~an eccentric woman with extraordinarily memorable, often misunderstood but unmistakably distinctive style.

"It is my intent to showcase that which I consider wearable art.
Clothing that is whimsical, dramatic, avant-garde and on the
cutting edge of design - as seen through my eyes.
Brilliance and madness are interchangeable.
This is my style inspiration. I invite you into my world."
~Claudia Byrdine

Friday, January 14, 2011


Veiled crown - Elizabethan "ruff" collar and cuffs. Double-breasted military jacket with gold piping with a ruffled under dress and gold buckled pumps. Worth Couture Giovanni Bedin, Roger Vivier - Mikimoto

Pearl studded crown - Deep blush spagetti strap rusched bodice with full length
tulle ballerina skirt. ~Atelier Versache/Mikimoto/David Yurman

Dior Haute Couture - vivid blue ballooned coat with blue leaf appliqué collar
Agent Provocateur lingerie - and perfectly matched shoes.

On the left - a stunning costume in diamond patterned fabric with exquisite tailoring reminiscent of a harlequin fanned cupcake.... and atop her head, a darling tipsy crown.
On the right- full length peek-a -boo, bowed gloves surrounded by a matching sheer birdcage cloak with matching ties. "Oh darling, is that your petticoat up around your neck:"

Superb braid and knotted detail. A most brilliant design!

A hat of beads and veiled bat wings. Simply divine.

Regal Decadence Ashley transforms into opulent royalty for photographer Sharif Hamza
in a mix of haute couture and lingerie for this baroque inspired shoot for Vogue Russia.

**I wouldn't be true to myself if I failed to point out the deep green and gold damask fabric background... that could be a wall in my house.


  1. These are incredible! I can't get over the intensity of the white birdcage cloak. You always have the best finds.

  2. hi there I'm doing some work at university about this kind of fashion, were these images from a magazine? if so what magazine and issue etc? would be really useful
    [email protected]

  3. Ashley Smith by Sharif Hamza for Vogue Russia December 2010.
    Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me for any additional info.


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