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Vintage Stockings & a Stuffed Pheasant

Vintage Stockings & a Stuffed Pheasant

Feast your eyes on the rest of the images from my shoot with RiK Photography. These are my favourite photos so far and I’m eager get in front of the camera again!
Tell me which one you love and maybe I’ll take some more like it, just for you x

modern vintage style pinup, burlesque, union jack, tailcoat, mini top hat, velvet decollete, spiky shoes, fetish, stockings velvet decollete, pinup, red and black, lingerie, study, vintage, english style, old fashioned, garter, globe bettie page isnpired burlesque pinup with lingerie and pearls a group of vintage style female models on a couch / sofa burlesque group ladies, lingerie clad models circus vintage style burlesque dancer posing with union jack furniture burlesque pin up photo vintage retro camera girl with retro camera pinup girls wearing vintage lingerie with glass perfume bottleModels | Velvet DeCollete, Soda Fontaine, Kitty Rose, Kiki Kisses & Rose Halfpenny
Photographer | RiK Photography
MUA + hair | Coleta Carbonell and Karis Crawley

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‘Til Death Do Us Part | A Victorian Steampunk Wedding

‘Til Death Do Us Part | A Victorian Steampunk Wedding

Recieving photos from my clients is one of the most exciting parts of my job! Always accompanied by my squealing with delight and making my Ever Patient Husband look at every. single. photo. I gush over every detail, thankful that I get to be a part of your special events.

I shared some sneaky preview shots of Marshelle’s gown with you a few weeks ago, and now I can finally show you how fantastic she looked on her big day!Marshelle wed Reagan in a detail laden gothic ceremony at Auckland’s Hopetoun Alpha – a beautifully restored historic building. Their theme?                                                                                                                                                                               ‘Til Death Do Us Part. 

Lush Victorian styling, a generous serving of skulls and – wait for it – a cemetery on stage ensured their wedding was a theatrical start to a lifelong commitment.

gold and purple steampunk bride and groom
Marshelle dreamt of a lush Victorian inspired gown with a black, gold and purple colour scheme ( I spent a whole day trawling fabric stores for that specific shade of royal purple!). It had to incorporate an elaborate corset she had chosen, and she needed to dance in it. During the course of our meetings and fittings I designed and constructed this gown with bolero jacket to fulfill her dreams and flatter Marshelle’s bombshell curves.

offbeat black and purple alternative bride
This regal lace and taffeta gown has options – the dramatic train can be bustled to floor level, making it practical for dancing and enjoying your reception (in my mind this is a must. Those finger loops are super annoying, who wants to hold their dress up all night!?). The cropped jacket lends some extra coverage for the ceremony, and I just adore how the brocade pattern echoes the pointed cuffs! Even the wide lace straps I added to the corset can be removed at the brides whim.

I designed Reagan’s waistcoat to match the gold panels on Marshelle’s gown. There really is nothing better than a well dressed couple!

historical goth inspired bride in a top hat

Could that happy family be any cuter? Hades the dog looks very proud.
custom made metal wedding outifts

Black lace bustle steampunk wedding gown

 

Photos | Erin Currie
Bridal gown and jacket | Beckon Couture
Groom’s Waistcoat | Beckon Couture
Groom’s suit | Ebay

 

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A Mad Hatter’s Wedding

A Mad Hatter’s Wedding

Sometimes as a designer you get to work with people who light up a room. People who have effervescent personalities just bubbling over – Stacey, one of my brides this season, is one of those people!

As a bridal stylist I had the honour of helping select her gown and wedding jacket, an adorable ’50’s number for her Mad Hatter’s garden party wedding. As the details of the big day came together it sounded like so much fun – so I was thrilled when she commissioned me to make her bridal headpiece!

Stacey already had a fantastic pair of teal green shoes laced with velvet ribbons. A tiny snip and I had a velvet colour sample to work from. Stacey left Auckland, trusting me with the design of her hat. Not too big, not too small, sophisticated but still fun – it had to be just right.

Using traditional millinery techniques I crafted vibrant teal taffeta into a miniature top hat, embellished with a billowy peacock blue organza bow and fluttering peacock plumes for movement. A brooch belonging to Stacey’s grandmother would be delivered later, a final, sentimental touch.

Stacey's teal mad hatters mini top hat
Mad Hatters garden party wedding

Stacey wearing her Beckon Couture miniature bridal hat
The new standard dinosaur wedding photo!
Venue | Markovina Vineyard Estate
Stacey’s hat | Beckon Couture
1950’s style lace dress | Maggie Sottero

 

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RiK Photoshoot: Part One (Warning – Nudity!)

Of all the photographers wanting to borrow designs for photoshoots, Richard Leonard is one I am always happy to oblige! He shot one of the very first sets for Cog & Compass ( and myself as a model ), and is so easy to work with.

His latest shoot featuring my couture work explores the connection between fashion and the female form – making a more direct link between skin and adornment. The theme starts with artistic nude shots and flows into an edgy fashion style. These first photos are my pick of the nude shots – I love the sense of vulnerability and softness.

fashion nude 1
fashion nude 2
fashion nude 3

fashion nude 4

Photographer: RiK // Model: Rose // Accessories: Cog and Compass by Beckon Couture.

