Steampunk Amazones Collection, Part 2

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 And at last I can now share the second part of our collection ( first part here) – this time shot locally, bu Lucas and also by Paul, our regular pro – I will make a separate post with his pictures, they do deserve a moment of glory on their own!

 We were fortunate enough to find a lovely location to shoot the last 3 amazones – about 10min drive from where we live:-)  Beth from Thurleigh Equestrian Centre was more than happy to let us use the premises, and horses for the shoot. After a short visit to the Centre and a chat to Beth, all was settled… everybody was ready to go and shoot, and the weather was simply great. but, without further ado, let us present our last 3 Amazones.

1. South America – Ranchera. Here the image was to be of an independent and proud gaucha, incporporating the original Spanish elements and the vision of the Patagonian plains – a simple outfit with a few exotic touches.

 original sketch:

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 I was making this outfit as the last – and since I foolishly made a shipping expedition to the local Leather warehouse, i ended up with some new fabrics – and changed the idea of a corset  completely. Don’t worry if you wanted to see the original leather corset with side lacings – i made that too, in a bit different convention…

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leather corset created later for a separate shoot

Nice, but since i happened to get some rather unusual materials at the warehouse, a different corset was created….

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glittery stuff!!!

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the back

Our Ranchera was modeled twice – first by Anett, in a more stationary shots…

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Steampunk Amazone – South American Ranchera

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  And for more mobile shots I donned the gear, slightly adapted to provide a variety. My mount was  a gentle creature, and it was my first time in a western type tack – loved it!

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and at a rodeo pace too! It looks my steed enjoyed it too… 🙂

and since the whole theme wasn’t far from a Zorro image, we simply had to include one too..

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2. Australia.  Our Steampunk Sheila was

to combine style and elegance with practicality – essential in the outback.  and so I decided to use some original Edwardian patterns – and to make the culottes/skirts, popular in the beginning of 20th century when ladies started to ride astride too.   The only concession was shortening the length of the culottes to mid calf…

original sketch

Image and the realization – though I now see we forgot to shoot the culottes with the front panel closed…

 the culottes and corset in soft tweed, the corset is decorated with leather and big buckle:-)

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  This is one of my favorite outfits and am keeping it for myself for everyday wear:-)

3. Central America. Here  I wanted a bit of a tough cookie – a cross between a can can dancer, rodeo rider and a fast shooter 🙂 The Escaramuza ladies provided the inspiration for the  outfit – escaramuza ( skirmish) is a highly skilled display of precision riding – all ladies, all side saddle, all at speed….

 the sketch…

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 and Lizzie modeling it:-)

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linen chemisette, corset with metallic braid and funky decoration, and lots of flounces in the skirt…

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 and that’s the Amazones!

and since we finished early and the weather was  superb ad location fantastic – we kept on shooting… -we also revisited Mulan….

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on lovely Blackie

and, having borrowed some weaponry from my martial arts club, Rising Crane,  we played around with that too…

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 we shoot close up of Anett’s hair – a real masterpiece!

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 we  also too some photos of the residents – the owners, their ponies and the livery inmates….

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Beth Maloney with her Blackie

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 and that’s it – Amazones done!  The whole collection was presented on the catwalk at the Steampunk Asylum in Lincoln, and them advertised for sale at the market.  The Neonavajo outfit has gone on a bit of adventure – to be used in a shoot in Paris, supporting a campaign No Bounds – raising awareness of Scoliosis. The last few remaining bits are  available on etsy

 Now, what shall be the theme of the next collection then, I wonder? some ideas are already brewing in my overactive head…

 credits: Photography – Lucas Pitcher

 make up and hair  – Sarah Dunn: http://www.sarahsdoowopdos.wordpress.com

 own styling and modelling – Miss Lilian Love https://www.facebook.com/MissLillianLove?fref=ts

clothing – Prior Attire;s branch – https://www.facebook.com/OffTheRailsPriorAttireSteampunkBazaar?fref=ts

 location – http://www.thurleighequestriancentre.co.uk/

 models – Anett Novak and Adrienne Renarde

Steampunk Amazones Collection, Part 1

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Well, I love Steampunk – mostly because it combines a few of my passions: history, clothing, culture.  with this collection I sought to add to the mix and enhance my perception of Steampunk through some more of my passions – horse riding, side saddle, and different cultures.

 After a few months of drawing, researching and picking up bits and pieces that vaguely went with the idea, the first sketches were ready – we had 7 amazones, from different continents and backgrounds. A few weeks later, most of the fabrics etc were assorted ( I wanted to use the stuff I had in stock, so sometimes the choice was a bit limited.) A bit of a disaster struck when we realized we wouldn’t be able to shoot the collection in the original venue as the friend who worked there, my side saddle mentor Becca Holland,had her hand in plaster and was off sick, plans had to be changed – and soon we had a solution: splitting the shoot in 2 parts, with one part taking place in the North, and one local. Atkinson Action Horses were recommended by a friend, who trains there – and the plan was hatched. We could have an action photo shoot and at the same time we got a model – not only a rider but a falconer, running Flight and Feathers Historical Falconry.

The result of the cooperation are below – let us meet  the first 4 Amazones

1. North America: The Neonavajo ( working name: Pocahontas…). having always been inspired by the Native American Indians ( my childhood nickname was Apache! ), this collection was just a perfect medium for playing around with leather, feathers and beads. The model for this look, Amy, was chuffed at being the Steampunk Pocahontas – and pulled the look off admirably!

 The initial sketch:

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Finished outfit

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The skirt was just a fun idea – 6 panels laced together – and unlaced for riding. the corset was perhaps the most demanding piece form the collection –   there is a fashion layer, coutil layer and a cotton lining. it is fully boned and sports external waist tape – all embroidered. Flossing, reminiscent of eagle feathers took quite some time ( and sore fingers…) as did the beading- we used different kinds of beads and metal bullet cases. My husband even produced some matching necklaces:-).

