Monday, June 2, 2014

Behind Maleficient's Style

Did you see Angelina Jolie as Maleficient this weekend?  She was glorious. While I can't say I loved everything about the movie itself, I was smitten with her and the dark fairy Goddess look she rocked.

  Spanish costume designer Manuel Albarran is known for his fashion looks specializing in leather and corsetry.  He collaborated with legendary Hollywood costumer Sandy Powell, milliner Justin Smith and Rob Goodwin on some of the pieces as well. Creature effects and make-up legend Rick Baker created the Lady Gaga-inspired cheek implants.  

While Maleficient's signature horns from the Disney animated version may have evolved from 15th century headpieces called horned hennins, the film depicted them as more woodland creature.  They looked like a cross between a ram's horns and antelope. Her dramatic wings required layers and layers of hand dyed feathers carefully attached to a bone spine. The horns were leather wrapped around a metal base.

Loving the red lipstick?  Your best shot would be M.A.C.'s Maleficient collaboration which has the deep crimson shade in lipstick, gloss and pencil.  The collection also has those dramatic lashes.  Love it.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Youtube Find: How to Dance Goth


A friend posted this on Facebook and made me chuckle.  How to Dance Goth is a stylish little parody for Goths who have a sense humor.  Enjoy.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Jean-Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum


If you are in the New York, it is your last chance to catch The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the Brooklyn Museum.  This gorgeous exhibit is a fantastic tribute not just to the designer's creative achievements, but to his sense of humor as well.

The first gallery revolves around his Virgins and mermaids collection.  It also has his sailor-inspired works as well.  The cheeky mannequins have projected faces on them that sing, glare or flirt with you for a disturbingly entertaining effect.  You can get up close and personal with the clothing to see couture detail involved with each piece.

There is a dark hallway of sculptural corsets that rotate so you can fully see the shape of it.  There is a gallery of his sketches for Madonna's concert tour.  There is a huge gallery of his work that exhibits his love for global cultures that include his very first collection made on an extremely low budget from flea market place mats.

The exhibit also focuses on his love of diversity, not just in aesthetic inspiration, but in people and models as well.  He was one of the first major designers to feature plus sized models on his runway and often used muses that did not fit the mainstream idea of "beauty".

Jean-Paul Gaultier was one of my favorite designer inspirations when I first came to NYC to study fashion design and I love that he continues to create!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Katy Perry's Goth Grammys

Pop's angelic princess broke out in dark chic tonight in her Grammy performance of "Dark Horse".  Onstage with rapper Juicy J, the singer was dressed in glorious Goth style in a light-up crucifix top, shredded ombre skirt, leather heels and spiky crown.

Striking imagery like a stage on flames where she spun around broomsticks like a Salem witch on fire and the sculpted horse that broke apart with the dancers was one of the most dramatic performances (and edgy) of the night.

Is this a new direction for Katy Perry?  Gimmicky or new range?  Did she pull it off?  Let's see your verdict:

 Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Vivienne Westwood Romances the Vienna Ballet


Hello Darlings!  I apologize for neglecting you the past few months as I have been working on some big projects.  I wanted to start the year off by showing you some gorgeous costume designs by Vivienne Westwood for the Vienna State Ballet.

They are not exactly Goth, but romantic as hell with some flirty punk tartan thrown in.  The costumes are being worn by the dancers for an intermission performance during today’s New Year’s Day concert in Austria. 

Black satin ballet shoes, miles of deep wine colored silk taffeta and black tulle… Sexy plaid miniskirts with pom pom dotted legwarmers.  Men in sleekly tailored jackets and oh-so-firm legs. Could you ask for abetter fashion fantasy than that?

Happy 2014 my loves!
Photos by ORF/G√ľnther Pichlkostner

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