What Are You Wearing?

Reanna "MissConstrued" Diehl's Spikes and Gothic-Glam Designs

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What sort of fashion do you create? I definitely love the spikes and stuff for sure. I call my designs more of like a "Gothic-glam" type of design where it has some aesthetics of the Gothic trade that are spiky or with dark lace trim on the outside. But I also like it to be bright and fun, so I tell everybody it's "Gothic glamorous" style. I don't really know what else to call it because it's so random. I also call it alternative fashion because it lumps it all together, but it's mostly the Gothic glam type of thing.

What's the last thing you designed? My snapbacks, they're a popular item so that's an every night thing. I'm making hats every day of my life. I'm working on some nice new tops that I'm coming up with that are a little showy. They're kind of like swim tops, they're short, little like mini camis.

What's your favorite thing that you've ever created? I would have to say Cataclysm's piece from the Medusa runway event, because it was kind of challenging. I used yarn and all different kinds of foreign materials and made it into an art piece, actually. It was very challenging and messy and fun to create.

What's your favorite item of clothing in your closet? Honestly, that would be my houndstooth-print shoes that I got in Vegas. And I love, love, love my hair bows. I have this massive collection of hair bows from obviously all the designers here. Every time I'm here I buy a new one.

What's your creation process like? I'm influenced from all over the place. Usually it's some crazy imaginary thing that I get in my head when I'm driving. I'm like, "Oh, that would be really cool to make," or "Someone hasn't made a clear swim suit yet, I'm going to do that!" They're like random ideas that pop in my head. That's why usually my collections are really small, I have random inspirations from all over the place.

Like what? Who are some of your style icons? Oh man, I'm influenced from so many different things, it's hard to say that there's one that influences me at random. My biggest influence isn't really a designer, it's Tim Burton, who's more of an artist and who obviously who inspires a lot of people. You know, I'm really drawn to the dark arts. I'm more inspired by music. Pretty much what I listen to just inspires me to create and go.

Which is? I listen to Pierce the Veil a lot, they're my favorite band. So, I'm inspired a lot by them and I listen to a lot of rap music, so different things like Atmosphere. I'm all over the place.

What do you like to accessorize with? Bows. No really, that's like the main thing in my life is my hair bows and I'm always rocking some bracelets but I wear a lot of whatever designer is selling in my store most of the time, so like Project Pinup and Torture Couture.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.