 To finish the outfit off, I Steampunk’d a jacket ( from Next) that I purchased at the Stamford Steampunk market – simply added beads, bullets and cogs. feathers, funk 70ties boots and some weapons, including the guns from RP Outfitters, completed the look.  The horse chosen for this character played his part extremely well – Badger was very patient and charismatic. He was fine with people putting tassels, braids and feathers on him, shooting bows off him – perfect.

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2. Europe: The Ringmistress ( still looking fora better name…)

 This was the least time consuming project as I utilized gear I already owed – the jacket i made as a part of my 1885 Riding Habit, and a corset ( 1884 Higby Patent)

 this was the original habit:

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 and that was the sketch for the Amazone:

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 Add a Steampunk topper and my hunting whip, and sorted!

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and without the jacket, with just the corset, worn on my old salsa top ( !)

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 I also wore lovely earrings from The Navigatrix🙂

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My stead was a hunter, Charlie. Charlie was one of of those horses who do not care much about anything unless they are ridden. so for the static shoots, he was half comatose, happily dozing away.  Things changed once I climbed on board and soon Charlie was cantering around the school.

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 alas, the Steampunk topper, unlike my proper one, did not sit tight enough and was blown off shortly after… still, we did have a good run!

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looking awake and happy. As is Charlie!

3. Africa ( and Middle East): The Neobedouin.

One of my favourite characters – I spent some time with the Egiptian Bedouins, crossing the White dessert, Black Dessert, and the Great Sand Sea, before staying in  Siwa, a Bedouin oasis ( and going for some sand surfing…). they were great folk, polite, with great sense of humour – and completely bonkers mad, especially when driving was involved. Great people. Not surprisingly, I have already  used the character in my previous collection – this one just needed  a slightly different look.

the sketch:

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and the realization:

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Amy was modelling thins one – and the outfit consisted of loose linen pants, original gallabiya in silk/linen -brought from Egypt a few years ago, adapted for riding. The underbust corset in sateen was decorated with leather strips, gold braid and  quite a lot of Egyptian coins… Headdress – lots of scarf ( including my Nubian one from Aswan), braid and a silk mask, based on the original mask Bedouin women wear. the hip chain and amber bracelet were provided by The Navigatrix, the gun by RP Outfitters.

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The mount was a spectacular Spanish Stallion, Almonzor.  A truly magnificent beast, very well schooled – and looking quite dashing in the Scythian tack…

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 here Almonzor just showing off…

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 Amy also brought her young kestrel, Shira 🙂

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4. Asia: Mulan? ( again, still looking for a better name..).

 Here I again combined things i love – I adore Chinese and step people clothing – and have bee fascinated with them since my tender teenage years – I have been training kung fu since i was 16, and i am now learning Mandarin. putting the martial arts, costume and equestrian ideas together was just fun.

The design:

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and its rendition:

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with Shira!

The outfit had several layers – loose silky pants, silk kaftan, leather corset and matching collar here – but there are also separate sleeves that hook up to the collar, and another kaftan, in metallic cloth, with a belt.

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As for the mounts, we first selected another gorgeous stallion

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 He wasn’t particularly impressed with having to work on his day off, and standing still was just not cutting it.  He playfully headbutted me, then kicked the owner, Ben and legged it, seeking greener pastures.

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Freedom!!!

 After a few rounds around the paddock, he consented to being caught and Ben rode him a bit – perfectly fine. still, for safety sake,we decided to get a bit more sedate mount for the shoot, and so Seamus was brought in to stand  by for Mulan’s ride. and he was perfect:-)

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we did a few charges on him too – alas, i forgot that we were shooting a fierce warrior so I was smiling a lot – not best for the shoot:-(

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a tad better, but you can still see the smirk.. 🙂

and there it is – 4 amazones, the next 3 are in Part 2 – here

credits:

photography – believe it or not, my husband ( after a  course with MOckford Photography)

Horses and Location: Atkinson Action Horses

Kestrel: Feathers and Flight

Clothes – me- So Prior Attire and our Steampunk branch, Off The Rails

jewellery, as indicated earlier – The Navigatrix

Steampunk guns: RP OUtfitters

models, Izabela PItcher and Amy Wallace

Many, many thanks to Ben and Fran from Atkinson Action Horses –  you were a great help- providing professional and friendly advice and service – the horses were turned out spotlessly ( i thought  me and Amy would be doing the horses ourselves, so that was a huge bonus – we had more time to make ourselves look pretty! ), and they were stunning and well behaved, including the young naughty boy  🙂

Huge thanks to Amy to not only agreeing to the wild idea, but also arranging the shoot, modelling and bringing her kestrel – you both looked superb!

thanks to Sarah from SDWD, who did a make up and hair trial with me!

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one eye for Mulan, one for Neobedouin…

and kudos to Lucas Pitcher who took the pictures and edited them so promptly!

jut to finish it off:, a few behind the scenes shoots… 🙂

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getting ready

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grace, poise and dignity – yep, that’s me…

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whooa! my hat’s falling off! 🙂

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Shira, like every girl, was interested in make up. a lot.

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She took a strange liking to Lucas and sat on him a lot. Shat on him a lot too…Image

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Ben showing us how it is done – mark his broken foot…

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naughty boy about to headbutt me, bless the young beastie!

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look, no hands!!! 🙂

well, that is it for now – the part 2 soon – after that the collection will be shown at the Fashion show at the Steampunk Asylum in Lincoln – and then some outfits will be put on sale:-)