The dramatic designs of Léon Bakst, heavily influenced Parisian fashion when they debuted. Paul Poiret, for instance, was extremely influenced by Léon Bakst's costume designs. Bakst's designs with bold hues, embroideries, heavy appliqué, 'harem' silhouettes was known as Orientalism. Of coarse La Casati found out about him and dropped Fortuny as his modern designs were not flamboyant enough for her decadent taste. He was designing for The Ballets Russes at the time. When I was preparing for my show the original theme/moodboard I did had a definite Hungarian vibe. I decided against doing this look for my show but I adore this look.
So......I've been hoarding two huge panels of this rare and fabulous lace! We are making a few things out of the EXACT lace in the photo of the top that was featured in Elle. I'm afraid I will not get to this project until September but you can pre-order.
Boudoir Queen Designs www.theboudoirqueen.com Model Daley Hodges Photography Mark Younger-Smith Styling and Make Up Dawn Younger-Smith Chair Negrel's Antiques Austin Mantilla Peacockgrpsyvintage on Etsy shoes Gucci
The shoot was glorious today. Lot's more pictures coming tomorrow! The dress is available on Etsy with other new items take a peek. xox BQ
Mark Youger-Smith Photography Make Up styling Boudoir Queen (dawn) Model Cali Sales
(CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE)It's taken me many years to scan this! Be sure to read the article. It has my maiden/adopted last name.(long story) I'm wearing my favorite turban,mummy necklace and Stephen Sprouse Tinsel Dress. My picture was there along side with Madonna. It was a fun night. For all of you boudoir doll collectors you can see the lovely Stephanie Farago was there as well.
(click on the image to see large)I've finally gotten around to scanning a few of the many modeling images I have from the 80's and 90's. They really are starting to turn yellow and I should take better care of them. They are just piled in portfolios in the closet. I chose a few unseen pics that I liked that I thought my readers would enjoy. All are taken by the fabulous artist Keith Wicks except for the one where my head is almost shaved! That was a Doyle-Wilson photo. I have many Doyle Wilson images from Details Magazine and L.A. style that I'll post possibly in the next couple of weeks. The Image of me with my ex-boyfriend Steve who was a big model at the time is pretty much how I dressed during that period. Photos of me with short blonde hair were later. These photos posted are pre Steven Arnold. I wore a lot of Stephen Sprouse (the big hat photo my apt in Los Feliz) The last photo was of me in my Marie Antoinette wig. I have more of that outfit that was in a magazine. I just need to find it. Enjoy!
http://galadarling.comWelcome to a world of tattered silk, stained lace & decadently distressed velvet. A world where girls eyes are always fringed with magical false eyelashes, their hair is always elegantly tousled, & they wear elaborate headpieces while lounging around the house.
This is the world of Dawn Younger-Smith, owner of The Boudoir Queen, where disheveled opulence reigns. Citing the likes of Marchesa Louisa Casati, Kiki De Montparnasse & Erte as style icons & influences, when she isn’t busy designing stage costumes for celebrities — she’s currently creating outfits for The Veronicas tour — Dawn has been known to delight onlookers in a dress made from Aleister Crowley collage!
I pounced on her for 10 quick questions. I like to imagine her writing her answers while wearing an immense feathered headdress!
Who are you & and what do you do?
Dawn Younger-Smith: I am Dawn Younger-Smith, owner of the company Boudoir Queen. I am a designer, artist & collector of the rare & unusual.
Who & what are you currently inspired by?
Dawn Younger-Smith: My assistant Shannon inspires me & I’m sort of into Bette Davis right now.
Who do you design for?
Dawn Younger-Smith: Boudoir Queen designs stage clothing for many recording artists and actresses. Right now we are designing clothes for The Veronicas tour.
What is your current favorite outfit?
Dawn Younger-Smith: My favorite outfit is our new Cherry Bomb ruby lined jackets. I wear them with everything and always faboo shoes. I’m also very much into my Piano Shawl dresses with our BQ silver metallic lace turbans.
What’s your ultimate style tip?
Dawn Younger-Smith: In the famous words of Coco Chanel “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different”… So be different!
Where’s your favorite place to relax?
Dawn Younger-Smith: I have a fabulous room in my house filled with all my 1920’s lingerie collection & my boudoir dolls. The room makes me feel relaxed. I also like to lounge at The Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles for days on end. I love the vibe.
Who are your style icons?
Dawn Younger-Smith: Marchesa Casati, Paul Poiret, Anita Pallenberg, Edie Sedgwick & Lou Doillon just to name a few.
What do you love to splurge on?
Dawn Younger-Smith: Christian Louboutins & lots of beauty products. I was a celebrity make-up artist for many years & I am enjoying buying lots of Illamasqua. I also buy a godawful amount of vintage clothing & textiles. It’s my passion.
Where can we find your pieces?
Dawn Younger-Smith: The Boudoir Queen
What’s your next big dream?
