Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Elle Yoffee on Offbeat Bride


Dark Garden has another dress featured on Offbeat Bride!
It looks like that makes 11 posts in which we have been featured on Offbeat Bride.
Elle Yoffee was a delight to work with and personified the traditional Dark Garden bride: untraditional.
Find the post about their Gothic Punk Seaside Wedding here:
Elle Yoffee on Offbeat Bride
And enjoy these beautiful photos by Jessamyn Harris




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Monday, February 27, 2012

Shannon Solano Hair


Model: Kali Lambson Bloom, Photographer: Audrey Penven, 
Hair: Shannon Solano, Hair Adornment: Holly Bobisuthi, Make Up: Joey McQuire
Model: Dwoira Galilea, Photographer: Audrey Penven, 
Hair: Shannon Solano, Hair Adornment: Holly Bobisuthi, Make Up: Joey McQuire
 Hair!

Dark Garden's show at the Edwardian Ball 2012 had the most amazing hair styles. Elaborate styles were needed to best uphold and display hair jewelry and hats.  As we wrote in the article <"Edwardian Ball 2012 - Photographer Audrey Penven"> resident designers, Kalico Delafay and Holly Bobisuthi, had a specific vision for the show and needed the collection of 13 ensembles photographed in advance.

Kalico brought on heavy hitter, Shannon Solano, who has designed hair for film, music, and special events as well as being available at the Elixir Salon & Spa in Berkeley two days a week.

Shannon enthusiastically created a dozen gorgeous hairstyles using models with hair from short and curly to long down their back or to their knees to dreads and extensions! Each style complemented the clothes and the model's face. At the photoshoot, Shannon carefully documented as she created because day of the Edwardian Ball she did it all again! This time she used her assistant Andrea Costanzo, mistress of the flat iron, and between the two of 
them managed to reduce the time to style a dozen women from 7 hours down to 5---and with pinning and pinning, made sure that the styles held up for a full night of show and 
 resplendent celebration afterwards. 

To top it off, as someone who was in the stylist chair for 45 minutes for an elaborate UpDo, the energy and conversation was just the right mixture of upbeat, supportive and respectful of my need to focus on telling a good story of the GHOSTS OF THE UNFORTUNATE HEIRESSES.

Thank you Shannon, I/we could not have done it without you. 

Model: Dusty Paik, Photographer: Audrey Penven, 
Hair: Shannon Solano, Hair Adornment: Holly Bobisuthi, Make Up: Joey McQuire
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Visions of Beauty—Inside the Victorian Artists Salon & Studio at The Palace of the Legion of Honor

Save the date! March 11th join Dark Garden and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
(as seen at the Dickens Christmas Fair) for  'Visions of Beauty—Inside the Victorian Artists Salon & Studio' in celebration of the exhibit, The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900 now open at the Palace of the Legion of Honor . We will be recreating artwork from the exhibit with live models, as well as the artist salons which nurtured the artists, muses and models of the British Aesthetic Movement.

 Frederic Leighton, 'Pavonia' 1858

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Edwardian Ball 2012 - Photographer Audrey Penven


Dusty Paik in a design by Kalico Delafay of Dollymop Designs

  
Cat Woish in a design by Kalico Delafay of Dollymop Designs

Kali Lambson Bloom in a design by Holly Bobisuthi
 
For those of you who saw Dark Garden's GHOSTS OF THE UNFORTUNATE HEIRESSES at the Edwardian Ball San Francisco, (or in Los Angeles Sunday Feb 19th,) you will have noticed that the fashions were projected larger than life onto the stage backdrop. This was an effect desired by the collection's resident designers, Kalico Delafay and Holly Bobisuthi, in order to show greater detail of corsets, clothes, jewelry and hats that they and so many at the shop had put hours of work into. Given the site lines from the ballroom floor and the balcony, and the entire collection was black on black, we on the production team thought this a brilliant idea...even though to do so would require finishing the collection of 13 looks earlier than previous shows in time to photograph them, select and crop the pictures (with no time for retouching). 

