Pack up your bags and join Lady Marmelade on this adventure to bring the novel central character to life and plan an incredible exhibition !


The project

When a 19th century British aristocrat, with hair as inflamed as her temper, decides to flee to the other side of the world from an arranged marriage, surrealistic and fanciful events are to be expected. We need you in order to bring the novel's main character to life and organize an unforgettable exhibition.   


A few years ago, Chimère, a French painter from Lille whose work has already inspired me a lot, offered me to write the story around his new series : "The extraordinary journey of Lady Marmelade.”  




We have talked  so much about this character and her Victorian, Jules Vernian, Lolita background, that somehow she seemed to want to get out of the pages. I wanted to embody her badly, to become Lady Marmelade. The idea was thus to take pictures that would be incorporated in the 10 paintings, each depicting a chapter of the story. These pictures could also contribute to our future exhibition. 




There was no way to accept a botch job on those pictures, so our duo was joined by the photographer Sophie Boss, specialized in heroines portraits and make-up artist Leucosie. As regular accomplices of my photographic deliriums they shared the same interests and felt equally in love with Chimère’s Lady Marmelade.   Now all we needed was to dress this Lady. It was obvious that this fancy character leaving in a fantasy world couldn’t wear one shabby frock on all pictures so we went on quite a quest to find the perfect costume designer. She would have to understand perfectly the universe of lady Marmelade and create 10 unique and wonderful costumes for our project.   That’s when Clara Maeda came in the picture. Her golden fingers are well-known in the Lolita community and we are more than delighted to count her in. Now our little tribe is finally complete to organize a real exhibition, but in order to create our material means time and therefore money. That is when Kisskissbankbank is going to be useful.   




This fantastic idea couldn’t come true without my team:


Chimère is a graphic plotter and a lowbrow painter who created the crazy Lady Marmelade. In French Chimère means chimera and the multiple facets of this awful creature are to him a reminiscent that painting too is a fascinating and yet untamable beast. Mystery, stupor, wonder, distress, horror or even love are all thrown together on its canvas in the form of colors, textures. All in all enticing impressions to the eye. When he fancies it, he switches his palette for a digital tablet. With Lady Marmelade, he composes one of his finest pieces, an exotic reverie which takes the viewer far away from modern and mournful times.

Chimère's website


Sophie Boss has the soul of a long distance voyageur; she is Lady Marmelade Project photographer. She cruises with her hypersensibility in between all forms of Art, equipped with a ceaseless curiosity and a constant need for creation. Photography (for which she was rewarded with a Estée Lauder Pink Ribbon Award in 2012) was a late stopover for her, after lyrical singing and Art History. Perhaps this explains why she likes to wander there in front or behind the camera where she captures fabulous characters like precious butterflies, as only a naturalist would do. In 2013, she collects all of her belongings and is ready to follow Lady Marmelade with her eyes wide shut. The most beautiful Odysseus start with both intuition and inspiration.

Sophie's website 

Sophie's Facebook page


Leucosie is a fine fencer, yet she wields her make-up brushes with the same skill as she does her épée. She is Lady Marmelades project make-up artist. Don’t ever trust her angel face as she is the fiercest lady there is and fights for a world where mythologies are certainties and book characters are flesh and blood and she certainly would have been Lady Marmelade’s best friend. Her fairy dust strokes will be the perfect finishing touch to the Lady.

Leucosie's website


Clara Maeda is a common thread weaver, she forms bonds and friendships between France and Japan as well as she ties ribbons. She can stitch together the “Once upon a time” of the past with today’s fairytales. She will be our amazing costume designer. Her creations come from old dusty grimoires and secret gardens and they transform your silhouette as an allegory for Hapiness. Her love for the 18th century is best known in the fantastic world of “lolitas” yet  for Lady Marmelade, she stops off a little further into the great Time tapestry and places her magic needles in a more Victorian era.

Clara's website

Clara's Facebook Page 


Why fund it?

To pay for Clara’s, Sophie’s and Leucosie’s fees and material

pictures + photoshop =  1000 euros

make-up + hair design + original sketches = 960 euros

10 costumes  + original sketches = 4000 euros


If we exceed our goal, the rest of the money will go to :

Print the digital paintings of Chimère for the exhibition

Print the pictures of Sophie for the exhibition

Plan a website for both the exhibition and the book

Print the exhibition book (different from the novel, which will thank all the people who contributed to the campaign)

Plan an audio interaction system with the paintings during the exhibition


What do I do if I don’t have any money ? Please share this page ! Crowdfunding is about community !


Show us your support ! Make your own badge or sticker, take a picture, and send it to, you’ll be part of your very own Facebook album and it will warm our little hearts.  

Feeling like creating a fanart? ESend it or its picture to, we will put it in the exhibition book (different from the novel) if we have enough money to print one.

Lucie Béluga

Lucie Béluga est un costume porté par une adulte aimant se déguiser, écrire des romans jeunesse et inventer des recettes farfelues. En 2011, par manque de contacts pour mes romans, je décide de sortir un petit livre appelé Cuisine Kawaï (éditions Tana) qui me permet de commencer en 2012, une collaboration fructueuse avec l’application Cylapp d’histoires... See more

FAQ Questions about the project

+ C'est pour financer quoi?

Une expo autour d'un de mes livres jeunesse

+ Le financement participatif (crowdfunding ) c'est quoi ?

+ Pourquoi tu demandes pas à une banque ?

Pour créer un peu de buzz, parce que je veux que beaucoup de monde connaisse le travail des artistes et le mien.

+ Toi tu y gagnes quoi?

Je ne touche pas l'argent de la collecte, c'est pour financer les artistes participant au projet. Moi j'y gagne le fait de faire connaître le roman et une chouette expérience artistique (et c'est déjà pas mal.)

+ Je vais pas te donner un euro, c'est débile non?

Il n'y a pas de petit montant, si tous nos followers/contacts nous donnaient un euro chacun la campagne avancerait bien vite. Votre euro peut faire la différence et on vous le rendra bien un jour ou l'autre.

+ Elle sera où l'expo ?

Nous n'avons pas encore de lieu, vous pouvez nous laisser vos idées ou propositions en commentaire.

+ Comment on fait pour lire le livre?

Pour le moment le seul moyen est de participer :)

Newest comments

@sathmo, ravie que ça vous ait plu, n'hésitez-pas à nous envoyer une photo du pot ou de la dégustation ! Et n'oubliez pas d'indiquer que vous avez bien reçu votre contribution (dans le lien donné avec l'email vous prévenant de la réception.) Merci pour votre soutien.
J ai bien reçu le jolie colis pour le lendemain de Noël;) Merci merci beaucoup c est génial et super bon . Merci a vous . Hâte de voir la suite de ce projet.
Merci Faustine, on essaie de rattraper le silence des premiers mois (Leucosie m'aide bien en ce moment pour ça) et on a la chance d'avoir une équipe solide avec laquelle le projet avance sûrement. C'est peut-être plus lent que prévu (aucun de nous n'est vraiment un chef de projet en dehors de celui-ci alors c'était un peu nouveau comme tâche et plus complexe à organiser que je l'imaginais), mais nous voulons faire en sorte de faire de notre mieux. Enfin maintenant nous tâcherons d'être toujours en contacts avec nos contributeurs, même si je n'ai pas touché personnellement à la collecte, chacun d'entre vous participe à donner à la vie à un projet qui me, qui nous tient très à coeur. Dans ce sens, chacun d'entre vous est important, même si je suis un peu maladroite et désorganisée.