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About alizarinacrimson

I am a student pursuing a Fashion Design degree through Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. Once I graduate, I hope to expand more items on my etsy shop to include clothing and not just accessories. My areas of interest will include Costuming (theatre or cosplay), alternative bridal, and steampunk.

Sorry about the irregular posting!

March 18th, 2015

Or entirely lack there of.  I’m seriously sorry for my lack of posts in my How-Tos (and also missing my designer of the month).  I’ve been crazy busy working both my part time jobs and trying to prepare for KitsuneKon, which officially starts in 2 days.  I get to start setting up tomorrow night, as I am a vendor <3.  While I’m super excited for the convention, I have also been stressing out big time.

I hope to resume posts next week, starting with a review of KitsuneKon.  I wont say when (only because I’m never good about keeping dates it seems), but it -will- happen!

In the mean time, feel free to follow me at  and you’ll be able to see what’s been up in between posts :).

Hope to see lots of fun people this weekend!


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Update: March!

March 5, 2015

Holy crap it is March already (and has been for 4 full days).  Wasn’t it just January like…yesterday?  I swear, as I get older, my perception of time is getting faster and faster.  Which means the 15 days left until KitsuneKon are going to go by really fast and that is kind of scary!

(I am internally crying right now)

There is a LOT a lot to do yet, not only making, but also prep wise before this convention happens.  Originally, goal was to make a few tutus.  I have a feeling that may not happen as much as I’d like it to.  May still goal for some rainbow ones or basic black ones but…..not 100% on that.  At this time, I really feel like “no” is the answer for that one.  Instead, something a little smaller scale and easier to make faster are my armwarmers.  I probably wont get too crazy with them – just some basic ones.  Hopefully.  I don’t even know anymore.

I do know I will have lots of scale earrings, chokers, a scale bra (maybe 2), already pre-made armwarmers that I haven’t sold yet, various other jewelry pre made that hasn’t been sold yet, and a few things mom wants me to sell for her.

Annnnnnnnnd now it’s time to go.  Promptly!  Time’s awasting!

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Monthly Round Up Articles: February

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Some exciting things!

February 23, 2015

I am super excited to say that the CD set I’ve been waiting for, for a long time, has FINALLY arrived to my house today <3!  Back in probably 2013 (at least, maybe even as far back as 2012, I don’t remember) I discovered something amazing.  This amazing thing was called The Dolls of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera done by Paul Shapera.  You need to listen to it.  It’s free to listen online.  Go do it now, right here.  And if you like it, perhaps consider buying the album too! It’s a 90 minute, 4 Act musical with amazing talent and an awesome story line.  It was also amazingly handy to have on my 2 hour drive to/from school in Milwaukee.

Next, Paul came out with a sequel called The New Albion Radio Hour, A Dieselpunk Opera.  It takes place some years after the end of the Steampunk Opera.  And, of course, he finished the Trilogy off last year with An Atompunk Opera, The New Albion Guide To Analogue Consciousness.  Then, to tantalize us even further, he added yet ANOTHER set of music, albeit shorter in length, to go between the Operas and tie everything together: The Room Beneath New Albion.

I definitely would recommend 100% listening to this.  Also, feel free to follow his blog here:  Paul is currently working on a Slenderman Opera which will definitely be interesting!


The front. Such awesome packaging!


When you open it up.


ALL the CD’s! The booklet is covering CD2

Can’t wait to stash it in my car!  Will definitely come in handy for convention road trips 🙂  Thank you SO much Paul for creating such wonderful music. ❤

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The Grand Fashion Designer Resource List!

February 21, 2015

Last updated: March 3, 2015

Hello everyone!  So I’ve realized as I’ve been working on my Fashion Collection How-To tutorials, I’ve been growing my resource list.  Of course I’ll still continue to put them at the end of each How-To, but I figured it would be good to start creating a grand list to come back and edit.  It’s a little easier for people to find pertinent info rather than having to sift through the entire how-to in order to get to the resource list.

I’m not certain yet, but I’m sure I’ll create several resource lists for different occasions (like, costuming/cosplay may have other, more relevant links than say this Fashion Designer list).

If you come across this blog in your searches and notice that I’m lacking a really good source, please feel free to email me at and I would absolutely love to add it to this list! 🙂





