Posts tagged costume
Posts tagged costume
Eee! Mermaid bellydancer! Love it! (Can I has costume in my size, preeze? :D)
And this, this is proof positive of just how awesome my grandmother truly is. ^_^
(Now that I look at the pic more closely though, I realize we -totally- should have done another tableau; where she warded me off w/her cross necklace too. *lol*) ^_^
Earrings for my Haflaween costume are complete. :) They consist of gold French hooks (the first time I’ll have worn gold in many many years, as a matter of fact), gold eye pins (used for threading through the beads you see here), salvaged beads from a thriftstore necklace (they kinda look like abalone cowrie shells), and salvaged tooth/claw things (taken from a necklace where they once hung end-to-end, horizontally on a chain n’ re-purposed here into earrings; by clipping the chains off and eliminating the loops at the bottom). I think they’re gonna go -great- w/my costume.. but now I gotta wonder, what in HECK shall I do for my belt/waist adornment..? I can’t do straight-up silver belts like I have, ‘cause this is a no-silver zone. Hmmm… maybe I can make one out of some faux bones, courtesy of one of those bag-o-bones net bags at the Hallowe’en store. ^_^
Squee! I may have a TON to do (moving in a few weeks- just before Samhain, and for one of those weeks I’ll be traveling through my home state, unable to be here n’ pack), but I am getting SUPER stoked about my performances. Scared poopless a little, yes.. but still, uber excited! XD
Last week I bought a brown snake-print wrap dress at a second-hand store for like $4. Today, I separated the top from the skirt (being careful not to sever the elastic at the skirt’s waist), snipped the layers on the top where they attached to the sides (making it “wrap”), slit the skirt up the sides at the seams, and BAM, insta-bellydance gear! Now I have a new tie top and panel skirt, no-sew style! XD
*wants this makeup and a costume to match* :D
Does anyone know if Ansuya has any Romani heritage..? ’Cause lately I’ve been discovering more of her work, and while she seems like a lovely lady, a good dancer and a great teacher, she throws the “g” word around a LOT. I mean, like a lot-lot. She had a whole web network w/the word in it, she uses it all over her web site, and now she’s got a collabo. going w/bellydance.com called the “G*#sy Sugar” line. (Sure, they don’t have clothes in their new line beyond a size 12, but that’s besides the point. :P) *sighs n’ shakes head*
So, I ask because if she’s actually got Romani heritage, my take on it is that if she wants to use it, then fine, that’s her right. (And of course, being that this is a free country, it’s her right anyway, whether anyone else likes it or not.) I may personally find it distasteful, but okay. I’m a fluffy, blind, queer artist, so far beit from me to censor someone’s creativity, or choice to take back a word that has been used by others outside of a certain group to mean something previously negative, dirty, or defamatory. By all means, have at it. ..But if not, if this is just carelessness, callousness or thoughtlessness, then imho as a HUGE figure within the bellydance community, and one who clearly has access to the mass populace and those outside of the bellydance community, (i.e. someone who could potentially make a huge difference), she should bloody well know better. And beyond that, should take measures to be more responsible than this.
..And bellydance.com? They should too.
I dunno about y’all, but I’m thinking of rallying up some kind of boycott. (Which is sad, ‘cause the clothes really ARE cute, and they’re at insanely good prices- which as a poor bellydancer, I was initially excited to see.) ..If they’d only just used a different name… *shakes head*
..Maybe it’s just me, but I think that as a community, we need to show people that we bellydancers are smarter, and kinder, and more aware than this. That we have more compassion than to buy into stuff like this.. yanno..? I’d like to think that the amazing, smart people that I’ve met through this journey are, as a group, not willing to support people who run around papering their products w/racial slurs.
How ‘bout you..? Thoughts..?
So, y’all remember this ^^^ right..? It’s an image I found here on Tumblr a good ways back, and in fact ended up linking to this post here, ‘cause at the time, I thought it was the original post/er.
