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Hello, I wanted to open my blog to show you the behind the scenes of making a dress , a costume ,the hair , the make up, the models, my Tv interviews, the actors in a documentary or a photo shoot and the process involved in the projects where I have been part of and the things I like to do besides my fashion world so you get to know more about me. I am a Fashion/costume designer but I also do Make up and Hair, Yes! I do hair and Make up too specially I love Special effects make up and Avant Garde Hair. I love to create a whole character look not only making the costume but the whole transformation from head to toe and I enjoy being part of those kinds of projects in the film industry, shows, Theater, plays. TV,magazines, or anything related. I am happy to share with you the extensive work that goes into creating a Character the story behind and the talented people I work with in this beautiful city of New York. Hope you enjoy!!!!

Best :

Alejandro Montoya

 

Halloween 2016

And … here I Am again!!!! halloween 2016!!!!!  this year i decided to go for a mix of Jack the skeleton and a scary clown isnpiration.For this project i used an old pair of  black boots that I had in the closet and they were normal winter boots, meaning not to high so I had to make a boot’s top in order to make the costume look better.Another thing was that I had to shave my beard Again!!!,,,,:-(  I dont like the way I look without it ,,, but thats part of the whole costume ,, anyway what that I love about my costume was that I made my own make up,and boy how different is to apply make up to a diferent person and to do it for yourself,,,it took me all morning!!! I am telling you the most difficulr part was the Bald cap application trying to stick it in the back of my neck, it didnt want to stick ,, thank God my friend George (the photographer) was there to help me in that part,,after I finish getting ready George took me some pictures , then straight to the greenwich Village Halloween Parade.there the VillageVoice newspaper took a picture of me that later came out in that halloween edition.that was nice!!!!I enjoy very nice much this halloween,Here are with  pictures of the making ( tutorial kind of)… 🙂

 

 

 

Halloween 2015

For this year my costume was Arachnophobia the make up was made by Stella Sensei who did an amazing job with a realistic make up, my costume was simple and comfortable but the main point was the collar and the make up. here are some images of the making …

 

 

A REVENGE STORY (SHORT FILM)

 

Lander Camarero is a film  director from Spain who came to New York  in  March 2015 to film scenes for his short documentary called :A Revenge Story.This film are among the best 7 films in the Basque country and with that distinction it won a a free world  wide distribution in 6 languages (subtitles) to more than 200 festivals all around the world, thanks to the goverment cultural section grants. I applied to the casting to design the wardrobe of the film but my surprise was that he wanted me to be the artistic director  of the film and help him to create the look of his character, and design some of the Props for the studio. The Main character “Mark Figueroa” was played by Lander Camarero himself  giving a press conference in a studio in New York. The experience of working with the whole crew,extras,and the locations in New York allowed me to learn more about the whole process that goes behind the scenes in order to make a film, and the most fun part was that I also acted as an extra in the film,,that was great!!!

Here is the link to the movie:   https://vimeo.com/135155569

 

MEXICAN GODDESS

This Mexican goddess was a  short video I did with Alejandro Barragan. The  video showed the Goddes praying at the moon and doing a ritual  with the dancers. I did the make up  for the dancers and  the costume and make up  for the Goddess. The idea was to make her look as realistic as possible.

THE COLLECTOR ( SHORT FILM)

For this short film I did the body and face make up. The Character was inspired in a Fat God  who lives in a Cavern with his body all in Tattoos and pointing ears. Following the directors ideas ( Alejandro Barragan) I was able to pull off the character. and we were happy with the results. this film was filmed in Mexico and New York.and soon will come out. The actor is Jaime who did a great job. the painting  and the special effects ears took me 6 hours.

I designed  a Centaur Costume for Halloween 2013 and at the same time I wanted to include the costume in my portfolio so I hired  Stella Sensei who is A Fabulous make up artist to  do my Centaur make up. Stella was a Top 5 in the  Face off competition show on Sci-Fi channel. I also Hired Alberto Imanagua who is a Photographer to  document the process in a video and  to take pictures for my blog .For this project I let my beard to grow longer than usual so I could blend in the fake long beard into mine. I couldn’t be more happy with the final product of my project. Enjoy the images.

