Annual Bowie Bash Fashion Show: outfit 4

⚡Sheer Stripe Bodysuit, Lil Gay Vest, and Bowie Shorts⚡My final look in my ZOTT’S collection from the San Antonio Bowie Bash is a kick ass combo of vintage stripe wool on the vest, sheer stretch on the bodysuit, and distressing on the shorts. The Lil Gay Vest is based off of a pattern from 1942, so the waist is tiny and it is tightly tailored. It is so dapper, I almost can’t handle it. The bodysuit is a vintage circus inspired piece that zips in the back and is finished with blue elastic. I would love to plan a performance piece for it. Lastly, the shorts are made with a plaid waistband and body of unique brown polyester that has a black weave base. I utilized the interesting quality of this solid fabric by hand cutting and distressing a lightning bolt detail. I also obsessively distressed the longer than girl-shorts hem for a unisex punk rock look. I hope you enjoy the materiality as much as I do, and I hope this inspires you. As with the rest of my collection- these exact pieces are available. I am also available to create custom looks for anyone interested in bringing my designs to life. Thanks for checking this out! #blessthismess
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⚡Sheer Stripe Bodysuit, Lil Gay Vest, and Bowie Shorts⚡My final look in my ZOTT'S collection from the San Antonio Bowie Bash is a kick ass combo of vintage stripe wool on the vest, sheer stretch on the bodysuit, and distressing on the shorts. The Lil Gay Vest is based off of a pattern from 1942, so the waist is tiny and it is tightly tailored. It is so dapper, I almost can't handle it. The bodysuit is a vintage circus inspired piece that zips in the back and is finished with blue elastic. I would love to plan a performance piece for it. Lastly, the shorts are made with a plaid waistband and body of unique brown polyester that has a black weave base. I utilized the interesting quality of this solid fabric by hand cutting and distressing a lightning bolt detail. I also obsessively distressed the longer than girl-shorts hem for a unisex punk rock look. I hope you enjoy the materiality as much as I do, and I hope this inspires you. As with the rest of my collection- these exact pieces are available. I am also available to create custom looks for anyone interested in bringing my designs to life. Thanks for checking this out! #blessthismess #clownfashion #patternmixing #clown #zotts #katzotti #zotts2020 #handmade #designer #bowiebash #bowiefashion #vintagecircus #distressingfabric #handwork #vest #punkshorts #handsome #circusfreak #womanownedsmallbusiness #circus #seamstress #sewfashion #plaidpants #stripes #polkadot

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Bowie Bash Band Costume

Last year I made a romper for Jillian, the lead singer for San Antonio’s The Goon Squad. This year I doubled down and made her two looks. I created a vintage silk seperates look for the first set. The top is draped and sewn 90% by hand and complimented with dramatic balooning parachute pants.

Her second set look is directly inspired by the Ashes to Ashes striped look that David Bowie wore originally in 1980 during the album release and then reprised in the 2015 music video for Lazarus.

As someone who has always loved and been inspired by Bowie, it is a dream come true to take part in The Goon Squad’s annual Bowie Bash. The band honors David Bowie’s artistic accomplishments with professionalism and passion. It was such a goos show! I was thrilled to show a collection at Paper Tiger as well as dress a bandmember. I can’t wait to come back next year!

Annual Bowie Bash Fashion Show: outfit 1

⚡The Dazzle Jumpsuit and Starman Jacket⚡This jacket is detailed with hand-cut reflective stars on a field of textured blue pleather. The trim is a retro elastic that adds the perfect level of fun color that David Bowie would LOVE.(The lining is light pink)⚡ The Dazzle Jumpsuit is named after the WWI ship camouflage that is the Navy’s most stylish move. It is pleated and gathered to perfection and has the perfect amount of stretch to wear all day or night. Thank you to Roxy who modeled it perfectly and brought next-level jacketography. All the pieces from my collection are for sale so if you want something DM me, or if this inspires you to have something custom for you, I would be honored! ⚡
#zotts #katzotti #zotts2020 #handmade #designer #bowiebash #bowiefashion #womanownedsmallbusiness #seamstress #sewfashion #jumpsuit

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⚡The Dazzle Jumpsuit and Starman Jacket⚡This jacket is detailed with hand-cut reflective stars on a field of textured blue pleather. The trim is a retro elastic that adds the perfect level of fun color that David Bowie would LOVE.(The lining is light pink)⚡ The Dazzle Jumpsuit is named after the WWI ship camouflage that is the Navy's most stylish move. It is pleated and gathered to perfection and has the perfect amount of stretch to wear all day or night. Thank you to Roxy who modeled it perfectly and brought next-level jacketography. All the pieces from my collection are for sale so if you want something DM me, or if this inspires you to have something custom for you, I would be honored! ⚡ #zotts #katzotti #zotts2020 #handmade #designer #bowiebash #bowiefashion #womanownedsmallbusiness #seamstress #sewfashion #jumpsuit

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Costume Success!

