because of the headdress


My entries for @voltageparty‘s design contest! I would have done only one, but I really love the concepts of both Shingen and Kenshin to pick just one :’3

For Kenshin, I applied his iconic, historical (mostly) white garb and the cherry blossoms that plays a key role in his main story. I made her to look absolutely feminine and “goddess-like” to match her lord counterpart. But underneath it, of course, is a woman who can and will fight for the sake of those she vowed to protect.

For Shingen, I knew I had to have her exude a “powerful woman” aura because she’s, of course, the Tigress of Kai. She had to be mature, alluring but also imposing with a ferocity that matches her lord counterpart. Her inner robe is an interpretation of “dyed in crimson, dusted with peonies” kimono that Shingen gave to the mc in his main story. She just had to have fur that I refused to put on as a headdress, because my goal for her is to look like the lady of the alpha male who wears the glorious furry headdress hahaha. It’s a shoutout to Shingen’s old battle sprite besides. I also added a bit of allegory in there, which is the plum blossom hairpiece. Plum blossoms symbolize the coming of spring (kind of a bad news for Shingen somewhat) but it also symbolizes the spirit of health and new beginnings. A ray of hope in the coming of spring, if you will.

Hope you like them!

And by the way, I follow the Voltage account on my main blog, as this is my side blog where I put my art on! 


Soooo….I’m just gonna say up front that this caribou headdress is already sold. I delivered him to his new home earlier this month. But I got these photos for archival purposes first and wanted to show him off a bit because he just turned out so friggin’ awesome!

The original caribou headdress sold at an event earlier this year, and the new owner wanted me to add the teeth decorated with the Younger Futhark of runes. The head is positioned so that when the wearer dances more stooped over like a quadreped, the head faces forward as with a real caribou.

I should also add that there are NO taxidermy supplies in this piece–no plastic-foam form, no clay, no glass eyes, etc. I don’t do taxidermy-style headdresses in part because there are so many non-biodegradable materials, and because the materials add weight and put more strain on the wearer’s neck. It took some very careful engineering to get the antlers set securely in there, especially as this was my first time tackling a project with antlers of this size, but it turned out really well!


It was on the headdress - the kokoshniki, the kikas, povyoniki, the crowns and the diadems - that the most thought was bestowed. The headdress was of greatest importance because by tradition a married woman had to hide her hair from strangers´ eyes. The long plaits of a Russian woman were her pride; the greatest treasure of a Russian maiden was a single, long plait intertwined with ribbons down her back. So important was the Russian plait that it figures over and over again in song and tale; an old wedding song begins “The young man with the black curls sits at the table and asks: Fair Russian plait, it is true that you are really mine at last?” Married women wore a closed cap and maidens a flowered scarf kerchief or a hoop or diadem leaving the top of her head open. The change of hairdo and headdress at a Russian wedding was accompanied by special ritual and lamentations. The single plait was carefully rebraided by the bride´s female relatives and close friends into two braids.

Kokoshniki varied from region to region in a whole variety of picturesque and poetic shapes. They were peaked like diadems or round and high like crowns; sometimes they were crescent-shaped. Each town had its own style and by her kokoshnik one could tell exactly where a maiden came from. The kokoshniki of the north were heavily embroidered with gold and silver threads and river pearls, with a mother-of-pearl network which fell low over the brow. In the central regions, the kokoshniki were high, in Nizhny Novgorod, round, in the form of a crescent. Sometimes long veil of muslin or gauze were attached to them. The headdresses were made of silk in bright colours, in red and rapsberry-coloured velvet, in cloth of gold that was ornamented with pearls, decorative glass, mirrors and foil. In the south, they were peaked with a pearl net descending over the forehead. In Ryazan and Tambov strange-looking kokoshniki with little horns were called “magpies” and had long tails of goose down or many coloured feathers. In the Ukraine, maidens wore crowns of flowers with bright, flowing ribbons. Beautiful and rich, gracefully framing the face and emphasizing soft eyes, these headdresses were in a very real way the crowning glory of Russian women.

