The amazing Bella Bee Sweet and I collaborated on her stunning canary yellow costume for the Miss Burlesque Australia Sydney heats and the photos are finally out!! The event was on Friday and supposedly was amazing, but unfortunately I was still on the plane back from Japan. I had made this gorgeous yellow silk under-bust corset for Bella and she finished the rest of her costume with yellow chiffon and lace, and blinged up the whole deal! She looked amazing, and in my opinion, one of the best.
The amazing Monica Strut, head vocalist of the Sydney band, Vanity Riots, asked me to make her a custom rock outfit for their first ever music video that was filmed a couple of months ago (see below). Monica has been incredibly supporting of my work, and I of hers. We've been friends for years and it's great that our passions (costumes, burlesque and music) can colide. I performed at one of her gigs about a year ago as well. Artistic friends always seem to support their artistic friends.
This cute outfit for the star of the show was a collaboration between both of us. I ripped up an old t-shirt and stocked up on every colour of metal stud I could find and created this adorable cute custom denim outfit for this sexy vixen.
This goes to show that Missing James isn't just for showgirls. I have training in design for theatre, so anything goes!
Monica organised this photoshoot. Photos are credited to the stunning photographer, Fiona Grace MacDonald.
I had such a fabulous trip in Japan. It was chocker-block full of amazing and exotic experiences that differed each one to the next. Japan is such a friendly country with so much to offer spiritually, traditionally and commercially! I stocked up on amazing kimonos, silk brocades and painted silks for costumes and custom orders, as well as amazing Japanese fashion items for my own crazy wardrobe. I'm currently unpacking and I'm stoked to get started on some costumes!
In other news, Missing James is getting a whole new revamp and is taking all 'off-the-rack' items off the Etsy store and is becoming a completely custom order trade. Any costume or corset design is welcome.
A few brocade silks from Japan will be available for custom orders and single photos of each fabric will be posted on the Facebook Page shortly. Let me know if you're keen on a custom corset in a fabric by commenting below. Prices will start at $300 as the fabric was expensive, and I'll be using only steel boning from now on.
Hope y'all had an amazing start to 2013! Let the new year finally and truly begin!
Missing James is a line of burlesque costumes pieces (corsets, pasties, cover-ups, full costumes) that are available online or custom made for each individual. Each piece is designed by the performer Maple Rose herself. Everything is handmade, and most designer pieces are one-of-a-kind, so you know it is an original Missing James.
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