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    About a year ago, Ariel announced on twitter that she suddenly had some dates in the next couple of weeks come available, so if anyone wanted to shoot her to let her know. Having previously been on one of the excellent Restrained Elegance Bondage Photography courses the previous year I knew I wanted to do more. so I booked a shoot for the beginning of January.

    Now, For a long time, I have had a thing for Corsets and other forms of restrictive clothing. I love corset fiction so had read about all sorts of unlikely / impossible / amazing items of restrictive clothing. I loved the idea and had always wanted to try and make such an item. Having booked a shoot, I crazily thought that it would be a good idea to try and make a highly restrictive dress for the shoot.

    Metal being of a nicely unyielding and Shiny nature seemed just the thing to use in the construction of a said item. With about a week to go, armed only with some of Ariels measurements and some supplies from a couple of DIY stores I went ahead and made one. Metal is certainly not easy to shape to the human body and I didn’t get the fit quite right particularly in the hips area.

    Ariel really is such a wonderful person and did a great job posing in spite of the dress severely limiting her range of available motion and also in coping with the discomfort of wearing such a crazy item of clothing. Thank you so much.

    Also thank you to Hywel for allow use of his studio and helping with the lighting.

    Here are some of the photos we made.

    I’d love to know what people think.











    Here are some more….

    Cheers, Sheep.









    And some more…










    One final picture and a word of Warning.
    If you feel like making a crazy dress like this yourself make sure you make give the hips plenty of room!
    This was taken about an hour later, You can already see a bruise appearing. So big apologies to Ariel for the bruises. This was really not the plan.


    Cheers, Sheep.

    ps. I am really please that even with the bruising I haven’t managed to put Ariel off Shooting with me. Another shoot is booked and the construction of another dress is underway.

    pps. Happy Birthday Ariel!



    Ooooooooh. I like the dress Sheep! And the photographs πŸ™‚

    I would love to see a metal dress that is almost ‘lampshade’ shaped in the hips/ skirt area, 1950s style. With a thick band around the waist. Maybe you could put fabric over the top so that it looks like a normal dress at first glance, and then you remove the fabric to show the framework and nude model beneath.

    The possibilities are endless!! Fab idea πŸ™‚

    Kate x


    Lovely pictures of an incredible piece of work. It must be satisfying, Sheep, to be able to bring an idea to reality like that.

    Shiny metal shows off very well in the earlier pictures against darker clothing.

    Definitely one for people who like their engineering visible: built to last. Made me think of the old Forth and Tyne bridges.

    “Meccano meets Lady Gaga” someone here said. Well, that depends what you think of Lady Gaga – and whether you played with/what you made with Meccano as a kid. πŸ˜†

    Pondering the endless possibilities, I suddenly thought, “is it bondage or a suit of armour”? I suppose it’s a mark of greatness that it lets the imagination fly.

    Oh, and thanks for the final picture: indisputably lovely.




    Hi Sheep,

    Wow, that is pretty spectacular! Thanks for sharing your photo’s too!

    I hate to think how long that must have taken to construct, but you should be really proud of your efforts. Great piece of design and clearly a lot of hard work has gone into it. Very cool. πŸ˜€

    Good luck with the next dress too, hope it all goes to plan.



    Ariel Anderssen

    Ahhh, Sheep, you are clever! Really looking forward to the next incarnation of the metal dress, I LOVE it! It was super fun to wear, and I’m all for a few bruises πŸ™‚



    Hi, Thank you all for your kind comments.

    Kate, Your Lampshade dress idea is great. I think I could make something like that (though probably not for my next shoot…). I like the covering idea too, However, I’d have to learn to sew to make such a cover… & I fear that may be beyond me…! Yep. Way too may possibilities…!

    Yep, I like the steel on dark material too. For that set I had a fill light on low down which helped with the shiny’ness a lot. But I was using a weird Gel on it (partly to dim it down a bit…). That wasn’t mixing nicely with the CTO on the main softbox. To a fair bit of editing to remove the purple tint it produced… I think I turned it off after this and let one of the blue backlights spill forward instead.

    Pretty sure its more bondage than Suit of Armour. Swords / fingers would easily find their way though the holes. And the restrictive nature of the dress would make dodging risky at best… In fact it’d be pretty good for a tickling session.

    Pretty please with my first attempt.
    Next Dress is progressing slowly. Should have it ready in time… Much more complicated to make… I can see why they don’t sell metal clothing in the shops… πŸ™‚



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