I have this admittedly ridiculous problem where I don’t like parties, but I love to dress up. Cosplay is obviously the best option, but costumes and cons are expensive, which is why closet cosplay is always on my mind — dressing up in your day-to-day life using items that you can wear in the rest of your day-to-day life is a winner in both my heart and my budget.
But sometimes it’s fun to really, properly dress up, and I like that modeling allows me to do that. In that spirit, a while back, I was sent a witch costume — a tiny colorful witch costume with a Playboy logo on the ribcage. I’m not much for sexy Halloween costumes because they don’t remind me of anything, and like I said, I’m into cosplay — and what I like about that is portraying characters, not generic archetypes. Generic archetypes bore me to tears.
But I saw this costume and I immediately thought of two things:
- Bubble Witch Saga, the kids version
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch, the cartoon version
Plenty of reason to play around with it, right?
It got a bit cold before I was able to get the shoot I really wanted in, but I did have a shoot with photographer Darren M Gomes one night in Hampstead/Hampstead Heath, and we did get some cool shots!
Photography: Darren M Gomes
Model, Makeup, Styling, Some Retouching: Lix Hewett
Witch costume c/o Joke
What you don’t see in the pictures: Well, the implication is there in the messy hair and the rainbow, but we had to wait out some asshole rain before beginning the shoot. Luckily the witch hat is waterproof. At one point later that week — it was a very rainy week — I nearly used it as an umbrella, since I didn’t have one at that point (still don’t, but I’m getting one).
It was pretty cold and my leather jacket kept going off and on. In a way it’s a good thing I bloody hate stockings, because the thigh-high socks I put on underneath them kept me warm.
Look out for another shoot I did with just the witch hat and some props — I’m seriously smitten with some of those pictures!
Do you celebrate Halloween? What type of costumes do you favor?