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Out in the Square 2013, Post II: So Fabulous

More irresistible images from queer pride in Wellington!

Oh hi, we're going ahead and starting the future.

Right to left: vendors for the day included designer Suzanne Tamaki, artist Angela Wells, steampunk demoiselle. What the future looks like!

The chocolate ones were seriously fantastic

Magnificently delicious cupcakes by Cakes by Esme – click on the link to get these in the Wellington area.

Is it lovey dovey stuff? Or do you need a bit of rough?

A beloved Wellington queer treat was back – the Lessie Lollies! Homemade Butch Brittle is my favorite.

Love you, Laquisha!

Dreamy drag emcee Laquisha Redfern introduced the Rainbow Burlesque Troupe.

Pretty in peach!

This vision of style urged me to pull back with the camera. “I want the crowd. I WANT THE CROWD!!!” Rest assured: the crowd wants YOU.

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Adorn: Costuming Up Close in Wellington

Saturday, I was at the intricate costume show Adorn, and you should be, too. It’s at The Roxy theater in Miramar here in Wellington, a free event until October 15th.  Saturday was the “soft” opening – the costumers had just finished setting up the exhibit, and were enjoying relaxed conversation with the wide-eyed attendees.

Now that everything is on the internet, there’s still power and charm in seeing special clothing and jewelry items up close – their richness, fragility, and craft. I especially enjoyed seeing Claire Prebble’s ethereal silver filigree corsets and wearable sculptures, and close-ups of Cathy Tree Harris’ work – the details on her corset ensembles are heartbreaking. Flo Foxworthy’s voluptuous ostrich-feather fans were a crowd favorite.

Glorious leathercraft by Nadine Jaggi

Look at that silk and sequin detailing on this corset by Cathy Tree Harris!

Silk and lace corset by Flo Foxworthy

Flo Foxworthy said that even though they are well known as costumers, they are all open to commissions from those who won’t be wearing their works on stage. The full list of exhibitors is:

  • Flo Foxworthy – From burlesque and circus costumes to utterly delicious bikinis and lingerie for everyone.
  • Cathy Tree Harris – World-class corsetry, exquisite fascinators, and more.
  • Clarie Prebble – Glimmering silver, crystal, and pearl jewelery, from bridal to haute joallerie wearable art. This World of Wearable Arts winner had some lovely silver pieces there for sale.
  • Nadine Jaggi – Ornitho Leather Creations – Along with incredible masks, she also does chic feathers-carved-from-leather jewelery.

Wellington has a love affair with costumes, and it comes to the fore at two times of year: February, for the zany Sevens sports event, and September, when The World of Wearable Arts show is in town. This show, intelligently, dovetails with World of Wearable Arts.

A wearable art ensemble by Cathy Tree Harris.

Adorn was the first outing for my new camera, by the way…hope I did the works justice!