New Years Eve 2022!

Are you looking for a gorgeous, wild, opulent, original, colourful and sexy look for ringing in the new year? GREAT. Consider booking a personal styling session with ME (Danielle Diamond) at House of Regalia…just off Commercial Drive, East Van.

I have three full racks of custom re-worked vintage and thrifted brand name clothes/costumes/wearable art to look through, jewelry, accessories, and a decade of professional costume styling to offer you.

These have been some REALLY CRAZY past couple years and there’s no better way to shake them off then to get dressed up as a creative, mythical, cosmic royalty version of yourself and DANCE…I’ve built my little costume studio for just this purpose.

I also have a tea shoppe here where a daily custom witches brew (Ahem I mean herbal tea :p) is always on the stove and a complimentary service to your styling appointment. Book in with a few friends or come on your own.

My number here is 604-341-7132. Text me to book an appointment or just let me know when you want to pop-by! I invite you to bring items from your own tickle truck to match with mine.

Sending you love, resilience, and a strong reminder that you are BEAUTIFUL, WILD & FREE. You are not alone and the rainbow tribe is growing. Deep breaths and here we go into another year of the unknown filled with opportunity to create the world we want to live in.

xox -Danielle Diamond. PS Follow me on the instas https://www.instagram.com/thehouseofregalia/

THE DIVINE FEMININE IS RISING!!!!!!

Lost Together

In an Instal currently Exhibiting at The Rattle Arts Collective

“To all the faces/places above and all the others who were there with me in those years, thank-you. Sweet dreams are made of these and we will never be the same.” -D

Contact me to purchase a print. 5×7 ish all hand matted. $10-$20 sliding scale and I will be donating all proceeds to local indigenous land protection projects.

dbarnes.creative@gmail.com or facebook messenger or insta @ Pippysemporium – Screen shot the ones you want.

Date With A Ghost

Playing with light, shadow, and improvisation. Filmed in one take without concept or direction. As usual, I put on the costume and let it lead the way. Synced up with this song from an art friend of mine Boxcar Kyla who I shot with many many moons ago. Watch and comment to support us ❤

There is this weird synchronicity for me and film making. Somehow I always find the exact perfect song. No struggle. This is odd because I struggle to do simple things like answering my phone or making it anywhere on time. Finding a song to perfectly match the nuances in movement is easy and I’m glad.

Extremely grateful for Kyla’s offer to collaborate on this macabre Valentines piece. Find her on Tik Tok & Insta as @KylaLeeLawyer

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all. Remember self love is the first love and the only love that you can count on to be un-conditional. It’s not easy, it takes work like any relationship. If you value it like you do the love from others, you will never be alone. Baby steps. Have a bath. Forgive yourself for ‘doing that thing again.’ Let yourself do something forbidden. Be free.

Seek Your Depth

A creative collaboration with dancer CC Stardust

I asked CC if she had anything she wanted to share about her frustrations with the patriarchy. I wanted this series to link not only with the beauty and power of wymoon, but to create a space where we can be both GORGEOUS and ANGRY. We’ve been told for too long now to keep quiet. That it’s distasteful to be an angry feminist. I beleive though, if we don’t keep sharing our depths we will continue to be silenced to protect the parriarchle ego.

“I’m having a hard time coming up with things. Maybe that’s what’s most frustrating? That the patriarchy feels so normal to me I can’t even think of anything specific to be angry about. I mean there are all the frequently spoken about things; women being paid lower wages, having decisions about our bodies made by men, no male contraceptives (that one bugs me a lot), victim shaming, the “pink tax”. I really hate the way women are portrayed in movies as well, like, usually it’s a love story about a male main character, then the woman comes into the situation and he ends up dying or going to jail because of her/their relationship. Like women or love of a woman are the cause of all mens problems, such crap. I hate that women’s bodies are simultaneously worshipped and demonized. Make up your minds! I guess there are a lot of things but they all sound overplayed to me and that in itself is ridiculous.”

Which version of this series is your fav¿ I can’t choose!

Out of the Sea

Kieren Nelson – Model/Muse

“We often talk about the plastics we can see – from unnecessary packaging to plastic straws, This Flotsam and That Jetsam, we often overlook the bits smaller than our eyes can see – microplastics. The bits, pieces and fibres falsely destined to float ’round and around til they swirl into the mouths of our sealife – and ultimately the mouths of our own. I read recently, that on average, the regular human consumes about a credit card worth of plastic in a week. Look it up. We have a real love/hate relationship with our ocean, and it’s difficult to take ownership of the fact that while fast fashion is cheap, easy and accessible, it really costs us much more than anyone can afford.”

