Gothic Victorian and Lolita Mini-Shoot Day!

gothic lolita nun church doors outfit

We’ve had a lot of inquiries about offering our Photoshoot Party experience scaled down for those looking for an option where they don’t have to commit to a dress or a makeover but can get a feel for what we do!

For them we are going to try out a new event idea!!!


What’s Included:

-A private photoshoot taking place within a real Victorian furnished museum home in Etobicoke, complete with lighting and props! Shot by a photographer who’s worked on dozens of shoots with alternative and unique themes (Taeden Hall).

-15 (minimum) finished/edited images in high resolution about 2 weeks after the shoot (usually faster but editing takes a fair amount of time). No watermarks will be on the images and you can download and post them anywhere you want!

We don’t do a ton of heavy editing, your photos will look very similar to these:

-Professional and highly experienced model coach to encourage you to feel your best in the photos and get the most out of your poses! She’ll work with you to find the most flattering and dynamic poses to make your outfit come alive.

-Gloomth goody bag with treats and a coupon towards our website!

ONLY $95! 

You simply arrive in your favorite outfit and makeup ready to model! Please arrive fully dressed/made-up as we only have a little block of time reserved in the space and we can’t go overtime.

You can change into your outfit at the venue if need be, there are bathrooms for that.

Yes, you are welcome to bring a reasonably sized prop or two (this is a museum, do not bring some giant plastic sword or something that could damage the antiques, no pets please).

If you are under 18 a parent/guardian must accompany you to the event and stay through the duration. They will need to sign your model release. No exceptions!

All participants must sign a basic release since the images will appear on our flickr.

Yes, the venue is air conditioned!

Each participant will get approximately 30 minutes of dedicated photo-time with our coach and photographer. We’ll use two of the rooms in the venue so you’ll get an array of photos with different settings. These are great for modeling portfolios, or just to celebrate your favorite outfit! We promise a fun, inclusive atmosphere- as always!

*If you book with a friend we will take photos of you together as part of your 30 minutes if you’d like!*

You can download the photos directly from the flickr album in whatever resolution you need about 2 weeks after the event. We’ll let you know when they’re posted!

Themes: We encourage participants to come in Victorian, Lolita, Vintage, or Gothic inspired ensembles with this beautiful environment but we welcome any aesthetic you enjoy! Wear what makes you feel gorgeous and you’d like photos in! 1 outfit per participant (there is sadly not enough time for outfit/makeup changes).

We are only taking 4 participants for this session since it’s a new event for us!


How to book: Just send me an email at to reserve your spot. The cost is $95 CAD (payable by email bank transfer or via paypal if marked as a “gift/send to friend” payment only, hst is included).

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4 Dresses on Flash Sale! EXTENDED!

gothic summer outfit

We’re having a little sale this week over on Gloomth! We’re in the midst of working on a new collection and planning some other exciting things for the fall, the more dresses we sell during the sale the more we can do this fall! 🙂

So we’re offering four of our most popular dress designs at a super discounted price!!!!!!

Get our standard sized “Valance” jumperskirt, “Tuxedo” dress, “Odette” dress, or “Mourning Glory” jumperskirt for only $100 each!!!!!!!!!! In the case of our Odette and Valance designs this is a huge savings! We aren’t offering this deal on tailored versions of these designs this time. 🙂

*If you would like a specific color other than black or black/cream please put that note in the comments field at checkout for us!

Buy the discounted dresses here on the Deal of the Month Page only! No code required (cannot be combined with other coupons/discount codes). You can grab as many as you like through the deal page!

We also won’t name any design names but a couple of these styles are next on our re-do list so they will be disappearing shortly. Now’s your chance!

Sale is only on from Thurs, July 14th to Wednesday, July 19th!!!! MONDAY JULY 24TH!!!!!!!!


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1950s Canadian Summer Fashion and Life

1950s bathing suit canada

Gloomth is not synonymous with 1950s style but we do take inspiration from a variety of eras when designing! I found these photos while rummaging through the Canadian National Archives recently (wow that makes me sound super boring) and thought they were really lovely. The also capture the perfect Summer Mood I think!

