Messydress Costume Blog


It’s the sordid tale of a presumed future, art deco robots.. and good waifs gone bad!

Ok, so I never saw the film.. but I think Katy’s photo story came out just splendid! And, I finally got my spacesuit photographed!


Photography- Katherine Gaines

Model – Savannah Rose Lee

Makeup/hair – Josephine Love

Drobe – Empress Mess



Merry Un-birthday To You!!
2011/01/27, 6:24 PM
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Today we commemorate the birth of the Victorian era’s favorite weirdo, Lewis Carroll! Generally, I do this in the form of a costumed Mad Tea/Un-birthday Party. However, this year’s lack of funds has encouraged me to carry on the nonsense in spirit only. I look forward to entertaining with full force this time next year!

Until then, please enjoy this garden-themed slide show of party-goers from years prior! It should tide you over until our triumphant return to Wonderland!

MEAT & Greet
2011/01/24, 9:20 PM
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Models dress sexy, photogs dress “cool”. But what does a wardrobe stylist wear to a Model Mayhem meet & greet?

MEAT, of course!


Photos by Michal Corbin

Little Black Dress
2011/01/19, 9:33 PM
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Photo of Katlin Sumners by East Photography

The LBD is the key when there’s a need for simple, classic, & refined. My version happens to be none of those things.. That doesn’t mean its’ not my go-to ‘drobe piece! I’ve put this dress on model after model, in true LBD style it fits any occasion!

Strapless. Boned. Geometric. Black & charcoal stripes. Below is an archive of all the lovely ladies who’ve donned my most-loved fashion staple:

J Mayhem

Photo by Sandy Jones

Nori Zay

Photo by Sean Baker

Stephanie Grant

Photo by Kollin Bliss

Amara Von Nacht!

Photo Dayjavue Photography

And to prove that this really is my personal LBD, check out our debut Youtube appearance! In a Tim Burton inspired scene for the Hoff Theater training video, I play a love-struck employee who eventually gets covered in popcorn (my idea)!

My scene starts around minute 4..

Haha! I actually supplied all the outfits for this video, including the bear head – another one of my every-day wardrobe staples!


Q&A ~ Imp the Elf
2010/12/27, 9:46 PM
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Introducing a new & exciting feature to the Costume Blog ~ character Q & A! Our very first interviewee hails all the way from the North Pole! Introducing Imp the Elf, an actual worker elf from Santa’s workshop!

MD: Hello Imp!

IE: Well hello to you!

MD: How was your flight? Did you take the Reindeer sleigh?

IE: (giggles) Oh no! The reindeer only fly on Christmas eve, between the hours of 11pm-4am. Then their energy is tapped out till next year! Kindof like us elves.

MD: So you don’t think an eleven month vacation is a bit longer than necessary?

IE: Not at the rate Santa works us!

MD: What do the Christmas elves do in the off-season? You’re not the same elves that make shoes are you?

IE: Some of us, maybe (more giggling)! I try not to pry into my fellow elves personal lives!  I spend my free time painting children’s noses red while they sleep, so when their mothers come to wake them for school they’ll believe they’re too sick & won’t make them go!

MD: Doesn’t that interfere with their education?

IE: I just try to make the world a better place every day!

MD: What do elves eat at the North Pole?

IE: Snow Cream!

MD: Do you have a large toy collection of your own?

IE: Not very big. But I do have a Nutcracker boyfriend that’s just my size! (explosive giggling)

MD: Ha! Sounds like a fine life! Any advise for those interested in running away to the North Pole to pursue such a profession?

IE: Yes! While toy-making, always wear comfortable shoes!

Blue Bird

A little bird who stopped by on the way to warm country, said “My flock has all flown south, but I’m going west to be in pictures!”

“I’ve  just the gown for you!” said I, & flitted closet-ward.

Melissa of About Face Beauti, well equipped for blue jays, set to work preparing nests in Chelsea’s feather hair. Immediately, flocks of kindred came to settle there!

Finally, it was time to show the aerial world it’s newest star! Molly of MVK Photo snapped the shots for the portfolio.

Our newly embellished bird alit & sailed on western wind, a cobalt star in the gray winter sky!

Photography- MVK Photo

Blue Jay – Chelsea Alexander

Makeup/hair – About Face Beauti

Dress – Empress Mess

2010/11/03, 5:32 PM
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Smurfette, originally uploaded by Messy Empress.

I was all set to go as Strawberry Shortcake, since I’ve been watching the old cartoons on Youtube all month & I’m way into her bomb mob-cap ..

.. BUT ..

.. I’d just given myself a smurf-blue manicure, which was too pretty to change up, so I  decided to go all the way & be my most favourite toon girl : Smurfette !

Yep ! I blue myself !


Hope everyone had a Smurfy Halloween !