Chances are you have probably seen us around at a local convention, festival or event. Whether we’re helping you with your cosplay at Fan Expo or Anime Revolution or selling you a sparkly bra at Pride, if it’s a large gathering of cool people in Vancouver you’ll find us there. We’ve hung out with you on Jericho Beach at Vancouver Folk Festival and huddled under a tent to keep out of the rain with you at Celtic Fest, but have you ever wondered what our first ever really big event was?
In 2011 we attended our first Taboo. We had done a couple other small events but now we were ready to play in the big leagues at our first ever event at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Our setup was way different 6 years ago compared to now but our vision was clear. We were going to set up a pop up shop that would have the same feel as the Venus&Mars brick and mortar, only smaller. We brought rolling racks full of Venus&Mars corsets, cinchers, vests and cloaks to have on display. There was only one problem. We had no idea how to display it.
A few days before the event Sanne bought some grid wall. This was going to be fantastic. We could construct a freestanding store with displays. That’s when we ran into our second problem. We didn’t know how to put the grid wall together. Sanne’s husband had bought some clips from the hardware store and after a lot of fussing around with them, one of our neighbours was kind enough to point out that it was much easier to use zap straps. Now we always have an abundance of zap straps with us for every event. I’m sure we would have figured it out eventually but it was nice of her to help speed up the process.
Today, we have set up down to an art. We plan out our layout ahead of time so we can get our booth up and ready for action as quickly as possible (although sometimes if you come early you might catch us frushing our displays).
We are so excited to attend our seventh Taboo this year (February 3-5, 2017). Will you be there? What would you like us to bring? Let us know in the comments below! Do you need an awesome sexy outfit to wear? Why not look through our online shop to get some ideas or come down to the shop and let us dress you up?
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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…
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.