewalk) feeling as confident and liberated as I do.

WHY FASHION DESIGN?

I believe clothes are the outward reflection of our inner selves. They are our armour, our battle flag and our art. Inspired by the glamorous sensuality of vintage style and bold characters of iconic women & men, I create clothes that empower you to be you. The hard facts: I have a Bachelor of Design In Fashion and awards from Swarovski. My garments have featured in magazines, on Offbeat Bride, the BBC website and in special exhibitions at Smith & Caughey's and regional museums. Velvet DeCollete clothing focuses on personality lead designs, couture techniques and confidence raising ready-to-wear for Bossbabes and Kingpins.

black and white, retro, winggle dress, retro, vintage, portrait