Hair & Makeup
Yaya Han, Brian Boling
Why I chose to make this costume:
I'll start off by saying that this photoshoot took place in October 2008 and I did not release these photos until two years later because I wasn't sure if the public would understand what we were going for. Hence the watermark is still my old website lol.
The reason I did this photoshoot was not to scandalize (although I'm sure that is a by-product effect) but to pay tribute to the amazing art styles of Heavy Metal and High Fantasy in the 70's and 80's.
Good fantasy (art, book, film, etc.) and sensual feminine forms have always gone hand in hand. I absolutely adore the work of Luis Royo and have in the past saluted him with my Battle Angel images. This time I wanted to create a theme around the Greek Goddess of War, Enyo. Terrible yet beautiful, merciless yet mesmerizing.
How I made this costume:
I created the outfit within a week, being inspired by Luis Royo and John Carter's Princess of Mars using light airy fabrics in creme and sage colors. I did a lot of fabric shredding and ripping, wove braids of fabrics and tied random pieces together. I spent way too much money on materials and time on making the headpieces and jewelry accessories. You can see a close-up of the headpieces here.
Brian Boling created the gold collar out of plastic and I decorated it with chains and crystals.
As usual, I did my own makeup and styling.
Weapons were kindly loaned to us by friends.
Thoughts on this costume:
I shot with my two most trusted photographer friends—Kevin Stewart and Brian Boling. You'll see a difference in their styles of photography as well as the fact that Brian shot digital and Kevin shot on film. I love different qualities about each and was grateful to have both very talented and creative artists collaborating with me on this shoot.