It has been an extremely busy couple of months!!!
I was in New York for a bit to join Miss Aniela‘s Fashion Shoot Experience . . .
Then, I spent most of my time creating clothing, jewelry, and accessories for editorial photo shoots I personally arranged, styled, and lensed . . . and, wrote a few articles for Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.
I am not great at handling fragile things . . . and so, I like everything I own to be sturdy, and if possible, armored . . .
I guess, this 2 Terabytes Rugged Armor Military Shockproof External Hardware is perfect for me, LOL!
I really like the hot pink padded hard case as well
Last week, I spent the bulk of my time editing the photos I shot in the past months . . . I’m planning to submit them to various independent magazines.
The photos I recently shot look much more elaborate than the ones I’ve shot in the past. I collaborated with numerous people who love what they do and great at doing what they love. I’m looking forward to share them with all of you very soon (-:
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This series is loosely based on the life of a character in one of Charles Dickens’ novel (Great Expectations): Miss Havisham, who received a letter from her fiancée Compeyson – at twenty minutes to nine in her wedding day – telling her that he never intended to marry her and pretended to love her long just enough to get his hands on her fortune.
Despaired, she had all the clocks in her mansion stopped at twenty minutes to nine – the exact time she received that letter. And from then on, for many years to come, she remained saddened and embittered by that tragic and humiliating moment in her life. Time goes by, but for her, it’s always 8:40am that sad morning when her whole world fell apart. This series portray a younger Miss Havisham, the day (and a few days after) she received that letter.
All the dresses, accessories and jewelry are provided by Angelica Brigade – a demi-couture company I co-founded in 2011. Now, it exists – mostly – to support my photographic endeavors.
It’s difficult to find clothing, jewelry, and accessories that look exactly like ones I envision in my mind’s eyes. And so, the only way I can bring them to life is by creating the pieces myself.
You can view the rest of the editorials in this gorgeous Spring 2014 re-launch issue here.
The photos were cropped and retouched by the magazine.
You can view the original version of the photos – along with the outtakes – below:
This is the second editorial photoshoot I’ve done so far. And, this is the first time I’ve ever shot such soft-hued and hazy photographs. (My first editorial shoot – for Dark Beauty Magazine – is the complete opposite of this series).
I used to be quite heavy-handed with Photoshop. But, this time, 90% of the “photo manipulation” and toning were done on camera.
I achieved the effect by shooting the photos through sheer fabrics (fine stretch tulle, silk organza, and battenberg lace) which soften the lighting and hide most kinds of imperfections. As a result, I didn’t spend more than 5 minutes (per photo) on post production.
Since then, I’ve become quite in love with this “technique.” So, a few days after I photographed this series, I shot my third editorial photoshoot using the same technique, but featuring different things, and using different-colored sheer fabrics. The end result looks quite different from these ones.
Yesterday, I was informed that my third editorial shoot will be published in the April edition of a certain magazine.
Can’t wait to share the photos with you guys (-:
– joyce // miu vermillion
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A set of headpiece-and-mask you can style in many different ways. Please scroll down to see a few different ways I styled this 2-piece set.
(In case you are wondering, you – or your model – can see through this mask)
This is the first unit of the 2-piece set. It can be worn either as a mask or as a hat.
You – or your model – can also wear it as a hat with a half-face mask like this:
The “mask” or the first unit of the set can also be worn as a neck piece . . .either by itself or on top of a simple top or dress.
The crown or the second unit of the piece can be worn on the middle or on either side of the head. It fastens with a heavy-duty but soft elastic strap.
Because the front side and the back side of the crown do not look identical, this crown can be worn in 6 different ways.
Here are some other ways you can style the set.
[Note: The pieces you see below are the first samples of the design. The current version look much smoother than the sample. Please scroll down to see the comparison between the first sample and its current version]
Here are the comparisons between the first sample and the current version.
The mask consists of 5 separate origami units, and each origami unit is hand-stitched onto the other units.
In order to make sure the stitches won’t unravel for many years to come, I stitched each part using the use the thickest and strongest upholstery thread I could find.
Because of the extensive work involved, (at this moment) the two-piece set retails for $850. But, you can rent it from Dream Shoot Rentals for $75. And, right now, you can get a 10% discount on your first order).
The piece is currently out of stock. So, please bookmark the page and check back in a few weeks.
Oh, by the way, you can see a similar headpiece in the 29th issue of Dark Beauty Magazine.
This piece can also be worn in several different ways.
This one is also the first sample of the design. The current version is also seamless-looking (like the one seen on the 3rd image above this text).
It consists of 7 hand-stitched origami units, and fastened on the back using millinery grosgrain ribbons.
This one retails for $375 (+shipping) apiece.
(If you’d like to place an order, you can contact me via my Facebook Page)
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I haven’t shared anything on Instagram for a few days because I’m not allowed to show the photos of the projects I’d been working at just yet. So, please wait till the images are published in two certain magazines in a month or so (-:
Tomorrow, I’m going to start working on my next projects. So, you can expect to see my real-time updates on Instagram again.
Till next Wednesday~
– joyce// Miu Vermillion @ Angelica Brigade