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PorcelainToy’s ‘Monsters’ Music Video – my screen debut as a costumer!

Exciting news!  The launch of PorcelainToy’s ‘Monsters’ music video was on Sunday, and the film is now available online. Here it is, my screen debut as a costumer!  What do you think?  Can you tell the difference between my dress and the original?  Is it the right mix of pathos and cheesy (just like the original White Zombie)?  And isn’t Elizabeth de la Ray as Madge/Madeline  gorgeous? Porcelaintoy ‘Monsters’ from Rater/Coder on Vimeo. The launch night was lots of fun.  It was held at the newly refurbished Roxy Cinema (my neighborhood cinema!) with a dress code of black and white 1930s Gothic. I wore vintage dress trousers (probably 1940s) and took in Mr D’s vintage dress waistcoat (probably 1930s, with 1950s alterations) to fit me.  Alas, nothing would make his vintage tails fit, so I added a late 1930s evening cape as a wrap, and a diamante brooch.  I was aiming for  “Marlene Dietrich as vampire” look. + = Well, hopefully!  I think I need a white tie waistcoat, and a top hat to really …

Emile/Neil the Zombie killer

I don’t have nearly as many pictures of Emile as Elizabeth, but I did get a great series from an acting session of total awesomeness. Emile was practicing the scene where he confronts the zombies and Murder Legendre, and they got a bunch of people to stand around him and yell “GRRrarrr!” and he turned and “shot’ the person as they yelled.  I got 20 photos in under a minute as he jumped from side to side. Along with the 3 hour jacket Emile is wearing a pair of jodhpurs from a costume shop that I altered slightly, dreadful riding boot patterned gumboots (rubber wellys), and a linen shirt.  

White Zombie and the 3 hour jacket

Originally I was only contracted to make Elizabeth/Madge’s shroud dress for the PorcelainToy White Zombie music video, but a few days before shooting began it became clear that the jacket they had found for Emile to wear as Neil just wasn’t cutting it, so I said I would whip up something. And whip up something was right:  I was still making last minute adjustments to the dress and embroidering pearls on it at every opportunity, so I didn’t have a lot of spare time.  The jacket was going to have to be fast and easy, and adjustable: I had no time for a fitting! So I had a mad rummage through my fabric stash, came up with some calico/muslin* that was the right colour and handle, and then found a jacket pattern I have used for Mr Dreamy.  Luckily Emile of PorcelainToy is almost exactly the same size, so I could be a little less concerned about fit. Even with a good pattern I didn’t have enough time to make a jacket by myself, so …