    • Tahmasebi, Sha. Figure Poses for Fashion Illustrators.  ISBN: 978-1438070490
    • Watanabe, Naoki.  Contemporary Fashion Illustration Techniques.  ISBN: 978-1592535569
    • Hagen, Kathryn. Fashion Illustration for Designers (2nd Edition).  ISBN: 978-0135015575
    • Szkutnicka, Basia.  Flats: Technical Drawing for Fashion (Portfolio Skills: Fashion & Textiles).  ISBN: 978-1856696180
    • Drudi, Elisabetta; Paci, Tiziana.  Figure Drawing for Fashion Design.  ISBN: 978-9054961505
    • Park, Aeran.  Workbook for the Fashion Designer.  The Complete Guide to Fashion Illustration.  ISBN:978-0132675819
    • Calderin, Jay. The Fashion Design Reference Specification Book: Everything Fashion Designers Need to Know Every Day  ISBN: 978-1-59253-850-8
    • Tortora, Phyllis G.  Survey of Historic Costume A History of Western Dress.  ISBN: 978-1563678066
    • Leach, Robert.  The Fashion Resource Book: Research for Design.  ISBN: 978-0500290354
    • Volpintesta, Laura.  The Language of Fashion Design: 26 Principles Every Fashion Designer Should Know.  ISBN: 978-1592538218
    • Martin, Marcarena.  Field Guide: How to be a Fashion Designer.  ISBN: 978-1592534913
    • Genova, Aneta.  Accessory Design.  ISBN: 978-1563679261
    • Steen, Camille; Lee, Jaeil.  Technical Sourcebook for Designers.  ISBN: 978-1609018566
    • Armstrong, Hellen Joseph.  Patternmaking for Fashion Design (5th Edition).  ISBN: 978-0136069348
    • Armstrong, Hellen Joseph.  Draping for Apparel Design.  ISBN: 978-1609012403
    • Amaden-Crawford, Connie. The Art of Fashion Draping.  ISBN: 978-1609012274
    • Kershaw, Gareth.  Pattern Cutting for Menswear.  ISBN: 978-1780673196
    • Kiisel, Karolyn.  Draping: The Complete Course.  ISBN: 978-1780672861
    • Kim, Injoo.  Patternmaking for Menswear: Classic to Contemporary.  ISBN: 978-1609019440
    • Knowles, Lori A.  Practical Guide to Patternmaking for Fashion Designers: Juniors, Misses and Women.  ISBN: 978-1563673283
    • Knowles, Lori A.  Practical Guide to Patternmaking for Fashion Designers: Menswear.  ISBN: 978-1563673290

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Influential Designers: Jean Paul Gaultier

February 15th, 2015

Influencial Designers: Jean Paul Gaultier

April 4th, 1952 – Present



(Taken from  You can read more there)

Jean-Paul Gaultier is a French fashion designer born on April 24, 1952 in Arcueil, Val-de-Marne, France. At age 18, he joined the house of Pierre Cardin before moving on to Jacques Esterel and Patou. The debut of Gaultier’s own collection was in 1976, but he did not officially launch his own design house until 1982. His style is known to challenge standard views of fashion. He collaborated with Madonna in 1990 to create her infamous conical bras. In 2003, he became head designer at Hermes where he worked until 2011. Diet Coke appointed Gaultier as its new creative director in 2012.


Gaultier continues to expand his business in new directions, adding several new fragrances and launching a children’s clothing line. He has also become a favorite for many celebrities, including Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, and Nicole Kidman. Kidman wore one of his dresses to accept the Best Actress honors at the 2003 Academy Awards. Cotillard dressed in Gaultier for her Oscar win in 2008 as well. Continuing to work behind the scenes, Gaultier has created more designs for stage and film. He created the costumes for Kylie Minogue’s X Tour in 2008 and for filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s Bad Education (2004) and The Skin I Live In (2011).

Also in 2011, Gaultier ended his relationship with Hermés. Puig, a Spanish perfume and fashion giant, bought a 60 percent stake in his company in May. He told WWD that he was “thrilled” with the sale. “They are buying Gaultier for Gaultier, not to turn it into something else.”



Well, for one, Jean Paul Gaultier was the costume designer for Fifth Element.  If you haven’t seen that movie, you are seriously missing out.

He was also not afraid to use unconventional models for his exhibitions.  Gaultier used older men, full-figured women, pierced and heavily tattooed models, and played around with traditional gender roles.

(I hope by the next few designers I’ll have a better idea on how to better articulate why I think they’re so awesome….)

I enjoy his use of color and mixed materials to create looks that are unexpected or a different take on conventional looks.



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What I wish I could have done different…

February 12th, 2015

There are many times, when I have the opportunity to stare off into space – or usually when I’m trying to sleep at night – that I wish I would have chose to do things differently.  I realize, the choices I made are what make me today, but you know, perhaps this list may help someone else if they’re at that point in their life.  To organize some things, I’ll do this in a list format with explanations.


  • Never take things for granted.  Overstated? Yes, but totally true.  Take the time to cherish a family member, whether you love them a lot or not.  In many cases, especially if it’s extended family, you don’t know their circumstances (unless you’re like…super tight and share EVERYTHING).  You never know when they may suddenly leave this world and you never get the chance to tell them one last time that you love them.  Example: my uncle died last May due to a freak accident of a tree taking him out.  He was an experienced logger with many many many years under his belt, yet still couldn’t avoid this.  Then the week after, my grandmother passed away in her sleep (same side of the family).
  • Researched more opportunities for AP and/or college credit classes in high school.  To be honest, there weren’t really as many as I could have hoped at my school for what I initially wanted to go for.  The only AP course I wanted was AP Art History and it got canceled.
  • Be a bit less frivolous with how I spent my money.  Should have created some sort of college savings fund (and not just a CD that wasn’t earning me any money) and pour more money into that.  Luckily, we scraped and worked hard to pay off the ridiculous amount of tuition that was Mount Mary but I still have a lot of debt to repay.  Also, I’m still pretty damn frugal and I’m paying my loans off lightning speed.  (I will say I’m pretty fricken proud of myself right now for that one).
  • Not donate 19 inches of hair to locks of love in August of 2007.  Worst. Idea. EVER.  8 years later and I’m STILL trying to grow that hair back.  Come back fast hair growing of my youth T_T.
  • Have a more active lifestyle, outside of childhood.  I became pretty sedentary after grade school – read more books and played more video games.  I didn’t explore much anymore and I had horrible eating choices.  Ugh.  So bad.

I know there’s more buuuttt….Kind of don’t want to dwell on any of the other ones.  These are the major ones.

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