So exactly one week before the event, the talented photographer Audrey Penven had all of the models, designers, make-up and hair stylists to her studio at #ArdentWest in San Francisco's SOMA for 7 hours of fast-paced, rewarding work. Audrey describes herself on her Twitter profile (@yerdua) as "Post-nihilist, post-gender, geeky, artist/photographer type, mostly filled with excitement and curiosity."  She is all that AND thoughtful, talented, generous and funny. She put the models at ease, respecting them and empowering each one to be themselves in front of the camera. Audrey worked collaboratively with Holly and Kalico on their vision of each ensemble and with Todi on overall direction and feeling. It was a long day as each model had professional make-up by Joey McGuire and hair styled by Shannon Solano (more on those two in upcoming blog articles), then dressed by Kalico or Holly...then undressed and onto the next!

Audrey's enthusiasm was as high with the last at 9pm as it was with the first at 3pm. She was supported by Slim (@sfslim) as photo assistant setting up backdrop and lights and by the generosity of all the people of Ardent West.  

Of course there's more... Audrey spent the next day viewing hundreds of photos, passing along dozens of each model for final selection and upload to the Edwardian Ball's production team. Thanks to everyone creating the big show and a heartfelt thank you to Audrey!  

Show Credits:
Autumn Adamme, Owner and Inspiration
Kalico Delafay, Designer and Co-Author
Holly Bobisuthi, 
Designer and Co-Author
B. Todi, Story Teller, Staging and 
Co-Author
Kerri Pidnow, Original Music, Cello 

Alex Kelly, Original Music, Piano and Cello
Audrey Penven, Photographer
Joey McGuire, Make-Up Designer
Shannon Solano, Hair Stylist
Andrea Costanzo, Hair Assistant
Model/Performers:
Anita Bakke
Cat Woish
Dusty Paik
Dwoira Galilea Scheffer
Elly Jonez
Kali Lambson
Monica Lenk
Shelby Robertson
Valerie Leavy
Vaudie JustVaudie
Whitney Moses 




 Kali Lambson Bloom in a design by Kalico Delafay of Dollymop Designs

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Boudoir Photo Night is this Friday!

 photo by Jude Mooney

Boudoir Photo Night is this Friday!
We still have two more slots!
What could be a better Valentine for your Sweetie, or all your Sweeties, and most of all yourself,
than a super hot fun photo styled by Dark Garden?
Walk away that night with a color or sepia 8" x 10" print all ready for the best Valentine ever.

Packages begin at $75 for personal styling, photo shoot, and instant gratification 8x10" print"!
Upgrade your sitting to include hair *or* makeup for $135.
The deluxe experience including personal styling, intimate photography session, and expert hair *and* makeup for $195.
Friends and special friends may join your session and receive their own print for $25 each.
Additional on-site prints are likewise $25.


Call the shop right now 415-431-7684 to reserve for photo shoot.

photo by Jude Mooney
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Edwardian Ball L.A.

We are so excited about the Edwardian Ball at the beautiful Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.
This is a second chance to see our 'Ghosts of Unfortunate Heiresses' fashion show designed be Kalico Delafay (Dollymop Designs) and Holly Bobisuthi with Dark Garden corsets.

 Photo: Audrey Penven, Model: Valerie, Hair: Shannon Solano, Make Up: Joey McQuire
Garments and Accessories: Holly Bobisuthi and Kalico Delafay, Corset: Dollymop for Dark Garden.

 The Edwardian Ball Returns to Los Angeles!
Presenting “The Iron Tonic” 

Following SF’s Sold-Out, 12th Annual Celebration (Jan. 20 - 21)
At The Belasco Theater
Sunday, February 19, 2012
(President’s Day Weekend)
An elegant & whimsical, extraordinary extravaganza of 
costumery, carnival, music, acrobatics, ballroom dancing and fashion; 
an outrageous celebration of an unforgettable era
while honoring the prolific master of ominous storytelling, Edward Gorey.  







