Ella, a.k.a. Miss Victory Violet, is a top-to-toe vintage enthusiast. She uses her make-up artistry and hairstyling skills to style herself into a picture-perfect pinup on an almost-daily basis. (I say ‘almost’, only cos a girl’s gotta have some downtime!) She is a widely beloved NZ pinup icon, and has collected fans and followers from all over the world. And so, not surprisingly, the New Zealand vintage scene gave her the highest recognition last month, of the Miss Pinup New Zealand title for 2014.
Crown or no crown, Ella IS Miss Pinup New Zealand on a daily basis. She lives and breathes all the stuff that makes a beautiful, multi-faceted pinup icon. And ontop of that, she gets to spread the beauty to others when they pay her a visit at the Killer Hair salon in central Auckland.
I had been admiring Ella’s style for some months before Very Vintage Day Out, and was very keen to work with her on a custom design project. As a sponsor of the Miss Pinup NZ 2014 title, I bided my time, as I felt she was a very strong contender. And I was not wrong! The announcement was made, and our custom collaboration design project was locked in!
Ella was delighted to hear that her Custom Garment Inspired By and Made For Miss Pinup New Zealand 2014, meant just that. Customised design, inspired by the personality and desires of the wearer, and made to fit just-so. In here, out there, perfect! Ella’s most longing desire was for a 1940’s-inspired skirt suit, which fits her alias and her love of WWII aesthetics, styling and culture to a T. She also wanted to add a special something to her winter wardrobe, and has found this style of suit is very hard to come by in the vintage market.
I thirstily drank up all the wartime fashion imagery I could, and designed up a few different variations for Ella to consider. We moved some of the detailing around (swapped this sleeve for that one), made sure that there would be pockets (laaaadies 😉 ), and finalised on this little peplumed beauty!
For winter warmth, I made the suit in a deliciously thick felted wool, and Ella picked out her (and my) favourite colour of the bunch; purple!
For vintage glam, I added luscious black velvet accents, in the collar and covered buttons, and a late 40’s/early 50’s feminine silhouette to the jacket, with a nipped in waist and flared peplum over the hip, and cuffed 3/4 sleeves. The jacket bodice is fitted through the waist with panels, and features pairs of sweet tucks just under the bust.
The A-line skirt was also fitted tight into the waist, and featured a pair of much-desired hidden side pockets. Both garments were then fully-lined in a complimentary dusky purple lining, and the jacket featured a little surprise for Ella on the inside!
She adored the personalised handwork that had gone into the framed patch; the logo was screen-printed and the letters were hand-painted, by moi. I was excited about including a little something extra in the design; something that was a little me, a little Ella, and a reminder/celebration of the work she did to get her into this beautiful suit.
As a full circle on the event that lead us to work together, I also worked with Talia, the main organiser behind Very Vintage Day Out, on creating these stunning images you see of Ella, here in this post. Talia is also of Miss T Pinups photography fame, which makes me a lucky bunny to have her work on my images! It was a real pleasure to work together with two such talented and driven women this month.
If you would like to cozy up in a Victory Violet Suit (NZD$800) of your very own this winter, flick me a message, and we’ll get started on your own custom fit-and-flare beauty
This is my collab project for May, which includes my 6 Questions With Miss Victory Violet.