Ashes to Ashes ~ Shaz Granger (1 of 2)

It’s been a while since Megan and I have had a chance to do a photo shoot together, but we managed two last time I went to visit. And as always, she has done a lovely job.

Both shoots are costumes belonging to Shaz Granger of Ashes to Ashes  (which we all know already that I adore): specifically, two outfits from late in third series. I’m dividing these up into two entries because there are quite a few. First ones are from Series 3 episode 5, this mad lovely teal and black ensemble she wore to a charity event. I had some photos done of this one before … but these just go above and beyond anything yet.

If you’d like to see the full set of both shoots, you can go to Megan’s Flickr — this here is just a set of my favourites. Costume by me, makeup by her.

Shaz got to go to the pub.

Shaz got to go to the pub.

The shoes hurt like hell but I do rather like them.

The shoes hurt like hell but I do rather like them.

Heavy necklace.

Heavy necklace.

I recall it being windy.

I recall it being windy.

Looking away -- maybe THIS is my good side ...?

Looking away — maybe THIS is my good side …?

View of the bracelets.

View of the bracelets.

Out on the steps in Richmond.

Out on the steps in Richmond.

Megan likes to photograph hands.

Megan likes to photograph hands.

Reading pub trivia cards.

Reading pub trivia cards.

These are two pairs of stockings layered to get the proper look.

These are two pairs of stockings layered to get the proper look.

I guess this is my good side or something.

I guess this is my good side or something.

At the bar.

At the bar.

Close-up

Close-up

Incidentally, these were taken in and around the Penny Lane Pub in Richmond. The people there are super nice and the food is also delicious.

Next set is a much simpler costume, but one I’m also rather pleased with. Sadly, the locals weren’t as kindly concerning our choice of location.

RavenCon 2013 ~ Rovin’ Con

This is one of the cons where I tend not to have a table, though that may be changing next year.  It’s also one of the cons where I tend to perform with Luna-C.  However, since they’re switching out the entertainment for a couple of years, the most I had on my plate were a couple of panels.

As always, want to thank the RavenCon staff for inviting me to take part.

Now, because I didn’t have a table, I didn’t have costumes going by every few seconds.  I also had to miss the masquerade because … well … food.  So I fear photos are a bit scant this year, but the ones I did find were very neat.

I wear a TARDIS now.

I wear a TARDIS now.

Ja(y)ne?  And Mal.

Ja(y)ne? And Mal.

The 501st went all-out.

The 501st went all-out.

Lovely Asian-inspired outfit.

Lovely Asian-inspired outfit.

Red Riding Hook got clawed.

Red Riding Hood got clawed.

Lovely steampunk ladies who are apparently opening an online shop.

Lovely steampunk ladies who are apparently opening an online shop.

One of the first I saw over the weekend.

One of the first I saw over the weekend.

Merida!

Merida!

Monica of Tangent Artists as Marty McFly.

Monica of Tangent Artists as Marty McFly.

I saw this dude at Nekocon initially.

I saw this dude at Nekocon initially.

Reversing the polarity didn't help.

Reversing the polarity didn’t help.

Bow ties are cool.

Bow ties are cool.

Angela's Peter Pan lolita coords.

Angela’s Peter Pan lolita coords.

Jack, is that you?

Jack, is that you?

I also made sure to make a stop-off at the Capclave party.  If you’re not familiar with them, they are a way-cool literary sci-fi convention (I’ve been told — never been but I’d like to go) and they throw way-cool parties.  Not only did they mix it up with a 1984/Brave New World theme, they also (as always) had piles and piles of free books looking for new homes.  One of my favourite places to drop in when I see them at a con.

Any excuse to wear Shaz to a party.

Any excuse to wear Shaz to a party.

I was an Epsilon last year, so I'll take it.

I was an Epsilon last year, so I’ll take it.

Given a bit of time, as I’m doing some writing for other projects, I will add a few photos of my own new (for the most part) costumes.  Remember, if you see yourself in any of these photos, steal ’em for your own use.  If you have a link you’d like me to post here, let me know and I’ll do so!

AUSA Photoshoot: Shaz Granger

Okay, first off … wow!  Hello to all my new readers who came in via AUSA’s link on Twitter.  I hope everyone grabbed pictures of themselves if they found them — and if you see yourself and want your name and/or a link to your blog added, let me know and I’ll be glad to.

I’m headed off to MarsCon in Williamsburg this weekend, where I’ll be doing some webcomickry as well as performing with Luna-C and premiering some new costumes (depending on how these next couple days go).  I’ll also be sharing a room with Star Angel, one of the awesomest cosplayer types I know and one whom I don’t get to see much except at cons.

Back at Shore Leave, I finally premiered a costume I’d been wanting to do for a while: Shaz from Ashes to Ashes.  I’ve done two of her outfits total, but this is the one I’m most pleased with.

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Shaz wears this in episode 5 of series 3, during the police charity show and for one scene after.  It’s a strange little outfit — teal brocade, some sort of sparkly-lace stockings, lace shrug, and that weird little Tim Burton-y pillbox hat.  Despite taking place in the early 1980s, the final series of the show went completely left by way of theme ad imagery … so it makes at least a bit of sense that this dress doesn’t really appear to be from any particular time period.

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The brocade is darker than what was seen in the show, but it was all I could find — and even that was imported and a bit expensive.  It was a beast to work with, because it liked to fray all over the place.  I made the hat myself, and when it came to the red stripes … well, I painted those myself.  Thank God for a steady hand.

It was one of the toughest things I’ve ever made, but I’m so pleased with it that I take it to conventions and wait for excuses to wear it.

But what pleases me most about the costume is the fact that Matthew Graham — co-creator/writer of the Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes metaseries — saw the costume and proclaimed it perfect.  I couldn’t ask for higher praise than that.

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This dress did fit differently at Anime USA, though — I made it pre-surgery and wore it to Shore Leave, and wore this a month and a half after the surgery (so the two wearings were five months apart).  I’d lost a significant amount of weight — so where before it fit tight here and there, I had to do a little extra by way of making sure it stayed up properly!

These photos are by the as-ever-wonderful Paul Karpey … we didn’t do a lot of poses or a long shoot, but what he did (as always) looks great.  He also did some pictures of another costume I haven’t worn in a while … but that’ll be for the next update, hopefully tomorrow.

 

 

Photoshoot ~ Alex Drake

I’ve had a lot of things (both pleasant and unpleasant) going on in the ol’ life lately — death of a pet, injury that’s going to require physical therapy , eksettara — and sadly, these things have prevented me from doing my RavenCon report like I’ve been wanting to.  I promise within the next week you’ll see some super Luna-C stuff courtesy of our awesome photographer and videographer.

A bit back I posted some pics and video of my Alex Drake costume from Ashes to Ashes.  Well, the lovely Megan — having now seen a bit of the first series of said show after finishing Life on Mars — asked if I’d bring the dress up to her place for some photos.  Full makeup, a good 20 minutes of curling (and far more waiting) to get my hair pretty damn close to proper, and some absolutely astounding locations made for a very nice photoshoot indeed.

A clip for the uninformed (and sadly, BBC America has only shown two of the three series and doesn’t seem to want to put out DVDs) …

And now, here’s my version:

For those familiar with the show, particularly the first episode — is that bridge not utterly perfect?  It’s in Richmond, as are the rest of the locations.

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