This collaboration is the stuff of dreams! RuffleCon veteran brand I Do Declare has teamed up with Valkyrie's Armory and VoodoooDolly to create a runway sensation!
We sat down with the owner and designer of I Do Declare to find out more about her big plans for RuffleCon 2017.
How did your three brands meet and decide to create a collaboration?
Kate of Valkyries Armory and I met at Katsucon. I've bought a few of her pieces in the past and always admired the quality. Ever since I was a kid I've loved armor and this seemed like the perfect chance to create something I'd always wanted for myself. Mallory and I have been friends for a few years, and the better I get to know her, the more I find we have in common! We've done a few collaborations in the past. In fact my very first Rufflecon show featured her accessories!
Did you all have the same inspiration for your part of the collaboration, or did you each bring different sources of inspiration together?
It turns out all of us love religious imagery. Kate and I share a fascination with warrior saints like St. Michael and St. George, and Mallory has incorporated Catholic themes in her work for ages. Both of them are fantastic creators; I'm excited that I have the opportunity to create clothes that will act as pedestals to really showcase their creations.
What is the main theme of this collaboration?
Our theme ended up being battle witches! When I think about all of the women warriors I admired in stories growing up, they always had some sort of magical aura. At this time it's important for women, and all femme folks, to be able to reclaim any sort of power they can. I want the way we dress to be fearsome. When I go out wearing Lolita I wear it like armor; I'm my truest and most confident self. So combining something as feminine as my style with its full skirts and lace with something as solid as plate armor feels like a good way to realize that image.
What detail would you want to point out, or what detail is your favorite?
I'm focusing a lot on construction details. I want the quality of the materials to really shine. I love when clothing feels carefully made. It makes each item feel very special to me. I'm so excited to see the armor from Kate, the accessories from Mallory and my clothing all come together. Hopefully, it will really be something fantastic.
We don't know about you, but we're ready to rock vambraces and hauberks in our everyday. If you're excited to see this collaboration and the rest of our Designer lineup, register for RuffleCon today!!