Monday, December 12, 2011

Chimera costume for New York Songstress Kim Boekbinder

For a select few months of this year, Melbourne was graced with the presence of US songstress and all round sparkly glamour unicorn Miss KIM BOEKBINDER!  (
Known as The Impossible Girl, Kim is a performer, composer, musician, and visual artist who defies genre.
Kim’s debut solo album, The Impossible Girl, was funded by a successful pre-order campaign that raised $20,000, allowing Kim to record with legendary Boston Producer, Sean Slade (Radiohead, Dresden Dolls,) and engineer Benny Grotto (voted Boston’s Producer of the Year 2010.) The power of her dedicated fan base is making her first album one of the great success stories of the new music paradigm.
Released on December 15th, 2010, The Impossible Girl has already garnered favorable reviews from fans including: Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Rosanne Cash, and more.

                                          Video of Kim Boekbinder's song "Impossible Girl #2"

I had the pleasure to create a costume for this fine woman, a wild glittery creation which paid homage to Thierry Mugler's "Chimera" haute couture dress, as well taking inspiration from Kim's beautiful dreamy music, glitter, birds, unicorns, sequins...and her wild mane of pink hair.
Please check out her website, and if you dont already own it- buy her CD! (
To say that I'm obsessed with her music is putting it lightly...its no wonder she has a track titled "Stalker"...
Kim wearing her Chimera dress, in concert New York 2011
Final fitting

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Epic piles of sequins required!

First sequin appliques applied

The bottom half of the dress was a combination of sequin appliques, loose sequins and feathers all hand stitched.

Me working on the dress

Finished! The feather bustles at the waist were my favourite detail

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