Dawnamatrix Designs Makes The Finals Of World of WearableArt: Once Again!

Dawnamatrix World of WearableArtWe have it on very good authority that the World of WearableArt show (WOW for short) celebrating its 30th year anniversary this year, presents the crème da crème of global alternate designers working across various mediums. We have it on very good authority, because one of the VG family, a latex designer we have known since the inception of our magazine and someone we have worked with often, Dawnamtarix Designs, has entered the WOW competition now for a 2nd year in a row and has once again made it to the finals.

The first round of judging from WOW Founder and Resident Judge Dame Suzie Moncrieff, Margarita Robertson, and Sam Gao brought the submitted couture down to 148 designers from 17 countries. Each year WOW receives hundreds of outfits to choose from, their only criteria: “Anything that is wearable art can find a place on the stage, as long as it is original, innovative and well executed. “

Australia has eight finalists in this year. China twelve, China, Hong Kong eleven and China, Macau one. France also managed one, as did Mexico, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Russian Federation, and South Korea. Spain, Germany, India and Thailand, got two finalists in. Taiwan thirteen, the UK eight and the United States fifteen. As mentioned, Dawnamatrix Designs, one of the U.S. finalists, made two final categories.

New Zealand, where the WOW show will take place (and always has) at the TSB Arena, Wellington 27 September – 14 October, sees sixty five finalists designers in this year.

This year’s 30th anniversary show will be presented as a series of six “worlds,” each with its own design provocation that designers have responded to. Along with the recurring “Avant-garde,” “Aotearoa” and “Open” sections are “Under the Microscope,” “Reflective Surfaces” and crowd-favorite, “Bizarre Bra”.

Find out more about WOW here.

And congratulations, for a 2nd year in a row, to Dawn Mostow and every one over at Dawnamatrix Designs.


Dawnamatrix Designs Flying High

Dawn Mostow w FalconAs we have always done and will continue with forever, Von Gutenberg loves to champion one of our family when they have something new to shout about. The wonderful Dawn Mostow, of Dawnamatrix Designs, latex designer and maker extraordinaire, is featured in Seattle’s own Ville Magazine this month.

There are many factors that makes the magazine’s “The Rising Of Dawn,” piece about Dawn’s haute couture so special. For one, Dawn herself is the sole model in the shoot. Secondly, her amazing creations, from her Butterfly Corset to her Hooded Opera Coat to her Laser Cut Rose Gown, are just some of the many wardrobe pieces featured. The pictures, taken by Jessica Drake, were shot in the stunning Dunn Gardens of Seattle. And lastly, and most interestingly, Dawn is posing in these shots with falcons.

As Dawn admits: “At first I was pretty scared of the falcon going for my eyes, but then I got comfortable holding these birds.” She reports a real sense of power when handling the majestic creatures. Looking into their inhuman eyes she says was “very inspiring.”Dawn Mostow Ville

As you see from these shots, Dawn seems to be an old pro posing with these falcons and we must say she, and her latex looks scrumptious in the setting and with her feathered friends attending her. In the interview that accompanies the pictures, Abby Lushei asks Dawn about her history with latex making, and living and teaching in Japan, her views on fetish fashion and how living in Seattle, informs her art.

The full run down on the credits for the piece are:

Jessica Drake photos: www.jldimagery.com

Randi Canoy, hair and makeup: vannedge.com

Charity Mainville, stylist: https://twitter.com/charityanna?lang=en

Location: Dunn Gardens www.dunngardens.org

Dawnamatrix Ville ShootWe congratulate our good friend Dawn Mostow and invite you over to Dawnamatrix Designs to see her wonderful work.


Dawnamatrix WOW’s New Zealand’s World of WearableArt

Red WOWOnce again we come to celebrate one of the Von Gutenberg family. Dawnamatrix Designs, out of Seattle, Washington, who we have worked with pretty much from the start, just won two awards at the World of WearableArt event, held in New Zealand last week.

