“Mademoiselle LeBeetle, while never straying from being a poised lady….. swallows the insides of her prey leaving a perfectly posed shell…. going about her usual business….. like nothing ever happened…”
This costume was originally inspired by the movie Beetlejuice, one of my favorites! I found this amazing black and white stripe fabric with floral pattern. I wanted her to be very tall and elegant…but still with a creepy grotesque-ness to her. I used a sheer netting for the top and used bias strips of the striped fabric around the neck and armhole with a little added ruffle. I hand sewed about 150 beetles onto the top covering the bust and trailing them down and through the skirt! The skirt I made high-waisted and fitted through the hips, bringing out the bottom with lots of tulle and lengthening the back for a small train.
Of course to shoot this i turn to my good friends Chaunsey L. Hildebrandt & Renee Keith! Renee started on makeup airbrushing the base pale grey color and adding black around the scalp and ears. Chaunsey then started on this gorgeous black detail around the edge of the face, then adding red shadow into the eyes finishing up with lots of lashes and the perfect evil lip!
Once we got her fully dressed, the final touch was adding an amazing wig that Chaunsey had styled. Using powder in the wig gave it this gorgeous dusty grey color that I loved! While glueing on the final beetle friends…Ria totally got into perfect character with a french accent bringing to life Mademoiselle LeBeetle!!!
Here is a bts video and some final shots from the shoot! Enjoy 🙂
Had so much fun with everyone on this amazing shoot!!
Photos: Renee Keith http://reneekeith.com/
Photo: Todd Keith
Hair/Mau: Chaunsey L. Hildebrandt
Model: Marianna Bouttier