Hey There!

I'm Velvet, Miss Pinup New Zealand 2017, modern pinup girl and fashion designer living in small town New Zealand.

I've embarked on a journey of self exploration through style, inspired by the timeless femininity of vintage and the fun of pop culture. I believe the power of fashion can change our lives, helping us strut through each day as the most confident, happy, sassy versions of ourselves.

As a pinup model and vintage enthusiast, I draw inspiration from the past when styling my photoshoots, I adore implying different eras and contexts using my constantly expanding wardrobe and unusual locations. Body confidence and female empowerment lie close to my heart. I believe in educating and supporting each other, lifting each other up - not competing. Over the years I've worked hard to get to a place where I'm comfortable in my own skin. By sharing my lingerie and alternative images I hope to inspire other women to own their bodies and be proud of their sexuality.

My love for making people feel incredible influences my design work too. I work closely with my clients to design clothes and costumes that amplify their personalities and confidence. Life is but a stage, so I make my clients the lead actors.

I live for my ever patient husband Duke Debonair and our Staffy X Echo, impractical clothing and eating foods I shouldn't. I despise chauvinists, mayonnaise and am the absolute worst at telling jokes! 

Here in my online boudoir you'll find my fashion design work, and feedback from my ecstatic clients. You'll find my pinup gallery, and my blog where you'll find my take on fashion, food, art, DIY, more food and pinup life.
(Because I'm well rounded. Like a biscuit.)

I hope you'll join my adventures on Instagram or Facebook, and check out my inspirations, resources and videos on Pinterest and Youtube!

With style and sass,
                Velvet DeCollete xox

THE HARD FACTS


2017

  • Miss Pinup New Zealand 2017 - Winner
  • Co-producer  - The Blood Moon Ball
  • Catwalk model for Devel Branded, Auckland Summer in the Square Vintage Weekend.
  • Runner up Beach Hop Miss Retro Beauty Pageant
  • Fashion model for Devel Branded - Rosie Collection
  • NZAPP Auckland Heat - Judge
  • Living Mannequin at "Til Death Us Do Part" exhibition at Highwic House
  • The Classics Museum Calendar - Model

2016

  • Co-producer & burlesque performer - The Blue Moon Ball
  • Life model for Dr Sketchy Auckland
  • Catwalk model for Hudson at Auckland's 10 Days of Fashion Vintage show.
  • Fashion model for Honey L'Amour's Once Upon A Time collection.
  • NZAPP Auckland Heat - Judge
  • Photographic Model for Hayley Theyer, photograph featured in The Intellectual Fashion Show.
  • Live mermaid for Hallensteins Bros corporate event. 

2015

  • Vintage Amusement Co. carnival performer at weddings, Hamilton Classics Museum 3rd Birthday Party and The Thames Steampunk Festival.
  • Runner up photo in the Very Vintage Day Out photo safari
  • Model for Sydney Nailympia photographic competition - 2nd place
  • Producer & stage kitten - Into Oblivion; a Heavy Metal Cabaret

2014

  • Competed for Queen of Festival at NZ Burlesquefest
  • Burlesque performer with the Hootchy Kootchy Girls
  • New Idea August 2014 - two page spread on artist Vivien Master's wedding and her Velvet DeCollete wedding gown
  • Showed my steampunk collection in the Starship Children's Hospital Charity Fashion Show.
  • Began pinup modelling as the face of Zandy J Pinup Photography.

2013

  • Burlesque performer with the Hootchy Kootchy Girls
  • Product model for The Asockalypse.com
  • Burlesque performer at Caburlesque September 2013

2010

  • Graduated with a Bachelor of Design majoring in Costume Design.
  • Received The Swarovski Award for Excellence in Costume Design.

2009

  • 18th century embroidered silk corset and pantaloons exhibitibited at Smith & Caughey's.