When: 28 October 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Violet Phoenix Designs
Pandora Violet Phoenix – Violet Phoenix Designs:
Ms. Pandora Violet Phoenix! A successful business owner of Violet Phoenix Designs in Oak Harbor, Wa and member of the Gothic, Cosplay, Fetish, BDSM, Steampunk, Burlesque, and LGBTQ communities, Royal purple is not Pandora’s favorite color for no reason. It is a lifestyle. Born with determination flowing through her veins, Pandora Violet Phoenix took the world by storm from her first breath. Anything the world tried to throw her way she bulldozed through until she became a known face in Goth/Steampunk/Fetish/Lolita/and other alternative fashion in her current hometown of Oak Harbor, Wa. She is known as the non-judgmental seamstress and can be found sewing anything from custom Drag Queen Gowns to Wedding Dresses, and everything in between.
After 3 years hiatus from Steampunk/Gothic clothing, Pandora is releasing her all new Steampunk line at Steamposium 2017!
Tayliss is a cosplay model and artisan crafter. She was also a contestant on the show “Steampunk’d.” A majority of her time is spent making costumes and accessories for her online business: Nonconformity Accessories. She loves leather-working and creating custom corsets, bracers, purses, etc. She also enjoys making replicas of jewelry, and clothing from movies, TV shows, anime, video games, or board games. She often attends anime and comic conventions where she wears her costumes. Most of her costumes are heavily influenced by steampunk and Victorian fashion.
Cripple Creek, Colorado “For those who dare to believe…”
An almost Colorado native by a matter of weeks, I’ve daubled in everything from rodeo and race horses, to leatherwork and artistic pen and ink sketches to writing novels (though none are published). The leatherwork went hand in hand with the need for saddles, chaps and other tack to a wardrobe of 1880’s clothing mixed with wranglers. An intense interest in the Victorian period, early ground breaking science, as well as more modern versions of science fiction followed the desire for learning history and an even more intense need for there to be accuracy of it, lead to creating museum quality period clothing after a riding accident led to a bum leg and my hands beginning to have troubles holding a steel nib pen.
Blackthorn Haberdashery was started in 2010 making period reproduction clothing for small museums, Victorian/Edwardian organizations and re-enactors. At first, everything was created one outfit at a time and marketing was strictly by word of mouth. In 2014, a close friend ordered a steampunk styled outfit for a Samhain party. Finding out that I could create the designs in my head and still stay close to my original roots in the Victorian period became an obsession with the completion of that outfit. I prefer to create an entire look when I design my garments because when I write the characters in the series I’m working on, I see both the character and the garment in my head, which is why I name the outfits after those individuals.
Though marketing is still strictly limited to social internet, and word of mouth, I’ve got over a hundred patterns of garments for men and women and fifty-five original designs.
Each of my creations, whether an individual piece or an entire look, is custom fit to the person placing the order. I’ve tried to design my clothing to not only look great on the person, but to give them options so that the garments can be worn as a complete persona, or broken down to the component parts and worn everyday. These aren’t just for a convention or a weelend tea party, these are for folks that want to have Steam in their attire at the office, at home or during playtime.
Located high in the Colorado Rockies in the small, historic mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado where gold was discovered in the 1890’s seemed like the appropriate place for Blackthorns to begin in earnest. A town where because of the gold boom gave rise to “Those who dare to believe.”
Blackthorn Haberdashery is still tiny, but like a good Victorian sci-fi it will grow and prosper and may even be remembered.
Caitlyn Cady has been studying historical costuming for over 15 years, and spent several years performing historical reenacting in Renaissance Faires and the SCA. The Victorian era has always been her favorite, however, and her interest in fantasy and steampunk fashion has encouraged her to fuse together all her favorite styles into new creations. Her work has been seen on the runway at fantasy, geek, and steampunk conventions as well as local fashion shows, in print and around the web in collaborations with other artists, and featured in several magazines. She also enjoys cosplaying, modeling, and photography.
“Nicole Carter, founder of Regalia Designs and lifelong fashion maven, has been designing beautiful and unique hair clips since 2009, when she recognized her deep desire to fill the world with embellishment and color.
“I had seen other hair clips before, but I wanted something brighter, more sophisticated… not so festival- furry- over-the-top, just pretty…”
Drawing inspiration from such fashion influences as Cleopatra, Heidi Klum, David Bowie, Frida Kahlo, Andre 3000, and Audrey Hepburn, Nicole crafts each original adornment with a gypsy-wedding style flair, where natural elements and luminous qualities unite. Using delicate combinations of vintage rhinestones, unique feathers, fabric flowers, silk, Swarovski crystals, pearls, lace and other delights, each accessory is guaranteed to complement any event, outfit and style.
In addition to the hair clips, kitty ears and top hats already available for purchase, patrons are able to order custom designs for their special occasions, such as weddings, holidays, festivals, as birthday gifts, or for specific ensembles, such as wedding and bridesmaid dresses, burlesque and belly-dancing costumes, or for circus, theater and dance performances. After gathering important information about the person and event, Nicole will create a personally tailored piece to add a touch of class and sass, a pop of color, and an elegant finish to any look.
Love what you see? Stay tuned for details, as Nicole continues to add wire-working, leather-working, and jewelry-making into her repertoire for new ways to dazzle and excite.”