Dawn Younger-Smith: Going on tour with my husband!
So these are a couple of promo pics that we did at the end of the shoot. I never have close ups and this is about as good as it gets for me. I can't wait to post the images using the green screen they are beyond fabulous. I think all of you will flip your cookies. They will go up on my website. I have to thank PIXEL PEACH and Brandi Cowley and my assistant Shannon for all of their hard work. I can't wait to post the photos!!
As you all know we at Boudoir Queen are constantly changing coming up with new ideas due to all reproductions on the web.
Look forward to our faboosh new designs!! We have had an overwhelming amount of press due to the Veronicas!! We are trying to get everything in our store asap! We were asked to do a music video today. It seems there are not enough hours in the day! Play on the website new offerings coming soon!
This gorgeous decadent Lace Boudoir Queen Top was made and patterned by us and featured along with our jeans in Elle Magazine. We are re-creating this style this season. We have a new website coming soon so keep checking back for details!!
*We are also completely revamping our myspace. It's under construction for the next week or so.
Many alternative rock groups have cited Shonen Knife as a favorite of theirs, and the resulting word-of-mouth gained significant exposure for the band. They were also featured on CNN's This Week in Japan. In 1989, Gasatanka Records released a double-album tribute entitled Every Band Has a Shonen Knife Who Loves Them, which featured renditions of the group's songs by a number of contributing bands, including Redd Kross, Sonic Youth, L7, The Mr. T Experience, and Babes in Toyland (the last two on non-CD formats only). The tribute album's success led to Shonen Knife's first American tour in 1990, and group later signed with Virgin Records in 1992.
The group had a song called "Buttercup (I'm a Supergirl)" that appeared on a Powerpuff Girls soundtrack. A Shonen Knife cover of The Carpenters' hit "Top of the World" was used in the 1998 remake of "The Parent Trap", a US television commercial for Microsoft, the credits music for the documentary Double Dare, as the ending song for the movie "The Last Supper" and in summer 2006 by the BBC in UK TV trailers for a season of nature programmes. It was also featured on the album "If I were a Carpenter" along with Carpenter covers by American Music Club, Babes in Toyland, Matthew Sweet, Red Kross and others.
Shonen Knife's most recent album fun! fun! fun! was released in Japan on July 6, 2007 to coincide with the band's 25th anniversary. A new Album entitled Super Group was released in Japan on November 7, 2008
If you would like to know a little more about us check out our new video. Boudoir Queen is the creator of "Boudoir Decadent" style for the modern woman. See where the first Boudoir Cuff was made. Our new ankle cuffs are in an editorial that is out now . We will post photos in about a week.
Often imitated never duplicated
Boudoir Queen is Divine Decadence
As cover girls go, she hardly fits the stereotype.
But 15-stone Beth Ditto showed no shyness as she posed naked for Love magazine.
Holding up a pink ruffled skirt to protect her modesty, the Gossip frontwoman struck a sultry pose for the magazine’s launch issue.
Editor-in-Chief Katie Grand promised the publication would be ‘very curvy’ and that ‘no one is a sample size in the whole issue’, and with Miss Ditto on the cover she seems to have kept her word to the extreme.
Icon: Gossip singer Beth Ditto in all her naked glory
With red hair and black lips, the openly gay singer closed her eyes and pouted for her glamorous photoshoot.
Her tattoos, one of which reads ‘Mama’, are also clearly visible on her pale skin.
‘She says the wrong things. She looks the wrong way,’ Grand writes in her first editor’s letter.
‘Isn’t it confounding and amazing to have an iconic figure…who doesn’t have a 25-inch waist?
‘She is happy with who she is and the way she is.’
It is not the first time Miss Ditto, 27, has stripped off for a magazine photo shoot.
In 2007 she posed naked, with hairy armpits, on the cover of music magazine NME.
Dolled up: Miss Ditto dresses up for the press
That same year she is said to have turned down a design deal with high street giant Topshop after criticising their ‘limited’ sizing policy.
The singer, who called herself a ‘fat, feminist lesbian from Arkansas’, has previously lashed out at size zero celebs and blamed gay men in the fashion industry for the size zero trend.
There should be some boudoir Queen in this issue of Love so I've been told?
Looks like a fab party at the Private Gaucho Club in London. Here's of couple photos of the night that were all over the tabloids. I'm loving the boa and the shoes. The boa looks like one we sent out for Italian Vogue...sorta. The skirt is solid jet with fabulous Ostrich feather and bow at the hem. She's also wearing her drippy jet arm bands and jet collar. The purple crown I left when I was in L.A. She looks awesome for this event and was the hit of the party so I've been told. Elle woman of the year rockin ' BQ pretty cool eh?
Check out the new Arthur Magazine fashion shoot featuring the UBER talented "WE ARE THE WORLD" The shoot was styled by Miss KK and she was nice enough to use Boudoir Queen along with Laura Kranitz and others. BQ available at Show Pony.