Styling Boil Yer Blood

Around June (also around the time we started moving to a new flat), my partner Mark Charade started working on a new music video for Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind. Having created their previous video, the band looked to him again to create a vision for a rockier, darker song.

With the option to do as he wished, but with little budget, Mark began thinking of options and gathering ideas. Looking at Alexander McQueen's catwalk shows, Floria Sigismondi and Joel-Peter Witkin, he wanted a kind of decaying opulence to the video.

I jumped on board as a producer, cat-wrangler and stylist. It's not my first time styling something, but gathering and creating outfits that can be moved in by various different models is quite a task!

Myself, wearing amazing creations by  Mirjam Lehtonen  and a crown by  Bakeneko Designs

Myself, wearing amazing creations by Mirjam Lehtonen and a crown by Bakeneko Designs

After months of work and prep, I'd pulled together a stunning collection of couture pieces from across Europe. Each of the amazing models (and I have no clue how some of them moved so much in some of the pieces!) was transformed into something dangerous and otherworldly. They did an astounding job taking on the roles that the clothing thrust upon them, completely channelling demonic vibes. 

Watch the full video below.

Go to the Vimeo page to see the full list of credits, but as I'll be discussing the styling below, here are the designers that kindly lent pieces.

Mirjam Lehtonen

Magdelene Celeste

Bakeneko Designs

Carapace London


Boom Boom Baby

Lovechild Boudoir

Peek & Beau

Mirjam Lehtonen's pieces are the most recognisable in the video, as she kindly sent through 3 different full outfits, and headpieces. Her work is exactly the kind of thing I had in mind when we were thinking up ideas. Extreme couture, detailed and exquisite, with metal work and "unwearable" pieces. I've also shot some portraits of her work, and will make sure to show the details.

The black dress and helmet above, white outfit, and all metal pieces are from Mirjam.

I wanted something that would move well for Nadia (above), so I picked out a set from Peek & Beau, which has ombre red tassels across the bra and brief. I love the contrast of the lingerie against the harsh metal headwear (from Mirjam).

Angelica styled herself mostly, because she's amazing! The only things I added in were the feather collar from Lovechild Boudoir, and beetle eye mask and mouthpiece from Bakeneko Designs. 

I've been working with Bonnie (of Bakeneko Designs) for many, many years now, since her previous brand Amore de Mori. Although she took a break and has recently been creating again, I can see a big difference in her work as her ideas have developed. Taxidermy accessories became all the rage, most of which either wasn't very good, or didn't respect and reflect the beauty of life and death. I really love the new pieces she's created, using the beetle shells as jewels and the tooth mouthpiece below is nightmare-inducing (because good art should disturb you).

Although you can't see it too well in this screenshot, I styled Suri Sumatra in a beautiful red and black feather dress by Magdalene Celeste. I chose a Marie Antoinette style wig of my own collection and a metal facepiece from Mirjam Lehtonen; mixing beauty and danger together, like a bird of prey. 


Hopefully I'll be getting involved in more styling projects in the future! 

Lotus Eater: An Experimental Short Film

After I finished photographing this head-dress, my partner (Mark Charade) and I decided to experiment with a short film!

Ever since we met 5 years ago, Mark has been experimenting with films, the most recent prior to the below being Pearlescence. Every time he just gets better and better, in this case experimenting with new colours and themes.

Watch below, watch full screen and in HD!





A few weeks ago (I'm terrible at updating this blog, I know!) I did an impromptu shoot with my partner, Mark Charade. As I'd borrowed some pieces from Pearls and Swine for another shoot, I thought I'd get the most out of them and do a 1920's inspired look.

Not only did Mark photograph and retouch these gorgeous images, but he put together a beautiful experimental film - see below!

Anna Swiczeniuk - Pearlescence from Mark Charade on Vimeo.

The Monarch: Re-edit

 Some of you may remember this post in which I showed the short experimental film Markabre Charade shot.

Since then he has taught himself Final Cut and re-edited the film from scratch, with fantastic results. I suggest watching in full screen! 

"A test of current equipment in low light.

Evoking the Sprit of Glamour's Golden Age. 

Decadent, Indulgent and Unhealthy. 

She may be adorned in the feathers and furs of magnificent creatures but the protagonist and butterfly share a similar unfortunate fate. An intangible beauty trapped behind glass, whether it be that of a jar or a mirror. 

As her eyes, ensnared behind a net, peer into her reflection will she experience an epiphany and act upon it or is she resigned to her fate as an ephemeral beauty?"

Please leave a comment letting us know what you think!

Below are some screencaps from the film: