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Featured Fashionista: Greta Beidermann
Created by wilhelminaframe on 4/7/2014 11:10:58 PM

Featured Fashionista profiles a look from a "fashionista" in the Steampunk community. 

Would you like us to cover your fashion? Send a recent (2013 or later) fabulous photo to wilhelminaframe@steampunkchronicle.com and perhaps you will be our next Featured Fashionista!

XOXO - Wilhelmina Frame, Editrix de Mode - XOXO

 


Featured Fashionista profiles a look from a "fashionista" in the Steampunk community.

Would you like us to cover your fashion? Send a recent (2013 or later) fabulous photo to wilhelminaframe@steampunkchronicle.com and perhaps you will be our next Featured Fashionista!

XOXO - Wilhelmina Frame, Editrix de Mode - XOXO

 

This Week's Fashionista is:

Greta Biedermann / Nastasya Ribakova, Iowa City, IA

Describe your fashion:

Nastasya Ribakova is a human that has been turned into a mermaid (“mer-made” as we jokingly refer to her) by a mad scientist named Lady Jewel Bijou. Lady Bijou’s motives and method for doing so have never been made entirely clear, but she used leather scraps to piece together Nastasya’s tail. Nastya herself pieced the top and jewelry together herself out of found buttons, scraps, and pieces of discarded clothing. She wanted to be beautiful even in her destroyed, piecemeal state. Obviously, a mermaid cannot swim in a terribly constrictive top, so it is minimal while still being fairly modest. 


Did you make, mod or buy your fashion:
The only three purchased items of the ensemble are the fin of the tail (A Finis Rapid Monofin), the dread falls by Diva Dreads and the base for the vest (which I bought at a local thrift shop). The tail itself was my own design and make, with assistance from friends who pinned me into numerous layers of fabric as I squirmed around on my living room floor. The top I modded and hand-sewed, and I made most of the jewelry myself. The one exception is my bracelet which was made by the woman who plays my Madwoman/Mad Scientist.  
 

What are your style influences:

My goal was to make Nastya as beautiful but deranged looking as possible. She’s clearly unhinged, but all the more beautiful and pitiable because of it. I’m enamored of the professional tails that are made, and wanted to create for myself something similar but in a rough-and-tumble steampunk style, thus merging two of my interests. Nastasya’s character was created to this end, and her physical form quickly followed after. The bands that got me in the mood while I worked were Johnny Hollow, Sorne, and Ford Theatre Reunion, and the novels I was reading at the time were written by Dostoevsky.

Anything else you want to add:

One can follow Nastasya’s story at https://www.facebook.com/NastyaSteampunkMermaid

 

All photos are by Carrie Meyer of Insomniac Photography and were shot on the beach of Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove, CA.

 
 
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