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This shoot was a three-way collaboration of partnerships both old and new.
A newer creator by the name of Sarah, or the brand Fit For The Gods, had initiated collaboration projects with both Tasha Reid, a longtime personal friend of mine, and with Sally of It Is Known Scalemail, a crafter with whom I have collaborated with several times over the years and respect immensely. Both of these fine woman mentioned the new creative partner to me, mentioning they had expressed interest about working with me as well. Therefore, I reached out and details of our upcoming projects were arranged and eventually bore some wonderful results.
To me, there is something so perfectly fantasy, yet simultaneously timeless, about a delicate chainmail circlet. So simple yet so regal.
ItIsKnown used to only offer these as OOAK pieces for photo collaborations, but I am so glad they now offer them in their shop regularly as well.
A tip for wearing these; take your time to make a very clean center part in your hair. A small amount of oil or product to smooth the top down also helps to keep everything in place around the chains.
Of all the It Is Known collar & shoulder pieces I have donned for photos, I believe this one has been my favorite.
The garment is large and imposing. Evoking the feeling of queenly armor with the comfort of a delicately draping shawl and paired with the satisfyingly metallic chimes of scales meeting and parting with every movement.
I first modeled one of these overskirts back in 2017 for a shoot styled by the maker along with photographer Andrew J Bacha, and it is safe to say I was instantly in love with the style. It is something I have truly seen nowhere else.
Sally, creator of It Is Known, gifted me this piece after our many years of working together and I could not be more thankful.
This was not originally intended to specifically be a LOTR shoot. The inclusion of Anduril was originally purely due to the fact that the sword itself is fairly simplistic in style and can easily pair with most fantasy costume styles. However, its inclusion did end up influencing the naming of this shoot, as I do believe the resulting images did capture the feel of Éowyn’s character without being an intentional or direct cosplay.
All of that aside, I will admit that this is not the nicest replica of Anduril you can find, although it is a sturdy blade. If you would like the prop on a budget or for costume use, the link above is for you; If you are a serious collector of fine LOTR wares, I would recommend looking elsewhere for a replica.
This chemise by Fit For The Gods was such an unexpected delight. The billowing gown is exquisitely handmade and features the most unique shoulder and sleeve customization I have seen on this style of garment.
The neckline and three sections down the arm feature adjustable ribbons which can be used to tighten or loosen the fit of the dress; resulting in either the look of a traditional chemise or a romantic open-shouldered alternative style. The ties down the arm also allow for the option of decoratively puffed sleeves or they can be undone to create the effect of drapey goddessy sleeves which expose the arms.
I would absolutely love to see this garment eventually offered in a super sheer linenny fabric.