You see, in a fit of insane vanity (or vain insanity) Loretta and I decided it would be a Splendid idea to have our photos taken in a little studio I know of across the border in China. After a lot of very passionate negotiation, we handed ourselves over to the terribly professional two-man team in their studio that was only marginally bigger than a six-man tent. It was an utter Alibaba-esque cave of wonders, full of props, various silks and organzas festooning the walls (from the costumes strapped to them for storage). The was barely enough space to stand, amid the garish green plastic stools and the enormous studio lighting.
As can be seen from the rather doll-like, almost lolita-esque appearance they've managed to force from my face through the caking on of make-up.
I had thought after being the subject of more than a handful of photoshoots over the course of the last month (well, it's not like I'm ever going to make enough to pay a model), I thought I'd be well immune to feeling self-conscious. But somehow doing it in front of stranger and in a studio made me feel rather more uncomfortable. My mind when blank and the photographer started posing me like a marionette. It was certainly amusing as experiences go.
There were rather more photos from this experience (including more of myself in other costumes as well as in this coat) with Loretta, who has promised to guest blog about her side of events sometime next week.
If you would like to see more photos from this rather experimental experience, I'm afraid you'll have to ask.
I suppose this all sounds like it's going to launch into some discussion about women and feminity, but I'm not sure this is the time and the place. Suffice to say I felt like I was the sort of femme fatal who wakes up with perfect make-up. I shall reel back and briefly name the clothes (a more in-depth discussion with have to wait for some better photos).
The Steampunk Coat, which really should have been the star of the show, is rather shadowed by the colour correction programme they threw the photos through (mostly to soft focus it all and make us look more pale). It's much like the red and brass coat, but done in a dark blue and gunmetal grey. It's worn over the prototype steampunk shirt and overall I was quite pleased with the effect, though the detail is rather obscured in these photos.