Dawn Mostow, the head designer and CEO of Dawnamatrix came in contact with the WOW event at Seattle’s The Museum of Pop Culture, (MoPOP). She submitted designs to be considered then was picked out of 100 other designers in her category to submit further for WOW. Accepted for the show, she sent her Labyrinth Gown and what she calls her “The Messenger” latex outfit to Wellington for this past week’s show. It wasn’t until the dress rehearsal during the week that Dawn even saw how her pieces would be presented. The WOW show is a night where “theatre, fashion and art collide” and not only did the show go off with a resounding success of light, sound and alt. haute couture, Dawn’s Labyrinth Gown took home the Technology Award and she also placed 3rd in the Red Category with The Messenger.

Although they won such prestigious placings and Dawn’s designs will now be seen by a worldwide audience as the WOW show tours, mostly it was the feeling of global unity Dawn enjoyed. She was even invited to the U.S. Embassy in New Zealand to speak with the Wellington Girls College 10th year. There she and the young women shared stories of their backgrounds and inspiration.

Dawn and her husband also had time to take in one of Wellington’s biggest attractions, for movie fans and fantasy lovers alike…the set for Peter Jackson’s “The Lord Of The Rings” trilogy. The Hobbit houses still stand and Dawn and hubby got to frolic like hobbits for the day.

Congratulations to Dawn Mostow and all at Dawnamatrix Designs for their win and for sharing in a little global moda love.

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Katy Perry’s “Bon Appétit” Features Latex We Know

kp bon apetiteMaking good again in the world of pop, latex couture, Katy Perry and now video, one of the oldest friends and colleagues of the Von Gutenberg universe, Dawnamatrix Designs, has something to celebrate this week. Katy Perry’s video for her 2nd single from her 4th album ‘dropped’ yesterday, and Katy is wearing Dawnamatrix Designs latex outfits and accessories in the visual tour de force for her new song “Bon Appétit.”

In the new video (see here), directed by Dent De Cuir Katy gets kneaded and flowered like dough. She is strewn with veggies down her front, dipped into a steaming Katy vat of stew (this is the first of two scenes where she wears Dawnamatrix latex: a Lux Bra and High Waisted Panty.) Her braid is cut off by famous restaurateur Roy Choimake after he fixes her up with his chef mastery. She is “served up” with the trio rappers Migos singing over her. And at the end of the clip the pop diva throws all the cannibalism upside down as she stands in her Dawnamatrix custom-made latex kimono and lastly served a meal we never expect.

Dawnamatrix has worked with Katy Perry before, most notably creating a expanding latex skirt for her Covergirl “Plumpify” commercial. This new Katy Perry video should garner lots of attention. The images, theme, coming in this time of heightened feminism, K.P. is sure to get lots of ‘play’ with this one. And no matter what the pop diva’s intent, Katy Perry is certainly well turned out (and oh so sexy) in her Dawnamatrix Designs. .

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Featured Model, Von Gutenberg Issue # 9: The Richard

image3As much as we love the women who appear in the pages of our magazine-and for our issue #9 we have Ella Kross, Crissy Daniels, Sister Sinister, Hibiki, Kitsune Inari, Bellatrix and cover girl Sabina Kelley-for this blog entry we want to note the one man we are featuring this time around. The Richard is a model/filmmaker/rock&roll raconteur/lifestyle event organizer & alt. personality all-around wild man we just loved photographing for issue #9.

The Richard began his career in all things wildly sexy, alternative and rock and roll horror creating hair styles for Bianca Beauchamp and her partner/photographer Martin Perreault. From there he wanted to explore style, costuming, make-up on himself and through the many ‘underground’ events he began to organize in Montreal The Richard became well known on the scene, eventually spreading his influence to films with a close relationship with director Patricia Chica

Seeing as Von Gutenberg #9 is a movie-themed issue, who else better to include in our brand new issue then The Richard?

Stunning good looks (and in The Richard’s case great hair too) is not all there is to being a model for us. We look for a certain style and approach not always seen in other fashion magazines. Modeling latex is as much an attitude as it is a pose, with the model in question being as comfortable in his or her own skin as they are in the ‘second skin’ feel of latex. The Richard models Dawnamatrix Designs, Brigitte More’s Lovely Latex and Inner Sanctum in his 6-page spread for us, and in each and every outfit the Canadian native looks like he is ready to rock.image4

It was a great day shooting The Richard and subsequently getting to know such a larger than life personality. We think you’ll agree The Richard’s inclusion in our brand new issue enlivens the magazine in such a unique way.

We are thrilled to have him.

Find The Richard here.