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Indie Designers: Amelia Arsenic’s Miss X Aesthetic Laboratories

by Ashley on March 15, 2010


It’s been a long time coming that Amelia Arsenic, the triple threat behind DestroyX & Miss X Aesthetic Laboratories was featured on here.  From a make-up line & accompanying make-up tutorials (Miss X Cosmetics) to a jewelry line (Miss X Jewelry Division) to performing and touring with Angelspit, she really does it all.  Have I mentioned she also does graphic design AND is crafty fashionista (often sewing & designing parts of her wardrobe)?

Phew.  I get exhausted just listing the creative output of this lady, let alone thinking about how she does it all.

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I was instantly struck by Amelia’s make-up line when she launched it several months ago. Vibrant mineral make-up with musically inclined titles like Tonight Tonight and Doll Parts; faux eyelashes showcasing her flare for the theatrical, avant garde, and dramatic; make-up brushes featuring her signature brand & aesthetic.  Her cosmetic line doesn’t just fall in to the trap of being cosmetics, but rather, promotes a lifestyle– “For those who like their lashes long/ Their colors loud/ And their make up fierce/ Make up for the avant garde” — Sounds like my kind of life!

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It wasn’t too long ago that Amelia announced the new jewelry division of her line.  When the line came out, I went head over heels for her “piece de resistance”– the black crest necklace.  My heart nearly shattered when I thought it was sold out with no chance of re-release… so when I saw that it was back in stock, I snatched one up as quickly as possible!

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The Miss X jewelry collection is bold and playful, in Amelia’s signature colors of black, red, and white…. and while some of the pieces may not fit my aesthetic, I can certainly appreciate those who can wear them. I loved seeing how Amelia incorporated them in to her outfits while traveling and performing around the US recently! They looked great against daily wear of t-shirts and scarves, too…

I had the chance to ask Amelia some questions about her Miss X lines, and here’s what she had to say.

Describe the guy/girl who wears/uses Miss X (Jewellery and Cosmetics):
Someone who is not afraid to wear colour and make a statement with their appearance. Most makeup brands are obsessed with natural beauty and predictable glamour, but the Miss X wearer like their makeup fierce and bold.

What are the inspirations for your Miss X lines?

For the current lines I’ve been inspired by popular culture, Andy Warhol, street art and my obsession with pop medical imagery. Since I am also a graphic designer, a lot of my influences are from the world of design. So many typefaces make me giddy with excitement and form the basis for many of my designs.

If you could put any piece from your collection on the body of any person, which piece on who, and why?

I would love to put my crest necklace on Daphne Guiness. She’s a strong woman with an amazing sense of style in many ways similar to my own. She’s not afraid to experiment, go against what everyone else is wearing and wears clothing that defies expectation.

If you could create a collection, without cost, supplies, and inspiration holding you back, what elements would we see in it?

I’d probably create a collection that would be more akin to wearable art, with body armour being a key concept. I’d be interested in working with others who know more about   materials and fabrication than I do, as I come from a graphic design background, so I don’t have as much knowledge as an industrial designer might.

I’d definitely like to dabble with precious metals and stones and create pieces that would have more longevity. That’s one of the things I struggle with, having to make compromises and not being able to use the finest materials available due to cost restraints of the market. I’m never at a loss for inspiration, normally dreaming big is my downfall as I spend all of my money making my crazy visions come to life, only to realise that I need to make some kind of profit somehow!

What can we expect in upcoming collections from Miss X?
I’m currently designing a new jewellery range as we speak which is going to be released in May. It’s inspired by the concept of decay, rogue taxidermy, victorian momento mori and animal anatomy. I’m very excited about exploring new imagery for the new line, as it’s moving away from my signature medical style which I am known for.

The new beauty line which I’m working on concurrently is going to feature brand new packaging, pressed eyeshadow, makeup palettes, new improved formulas and several new colours. We will also be releasing several updated eyelash designs with better included glue and packaging. I’m hoping to up the ante with better production, wider retail distribution and want to create more a community around the brand through tutorials and Miss X events.

Thank you so much, Amelia!


DREX July 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I use the X and Black dragon as my symbols, so I have to say that is amazing!

Empress March 21, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Glad that Ms. X hasn’t forgotten about the Canadians, hate finding cool sites and not being able to order from them!
.-= Empress´s last blog ..Links à la Mode: Weekly Blog Round Up =-.

thealchemist March 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm

oh!! that crest necklace = amazing. the heart earrings = want. thanks for introducing me to miss x jewelry.

Lady Julianne March 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm

The black crest necklace is my favourite too, I think it’s just so elaborate and eyecatching.

Ashe Mischief March 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I can’t tell you how many people come up and touch me when I wear it!

Michelle March 16, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Her new jewelry line sounds AMAZING! I can’t wait to see it released :D
.-= Michelle´s last blog ..Marvelous Monday! =-.

trashtastika March 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I know, she’s brilliant! Of course, Amelia works really, really hard while the rest of us relax and watch telly of a night. I’m so glad to hear about the new range / collection – I’m more into Victoriana and taxidermy than I am medical fetish. I too, had to order the black crest necklace before it sold out again :)
(Love the Bleeding Cowboys font, btw, I used it in my new banner when the website redesign gets finished)
.-= trashtastika´s last blog ..Bunka Fashion College in Shinjuku – graduate accessories exhibition =-.

Ashe Mischief March 31, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I’m excited about the new collection for the same reasons– which is probably why I loved the crest piece so much!

(And isn’t Bleeding Cowboys fantastic? I’m a big fan of its look..)

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