They’re all from the 1950s in Canada. 🙂

1952 canada fashion

1956 canada family on picnic

This antler-reading-nook lady is so my patron saint. Just hanging out reading the paper among an array of scary looking moose and deer antlers…..Even her bench has antlers!

older woman reading the paper 1956 canada surrounded in antlers

1956 canada parade float

This parade float is absolutely dreamy. What I like best about the photos I find from the 1950s are the pastel hues that are so garish they’re almost revolting. Everything is frosted seeming.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far! 🙂


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We Are The Weirdos, Mister (Photoshoot!)

the craft bonnie makeup outfit photoshoot gloomth altmodel

Creating a photoshoot inspired by the film “The Craft” has been on my to-do list for years! Here at the ‘Cult that film is sacred, the themes of gaining control as a young woman over the world around you and the oppressive forces you experience for simply being born female are very familiar. “We are the weirdos” embodies exactly who we are as a label, mistfits among misfits and gloriously so. Also we cannot get enough of the 90’s witch girl aesthetic. 😉

So I finally got to tackle this theme with models Em and Sandra Von Ruin! We had tons of fun creating this series and I really think both models captured the magic of being a “teen witch”.

the craft nancy makeup outfit photoshootthe craft teen witch photoshoot school

For the styling in this shoot I wanted to keep the models’ outfits monochromatic. The sharp contrast of white and black worked beautifully against the old brick of a nearby school and with the models’ styles.

the craft makeup bonnie gloomth outfit photoshoot

Sandra created her fearsome Nancy inspired makeup look and I kept Em’s makeup a little more simple for her Bonnie inspired feel. Sandra wore our “Nautical” dress and Em wore our “Anise” dress.

For the photos themselves I wanted the final edits to have a 1990s alternative feel. Simple colors, not heaps of processing, and lots of grain.

the craft bonnie teen witch outfit gloomththe craft inspired photoshoot gloomth

There are tons more photos from this series in the flickr album!

Thank you to both models for helping me create this awesome shoot! It was such a great day and I can’t wait to build more worlds with you both. 🙂


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The Next Photoshoot Party is Sept 10th!

victorian mourning print dress

Come play dress up with the Gloomth team for a day! We are now accepting reservations for our September 10th Photoshoot Party in Toronto!!!!!!! We can’t wait to spend a day celebrating and creating fun art with you!

Tickets are $240 and include a custom tailored dress to keep and a complete makeover and photoshoot! You’re basically paying $90 for the day after the cost of the dress- and the price is in Canadian dollars so an even bigger discount.

Details here.


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10th Anniversary Book Fan Art Contest!

kawaii raver clown onesie gloomth toronto

It’s happening! We are doing a 10th anniversary Gloomth book as part of our celebration of turning 10 this year! We will be releasing it in time to use funds from the sale of the book to help with our anniversary collection and party in Toronto (details soon soon). In the meantime we’d like to include some Fan Art created by our customers, friends, and fans in the book itself!!!!

Since facebook won’t let us post much of anything about a contest over there we will post an album with the submissions there for “voting” (FAN ART CONTEST ALBUM 2017)! Simply LIKE (hearts/interactions etc also count as 1 vote) your favorite piece and the artwork with the most interactions will be the winner!

Our first Fan Art Contest entries can be seen here.


1- Create a piece of VISUAL artwork inspired by Gloomth, whether that’s a drawing/painting, digital art, photo manipulation, sculpture, etc- anything visual! Not writing/poetry please as this contest is just for visual artwork this time. *Art must include one of our designs somehow!* Can even be a discontinued design/item but it needs to have something Gloomth related (flickr albums for inspiration). Cannot be a piece submitted to any of our previous Fan Art contests.