Suzanne Massie: Land of the Firebird

Barbara’s hair.

The magnificence that is Barbara’s hair starts off with her school teacher look.

and then later the lovely up do seen in Marco Polo. Except we can’t really ‘see’ it properly in action *goes off to cry*

Big and fab hair in the Keys of Marinus. She looks so cute.

Can’t see her hair much in The Aztecs, why is that? Oh yes because she’s a freakin’ goddess with a headdress that’s why.

She looks so elegant in this scene at the end of the Aztecs leading into the Sensorites.

After the events of Planet of Giants, Barbara’s hair clearly kept on growing when she returned to normal size. Epic bouffant happening in Dalek Invasion.

And remaining very huge in The Rescue and very round in this side profile pic. The Doctor must have a hell of a load of hairspray in the TARDIS.

Stunning hair in The Romans, she looks so gorge.

And now with added hair accessories so she can fit in at court and make everyone jealous.

She really does get some great hairstyles in the past, like her Crusade one.

In the Space Museum its back to big, bold and very round. This is the hair that Maureen O’Brien compared to a football on the commentary,

The hairstylist must have heard her because by episode four of the same serial its softer and less round. Wonder if that deadly gas had hair styling capabilities?

In The Chase she’s added a lovely hair clip to complete her look and looks absolutely radiant.

This has been an informative post about hair. Mostly we just like to gush about Jackie/Barbara.  


Sikh actor and designer Waris Ahluwalia almost missed NYFW because of racial profiling

Waris Ahluwalia is Sikh and he wears a turban, a headdress that’s part of his religious identity. Ahluwalia reported on Instagram Monday that Aero Mexico would not let him board his flight to New York City while wearing his turban. This isn’t the first time Ahluwalia has been the victim of ignorant Islamophobia.

Eagle Feathers and their meaning to the Lakota Warriors
Each time the warrior earned a feather, he would either wear it (but he only wore a couple into battle) or put it on a pole used for special occasions. Once he had collected enough feathers, they were then made into a headdress. Because each feather had a special meaning, binding them together in a headdress made that Indian headdress even more special. Only the men, closest friends of the warrior, were involved in making the headdress. The Indian chiefs also “earned” each of their feathers. The most prized of all feathers to receive for an Indian headdress was the Golden Eagle feather. Because the Indians saw the eagle as a messenger of God, this feather could only be earned through hardship, loyalty, and strength

anonymous asked:

her clothing might be interpreted as Indian, she wore a shawl that could be interpreted as a hijab, and the rings around her neck looked very much like the ones from Burma/Myanmar.

its almost as if shawls, dresses, and necklaces are universal. 

listen yall this reminds me of that time everyone went after Nicki because she wore a headdress and you didnt realize that it was a caribbean carnival costume and Nicki is Trinidadian 

Everyone’s saying that Bey was dressed as Oshun - West African fertility goddess

Also, google is useful 

I took another look into Kanan #7, because I was looking for Sammo Quid’s headdress, and I got caught by this. Caleb simply goes and asks Depa if she really took damage. If it’s true what the others told him and her answer is yes. And now look at him. He’s shocked. He wanted to hear something else. But he’s ready - determined - to accept this struggle of hers and be on her side nonetheless, although she’s the Jedi Master, and he’s only a youngling, and this is SO Kanan, and I’m just sitting here and be a bit heartbroken, thank you very much.

anonymous asked:

I saw your post about Willow's tiara and got confused.. didn't robert tell her that he was gonna talk to Helena after the coronation and to keep it a secret until he told helena? I think no one knows about robert's addition to that list yet..

second anonymous said:

Idt Willow’s tiara symbolises an engagement - no way that would happen w/o Helena’s input & Robby said to keep his pick b/t them til after the coronation. Pretty sure it’s just because she’s from an aristocratic family. Tiaras are the more casual headdress, while crowns are really only worn by higher ranking royalty.