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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Elle Yoffee on Offbeat Bride


Dark Garden has another dress featured on Offbeat Bride!
It looks like that makes 11 posts in which we have been featured on Offbeat Bride.
Elle Yoffee was a delight to work with and personified the traditional Dark Garden bride: untraditional.
Find the post about their Gothic Punk Seaside Wedding here:
Elle Yoffee on Offbeat Bride
And enjoy these beautiful photos by Jessamyn Harris




Monday, February 27, 2012

Shannon Solano Hair


Model: Kali Lambson Bloom, Photographer: Audrey Penven, 
Hair: Shannon Solano, Hair Adornment: Holly Bobisuthi, Make Up: Joey McQuire
Model: Dwoira Galilea, Photographer: Audrey Penven, 
Hair: Shannon Solano, Hair Adornment: Holly Bobisuthi, Make Up: Joey McQuire
 Hair!

Dark Garden's show at the Edwardian Ball 2012 had the most amazing hair styles. Elaborate styles were needed to best uphold and display hair jewelry and hats.  As we wrote in the article <"Edwardian Ball 2012 - Photographer Audrey Penven"> resident designers, Kalico Delafay and Holly Bobisuthi, had a specific vision for the show and needed the collection of 13 ensembles photographed in advance.

Kalico brought on heavy hitter, Shannon Solano, who has designed hair for film, music, and special events as well as being available at the Elixir Salon & Spa in Berkeley two days a week.

Shannon enthusiastically created a dozen gorgeous hairstyles using models with hair from short and curly to long down their back or to their knees to dreads and extensions! Each style complemented the clothes and the model's face. At the photoshoot, Shannon carefully documented as she created because day of the Edwardian Ball she did it all again! This time she used her assistant Andrea Costanzo, mistress of the flat iron, and between the two of 
them managed to reduce the time to style a dozen women from 7 hours down to 5---and with pinning and pinning, made sure that the styles held up for a full night of show and 
 resplendent celebration afterwards. 

To top it off, as someone who was in the stylist chair for 45 minutes for an elaborate UpDo, the energy and conversation was just the right mixture of upbeat, supportive and respectful of my need to focus on telling a good story of the GHOSTS OF THE UNFORTUNATE HEIRESSES.

Thank you Shannon, I/we could not have done it without you. 

Model: Dusty Paik, Photographer: Audrey Penven, 
Hair: Shannon Solano, Hair Adornment: Holly Bobisuthi, Make Up: Joey McQuire

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Visions of Beauty—Inside the Victorian Artists Salon & Studio at The Palace of the Legion of Honor

Save the date! March 11th join Dark Garden and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
(as seen at the Dickens Christmas Fair) for  'Visions of Beauty—Inside the Victorian Artists Salon & Studio' in celebration of the exhibit, The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900 now open at the Palace of the Legion of Honor . We will be recreating artwork from the exhibit with live models, as well as the artist salons which nurtured the artists, muses and models of the British Aesthetic Movement.

 Frederic Leighton, 'Pavonia' 1858

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Edwardian Ball 2012 - Photographer Audrey Penven


Dusty Paik in a design by Kalico Delafay of Dollymop Designs

  
Cat Woish in a design by Kalico Delafay of Dollymop Designs

Kali Lambson Bloom in a design by Holly Bobisuthi
 
For those of you who saw Dark Garden's GHOSTS OF THE UNFORTUNATE HEIRESSES at the Edwardian Ball San Francisco, (or in Los Angeles Sunday Feb 19th,) you will have noticed that the fashions were projected larger than life onto the stage backdrop. This was an effect desired by the collection's resident designers, Kalico Delafay and Holly Bobisuthi, in order to show greater detail of corsets, clothes, jewelry and hats that they and so many at the shop had put hours of work into. Given the site lines from the ballroom floor and the balcony, and the entire collection was black on black, we on the production team thought this a brilliant idea...even though to do so would require finishing the collection of 13 looks earlier than previous shows in time to photograph them, select and crop the pictures (with no time for retouching). 

