We've finally made it to the final costume for the Month of Masquerades, Halloween 2015 edition! WOOHOO!
Our final costume, and one of my personal favorites: Nina Sayers, The Swan Queen from the movie Black Swan.
This is a costume I've been wanting to do since I first saw the movie (which I HIGHLY recommend to anyone that likes psychological thrillers), and am so excited to have had the chance to create my version of it.
I wanted to work on this idea, not only because of the relateable character in her passion for her art, but I've always had a deep interest in the psyche, and the duel personality that appears in this movie.
I also loved both her white and black swan costumes, and did my best to do justice to the movie while on a budget.
Not too bad for a discounted leotard with feathers and gems hot glued on the night before, and a handcrafted tutu bought on Etsy!
Plenty of people have mentioned in passing that I look like a ballerina because of my figure and the way I hold myself, so this was a chance to play that role for a very brief moment (the last time I took a dance class was over twenty years ago...so... I wouldn't consider myself to have any sort of dance training - I apologize to all professional Ballerina's for my lack of dance abilities for these shots).
While I had grand visions of how to create this shoot, the reality of it was I didn't have much time, or ideas of location OR the availability of their use.
But as they say, necessity is the mother of invention...so we found a way...
With combined efforts, I was able to use my family's apartment gym, which has a mostly empty room, save for a wall size mirror and some free-weight equipment and yoga balls.
We shot quickly (thank you again Sam!), so we wouldn't be taking up the room in case anyone needed to actually work out, and not have to compete with some crazy woman running around a room in a feather leotard, tutu, and frightening red contacts (oh hey, that's me!).
The room turned out perfectly.
Especially the wall sized mirror, which allowed Sam to take the shot of both the reflection and myself at the same time, and still gave us some room to crop her out (sorry Sam- no features this time!).
It also gave me the opportunity to showcase one of the more thrilling concepts of the movie.
There we have it friends!
The last costume for Side B Modeling's Month of Masquerades, Halloween 2015 edition!
Thank you everyone for supporting my ideas and offering new concepts along the way - I'm already getting ready for next year with even bigger and better ideas!
Which costume was your favorite this year? Leave a comment or send a message if you'd like to offer more ideas to be in the running for next time!
Hope you had a fabulous October, and a have a Happy Halloween everyone!