Shameless Plug — Masquerade Ball

OMG guys!  Buy my .pdf! It comes out on tomorrow from Raging Swan:  “Campaign Events: Masquerade Ball“.  It’s about clothes.  Obviously.  I mean there’s NPCs and plot hooks, but it’s mostly clothes.  It’s full of scary and elegant masks and costumes.  I had such a blast writing it, and re-watching Labyrinth, “for research purposes” only, of course.

I hope you like it!

Fashion Goblin:  Thinking too much about clothing, so you don’t have to.

To get you excited about it,  here are some gorgeous masked looks from the runway.

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(Armani Privé, Spring 2011 Couture; Christian Dior Sprint 2011 Couture; Tex Saverio Jakarta 2014)

More Pinterest inspiration.

 

Ask a Fashion Goblin

A gamer… asks:

Dear FG,

My GM seems hands out magic items that simply can’t be used together! Skull wands, then flower motif rings that glow softly… Seriously?? How can I get some simple fashion tips across?

Dear A Gamer…

I understand your vexation.  As the most stylish goblin in my gaming group, I face similar irritations.  The short answer is “Talk to you GM and have realistic expectations”.  (Is that ever NOT the short answer?).

Know your GM and your game.  If you’re playing in any sort of organized play situations (like Pathfinder Society), I’m afraid these tips won’t help you.  You probably won’t be allowed to make any changes, and you’ll have to be content knowing in your fashionable heart-of-hearts that the purple Robe of Arcane Heritage you found is actually a lovely shade of green that flatters your character’s complexion.  If your GM and the rest of the players in your group are very by-the-book, you may have to content yourself with this as well.

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(Possible Robes of Arcane Brilliance by Renato Balestra, 2014*; Naeem Khan, Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear; Tadashi Shoji, Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear)

Talk to your GM.  Sadly, not all gamers posses impeccable fashion instincts. Your poor GM may not know any better.  Start small and simple.  Ask what colour an item is.  Ask if it could be periwinkle instead.   Ask her whether the in-game town has a jewel-smith who can recast your ring into something less last-year (without changing the mechanics). You should probably do this away from the gaming table.  You’d be surprised at how many Pathfinder players don’t want to talk about clothes while they’re playing.

GMing is hard work, and takes a lot of time.  Many GMs are looking for ways to share responsibilities.   Your GM is probably excited that you have taken such an interest in the world and your character.  If she’s smart and/or lazy she’ll take advantage of your enthusiasm.  Offer to write descriptions of items you’d like to have, not the mechanics, just the appearance.  Can you draw?  Draw you character (and the other players), to help give everyone a better visual sense of each other.  It’s easier to see that an orange cloak is going to look garish over red armour, than to read it.

Have reasonable expectations.  There will always be occasions where, for whatever reason, the GM will not give you free rein to design the look of your items.  “I’m sorry, cleric of Desna,  I know you were hoping to find a butterfly pendant on these cultists of Zon-Kuthon, but they are really committed to their skull and chain aesthetic.”  Remember, NPCs (even evil cultists) have as much right to match their accessories as PCs do.

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(What you wanted:  Valentino*; What you got:  Alexander McQueen*, 2011)

Certain items, like rings, are often described in ways that provide hints to their purpose.  A ring of swimming, for example, is described as having fishlike designs.  Organization may have official or unofficial uniforms.  A Red Mantis Assassin, will not be wearing olive green, no matter how much it flatters your complexion.

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(Not a Red Mantis:  Mugler, Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear)

Embrace the Contrast.  Finally, if you end up with the skull wand and glowing flower ring, never underestimate the visual power of the hard/soft dichotomy.  Yes, it’s overplayed and cliché right now, but done well it can still create a visually stunning aesthetic.

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(Prabal Gurung, Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear)

* I couldn’t find an complete reference for these, if any one knows season/year/designer, please let me know, and I’ll make corrections.

Welcome New Readers!

Yesterday was the blog’s second most popular day ever!  Apparently, you’re supposed to do some sort of intro post when that happens.  I read that on the internet, so it must be true.  Here’s goes.

Come in, sit down, have a look around.  I hope you like what you see.  Which is the intersection of Pathfinder’s campaign setting, Golarion, and the beauty and technology of fashion. In the future, you should expect more of what’s already up:  Dressing the Iconics and the Evil Queens of various regions are fun and quick to write.  So are ridiculous, fashion based predictions for upcoming releases.  I also love sinking my teeth into longer pieces that extrapolate fashion from what’s known about Golarion and vice versa.  Drop a note in the comments, if you have a question or there’s a topic you’d like me to cover.

You can also find me on Facebook and tumblr.

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Since I can’t have 2 posts in a row without pictures, he’s one of Seoni and a platypus.  Just because.   This picture always makes me smile, but I don’t know how I’d work it into a regular post.

 

Shameless Plug!

Go get Wayfinder 12,  I have a piece in it!

You should be reading Wayfinder, anyway.  It’s Free!  No excuse not to!

You should be submitting too!  No excuse not to!  I’m serious.  I wouldn’t have thought that my style of “World Building” (let’s call it that), would be something they’d be interested in, but they took it. The last call for submissions just ended, but there’ll be another soon.

Playing Paper Dolls

It’s not a big secret that I have a love for paper dolls.  They were my gateway into the world of fashion.  As a kid, every trip to a museum or historical site (and with my family, these were frequent) would end in a trip to the gift shop, where I would pore over the selection of paper doll books.  It was never a hard sell to get my parents to buy me one, they were cheap compared with the museum catalogs and glossy coffee tale books.  Dover Publishing make the BEST paper doll and colouring books. At least until The Baby Bestiary colouring book comes out, anyway.

I was only ever interested in what Dover calls their “Collectible Paper Dolls”. This was probably due to some gentle parental nudging towards the more ‘serious’ line.

These two books illustrate the difference perfectly:

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Children’s Paper Dolls

“Collectible” Paper Dolls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both by the same artist, with completely different target audiences.

The great books were all illustrated by Tom Tierney.  The best ones were based on actual magazine art or catalogs.

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I never actually played with them, making up stories for them.  I just thought of different places they could go and things they could do.  And I then I chose the best outfit for the situation.  When they didn’t come with a suitable outfit, I would make my own.

Pouring over runway pictures, trying to choose a look that represents an Iconic or an Evil Queen takes me back to how I “played” with my paper dolls.

Everything I know about fashion, started with paper dolls.

Numerian Boots

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Numeria Boots

These showed up in my web research on Numeria and cracked me up.  Their ‘model number’ is “Numeria” and they completely fit into my reto-futurism dreams and/or expectations for Numeria.

The were only $20, so I had to buy them. But the heal (including the platform) is six inches, so I’m not sure I can ever wear them.

Now that I’ve exposed my weakness and price point, I fully expect to see more shoes in the same line:  gold gladiator sandals named ‘Osirion’, baroque satin mules named ‘Taldor’, Kick-ass motorcycle boots named ‘Belkzen’.