So exactly one week before the event, the talented photographer Audrey Penven had all of the models, designers, make-up and hair stylists to her studio at #ArdentWest in San Francisco's SOMA for 7 hours of fast-paced, rewarding work. Audrey describes herself on her Twitter profile (@yerdua) as "Post-nihilist, post-gender, geeky, artist/photographer type, mostly filled with excitement and curiosity."  She is all that AND thoughtful, talented, generous and funny. She put the models at ease, respecting them and empowering each one to be themselves in front of the camera. Audrey worked collaboratively with Holly and Kalico on their vision of each ensemble and with Todi on overall direction and feeling. It was a long day as each model had professional make-up by Joey McGuire and hair styled by Shannon Solano (more on those two in upcoming blog articles), then dressed by Kalico or Holly...then undressed and onto the next!

Audrey's enthusiasm was as high with the last at 9pm as it was with the first at 3pm. She was supported by Slim (@sfslim) as photo assistant setting up backdrop and lights and by the generosity of all the people of Ardent West.  

Of course there's more... Audrey spent the next day viewing hundreds of photos, passing along dozens of each model for final selection and upload to the Edwardian Ball's production team. Thanks to everyone creating the big show and a heartfelt thank you to Audrey!  

Show Credits:
Autumn Adamme, Owner and Inspiration
Kalico Delafay, Designer and Co-Author
Holly Bobisuthi, 
Designer and Co-Author
B. Todi, Story Teller, Staging and 
Co-Author
Kerri Pidnow, Original Music, Cello 

Alex Kelly, Original Music, Piano and Cello
Audrey Penven, Photographer
Joey McGuire, Make-Up Designer
Shannon Solano, Hair Stylist
Andrea Costanzo, Hair Assistant
Model/Performers:
Anita Bakke
Cat Woish
Dusty Paik
Dwoira Galilea Scheffer
Elly Jonez
Kali Lambson
Monica Lenk
Shelby Robertson
Valerie Leavy
Vaudie JustVaudie
Whitney Moses 




 Kali Lambson Bloom in a design by Kalico Delafay of Dollymop Designs

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Boudoir Photo Night is this Friday!

 photo by Jude Mooney

Boudoir Photo Night is this Friday!
We still have two more slots!
What could be a better Valentine for your Sweetie, or all your Sweeties, and most of all yourself,
than a super hot fun photo styled by Dark Garden?
Walk away that night with a color or sepia 8" x 10" print all ready for the best Valentine ever.

Packages begin at $75 for personal styling, photo shoot, and instant gratification 8x10" print"!
Upgrade your sitting to include hair *or* makeup for $135.
The deluxe experience including personal styling, intimate photography session, and expert hair *and* makeup for $195.
Friends and special friends may join your session and receive their own print for $25 each.
Additional on-site prints are likewise $25.


Call the shop right now 415-431-7684 to reserve for photo shoot.

photo by Jude Mooney

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Edwardian Ball L.A.

We are so excited about the Edwardian Ball at the beautiful Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.
This is a second chance to see our 'Ghosts of Unfortunate Heiresses' fashion show designed be Kalico Delafay (Dollymop Designs) and Holly Bobisuthi with Dark Garden corsets.

 Photo: Audrey Penven, Model: Valerie, Hair: Shannon Solano, Make Up: Joey McQuire
Garments and Accessories: Holly Bobisuthi and Kalico Delafay, Corset: Dollymop for Dark Garden.

 The Edwardian Ball Returns to Los Angeles!
Presenting “The Iron Tonic” 

Following SF’s Sold-Out, 12th Annual Celebration (Jan. 20 - 21)
At The Belasco Theater
Sunday, February 19, 2012
(President’s Day Weekend)
An elegant & whimsical, extraordinary extravaganza of 
costumery, carnival, music, acrobatics, ballroom dancing and fashion; 
an outrageous celebration of an unforgettable era
while honoring the prolific master of ominous storytelling, Edward Gorey.