I’m incredibly excited to launch a new feature on my blog. As many of you know I used to work in independent film and theater as a costume designer, customer, and wardrobe assistant. I also owned my own business where people could commission me to make costumes and clothing. I really do miss it but my eyes just cannot handle the itty bitty stitches anymore.
I had been trying to think of a way I could incorporate my knowledge of costume design and my love of nails and nail art. That’s when I came up with the idea for this feature on my blog. I’m far from the first nail artist or blogger to do nail art inspired by fashion and certainly don’t wish to take credit for it. But I thought it would be a fun challenge for me to do nail art that evokes the feeling and look of a specific costume from stage or film.
Because costumes are made from entirely different mediums than nail art my goal isn’t to exactly replicate the look of a costume, but rather create a nail art using the color palette, lines, and aesthetic to create an “inspired by” look. I really enjoy nail art even though I am still, very much, in the learning phase. It helps me to break out of my swatching routine and I feel this new feature of my blog will challenge me to try new things.
For my first entry into the Costume Design Nails feature I picked a costume I really loved from a recent film and one I knew I had the supplies to create the look. Crimson Peak came out around Halloween last year and while Universal marketed it as a horror film, the filmmaker, Guillermo Del Toro, wrote it as a Gothic Romance. While the Gothic Romance genre has a few similarities to Horror they’re really not the same thing at all. Universal Studios in Hollywood even had a Crimson Peak themed maze at last year’s Halloween Horror Nights event. It was a really well done maze, but didn’t fit in with the others. Because of this poor marketing Crimson Peak was received as, basically, a “bait and switch.” I ended up seeing the movie with the friend who went with me to Halloween Horror Nights because all my other friends were too scared to see the movie with me. I really enjoyed the sets and the costumes but left the theater feeling prepared for a far scarier movie than it ended up being. The story was “meh” but it definitely fits into that Gothic Romance genre. If you enjoyed Pan’s Labyrinth you may enjoy Crimson Peak.
One thing I really did enjoy from the film was the costumes. I especially enjoyed how Lucille’s costumes mimicked the architecture of the haunted house. Her petrol blue gown with the appliqués was, easily, my favorite. I really love how it’s so intricate but appears really old and almost ratty, kind of like the house.
For my the base of my nail art I chose ILNP’s Sweater Weather because, in person, the color is almost a dead on dupe for the blue velvet of Lucille’s gown. I really wish Zoya had a petrol blue in their Matte Velvets collection because that would have been perfect. Although, Sweater Weather is a gorgeous polish and worked well for this project.
Mimicking the appliqués was a bit harder. The appliqués on the actual gown appear the be beaded and embroidered lace. I wasn’t about to make an appliqué for nail art. They’re a big enough pain in the rear for clothing, much less miniature sized. I know they have nail appliqués but none like the kind I wanted. Luckily, one of my blogging friends, Megan, from Mindfully Polished had sent me some stamping plates because she’s a sweetheart and I found a couple floral patterns that had an appliqué look to them. Thank you, again, Megan!
This nail art made me realize I really need to put more work in my double stamping techniques. I decided to use M Polish Bronze and Elizabethan. Elizabethan ended up not being as high contrast as I wanted paired with bronze but I was afraid to use a lighter stamping polish because the appliqués on the gown are pretty dark because they are meant to evoke the feeling of moths that have settled onto the dress. I thought if I did some double stamping it might give the design a bit more dimension.
Although the finished look didn’t quite turn out exactly as I had hoped I feel it works well and matches the inspiration. I figured the more I do this feature on my blog the better my nail art interpretations will be.
What do you think of this feature? I’m thinking about opening this up to others if other people are interested and creating a Linkup or something similar. Let me know in the comments if this is something you think you would like to participate in.
Like I said, I’m really excited for this feature and already have a bunch of nail art looks in the works.
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