If you’re a person with excellent music taste, a Mica student,  or a Baltimore native who really believes This Must Be The Place then you must love the Talking Heads.

I was so thrilled when my friend and fellow creative, Abby Becker, reached out to me to make a Big Suit tribute for a Talking Heads themed concert. She told me how it would be put together to benefit the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition and I was so on board. I have done some tailoring work for her and she hit me with this brilliant idea- what if the Big Suit from the Stop Making Sense tour was split onto two dancers? It’s so fantastical and whimsical, I truly loved it immediately. I also knew there needed to be a grey leotard underneath somewhat in reference to the Chairlift “Amanaemonesia”video with the incredible Caroline Polacheck singing and choreo.

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Sidenote, this is my dress form, Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

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Quinton Randall Photography Dancers Blair Hagan Left and Marissa O’Guinn Dahl Right

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Quinton Randall Photography Dancers Blair Hagan Left and Marissa O’Guinn Dahl Right

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Quinton Randall Photography Dancers Blair Hagan Left and Marissa O’Guinn Dahl Right

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Quinton Randall Photography Dancers Blair Hagan Left and Marissa O’Guinn Dahl Right

 Quinton Randall Instagram ~ Quinton Randall Personal Website

This was one of my favorite Baltimore performances I have been lucky enough to have a hand in. I think all of us attending will appreciate the perfect curtain rigging, band reveal, and very satisfying build of songs forever. I had so much fun! The bands really killed it and Blair and Marissa brought the Big Suit to life with genius dancing. I think I am going to ombre dye these leotards now that I am just storing them. ~

Finished up the Maryland Renaissance Festival!

As October comes to a close, so does the Maryland Renaissance Festival. This caps my second year as a jewelrymaker for Dry Bones Emporium. My boss, Cat Cooke has been making bone jewelry for 15 years and is an expert in her craft. Last year she spent months of the summer training me, checking, and correcting my work. This year I was able to be much more consistent, productive, and stylish.

One contribution I have been able to make towards Dry Bones, which has a very established aesthetic, is my tiny earring taste. I didn’t even know I was doing it, but Cat has pointed out my gar scale bone picks are cute and tiny. I pick just the right bead for the “personality” of the shape and the result-

Is bone-clad barbarian warrior women squealing with joy at the little bone earrings! I am so proud! People noticing my work means everything to me.

This is my cold weather costume piece I made for closing weekend. It is a suede capelet wirh a rabbit fur collar and real butterfly wing applique. I could not have made this beauty if it weren’t for my friend Jess Oby who collected the wings for me.

A close up of the bisected elk horn button from Alaska and butterfly/moth wings.

Being in costume is THE BEST. I should look like this every day.

My friend Kurt makes these real antler headbands. His company name is Stonewall Crafts and if you wanted to contact him I can connect you. It really elevates my entire Renaissance witch vibe to have horns coming out of my head, what can I say.

Finally, on the last day I had a creative spark and made knitting needles out of porccupine quill. Not only did it work really well, but the idea spread like wildfire and two knitters purchased quills to try and make their own. One knitter got 4 small quills which I filed for her a bit so she could do double pointed. I love it! Here’s a close up of the most natural feeling knitting ever:

Let me know what you think!

Custom Costume for Jillian

This costume is a successful execution of my original idea for Jillian Gayle, the lead singer for David Bowie tribute bad: The Goon Squad. When she first reached out to me to design something for singing in a David Bowie tribute show I had a million ideas. David Bowie is at the heart of my creative identity, so it came naturally. Working together from Texas to Maryland I shared fabric options with her through pictures and she sent me measurements. This romper and kimono are the brainchild of two huge Ziggy Stardust fans. It also was a multi-week process building the shoulder pads and creating the romper and kimono pattern. Lucky for us both, Jillian can sew proficiently and was able to take the romper in when she received it. She is much more petite than I understood when working, something that a fitting in person would have really helped. The process of designing, sewing, and seeing this costume come to life on stage is a dream come true. Jillian rocked it and I hope David Bowie is proud!

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Great view of shoulder pads on Jillian.

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Her shoe choice was perfect for the mixed palette of stripes.

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The Goon Squad!!! https://www.facebook.com/The-Goon-Squad-/