This weeks TBT celebrates, Devon Dale’s (Lady Adventurer for Hire) triumphant return to the kingdom of Venus&Mars to continue her steampunkery reign!
Here’s she is at our ‘ Corset Protest’ during the Vancouver Winter Olympics in February 2010.
The video below is a re-release of the original Gothic Olympics Corset Protest which took place during the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
There was a protest going on at Robson Square so we decided to join in. The result was an enjoyable and humorous afternoon about town with our VM Living Mannequins attired in awesome handmade Venus&Mars corsets!
FYI: it’s me (and my husband) behind the camera with the running commentating.
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Worlds Unite in the 90’s
So I’m cleaning out my office closet ( the vault) and I have about 5 million posters from back in the day and I got the idea that they might make cool #tbt s.
If you look closely, you’ll notice this poster unites 4 early 90’s super heros. #MarcGodfrey of #Psychomania aka #MarcManhattan is wearing #venusandmarsclothing . (Notice the old school VM logo.)
Photo by uber talented #WayneHoecherl .
#PeteFry of #Digboy (yes that #PeteFry) did the graphics. (this was pre-desktop publishing).
Cool or not?
Do you have any stories re pre desk top publishing? Let us know if the comments below…
3 ways a Corset will help you get over the Holiday Blues
Happy New Year!
Christmas is over. New Year’s is done. Valentine’s Day is still so far away. It’s only natural to get the post Holiday Blues.
Never fear! I have a solution: Corsets! Here are three ways that corsets can help you beat the post Holiday Blues.
Corsets are Pretty
We have a huge selection of gorgeous corsets. From really fancy Victorian looking corsets to casual corsets we have a corset for cosplay, steampunk, fetish and even everyday. It’s hard to feel down when you are wear something luxurious.
Corsets put the Fun in Functional
It’s hard not to feel sexy in a corset but it’s next to impossible to have bad posture in one. You will sit up taller and stand up straighter when you wear your new corset. It’s like you’ve been doing yoga without having to do yoga!
Corset will hide how much shortbread you ate
There’s no shame in it. We all overindulge over the Holidays. Whether it’s delicious treats or mashed potatoes it’s hard to say no when grandma keeps offering you seconds… or third. Nothing adds to the post holidays blues more than having all your pants be super tight. Instead of feeling shitty about yourself, put on a corset. You’ll have an instant hourglass figure and all the extra shortbread with be redistributed to more flattering areas.
So there you have it. Come into Venus & Mars and try one on today. How do you beat the post Holiday Blues? Let us know in the comments below.
This weeks #throwbackthursday is a poster we did for #Christmas 2006. We were really into #angels for awhile and this is part of a series of angels and #GiveThemWhatTheyWant posters. It seems timely…
The photographer was #RockerChickCheri and the location is the west alley between Cordova St. and Hastings just around the corner from VM’s flagship location. There’s lots of great graffiti there. Check it out sometime if you want.
I’ve been reminding myself to just chill this season as I can feel overwhelmed. Most important to me is the people in my life and being together at this time of year
There’s people living in the skytrain station and that’s distressing, but as Canadians, they’re better off than the refugees. Life is good.
#ThrowBackThursday for December 15, 2016 A Gothic Galatic Christmas
This weeks #tbt is about a gig and fashion show that we did at the pic pub on December 17, 2005. It was featured in the Georgia Staight’s Style Watch. If you look closely, you can see me and my strat rawking out in the background.
A gothic, galactic Christmas: an evening with renaissance woman Sanne Lambert and friends
Saturday night (December 17) at the Pic Pub was a medieval melee of dance, music, and clothes-a sort of cabaret with belly dancing, burlesque, and a fashion show featuring designs by Sanne Lambert of Venus & Mars modelled by the Living Mannequins, while the Sanne Lambert Trio provided a soundtrack of garage-y rock ‘n’ roll.
The band was all wearing Venus & Mars silver lamé-the guys in zip-front windbreaker jackets and designer/frontwoman Lambert in a T-shirt dress with a cutout back, topped off with a tiara. On the space gun-wielding Mannequins were such other classics as a silver-lamé, strapless, space-vixen gown that would surely stop space traffic; a go-go-ish two-piece mini and halter that brought to mind a ’60s Star Trek babe; and these neat loose-fit men’s trousers that totally look like liquid mercury. Some might think this is a departure from the usual gothic-romance-novel-cover style of Venus & Mars. But according to Lambert, “the future is the past”, and this is more of a revisit back to when she opened the first shop in Gastown in ’92 (now moved to 315 Cambie Street). Inspired by the stars and planets, silver shone out as the colour scheme for her this New Year.
Then there were the more familiar Venus & Mars wares. The hooded velvet capes for when you’re riding swiftly through the dark night on your steed, racing against the moon; the criss-cross-laced bodices and bustiers to contain your passion-ravaged, heaving bosom; romantic pirate shirts with plunging necklines and billowy sleeves for when you have to defend your beloved’s honour by challenging an evil villain to a duel; princess gowns cut high at the nape with flowy bell sleeves for when you’re locked in the highest castle tower. More…
Do you have any old school VM stories? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments below…
I have Spoken.