As the dawn of a new century approached and cityscapes became grayer, smokier, and increasingly mechanized, a group of artists found themselves yearning for something more organic, compelled to bring a sense of romance and mystique back into the...
We’ve worked with gown designer JoEllen Elam Conway of Firefly Path on several projects—including our summer 2017 cover featuring six luminous fairies garbed in diaphanous, pastel gowns and the elven crown tutorial she contributed to our Tolkien issue—and we...
Photography by VIONA IELEGEMS Model: Amaranth from the Noble Blood Vampire Chronicles Anyone who’s worn black for a funeral or white for a wedding. Anyone who’s looked at a slip and thought, I could rock this as a dress. Whose idea...
“Go to nature in all singleness of heart … rejecting nothing, selecting nothing and scorning nothing; believing all things to be right and good, and rejoicing always in the truth.” —John Ruskin, Modern Painters Vol. II (1846) Jen Parrish-Hill lives in...
Article from Issue #25 || Buy Do you feel that mermaids and mermaidly allure have a place in today’s fashion world? When we consider the catalysts that are essential for inspiration in the fashion industry, few have the staying power or...
Photography by ROYA DIAR Model: Mahafsoun Cape: Costurero Real Back up a bit (again). We’ve returned to the Middle Ages, and black underwear does not exist yet. Olde-tyme underthings were white, or at least off-white, for the same reason that restaurants drape their...
Text and Photography by THE SEAMSTRESS OF ROHAN   If you try to imagine what life was like for a woman in the early 19th century, Jane Austen’s world of complex yet delightful social relationships may come to mind. But in her...

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Photography: Frank Wiredu Models: Karisah Brown, Lucia Corsetti, Maryam Jama Fashion (except white lace gown): Wilde Hunt Corsetry White lace gown: Style and Salvage MUA: Ludie Senatus The influence of Art Nouveau aesthetic is undeniable in the work of corsetière Larissa Boiwka of Wilde...
A cornerstone of gothic is finding beauty in the darkness. There is, after all, much elegance to be found in the macabre. Imagine a delicate footstep cushioned by the loamy soil of a seaside graveyard enshrouded in a cold, billowing mist.