Posts Tagged: ‘astorians’

The Wayward Ones

October 13, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

The inspiration for every shoot starts with a single piece. I picked up a three-tiered bustle burlesque skirt at an epic shop in Chicago–brimming with corsets, top hats, wigs, theatrical makeup–that I sadly can’t recall the name of.  But as soon as I picked up the skirt, I knew I wanted to create a duo of dark, circus-y traveling goth performers.

This shoot was a bit more work than ones I’ve done in the past. Besides handling the styling for two people, I made the accessories and props, and it was my first time working with a new photographer–my long-time friend, Cassie McDonald. The weather was pretty uncooperatively rainy and goth that day, but despite that, we came out with some great results.

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Working With The Dead Boys

September 3, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

Creepy kids gotta stick together, so when the dudes from dark indie band, Astorian Stigmata, asked if I could help out with a bit of photography, makeup, and filming, I was happy to lend a hand.

We did two photo shoots, and while I pitched in with some of the makeup and props, they were pretty much prepped from the start–decked out in lace top hats, special FX contacts and covered in acrylic paint and fake blood. Their style is a bit of anarchy, elegance, and….deadness, all rolled into one. (more…)

Featured Look: Urbanite Vamp

July 15, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

This Saturday marked a new beginning for the blog–I completed the first shoot where I handled all styling, as well as photography. And as you can see, I also decided that it was finally time to get some guys to join the Fashion Vandals party.

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