Marie Antoinette is back and she’s getting undressed…
The undergarments for this costume were too glamourous not to shoot! The lingerie set I purchased from Torrid and embellished the heck out of with lace and crystals. This gorgeous corset is one of my most prized possessions and was made by the fantastic designer Louise Black.
Enjoy part 2 of Marie Antoinette by Tyrone Islington!
This year I decided to pay tribute to legendary Horror Babe Vampira! Tyrone Islington and I took a little trip to the cemetery to take some spooky photos of the costume I made. I had some help with the incredible claws from my friend Vall.
Nails by Vall
Photos by Tyrone Islington
My second spooky babe of the week is Miss Betty Quirk!
Burlesque performer and Co-Producer of Peepshow TO, Betty Quirk has been thrilling audiences with one of her signature acts as Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice. I finally had the chance recently to capture some photos of her in this phenomenal costume with her Sand Worm hand puppet. If you want to see Betty perform this act and others, you can catch in her Yellowknife on Halloween at the Movie Madness Burlesque Show. Now please enjoy these photos of Betty Quirk as Lydia Deetz!
It’s almost Halloween and it’s going to be a double whammy week, with 2 themed photosets!
My gorgeous friend Sam and I collaborated on another fantastic dress for her collection. This spider web print was the perfect fabric for her halloween look. We took a little trip to the cemetery to take some spooky shots!
Last weekend my best bud Betty Quirk and I had a stroll through High Park with the lovely photographer Tyrone Islington and my amazing assistant Val! The lovely fall leaves were the perfect setting for a little spooky, halloween inspired shoot. The jacket I am wearing was a costume piece I made a few years ago for a burlesque routine and the skirt Betty is wearing I made for her with the left over material. Betty and I are no strangers to dressing in co-ordinating outfits and I love the way these two looks compliment each other. Enjoy our halloween pinup photos and have a very scary Halloween!
Vampira, also known as Maila Nurmi, made a namer for herself in the 1950s as the very first television Horror Host as well as through her work in film. Nurmi began her career as a model, working with legends such as Bernard of Hollywood, Alberto Vargas and Man Ray. She had some small roles in films and on stage but it wasn’t until television producer Hunt Stomberg Jr caught a glimpse of the dark haired vixen at a masquerade party all done up to look like Morticia Addams that Vampira came to be. Stromberg hunted down Nurmi after this party and offered her a job on his network. On May 1st 1954 The Vampira Show aired for the first time and viewers were entranced by the image of the tall, devious beauty floating down a dark, smokey corridor and then screaming into the camera. The show, in which Vampira, while laying on a Victorian sofa, would introduce and mock horror films, began increasingly popular and though it first aired at midnight it soon took over the 10:30 spot.
Though Vampira was nominated for an Emmy in the category of ‘Most Outstanding Female Personality’ in 1954, by 1955 The Vampira Show had been cancelled and Nurmi, still retaining the rights to the character of Vampira, took the concept to competing networks. After her time as a horror host fizzled out Nurmi returned to the silver screen and stared in a number of movies, including the infamous Ed Wood film Plan 9 from Outer Space.
Nurmi died on January 10, 2008 of natural causes. She continues to inspire generations of horror fans through her timeless works as Vampira.
I had another wonderful photoshoot last week with the amazing and talented Geoff Larkin. I was very excited when he proposed the idea of doing a Red Riding Hood themed shoot, as it is my absolute favourite Fairy Tale (I am a bit of a fairy tale nerd). I have done a number of RRH shoots before, but I could not turn down doing another one, especially since I have two self made red capes to choose from! We did most of the shoot with my long velveteen cape and a few shots at the end in my short brocade cape. We had a lot of fun playing around with some long exposure shots, some different lighting techniques as well as working with a very hyper dog! Enjoy my stroll through the woods to Grandmas house!
Photos by Geoff Larkin with assistance from Tamakhi