 

When asked what his vision for the photoset was RiK replied;
“I have been shooting art nudes for quite a number of years & although I will continue to do so, I wanted to start to create some images that expanded my view of the human form, joining forces with other creative minds… Designers create clothes & accessories to flatter & show off the body, so I want to create images that illustrate a direct connection. “

Collaborating with designers and stylists, he’s creating works that expose more flesh than your run-of-the-mill fashion photos, showing the human form as both clothes-horse and muse.

I’m still making my way through the more… attired… part of the shoot, photos to come in the next few days!

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The Vintage Textiles Fair (or ‘How to Test Your Willpower’)

Visited a gorgeous vintage textiles fair today! A plethora of fabrics, fashion and miscellany to make any second hand store trawler weak at the knees.

I must say I was the epitome of restraint, leaving with only a few bags of metal stampings and a top secret purchase (Christmas gift) for my Mother. My companions Annie and Natalie were similarly well behaved, although we were all sorely tempted by the lush vintage vanity sets and 1950’s headgear!

Vintage Textiles Fair Retro Hats Fur Coats and Collars Vintage brown ladies Shoes 1950s leaf green hatIt’s a good thing I look silly in hats, or the leaf green 1950s number would be mine. That green is my colour, and it’s so very hard to find!

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Beckon Bombshell | Retro Styled Shoe Clips

If you’ve seen the Beckon Couture website recently, you’ll notice a range of luscious new shoe clips!

Sequined hearts and pin up bows add a pop of colour to your wardrobe, and a touch of glamour to your life. Everything in the new Beckon Bombshell range is handmade by yours truly, and where possible is sewn – not glued – for extra durability and long life.

Here’s a select few of my personal favourites, check out the rest at the Beckon Couture online boutique.

colourful bow shoe clips

‘ I Want Candy’

Red sequined heart shoe clips

‘Be Still My Sequined Heart’

pink tape measure shoe clips

‘ Crafty Dame’

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Preen Like You Mean It

I don’t think I’ve ever shared these with you? While I made the tailcoat and top hat set a while back, I never blogged these photos – shame on me!

Some time ago I came across a length of cobalt blue raw silk. Silk so luminous, so electric, that I couldn’t pass it by. It came home with me, and yearned to be made into a garment worthy of its lustrous textured sheen.

This is that garment. I call it the Preen coat, a shimmering tailored confection of vibrant blue, lined with peacock-ish teal. The clean lined style of this jacket leaves the colour perfectly uncluttered.

Admire these images by photographer Richard Leonard. Imagine how you’d strut in this tailcoat. Visit my new website, and maybe, make it your own.

Preen Tailcoat

Preen jacket Preen ladies tailcoat

Modelled by the lovely (and extremely tall) Roni. x

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The Goddess Project: Nemesis

Hello and good evening!

As some of you may know, I am a Nocturne Girl for Nocturne Magazine. Early this year we shot the Goddess Project – each Nocturne Girl representing a goddess in a shoot destined for Issue Five of the magazine.

I chose to depict Nemesis.

Since Issue Five has now been released in all its obscure, artistic splendour, I can now share my photos with you!

Vengeful and remorseless, Nemesis was a Greek goddess. As the spirit of divine retribution she balanced the happiness and sadness of men, and punished those guilty of  hubris. Derived from the Greek word ‘nemein’ , her name means ‘to give what is due’. A chilling thought for those who had offended the gods….

The idea for my photo set was to depict the goddess is a modern time, holding onto her old ways. In a time when natural disasters are affecting so many it seemed appropriate to choose a coastal urban location.

When designing the gown for Nemesis I wanted something fluid and dramatic, with Grecian references in the styling. Heavy jewellery was a must, and MUA extraordinaire Pearl DuNasemant did an incredible job of working chains and hair extensions into a goddess-like updo, tousled from centuries of smiting! Visit the Cog & Compass Facebook page to see some preliminary sketches.

Like most of my photo shoots, I couldn’t have pulled it off without my mum Dianne and my Everpatient Husband James, especially seeing as my arm had just come out of a ROM brace!
I really do appreciate the late night cups of tea, taxi services and putting up with my fabric all over the house haha. Behind every creative person is a very patient person with a broom and a reality check!

All photos are by Meagan Kerr Photography. Meagan is great to work with, really down to earth (and she’ll wait while I eat my chocolate bars)!

Visit the gorgeous new Nocturne Magazine website to view the Goddess Project in it’s entirety. (May as well grab a digital copy of the magazine while you’re there, it’s super affordable!).

 

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The Puriri Moth Corset – 1860’s Corset and Pantaloons


 

A corset and pantaloons crafted from an 1860’s style pattern, sewn using both machine and handstitching. Traditional details including hand stitched eyelets for the busk and metal lacing tips meet modern colours and embroidery designs

A steel busk closure and spiral steel boning provide support, as does the starched canvas inside layer.

Inspired by the colours of the Puriri Moth (native to New Zealand where I live) I chose a brilliant green raw silk for this corset, shot with a touch of orange highlights. I hand embroidered vines and moths around the front busk, and moths at the base of the back lacing.

I chose the cotton lace for it’s wing-like flower pattern, which echoes the embroidered insects. I also tea dyed it to better tone with the embroidery colours.

The pantaloons are made from fine lawn, and have a placket front with closed crotch (unlike the historic originals!).

 

 

 

 

 

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