This week is Sophistique Noir's Red and Black Week.
I have chosen to look back on some old photos, and explain a little about myself.
Here is today's photo:
Excuse me for chopping my own head off. This was not a very flattering photo.
So this photo was taken as a 'muck up' photo, during the photo session of my final year in high school. My high school allowed us to dress up for a short period of time and allow us to take silly pictures (and in fact, for the school photographer to take a picture of all of us dressed up).
In this photo, I am cosplaying コスプレ as Nana ナナ a manga/anime 漫画/アニメ character created by Ai Yazawa 矢沢あい. I have always had a great love for Nana (both anime and character). Part of that appeal is her punkish fashion - ripped clothing, fishnets, dark eyeliner, collars, etc.
In this photo, I am wearing a black dog collar, and a black string necklace with a wyvern on it, which I secretly bought one day in Kuranda. For a very long time, I have loved the darker side of life, which my mother still disapproves of, so I had to hide (and still do) some of my items.
I'm also wearing a tank top, made of an underlayer and some gathered see-through fabric as an overlayer. I loved it, but looking back, it was not at all flattering to my figure, even wearing a belt (the one in this picture, I borrowed from my best friend. It is slightly velvety and has lots of eyelets).
I don't recognise the bracelet, so I'll move on to the skirt. It's hard to see in the photo, but that is a red tartan skirt. Again, one of those things that I really loved, but was not flattering. It was made of some sort of stiff but fleecy material, pressed into the shape of a netball skirt. As a 17 year old me, I just thought 'Yes, so alternative! This will piss my mum off!' but it was really awful.
If this was a more gothic outfit, I could probably point to it as an example of my babybat years, but I'm honestly still learning about the alternative scene. Many of my colleagues remark that I look younger than I am - in high school, it was the complete opposite. I feel I am stepping out from under my mother's shadow and living my younger years as I should have.
PS: The Sophistique Noir Red & Black Week runs every year. Join in at any point during the week!