Alexandre Mazel, the photographer, brought me to a garden island on the Seine in the Paris suburbs.
It was the first day of July in Paris, and blazing hot. I wished I could swim in the nearby Seine, but instead I went to a swimming pool next to the Père Lachaise cemetery after this photo shoot.
One of the outfits I wore was quite very classically Steampunk, as an homage to an early French precursor of Steampunk, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne.
You can see I managed to capture a Kraken, on this nice Melisandre black blouse by Red Queen Black Legion.
My favourite sea monster is still here obviously, the Octopus ring from Edemonium Bijoux.
I guess I was thinking about the time I saw a giant squid in the Natural History Museum in London. I had read Kraken by China Miéville, where the main protagonist works in the Darwin Centre of the Natural History Museum and Archie, the preserved Architeuthis aka Giant Squid, disappears. When I learnt it was an actual thing, I knew I had to see it for myself. I strongly recommend the Spirit Collection tour!
I also quite like this khaki and dark brown underbust corset from Burleska, with the nice metal busk and the side lacing. I can’t find the reference but they sell the same corset in an overbust version.
Should I dance with Lucille and Francoeur, the characters of the awesome animation movie A Monster in Paris, a story loosely based on the Phantom of the Opera and that takes place during the Paris Flood of 1910. Quite spookily, I watched this movie when I was spending a weekend in Paris just before the 2016 flood.
I would recommend this movie and its music:
On the land though, my well old New Rock boots are more useful.
I’m also wearing some vintage H&M rings, a top hat bought from the alternative shop Kaki in Le Mans. I don’t know where the goggles come from.
Pictures by Alexandre Mazel, except for the giant squid.
👠 Boots by @newrock
🎩 Top Hat bought at @kakilemans
😊 Lock it foundation by @katvondbeauty