But recently I discovered a wonderful designer’s work by the name of Alena Sadurskaya, and as I started going through her beauuuutiful designs, some of the qualities of lighting, one particular background, and certain costuming aspects rang a bell.. or four.. teen. ;) But when I got to this lady’s lovely face, my suspicion was almost 100% confirmed.. which inspired me to go straight to the (suspected) source. So I did some asking, talked to Alena, sent her the link where I’d found this stuff, and BOOM! Turns out my suspicions were.. right! (See Mom? It can happen! ;D)
So, for anyone who’s seen this model in this particular costume floating around the interwebs before and, like me, didn’t know where it came from, now you have the official deets. This is by the extremely talented Alena, (who is -majorly- sweet, and though she doesn’t speak much English, is -very- willing to talk to folks who do). :) She does -wonderful- costume design work for women of -all- shapes and sizes, so if you’re in the market for a new ‘stume (or just wanna see some mega pretty), I highly recommend you go check her stuff out. :)
Hope you like, and thank YOU Ms. Sadurskaya, for sharing your skills w/the world. I hope more people can find you now, and buy your booful pieces. ^_^ ♥♥
Can I have THIS as my first uber-fancy bellydance costume, please..? XD I’m not the biggest fan of the Broadway musical, but I am a HUGE fan of merfolk, and I adored this movie as a kid. ^_^ (And yes, I can totally still sing the song by heart. ;)) All I’d need is some sort of belly mesh, bigger cups n’ straps ta hold mah gurrls, (*wink*) and arm coverings. :) (Oh- and of course, that silly big faux land tail in back would have to go.) ..But then.. as the seagulls say in “Finding Nemo…” MINE? MINE?? MINE??? ;D *giggles*
Look at what my grandma gave me! ^_^ They’re coasters made out of tiny shells, about a hand-length’s wide, and I’m gonna try n’ use ‘em for belt medallions! :D (You know, those large circular doodads on belts that often mark where the hips move, visually. Some people put ‘em close together near the closure, and others keep ‘em out toward the hips, so you can see their movement better from a distance. But they’re almost always on the front— as if they were in back, they’d look like bum-markers. *lol*)
I’m thinkin’ I wanna get some of those beautifully embroidered beaded medallions they sell for Fusion belt-making parts in various places, and afix one to the center of each of these. ^_^ (I -was- thinking of just putting a rhinestone in the middle of the central star of each, but I fear they’d still look like pot-holders that way. ;)) So I’m thinkin’ that I could either a; whip stitch those medallions on, and then do the same to attach these to a beautiful beige-y sash thing I have, or, I could hot-glue my li’l heart out. :) Which do you recommend..?
Either way, I’m so excited! *beams* I think they’ll go nicely w/the shell bra top I have from Left Coast Trading. ^_^ -Ooooh, or maybe I could make them into big ol’ clips! That way I could put ‘em onto whatever belt or skirt I choose… Or even put a few strands of chains n’ things between ‘em! :D Ohhh.. the ideas!! *bounce bounce* Hmm.. what do you think..?
I’m packing up for realses now, and since Hallowe’en is approaching, I wanted to offer folks my horns n’ falls, before they all get hermetically boxed. :) (And may not be available again until possibly -after- October, ‘cause I have no idea how much I will or will not be able to take w/me on the first wave of the move.)
These look -great- on stage & at drum circles, faires and faerie festivals, and of course, would be perfect for All Hallows Eve. :) So, should any of you bellydancers, ravey-dancers, or potential pixies, goblins, demons or other denizens of the twilight realms want goodies to decorate you for the coming Autumn season, now’s a good time to snatch ‘em up. :)
I’m not sure what I’m gonna be doing for Hallowe’en this year (since I’ll be in a new city w/new people and likely no CLUE what I’m doing, what’s going on locally or who to talk to about x, y & z), but I sure hope Portland has some epic spookiness happening for Hallowe’en & Samhain, ‘cause imho— *sings* “it’s the moooost wonderful tiiiiime.. of the yeeeeaaar!” ^_^
Can’t wait, and mehopes you guys like!
(And of course, if y’all have any questions, feel free to ping me!) ^_^