“The darkness comes from deep inside. Gnawing at your flesh by your graveside. Creeping death shivers down your spine…..” An October Evening is a SLC, UT event with film, fashion, dance, photography, art and music, all inspired by the spirit of Halloween and presented by independent/local artists, Stephen Simmons and Christel Edwards. (Christel’s gown by Pretty Macabre Photo: Todd Ellis)
An October Evening is my favorite event of the year!!! The perfect event for me to showcase my “Horror Couture” runway show! This was my 4th year at An October Evening. This year I even had the opportunity to work on a short film by Stephen Simmons called “The Black Balloon”. I got to play a fun little role as the “Candy Butcher” also created most of the costuming for the other characters! Stephen & Christel put on an amazing show every year! I love being a part of the October Evening family!!
If you missed the show….Here is a peak into the madness!! Behind the scenes with zanies, skeletons, creatures & more all the way to the runway!
This year I opened my runway show with the characters featured in “The Black Balloon” film! First up the Zanies! With a dark sense of humor..they help drag the failed vaudeville acts off the stage! Models: Julia Sanders (Photo: Todd Ellis) & Jesse Coleman Martinez Makeup: Amber Arcury Hair: David Boyd
I got to play the “Candy Butcher”! Ages ago dancing as a coochie girl, now sells concessions using her succubi allure. Makeup: Amber Arcury Photo: One World Media & Iphone shots 🙂
I also did the costuming for the “Equestrian Director” & “Agramonn” (Shadow like figure) Check out the film!!
“Mummy Goddess” This was an older costume I had made..i revamped it a little this year and brought her back into the show!! Model: Sarah Hessinger Mau/Hair: Chante Garcia & Kristen Gillespie Photo: Todd Ellis & One World Media Production
Heidi Lyn Butterfly as “Tara Goddess of Compassion”! Heidi already emits so much compassion to all the people around her, she was perfect for this costume! Costume/Headpiece: Pretty Macabre Mau: Jillyn Neslen Hair: David Boyd Photos: Todd Ellis & One World Media
This next costume was actually an idea I had from one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes “Are you my Mummy” !! Mandi Johnson helped my glitterize this amazing gas mask and I added the rhinestone final touches!! Mandi modeled this piece as well!! Hair: Mario Siguenza Photo: Park City Photographers, Rudy Van Bree, Five Wives (Some photos were from a runway the week before at Art Meets Fashion)“Burlesque Costume” A sparkle pink glittery piece!! Model: Stephanie Buranek Mau:Kasey Lambert Hair: David Boyd & Amber Pearson! Photo: Rudy Van Bree *Unfortunately I didn’t get many photos back of this costume.
Next up is my “Blood Monster” an almost Carrie inspired dress! Model: Joanna Bishop Hair: Amber Pearson Mau: Heather Shelton Photo: One World Media Productions“Ghost Lady” I always love having this lady model for me!! 🙂 Model: Chelsie Ross Hair:Katy Lambert Mau:Jillyn Neslen Photo: Todd EllisThis next costume some of you may remember from years past! It is my Bride of Frankenstein gown!! Its one of my favorites so I added it back in this year as a “Dark Bride”!! Model: Shay Williamson Peck Mau/Hair: Chante Garcia & Kristen Gillespie Photo:Todd Ellis & One World Media Productions“BeetleLady”!!! I love this costume so much I had to re-show it this year! Inspired by Beetleguese but took on a slightly fancier Lady side!! Ria totally looks amazing in this piece! Model: Marianna Bouttier Wig: Chaunsey L. Hildebrandt Mau: Heather Shelton Photo: One World Media Productions, Iphone shot, Rudy Van BreeLynsey looked amazing in this next costume! I wanted to create a horned creature that was decked out in beads and sparkles! 🙂 The fully beaded jacket I had to hand stitch together (I used some pieces of beaded fabric from vintage gown ) Loved getting to make some fancy horns for this headpiece!! *some photos are from Art Meets Fashion Model: Lynsey Buell Hair: David Boyd & Amber Pearson (Mario Siguenza AMF) Mau: Kasey Lambert (Vanessa Alder AMF) Photo: Todd Ellis, Rudy Van Bree, Ryan Houston When i asked Beatrice to model this year I knew she would be perfect for my “Gold Skeleton” gown!! I cut out two sets of appliques first a gold mesh and then a floral pattern that I hand stitched to create a semi skeletal look! I didn’t want traditional black and white skeleton makeup..So we decided to use golds/creams!! Heather did an amazing job!! I love how this turned out!! Model: Jocelyn Mau: Heather Shelton Wig: Pretty Macabre Photo: One World Media Productions & Todd Ellis
This next gown I spent over 30 hrs hand stitching 2200 petals onto this gown!!! It was a long process but I love how it turned out! Sharyl looks incredible in it as well!! Model: Sharyl Sykora Mau: Jillyn Neslen Hair: David Boyd (Mario Siguenza AMF) Photos: One World Media Productions, Todd Ellis, Ryan Houston So fortunate to have my finale piece be a collaboration with the amazingly talented Chris R. Hanson and Chaunsey L. Hildebrandt!! This will be our 3rd collaboration at An October Evening! We showcased “The Bride of Frankenstein” 2yrs back “Medusa” last year! This year we bring you “Creature from the Black Lagoon”!!! Chris did an incredible job with the prosthetics his airbrushed mau was amazing!! Chaunsey morphed into the creature!! I made the full corset and skirt using the fabric to create scales!! Love working with these talented two!! Hope you enjoy! photos: One World Media Productions & Todd Ellis
Huge thanks to all the models, hair, mau & photographers!! I couldn’t have pulled it all together without this team!! What an amazing night!! Thanks to all my family and friends who came out to support this event!! ❤
Cant wait till next year!!