Eustratia A/W ’14-15

Having first started work on this collection almost a year ago, I’m delighted to finally be able to share my complete vision.

I decided to present it in format of a story and hope that it helps to define the feel and character of each item of clothing.

anna sad fullHAZEL MASK FULLHAZEL MASK CLOSEHAZEL FULLHazel opening doorhazel moth 1 copyhazel butterflies close copyhazel moth half copyladder 1charlotte doll 2charlotte 2 copyanna dressamber 1Amber 2 copyanna roses copyanna 2anna backamber 3amber back amber full length 2amber fabricamber mask closeamber mask fullcharlotte tree closecharlotte tree2 copyThe items will be added to over the coming days and can be ordered via email ( or facebook message in the mean time, with an introductory 20% off.

Those who would like to see the story performed live can do so at the Fashion and lifestyle exhibition, in Manchester on the 11th and 12th of October. Tickets are free and can be booked here. Models will be provided by Vauhaus.

My beautiful models in the order they appeared: Anna, Hazel, Charlotte and Amber.



Eustratia winter collection preview.

For the past few months, I have been thinking, making and planning  for the Eustratia  A/W ’14-15 collection.

As an independent designer, single-handedly running all aspects of the business, making a new collection can be hard. I make one item at a time whenever I have some hours spare in between the rest of my work.

An image or item I make for myself usually sparks the idea and then I make a rough line-up sketch, which usually evolves as I start to create the garments.

anna roses copyAnna Dateshidze in the rose bodysuit.

I usually plan my collections around a theme and often base my editorials on a still from a dream but this time I wanted to tell a more complete story.

charlotte doll 3Harlotte Wonderland in the twist top and high waist briefs.

I always plan the concept and style my own collection shoots as well as making all the props, often with the help of my friends. This time, I decided to go one step further and do the photography myself as well.

This was a big decision for me as I’m not a photographer but so far I think it has helped me get closer to my vision by having control over the composition of the images and the ability to edit them myself.  Of course it’s every designer’s dream to own copyright to their images and I look forward to featuring them on my promotional material.

hazel butterflies close copyHazel in the Moth bodysuit.

I used a variety of props for the fashion story and shot it in 3 parts to make sure it went smoothly.

10575983_848995281786340_339686771_nHere we are on the way to the shoot the first set. (yes the ladder is also a prop)

915679_1525838860966017_1775423054_nCut out butterflies and moths were used for the moth bodysuit images. These were lovingly cut out by my intern, Lindsay.

10475008_299153160256627_2104034801_nWire butterfly headpieces were used in a couple of sets to give the impression of butterflies hovering around the model’s heads.

10611027_936859676339762_158123335_nRik made this door for me to use in a different shoot last year, but was not featured in the final images and fit in perfectly with this season’s concept.

The Collection is due to launch on the 1st of September  on and will be showcased several times over the weekend of the “fashion and lifestyle exhibition” in a theatrical live fashion show.

During the show, there will be a slideshow featuring snippets from the fashion story, inspirational images and these little videos I took while shooting:

I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I do and look forward to seeing the rest of the story.

Amber 2 copyAmber in the new harness lingerie set.







Winter wonderland show

I don’t always have time to update as often as I’d like but I do try to keep things more or less in chronological order, this sometimes causes me to fall even further behind because I find it hard to publish a particular post. This is one of those posts, I have thought about what I wanted it to be like for ages because I was searching for a more refined and straightforward way to present my personal personal projects but I guess I’m not quite there yet.

As I have mentioned previously, this winter I was very inspired by wintery imagery, white animals and snowy settings. I really enjoyed gathering inspiration for the Eustratia winter wonderland shoot so when a show slot came up at the Manchester Alternative and burlesque fair, I jumped at the opportunity. I never usually plan seasonal seasonal stuff in time but my general love of animal-inspired headwear and white latex came in useful here.

winterboardThis was my main inspiration board.

I wanted to tell a story and I left it would come across best if the setting was right so the props were important. The main part of the story takes place in an enchanted forest so trees were essential, I’ve wanted to have something like this on set for ages so I ordered some foam board and thanks to the efforts of the multi-talented Richard Ayres, it was made possible. I think he will aslo need a prop portfolio soon.

I also purchased a snow machine, which I think made all the difference, a large mirror, some small animals and hanging stars to complete the scene.


With the event being so close to Christmas I wanted to add some traditional elements into the story, unrecognisable as they may be. I stumbled upon the story of Befana, the Italian, gift giving witch. I loved the fact that as well as putting sweets into the boots of “good” children she also took time to sweep the floor while she was there, utilising her witch broom to show she was a good housekeeper. I decided to put her in the show but I totally changed her appearance to fit in with my aesthetic.

witch 3My decision to add this traditional element along with the girls starting of in the real world and journeying, in a dream, to the enchanted forest made the execution slightly more complicated. I was determined to make it work because it was the most unique part of the show and I left it gave more depth to the story.

The final narrative was as follows:

It is the night before Christmas. 2 girls go to bed in their room, excited for what the next day might bring. They have just fallen asleep when they hear a tinkling sounds coming from the mirror. The one nearest gets up and notices she can go through!

Once through the mirror the two girls find themselves in a winter wonderland, they are wondering around in awe when they meet a witch. She is gathering flowers in a basket and the girls decide to help her. To thank them for their kindness the witch gives them a magic coin that they can use to call upon her whenever they need help.

Next the girls come across winter woodland animals, dancing between the trees, they are transfixed and watch the graceful dance until their attention is drawn away by a loud noise. The snow queen and her extravagant pet unicorns approach the animals and circle menacingly. The queen decides to turn the animals into ice statues so she can admire their beauty whenever she likes, then they leave.

The girls come out from hiding behind the trees and are sad to see the animals cold and motionless, then they remember the coin and decide to use it to help the animals, they throw the coin into the air and surely enough shortly after the witch appears, she gently touches each animal and breathes life back into it. The animals have been turned back to normal and it starts to snow, everyone frolics happily.

The witch then leads the girls back through the mirror and into their own room. She puts them to bed, leaves glitter in their boots and sweeps the floor before leaving. The girls awake on Christmas day to find the glitter in their boots, a magical reminder of their journey to the winter wonderland, they are happy.

-The End-

Video by latexgirls HD

The staff and broom were made for the show by Madame Dee’s creations.

Some stills from the show:

483520_10151305066329491_1387478830_n 385028_10151305062614491_333148465_n  68604_10151305064784491_100107513_n 67627_10151305064454491_1866644225_n 60898_10151305062644491_1597263301_n 30375_3962107458627_1838900844_n 18885_10151305063134491_1457445687_n 18828_10151305063899491_1376147886_nYou can view more images from the show and info about the models on the Eustratia facebook page.

I’m quite happy with the way the show turned out despite the technical difficulties we had on the day. I’m grateful to everyone who contributed/took part and I think the models did an especially good job considering we didn’t get to rehearse with the props in place. Visually, I wish there was a white or generally light coloured backdrop, I think it would have really added to the set. It isn’t majorly important but I think it’s helpful for myself to make a note of such things because it isn’t something I would normally think about before planning a show.

Though it was a latex fashion show, I mostly enjoyed experimenting with different textures and making the non latex items. I had lots of fun with the fake fur, a material I’ve never used before. Of course I had to try on all the silly animal headwear!