Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Makeup for "Mr Nice Guy Vegan Cupcakes" Promo

I spun my hand at makeup artistry for local company Mister Nice Guy Vegan Cupcakes new promo cards. Classic pin-up style makeup, with full glittered red lips for little more disco.
A pleasurable job considering the model was bodacious burlesque bombshell Miss Evie Red (Evie and I performed together at "Metropolis" at Red Bennies this year) And despite the fact I'm a raving carnivore and also quite enjoy diary, I can safely say they were super yummy and I'm still pondering how they tasted so fat-tastic and chocolatey without the aid of an animal...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Maniac superman rockstar JIMMY STEWART!

There's few people on this earth who could convince me to make them a customised superhero suit.
Jimmy Stewart is one of them.
This amazing creature cruised into my world in a pirate gypsy get-up so authentic I thought he must own a horse instead of a car.
The Melbourne musician is the real deal rockstar, and with such charming self deprecating wit commissioned me to construct him a STUPIDMAN suit. That's right- you read correctly.
So for his upcoming gig I made him the first ever glam-rock metallic vinyl Superman suit, complete with hand appliqued cape and pants so tight only a real man can wear them.

Note: Unlike Christopher Reeve's nightmare unitard, Jimmy's suit is much more practical. Looks like a one-sie, but is in fact a two-piece, enabling Jimmy to strip off halfway through a performance, and perform as a shirtless Stupidman.
This is why I enjoy making costumes for rockstars.

Note the nice Aussie touch of the blunstones instead of red superman boots. Noice.

I hand appliqued the symbol. Its rather difficult with stretch pvc I dont suggest you try it unless you have the patience of a saint...which luckily I do.

Check out Jimmy here:

Check out his music:
CLINKERFIELD (for all your drunken pirate convict rockenroll needs since 2002)
THE MISERABLE LITTLE BASTARDS (depression era show tunes for the new global recession and an emancipation procession against emotional oppression since 2008).
For the writing on the cape, I copied the original Superman font, redrew it into "Stupidman" and hand appliqued/patchworked the whole thing!

On receiving his finished costume, dear Jimmy spent the day preceding his gig cycling around Melbourne fully costumed! That's commitment to an aesthetic!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Chimera costume for New York Songstress Kim Boekbinder

For a select few months of this year, Melbourne was graced with the presence of US songstress and all round sparkly glamour unicorn Miss KIM BOEKBINDER!  (
Known as The Impossible Girl, Kim is a performer, composer, musician, and visual artist who defies genre.
Kim’s debut solo album, The Impossible Girl, was funded by a successful pre-order campaign that raised $20,000, allowing Kim to record with legendary Boston Producer, Sean Slade (Radiohead, Dresden Dolls,) and engineer Benny Grotto (voted Boston’s Producer of the Year 2010.) The power of her dedicated fan base is making her first album one of the great success stories of the new music paradigm.
Released on December 15th, 2010, The Impossible Girl has already garnered favorable reviews from fans including: Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Rosanne Cash, and more.

                                          Video of Kim Boekbinder's song "Impossible Girl #2"

I had the pleasure to create a costume for this fine woman, a wild glittery creation which paid homage to Thierry Mugler's "Chimera" haute couture dress, as well taking inspiration from Kim's beautiful dreamy music, glitter, birds, unicorns, sequins...and her wild mane of pink hair.
Please check out her website, and if you dont already own it- buy her CD! (
To say that I'm obsessed with her music is putting it lightly...its no wonder she has a track titled "Stalker"...
Kim wearing her Chimera dress, in concert New York 2011
Final fitting

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Epic piles of sequins required!

First sequin appliques applied

The bottom half of the dress was a combination of sequin appliques, loose sequins and feathers all hand stitched.

Me working on the dress

Finished! The feather bustles at the waist were my favourite detail

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sexy Death with Cleave & Daly

Agent Cleave and I once again hit the floor of anti art school DR SKETCHY's Melbourne, with a costume pose-tastic extravaganza for the Halloween weekend...we made it "SEXY DEATH!"
Melbourne's talented artists sketched our mincing and strutting, to the sultry tunes provided by the wonderful DJ Knave.
Our costumes were all designed and made by myself and Agent Cleave.

Black Mad Max-esque vinyl gothic go-go dance leotards with asymetric shoulder details.

Gold skull headress, with gold antlers and blond mohawk. Matching gold skulls shoulder pieces.