 The Gay Games 2014

The Pink Pong organization of New York asked me if I wanted to make their costume for their participation at the Gay Games that were going to take place on August 16, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The idea was to recreate the ping pong paddle so the model could wear it as a symbol of their organization at the opening of the Gay Games and in each game. The arrangements were made a year prior to the games so I had plenty of time to make it. This ping pong team has won  8 medals in 2010 at the Cologne, Germany Gay Games in 2010 in the doubles recreational division. Here are some images of the process of making it….

 

 

Coyolxauhqui:  The Aztec Moon Goddess

In 2013  I designed a fantasy costume  for a short film inspired in the Mythological Aztec Goddess: Coyolxauhqui. I wanted to show you part  of the costume’s pieces construction and behind the scenes, the results came out so good.

 

Danza fiesta is a non=profit organization  created by Gilda Rivera Pantojas dedicated to promote Puerto Rican culture to the world and Latin American dance through Dance INC .This Organization is based in New York City. As a designer is been a privilege to have been making some of their costumes   for their great and colorful performances. Danza fiesta have their own design team led by  Raul Wilson and working together with him I was able to learn and to bring to reality their vision. Besides their typical Puerto rican costumes Danza fiesta asked me to Design a Venezuelan typical dress for a Venezuelan dance  called “Joropo” . Which I will share with you in the following images. I am grateful and thankful for the years I been working with This Great organization. Thanks to the directors: Gilda Rivera Pantojas, Dr.Victor Negron and Raul Wilson. I can proudly say: I Am Danza Fiesta !!

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On March 2008 My friend Raul Wilson invited me to Macy’s tribute to Josephine Baker. It was an evening called:Rediscovering Josephine Baker: The Diva. Raul asked me  to do a collaboration together, Raul will design the costume and I will make it a reality.  The model was Miltery Tucker which is an excedllent dancer.while I was in charge of making the costume with the hand beading and the bananas ,Raul  did the make up and the Hair , the result came out great. Miltery did look like Josephine and the most happy part was that Josephine Baker’s sons: Jean Claude Baker (R.I.P) and Jarry Baker were extremely excited and happy when they saw the impersonation of her mother. Here are a few images of that beautiful night

 

 

EN LA INTIMIDAD CON INGRID

TV Show Interview with Ingrid in 2008 filmed  in a mansion in New jersey. the show was about interviewing Latin American artist(who lives and works in the Tri state area)  in the Bathtub of the Mansion . That was a very unique experience.

 

Interview Con Minerva Tv Show on December 06 2007, after the Premios Latino

 

 

 

Tv Show Con Minerva in 2007 showing some of my designs in Super Canal Caribe.

 

 

In 2005 I met Wolfgang Bush. Wolfgang was making a documentary called : How Do I Look,(which is the sequel in content of Paris is Burning) This film is about the ball community in New York City. I did not know about the Ball community and I did not know about Paris is Burning the movie. When I met Wolfgang he wanted me to be in his film because he saw my work as a designer, he liked my costumes and he wanted me to show them in the Ball. I accepted but I wanted to know what it was all about before I made my costumes so I went to a few drag/kids balls competitions. I created to costumes for 2 different nights . I have to say that I was really surprised for the talented kids that are involved in that community. I am not a ball kid but I met some of then who are very talented: Photographers, designers, Dancers Some of those kids where able to perform with celebrities in tours and videos and all started in those community balls. Like the Vogue Dance who was famously introduced to the world by Madonna but in reality it was in the Ball scene that the kids created that type of dance. Besides the costumes I designed a poster for the movie because Wolfgang Bush did an open casting call for designers to submit an art work where it could capture the essence of the ball scene and it could be use as a poster for the cover of the film. my poster was picked but to be printed in shirts. besides that I assisted Wolfgang with the translation from English to Spanish.
I was happy to be part of the film because is about artistic empowerment and Aids awareness, this film have received numerous awards and Wolfgang bush have been invited with  some of the ball’s kids to Universities to do Lectures about Aids Awareness and artistic empowerment. The film was released in 2006. Oh, one more thing: my costumes won the competitions, Of COURSE!, like the kids said: OVAH !!!

The poster I  designed for the film

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The Costume I created

 

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Luna Khan wearing a Feather piece I made for his competition

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