EMAIL IT TO US AS A JPEG. Please just send 1 photo or several photos worked into a collage, we won’t post more than one in the voting album. Email:

2- Get voting/commenting! Tell your friends to come and like/interact with your submission to boost your entry! The biggest prize goes to the art with the most interactions on the photo so get cracking! We will tally the likes/etc August 10th, 2017. Each like/heart/reaction counts as a vote, and each comment posted counts as another vote (one comment per person/name/only will count- don’t spam or it’ll disqualify the art entirely, I mean come onnnn.)


FIRST PRIZE: Artwork submission with the most likes/interactions/comments on the facebook album as of August 10th 2017 will be included in our anniversary book to be published this fall. Winner will get a copy of the book as well as a $100 gift certificate towards anything on our website (not applicable to shipping or event/party tickets).

SECOND PRIZE: Gloomth’s favorite! We’ll pick our favorite submission based on totally arbitrary qualifications and award this person a $75 gift certificate code towards anything on our site- (not applicable to shipping or event/party tickets).

THIRD PRIZE: Second most likes/interactions in the album on facebook gets a $25 gift certificate towards our site- (not applicable to shipping or event/party tickets).

Everyone who submits a piece of artwork to this contest will be emailed a special exclusive discount code towards their next purchase on our site. 🙂


-One entry/art piece per name/person/email/etc.

-One comment on entry per person/name/account etc, if you spam and entry it results in that entry being removed from the gallery and thus losing so don’t please.

-You do not need to be a professional or trained artist to enter this contest. We aren’t judging based on quality or professional level work. The first prize is for likes so if you have lots of people who can participate that’s great, the second is our favorite, and the third is second number of likes. You can win simply by creating something unique!

Questions? Email us! Good Luck!


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Victorian Bathing Machines and Swimwear

victorian swim suit

It wasn’t always easy to spend a day on the beach or lakeside, especially if you happened to be female. Until the Victorian era swimming really wasn’t something “respectable” people did or was only done at spas at the urging of a health practitioner. Medieval folks straight up thought water would kill you (with their limited knowledge of waterborne pathogens and disease control we can see how this concept would develop).

Victorian swimsuits were incredibly cumbersome and even dangerous once wet. They were more like woolly outer-garments worn over the same layers as ordinary clothing of the time. The image below depicts a typical women’s bathing costume of about 1870. Meant to conceal your shape and provide warmth in the water these heavy dresses were leagues away from the bikini’s of today! Obviously once this much wool gets wet you would sink quite quickly, so really not very useful for athletic swimming or anything other than wading about in the shallows.

18th century bathing costume

The Victorian era also saw the development of Bathing Machines. Essentially a wooden room on wheels, a respectable woman would enter the box in her street clothes and change into her equally modest bathing costume within- and then the box would be dragged to the water’s edge by horses. The bather could then exit the Bathing Machine via a set of stairs at the opposite end- sometimes with a canvas scrim to prevent being witnessed by others in a bathing costume (since a woman’s body is a really upsetting, destructive thing especially to see- sigh). She would take a quick swim/wade and then return to the room to change back, no lingering as it’s not like they walled off the womens’ side of the beach- you might still be viewed! It’s important to note men were not expected to use these contraptions or wear all these layers to the beach, at this time they could swim in drawers (a one piece shorts sort of swim-ensemble) or nude (until 1860 when it was made illegal on public beaches). Clearly male bodies aren’t as dangerous to public health and safety as a woman’s. 😉

victorian bathing machines

victorian bathing machines

Thankfully now women have more choices of what to wear to the beach and where to get changed for it. String bikini’s to full burkini’s there are ways to tailor your swim outfit to your beliefs and tastes. For us it was blending something antiquated with modern subculture styles!  Gloomth’s  “Eloise” swimset  is a fun blend of Victorian and Edwardian swim-ensembles with convenient modern elements, light cotton blend fabric and and elastic shorts make for an easy beach-side outfit that’s unique and charming. Just add a giant sun-hat or a parasol. 😉

victorian edwardian swimsuit


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