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About Angelica Brigade, Press, Update, Working Process

When Hard Work Pays Off: Featured on Dark Beauty Magazine and the La Carmina blog. Lots of Behind the Scenes Photos.

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We are on pp. 76-83 of the magazine and on pp. 24-25 of the free preview
Photographer: Efren Beltran
Stylist: Miu Vermillion (me)
Hair and Makeup: Nami Hasegawa
Nails: Yoco Wakasugi
Model: Alexis Farmer

You can purchase the magazine directly at Dark Beauty Magazine’s website

I’m a big fan of the magazine. It’s filled with inspiring designs and breathtaking photographs.

From time to time, I purchase the printed version of the magazine. But, I prefer its digital version, in my Kindle Fire*. They are as gorgeous, but more portable and less bulky. I can read them anytime and anywhere. Also, while the paper version might get stained or creased, the digital images will look awesome forever.

You can see a free preview of the magazine on issuu.com. If you like what you see, head over to http://bit.ly/DBM_26 to purchase your copy.

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If you love avant garde fashion you’ll love Dark Beauty Magazine!

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And, so, after a 2-month hiatus, I’m back.
It was the busiest 8 weeks of my life (so far).

I was working 16-hour days arranging 3 different editorial shoots and made a number of silk flowers for La Carmina to wear in another editorial photoshoot.

[Here are some of the flowers I made for her. But, this isn’t the image from the shoot]

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The rest of the pictures are just as awesome. They are available on the La Carmina blog

For weeks, all I did were creating jewelry, accessories, and dresses (yes, I finally put the things I learned at FIDM to use). And, 2 weeks ago, I injured my hand quite severely. The wound was quite deep and it reopened – twice! – as I continued working.

I guess I have an overworked sense of responsibility . . .

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One of my working methods … I construct some of my jewelry on a mannequin

My principle is: It’s better to be over-prepared than sorry

So, to prepare for the shoot, I tried everything on. Some of the dresses are so tiny but I can slip my head between the dress and a hanger to see how the pieces look together.

I try to imagine how the pieces look on print; and, just to be sure, I even did some test shoots using my iPhone.

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I also made a thick document (in pdf format, no less) filled with:
– the shoot’s “storyline”
– all the pieces I will feature in the shoot (outfit by outfit) – it makes it easier to write the credits later
– the hair, makeup, and nail arts for each outfit
– some poses that will convey the storyline

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I let the team know what I want to accomplish and let them to do their thing and improve my ideas. All of them are amazing to work with, and I hope I can work with them again someday.

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I’m currently writing several Christmas-themed DIY accessories & ornaments. They should be up (here, on my blog) by early December.

Next week: Mindblowingly gorgeous private beach in Southern California … a 1960s-Balenciaga-inspired dress I impulsively made from scratch within 12 hours … rad manicure rings … my almost-unbelievable new ventures.

Subscribe, or check back in a few days (-:

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-joyce (a.k.a. Miu Vermillion)

*I’ve been trying to be as paperless as possible for a while now. And a few months ago, I ditched my iPad2 for a Kindle Fire HD 8.9″. I got 32GB wi-fi only version without the special offer discount. I love the Onyx Black standing leather case. It does its job and it looks nice. (Btw, I often use its inside front flap to take my work-in-progress photo)

Full disclosure: I am an Amazon.com affiliate. I've been an Amazon.com customer since '96. To be honest, I don't know what my life would be without Amazon . . .
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