Archive | April, 2011

Got Character? Goemon

26 Apr

Want a truly awesome movie experience? You don’t want to miss this one!

After having watched so many Asian action movies, I’ve felt like they were all melding together, making me a bit bored with the entire genre… Not the case with this one! Goemon kept me entranced from the very first scene.  The film follows the fairytale-like story of a Japanese Robin Hood character who helps shape the future of the nation.

Aside from having some really compelling action and drama, this movie is BEAUTIFUL.  On a mere $7 million budget this visually stunning epic was created using only green screens and a very limited set. The entire world this movie takes place in is computer generated, creating a solid bridge between animation and live action.  In addition, the character design and costumes were incredible. I couldn’t wait to see what they’d be wearing each scene!

Here are just a FEW of my favorites:


Got Character? Xena: Warrior Princess

21 Apr

For the first installation of “Got Character?” I’ve decided to feature one of my childhood favorites; Xena Warrior Princess.  My Netflix account and I have grown very close since I started working such long hours in my studio, so I took the time to revisit the show I would always cancel my Friday night plans for.  It’s campy and ridiculous, the good guys always win, nobody important ever dies without coming back to life within a couple episodes, and you just have to love it for what it is…

Plus, the costuming is badass!

Take a Look…

New Feature: Got Character?

20 Apr

To spice up the blog, I wanted to add a couple regular features to give you some insight into my inspiration and creative process.

I’m starting things off with one titled Got Character? that will explore character design in film.  When I first began creating my collection I was very inspired by how costume and accessories are meticulously designed to support the development of a character’s personality in these mediums.  In so many ways their appearance is just as important as the writing and direction.  In my collection, the pieces are designed to immediately transform the wearer into a character and create a visceral reaction in the viewer.  The films I feature in this section are ones that created the very same reaction in me.

Upcoming Events: Unearthed

14 Apr

Exciting news! I’ve been invited to showcase the Gilding Primal Instinct collection at the RAW Artists Showcase “Unearthed”.

Here’s the flyer for event details:

For More Details and to Buy Tickets go to:

**Remember to purchase tickets under “Gilding Primal Instinct” in the drop down menu.  The last two RAW New York showcases sold out, so make sure to buy tickets in advance!

Doors open at 8:00pm on April 27th. There will be a gallery hour from 8:00pm-9:00pm where I’ll be showing my work on live models and selling items from my ready to wear collection.

LookBook Shoot

13 Apr

Yesterday I got a great team together to shoot photos for my lookbook.  We had a great time and the RAW shots looked AWESOME. I can’t wait to get back the final images!

Here’s a little peek behind the scenes:

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Photographer: Lauren Powzyk

Hair: Numi Empire

Makeup: Wenya Chang

Models: Forest, Dorothy Johanna, Carmina

New Retail Location: Gothic Renaissance

10 Apr

Hi All,

Exciting news, Gilding Primal Instinct now has its first retail location!  Gothic Renaissance is a New York City boutique that caters to lovers of macabre and alternative fashion; a perfect place for my jewelry.

Gothic Renaissance

108 4th Ave

New York, NY 10003

Ready to Wear

10 Apr

Gilding Primal Instinct is now available ready-to-wear! The new collection was released this past Monday, April 4th, and has received a great response!


This collection, lovingly nicknamed Everyday Primals, is aesthetically and thematically based on The Hunter and The Surgeon characters.  However, unlike their dramatic counterparts, these are better suited for everyday wear!  Each piece in the collection is being released as a limited production series of 100 pieces.  At the end of each series the pieces will be reviewed for re-release, a slightly altered design will be made, and a second series will be released.  Get some series I pieces while you can!

The entire collection can be seen at my new revamped website:

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