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Showing posts with label galaxy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label galaxy. Show all posts

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Closet Cosplay (or, return of the galaxy skirt)

I love dressing up. I'm one of those people who wishes that every party was a costume party. I've gone to parties as everything from a treasure chest to a thesaurus (I quite like dressing up as inanimate objects...) and I'll spend hours agonising over what I'm going to be. I like the escapism and meticulous creativity of dressing. I have a great deal of respect for people who spend months on cosplay projects ready for conventions, or LARPers who plan out these incredibly creative and authentic outfits for their games.

hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy cosplay Unfortunately, I am not in a position to dress in outlandish costumes every day of my life - or perhaps I just don't have the balls! - But by way of compromise, I find great pleasure in infusing my everyday outfits with elements of characters, objects, people, or themes that inspire me. So I'm not dressing AS a particular thing, but I've put my outfit together with that thing in mind. It makes me feel powerful to have a secret to my outfit that nobody knows, and I also feel like I can take on the power of whatever I'm dressing as! It's a favourable arrangement.
galaxy outfit
Top: H&M
Skirt: TopShop (last year)
Necklace: Tatty Devine

This outfit is inspired by space. I get to crack out my galaxy skirt again, I get to wear my beautiful constellation necklace, and I get to carry around the (not very well hidden) secret that I am a space princess for the day. Getting dressed is a really empowering thing for me - I can choose what I wear and how I want to present myself, and that's really comforting when there are other aspects of my life in which I have much less control.

I challenge you to dress yourself with something particular in mind. Pick a theme and then look through your clothes to find something to suit it. The other day, my friend Tilly challenged me to dress as an aeroplane (because aeroplanes are my favourite!). I dressed with the textures and materials of an aeroplane cabin interior in mind - grey textured jumper, navy blue tights, a red plastic necklace. Nobody would know I had dressed as an aeroplane by looking at me, but I knew and that was awesome!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Introducing the Galaxy Skirt.

As I mentioned yesterday, today's post is going to focus on my newest sartorial acquisition, the galaxy skirt! I probably see it more as a 'nebulae skirt' really, but both work fine. I have to thank my good friend Emma who showed me both the skirt and the website from which it came, Romwe.com. I am pretty sure that Emma owns this skirt too, and I'd be really interested to see how she styles it.

The first time I wore this was to a gig at the Royal Festival Hall where I was singing backing vocals for the 'foyer gig'. This skirt is fairly different from my usual style, and I don't know whether choosing to wear it on stage the first time I ever wore it was my best decision, but in the end it was a hit!
I paired it with a blouse and then improvised a pussy-bow using a ribbon and a safety pin, then matched the blouse with some cream shoes. The finished product came together quite well, I think, although I am going to experiment with different ways to wear this skirt.
Don't ask me what my leg is up to in this photo; I still can't work it out myself. This photo gives you an idea of what the back of the skirt looks like. I wish there was more of that galaxy action at the front, personally!
Here's my little bow. Don't I look smart? When I left the house in this get-up, an old man commented (unprovoked, I might add) that I looked "So severe and harsh". I replied with a giggle saying something like, "Oh that's just my natural face!" when inside I was a burning pit of fiery rage! What a thing to say! He wouldn't have said that if I was a big burly man who looked "severe and harsh"...
Finally, here's a photo from the gig. Just after the gig, to be precise. Robin Grey is in the middle, and Basia (our incredible violinist) is on the far left. I am, of course, on the right. The other two are a couple who travelled all the way from France to see us play! They were lovely, and I am amazed at their dedication! To listen to our music, click on Robin's name just under the photo. He writes beautiful songs, and I try my best to sing nicely on them!
Blouse: H&M, Ribbon: John Lewis, Skirt: Romwe, Shoes: Very Old H&M