Sorry for a belated Friday Faves this week! This week, the beautiful costumes and photos of Viona Art (Viona Ielegems) from Antwerp, Belgium.

Viona has a imaginative combination of history and fantasy in her work. It’s inspiring how she pulls ideas from many different time periods and sources instead of sticking with one genre. Each time the result is gorgeous. She often tells a story in her work, having not only a beautiful costume, but a beautiful setting and photograph, too. She also organizes the fabulous looking Gala Nocturna themed costume balls.

You can follow her on Facebook here and there’s a lovely interview with her here on Fashions’ Alternative about how she got started and another here on GALO.

Viona Art

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Today I took a brief kimono hime style break!

I wanted to do an outfit inspired by the mook, Kimono Hime which features kimono outfits with a fun combination of modern, vintage, western accessories and kimono.
I wore my modern cat check kimono with a lace collar layered on an embroidered red collar. I’m also wearing one of my grandmother’s vintage pins, a vintage green felt hat, lace gloves, my Baby the Stars Shine Bright parasol, a twin bunny obidome and a pink Showa eagle obi.  I got this adorable cat check kimono the last time I was in Kyoto with my husband! I love how versatile it is.  My kitsuke is out of practice and the Showa obi a little too short for me but oh well, this was fun!

I took some photos in front of my tansu. My husband got these for me for one of our wedding anniversaries.

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This is my first time wearing one of my lace collars, too. I layered it with an embroidered red collar. I’ve had this lace collar sitting in my tansu for probably 5 years without wearing it! Oops!


Youta says hi!

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I designed a Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Toile Fabric for Spoonflower’s contest this week! You can vote the design here.

The designs come up randomly. You’ll have to already have an account or register for an account to vote. There’s only 7 pages this week so it won’t take you too long to vote!

I’d really appreciate your vote! I’ve been working hard on these designs and I’d be really happy to get in the top 10! You can see my Pride and Prejudice Toile Fabric design here (it’ll be up for sale next week).
Pride and Prejudice Toile Fabric

This week for Friday Faves, one of my favorite fairy tale books, Beauty and the Beast by Hilary Knight.

Beauty and the Beast by Hilary Knight

There’s a bit of art nouveau feeling to them, don’t you think? I love the swooping lines and layouts of the pages and the shapes of the costumes. It’s very theatrical.

Beauty and the Beast by Hilary Knight

Hilary Knight has done a lot of other children’s books like Eloise, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and has also done a version of Cinderella but her Beauty and the Beast is my favorite.

Images from the book on this page are from here. You might be able to find a used copy on Amazon here.