Burlesque | Modelling · Style File

Green Gingham and Gardens

There’s something wholesome about gingham. Maybe it reminds us of our grandmothers red gingham tablecloths, or those little fabric covers on preserve jars. For me gingham says summer, sweetness and fresh lemonade. This dress has not one but three sizes of gingham, decreasing in size down the gorgeous flounced skirt. The contrasting sizes are also used to great… Continue reading Green Gingham and Gardens

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Blue Haze Marmot | A Vintage Fur with a Secret

Vintage clothes are full of stories and secrets, it’s one of their captivating traits. This coy faux fur stole is no exception with the vestiges of a past lay-by keeping me guessing. Hanging in an op shop, an old lay-by tag still swings from a tiny safety pin. The imitation fur is glossy and smooth, the… Continue reading Blue Haze Marmot | A Vintage Fur with a Secret

Adventures · Style File

A Classics Museum Carnival

The Classics Museum 3rd Birthday Carnival fell on a sweltering New Zealand summer day. Normally I’d be happy to swap my petticoats for sarongs in the heat – but after setting up the Vintage Amusements carnival in the midday sun I threw on a cute carnival outfit. (I managed to win Best Dressed from the… Continue reading A Classics Museum Carnival

Adventures · Beckon Couture · Style File

Who Do? Voodoo! A 1920’s Voodoo Cabaret Costume

Halloween darlings …. the best holiday of the year.  Macabre temptress Bay of Bay Stagewear hosted a spooktacular pre-halloween shindig for those of us that feel one All Hallows Eve simply isn’t enough. I was there with bells on. Okay maybe not bells. Or a shirt. But there were definitely bones, feathers and a pair of green… Continue reading Who Do? Voodoo! A 1920’s Voodoo Cabaret Costume

Beckon Couture

Lilac Romantic : A Burlesque Costume that’s Kinda Almost Finished

Lilac Romantic –  that’s what I call this costume in my head. It’s kinda classically feminine yet sexy. It’s also kinda almost finished. (Update, since I wrote this post, it’s now finished! Some parts have changed, it’s encrusted with rhinestones and on tour in the USA!). This soft lilac, mottled purple and black 5 piece burlesque costume… Continue reading Lilac Romantic : A Burlesque Costume that’s Kinda Almost Finished

Burlesque | Modelling

A Real Life Mermaid

What did you want to be as a child? A princess, a fireman, a racecar driver? A mermaid? I wanted to be a florist (until extreme hayfever came along), but I still felt like a kid when my new mermaid tail arrived. That’s right, I bought a mermaid tail. I wore it to the beach. In winter.… Continue reading A Real Life Mermaid

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The Pinup Honeys: Congrats to Miss Victory Violet

For those of you in the pinup world, you’ll know the glorious Miss Victory Violet took out Miss Pinup at Viva Las Vegas this year. For those of you not in the pinup world – that’s a super big deal and we’re all very proud of her here in little old NZ. Pinup or not… Continue reading The Pinup Honeys: Congrats to Miss Victory Violet