Bloody Mary She is said to appear in a mirror when her name is called multiple times. Historically, the ritual encouraged young women to walk up a flight of stairs backwards while holding a candle and a hand mirror, in a darkened house. The modern ritual addition of taunting Bloody Mary indicates the legendary figure’s tenuous connection to Queen Mary I, also known as “Bloody Mary”, whose life was marked by a number of miscarriage’s, false pregnancies and she was possessed in her quest to return England to the Roman Church. This effort was carried out by force, hundreds of Protestant leaders were executed. Hundreds more would follow in Mary’s bloody reign of terror. This earned the queen the title of “Bloody Mary”. .Bloody Mary allegedly appears as a corpse, a witch or a ghost; sometimes covered in blood. The lore surrounding the ritual (if she is summoned properly) states that participants may endure the apparition screaming at them, cursing them, strangling them, stealing their body or soul, or drinking their blood. The Bloody Mary apparition may be benign or malevolent, depending on historic variations of the legend. There are many versions to the story we decided to go with the Queen Mary I version 😉
The concept came together as a group of us local artists met over brunch! Todd and Renee Keith (AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHERS) would be shooting, Chris Hanson would be doing Makeup/FX, Chaunsey Hildebrandt Model/Concept Design, Danielle Zaugg working on Hair and last myself on costume design! We’ve all worked together on a number of other projects and knew this was going to be an epic shoot!
The day began extra early for Chaunsey and Chris who spent morning applying and painting the face molds that Chris had sculpted. Taken from a live casting of Chaunsey’s face created a cracked protruding forehead, raised cheekbones and elongated her fingers! Next we met at Ulysses hair, wardrobe and final makeup, the transformation was already well under way. Chris is absolutely brilliant at what he does! Final makeup was amazing! Danielle then worked on attaching the amazing hairpiece she had created to Chaunsey head!
Now it was time to get Chaunsey into her bloody gown! I had so much fun making this gown 🙂 I love historical costuming!! Love blood and gore so even drenching this gown in fake blood was awesome! Chris carefully secured the finger extensions he had cast and did the final makeup! Bloody Mary was finally ready!!
This was an amazing shoot! Everyone worked so hard to create this dark character:) Chaunsey literally engulfed herself in the darkness of this character and you can tell in the pictures it makes such a difference!! hope you enjoy the final shots of Bloody Mary