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Haute Couture Steampunk Neo-Industrial Goth and The 1950s Taxi Service

26 March 2009


Last evening I watched the Paris fashion week slideshows. The Alexander McQueen collection blew me away. Haute couture steampunk neo-industrial goth fashions graced models with oversized shiny black lips reminiscent of the piles of tires that lay scattered atop the stage. An apocalyptic post-millennial celebration of black and white, the fashions, while not wearable by the likes of most, spoke to the current sense of global economic meltdown. Spectacular.

Thus, in honor of beautiful fashion, I present “The Black and White Taxi Service” notecard sets. A hand-painted, hand screenprinted, original illustration, they are available in sets of 6 on 100% recycled paper with matching envelope. Perfect for the fashionista and available through my Etsy shop.

And packing continues despite the ever-increasing list of reasons I find not to, including setting up a new Facebook Fan Page. If you are on Facebook, you can now fan me by clicking here and receive updates on all things Octavine: amazing links, bohemian musings, sales and incredible DIY projects will be exclusively available to all fans.

Okay, the boxes are not filling themselves. Back to it…



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  1. March 27, 2009

    I always love McQueen. He is the king and queen of rock elegance.

  2. March 27, 2009

    i loved mcqueen’s show, too. it really was amazing. love your new cards, too. ok, get back to your packing ;).

  3. March 27, 2009

    Oh, very nice! I wish I could just go around in a full skirt and bustier, like, all the time. I love her attitude. She would totally eat cherry pie. If you end up making the pie, you should let me know how it goes!

  4. March 27, 2009

    LOVE the notecards!

  5. March 29, 2009

    beautiful notecards! love the inspiration

  6. Kat #
    March 29, 2009

    great, very pretty!

  7. Rae #
    March 30, 2009

    Octavine Illustration,Hi, I absolutely love you blog, so chic, fun and helpful. I (dtxray2648) have added you as friend and am following you on BlogCatalog. Also, wanted to let you know that I have added your blog to “Our Favorite Blogs” at Keep the great blogs coming!Your Friend, dtxray2648

  8. April 4, 2009

    What great cards! Hope you got packed!

  9. April 7, 2009

    Love these – what a wonderful idea!

  10. February 16, 2010

    I'm not a fashionista, but I love your "taxi service" cards. And I really like your work in general,which I discovered by chance while browsing Art Nouveau pictures on the web. I am a newly NYC-based French woman with a soft spot for the designs of the first half of the 20th century, especially Art Nouveau and Art Deco (except Tiffany lamps): the use of patterns,large flat tints, a sense of space filling, framing…I'll put a link to your blog and your official site on my own blog ( I'm getting married this summer, I may contact you for the design of our ketubah :-)A random question: have you ever illustrated a book?Best.

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