Part of Your World

The Ocean is full of garbage and toxins, oil spills happen daily, poachers prowl the waters with spears, and federal’s fishing boats haul millions of fish to their deaths daily.  I know many folx in my generation that are sleep walking through life, sedated by the pain of knowing that animals are going extinct, and not knowing what to do about it.

I met with two other ocean lovers on a beach off the coast of Seattle earlier this year to create some imagery. Our intention was to remind you that unless we call on cooperations and misgoverning bodies to act NOW, all the creatures of the sea will be without a home and we, my friends, will be without oxygen.

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Muse: Karlee Deacon

Makeup: Carole Lagimodeire

Costumes & Photography: Dani Barnes

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Our beautiful Mermaid wants you to save her Sea.

Sign up to volunteer with SEA SHEPHERD or read about the amazing projects these ‘good pirates’ are running around the globe.

Pride & Prejudice

I worked on a fun little project over pride weekend last summer. We took to the alleys in East Van for two reasons. One because free props. Two, because STOP BUYING THINGS. I should have closeups of this makeup somewhere that was pretty fun. Oil based high color def.

Thank you Swan, for getting behind the camera, holding the wine and always being down for a little dress up.

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Creative Director - Actress : Dani Barnes
Photography by Swan

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Found one…

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Eco-Feminism & Eco Fashionism…

By now most of us have some what of an idea that going to Walmart to buy your clothing isn’t the best choice you can make. Something also feels a bit off about buying 5 t shirts for $10 from Forever 21. But what is REALLY going on here and just how bad can it be?
 
Here we go: The root of the issue in FAST FASHION is that Westerners have been removed from their tribal identity,
isolated from their community, 
stuck working  dissatisfying jobs becoming
trapped by the cost of living in cities and ultimately
caught in the viscous cycle of paycheck to paycheck lifestyle.
 
 
 
Deep Breath. Very good.
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We’ve been taught to practice consumerism as a technique to numb, distract and occupy our minds while it’s nasty side effects of perpetual loneliness, purposelessness and profound frustration propel us further into the destabilizing cycle presented above.
 
 
This is where the demand for cheap consumer goods: food, housewares, electronics and clothing, was born! Because we CONSUME MORE to ‘treat’ the symptoms of the cycle.
 
 
This increasing demand for QUANTITY and CHEAPNESS is being met by slavery, abuse of women, human rights atrocities, and the continuation of the rape of the land and destruction of natural environments and local economy in some of the financially poorest regions on Earth. 
 
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Western multi-billion dollar corporations have designed, promoted and maintained this system of oppression, and to our shame as shoppers, it’s working. Very VERY well. I feel it’s working so well because humans are, by nature, creatures of comfort. To ask the average human to give up any element of comfort is usually met by resistance.
 
 
In order for this system to change, the humans who provide the demand (us) MUST find a way to cultivate compassion for the planet and for our fellow peoples!
 
 
We must look within ourselves to examine our resistance to change, identify our fears, and develop a personal understanding of the ‘TRUE COST’ of the clothes we purchase.
 
 
Intentionally stepping out of hollow naivety into grounded and empowered choice making is one of the actual awesome aspects of ‘adulting.’ Owning up to the fact that our purchasing power has the POWER to affect great change!
 
I am choosing to join the revolution by joining the SLOW fashion revolution.
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Seeking and understanding the truth of this highly glamorized and enchanting industry allows us to BE THE CHANGE, making ethical fashion choices, spreading awareness and creating a valued and respected, sustainable alternative to the current FAST FASHION industry.
 
Through my work I strive to inspire all humans to discover their niche in the revolution to dissolve all patriarchal practices, so together we can usher in a new age of balance, returning to the natural cycles of life, developing mutual respect between all of life’s creations.
 
The FAST FASHION industry is one of the third highest contributors to climate change and air, earth, water pollution and poisoning. I’ve chosen this industry to devote my life’s work to because I was once to a participant in the fashion addiction and I know just how uncomfortable it is to change a lifestyle that you really like.
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So let’s speak fashion truth! This has to stop! Together we will find a way to continue enjoying the art of style. Securing the heath of the Planet and her people for generations of future fashionistas to continue our beloved craft of personal style, design and dress.

-DB