Amy Lee is coming out of the closet in Evanescence's new video with a wardrobe she designed herself.
Lee sports two of her own designs in the clip for "Going Under," which was shot in Berlin three weeks ago by Philip Stolzl. On the heels of "Bring Me to Life," whose video Stolzl also directed, "Going Under" is the second single off Evanescence's debut, Fallen.
The designs came to her while she was nursing an illness in a hotel in Los Angeles, where the video was originally scheduled to be filmed. The shoot, which called for an underwater scene, didn't happen, but Lee put her bedridden hours to good use. Not only did she sketch out both outfits, she even stitched one herself.
"It's white and has a lot of shreds," she said of the Goth-tinged garment. "It reminds me of something someone who died would wear. It's a long dress, ripped up. Different shreds of different fabric, just flying around underwater.
"The other one, that I wear onstage, is a corset. I worked with a designer on that one. I designed it and he took it from there."
The video is expected to surface by the end of the month, according to a Wind-Up Records spokesperson. And although the label has yet to officially service the song to radio, some stations — especially those sponsoring multi-band festivals that have featured Evanescence in the past few weeks — have already been giving it spins.
"The lyrics are about coming out of a bad relationship," Lee said. "And when you're at the end of your rope, when you're at the point where you realize something has to change, that you can't go on living in the situation that you're in. It's cool. It's a very strong song."
Lee's turn as clothing designer furthers her independent and self-assured image, a trait certainly not lost on her fans. She claims the reason why she started designing her own clothes is because she couldn't find anything in stores to match the ideas in her head.
"I wear lots of funky stuff onstage," she said. "I like to mix it up. I like to use two basic elements for my clothing: rock — you know, metal and chains and stuff — mixed with fairies and drama and Victorian clothing — fantasy."
That last word shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's glimpsed the raven-haired metal sprite wearing purple butterfly wings in concert.
"Honestly I just wear what I like. You know why? 'Cause I can," she giggled. "I'm a rock star."