From my Halloween Archives

2005, when I won some contests as a peacock with a retractable tail

2006, when I was going to be a Satyr, but then got mono, and didn’t have time amidst my sleeping schedule. Thus, I went out in my under wear and some closet scraps, and made a pair of wings the night before.

2007, went out with my co-workers: me as a seamonster, Sam as a squid, Rebekah as a sparrow, and Andy as a toad. And our messy workplace in the background.
This year won’t be nearly as exciting, but hopefully I can look like I made an effort for the holiday.

Halloween is coming!

All Hallows’ Eve is fast approaching, and though it is by far my favorite holiday, due to my love of both mythology and costume (and debauchery), I often find myself too tired by the time Halloween actually gets here to do anything spiffy on the 31st. This year, I had many great ideas for a costume, first settling on being a steam-powered robot, then switching to the Queen of Spades, then finally settling on wanting to be an octopus. Now, a few nights away from my favorite night of the year, I find myself exhausted from fashion shows, work, being sick, and moving out of my apartment. Thus, I begin digging through my closet yet again, to find something suitable to wear to a Halloween Dances of Vice event, based around a murder mystery theme. We will see how it goes, and hopefully I can muster up the strength to draw a dastardly mustache on myself.

We shall see how the night progresses, and surely I will have pictures of the debauchery, costumes and the myths to ensue. Rest assured, by next year, I will have constructed the niftiest octopus costume the world has ever seen, and it will be the very thing I pull out when I dig around in my closet, the week before next Halloween!

Grand Chrononaut’s Tea

Mia Johnson, a boy named Raine, and me, waiting in line before the first half of the show.

Gen’s back, me, and some other models for other designers.

My roommate sent me a craigslist ad for a fashion show, and though I feared sketchy men with nothing on under their jackets, I responded due to the fact I had an abundance of costumes in my closet.  It ended up being a fantastic event, in which I showed with some great steampunk designers, and my models got some great praise.  I modeled as well, and it was the first time that I have ever been made up by a professional makeup artist. It felt like someone was massaging my face with brushes and paint.

I had ten looks, most of which I have used for other events and projects, and they got LOTS of press, more than I ever expected!  Look at these links, look at them I say:
There are more, but I have Thai food waiting for me!  If anyone finds any more photo evidence, send a link my way!

My Activities As of Late

I made two costumes for my competition, each based on Byzantine religious art. The week in Italy was amazing and wonderful, (more to come soon, and with photos!) though I was sick with tonsillitis the whole time. I met an array of talented people from all over the world, and visited many textile mills, museums, and design studios. It was my second time in Italy, and I was able to visit my family, who overfed me, yelled at me for not writing, and were more patient than necessary with my horrible Italian. 
Before I left, I was able to take pictures of my garments on models, which makes them look a lot better than when they are shoved in a suitcase!

Mary Benyo dressed as an archangel

Rachel Bowers dressed as the Virgin Mary
Photographed by Andy Jordan, more can be seen HERE.