Thursday, November 24, 2016

Faery Festivals

I bring an array of magical things to Faery Festivals across the East Coast! My favorite things to make are big sculptural costume pieces, like wings, masks, headpieces, and shoulder adornments, as well as couture costume pieces like gowns and coats. I work as a costume designer for many different productions, and show two collections a year at NY Fashion Week, so I always bring a rack of runway samples and lightly used costumes to share with customers. Every piece has a story, and is often one of a kind. I also have a ready-to-wear collection of leggings, bell bottoms, bodysuits, and tops made in colorful spandex blends. These are made in small batches in my studio in NJ, and are available in sizes XS-XL.

I make a variety of wings from large articulated fabric feathered ones, to ones made from sustainable harvested feathers, to tiny paper mache ones to stick in the back of a corset. Prices range from $30-$600 depending on size and materials.

Headpieces allow me freedom as a sculptor to experiment with many different wearable shapes. I studied painting and paper mache techniques in Venice, Italy, and use my knowledge to make lightweight, durable, water-resistant pieces that help the wearer take on the mantle of a character. My favorite things to make are animal masks, floral headbands, halo pieces, and nautically themed hats. Prices range from $20-$50 for simpler headband pieces, to $75-$350 for the bigger hand-sculpted pieces.

My ready-to-wear line currently consists of leggings, bell bottoms, shorts, bodysuits, tops, and swimmable mermaid tails made from four-way stretch spandex blends. I use a variety of prints including wood grain, mermaid scale, stone, puppies in space, and more. Every time I release a couture collection, I add a print to my lineup. The purpose of the line is to create comfortable layers to wear with bigger costume pieces, or on their own. Leggings are $50, bell bottoms $80, tops $35, shorts $35, and bodysuits $40-$150 depending on details and embellishments.

I release two couture collections a year during NY fashion week, and work to create couture costume pieces for productions and shoots throughout NYC and the east coast. Of the costumes and samples I get back after projects are completed, I offer the ones in better condition to my customers at a reduced rate. It also allows for people to get ideas for custom orders that we design together.

My booth setup shifts depending on the space I'm in. For outdoor events I use a 10x10 foot tent with a gold and brown brocade canopy. I have a dressing room in the corner for trying things on. Many of my current booth photos are from indoor events.

Here are more images that I couldn't fit into my photo collages!

Photographers include Jane Kratchovil, Adrian Buckmaster, Michael Blase, Babs Daniels, Bora Images, Christopher Anderson, Mark Feigenbaum, Anna Fischer, Andy Jordan, and myself.


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