I think this other message explains it! I really had no idea of any of this, though it makes sense. Thank you for explaining for me and for everyone else that was still confused about Willow’s tiara! @phebobuffay, I think you were also confused by this…?

The signs as jewelry
  • Aries: huge gold Egyptian style cuffs
  • Taurus: statement necklaces
  • Gemini: bangles because they can't stay quiet
  • Cancer: silver anklet with a tiny charm
  • Leo: bold gold hoop earrings
  • Virgo: a nice dainty necklace that's still feirce
  • Libra: rings, lots of them
  • Scorpio: multiple necklaces with different lengths
  • Sagittarius: upper arm band that looks like a snake
  • Capricorn: a simple dainty necklace
  • Aquarius: body chains and fake peircings because they're "original"
  • Pisces: a headdress with some precious stone in the middle

The look of a man who was dressed by Alma.

I was doodling but then the courier arrived and my tablet went flying across the room because I was waiting for a parcel :’D So yea this is done now I’m going to go hug a box

First, I’d like to say I’m not doing a full write-up on this costume. First reason is that there is way too much info, and second is that there wasn’t anything super, outrageously innovative done, just a lot of planning. If you want to read more, click on the break v

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Okay. So, this is a simple concept. If you are not a Native American, don’t wear headdresses or any other piece of Native garb. I am attacking the people who wear “headdresses” because I see this all the time. Don’t wear them for EDM shit, Halloween, music festivals, etc. You don’t get to appropriate a culture that you once tried to destroy. Yes, I’m talking to you, white people. On a real headdress, every bead and feather is blessed, carefully placed, and means something. Headdresses actually mean something to the Native American tribes and are special. So, you trying to remake that with your craft store feathers and beads is rude and disrespectful. Stop. Doing. It.

The part of the Attack of the Clones book where Anakin and Padme take the refugee ship to Naboo says,

“Blended into that throng, Anakin and Padme walked along, dressed in simple brown tunics and breeches, the garb of Outland refugees.” (AotC 106 by R.A. Salvatore)

This is cracking me up because this is Padme’s movie dress:

It has a gold headdress! It’s inspired by a dress worn by a RUSSIAN GRAND DUCHESS! SIMPLE BROWN TUNIC AND BREECHES IT IS NOT.

Oh Padme, even when dressing in simple refugee clothes to go in hiding you have to go all out. I love you.

like imo the reason why kimono is NOT cultural appropriation is because:

- multiple sources of japanese people say they have absolutely nothing wrong with it, in fact they actually encourage it

- real cultural appropriation happens when an aspect of a culture is taken out of it’s necessary cultural meaning and significance. e.g. wearing native headdresses because those have a specific cultural meaning and they aren’t just a thing that random people can wear. you have to earn it, and it’s very important culturally to a lot of native people (hopefully i said this right. i know very little about native cultures so i might have screwed up here. correct me if i am wrong or said something incorrect) 

- kimono is literally for every one to wear. this is kind of hard to explain because in a sense, everyone wears kimono (it literally translates as ‘thing to wear’) but not everyone wears specific types of kimono. married women wear kimono for married women. unmarried women have kimono specific for them, too. so do brides, and children, and men, and geiko, maiko, etc

- as long as you follow the rules (following the rules 100% is literally impossible because there are thousands of rules that are impossible to memorize that have changed over hundreds of years and there are different kimono schools that disagree about certain things) BUT as long as you follow the basic ones like folding left over right and try to do your best to dress yourself with care, you’re good. like, don’t drape the kimono improperly over yourself and say you’re a “sexy geisha girl.” just don’t. 

- kimono is unfortunately a dying art in japan. nowadays, and the majority of kimono makers are very happy that the art they love is being appreciated by young people, whether they are native japanese, or a westerner. 

- 99% of people who wear kimono are respectful and see it as an art. there are some rude and disrespectful people out there of course, but honestly almost everyone is super nice and do the best they can to research a lot. 

tl;dr it’s an awesome community filled with people from all over the world and it’s sad that some people on tumblr can’t seem to understand this and instead resort to being hateful and mean to people who like kimono.