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

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Style: Mask Round-up

I have no doubt that Courtesan Macabre readers know how to put together a Halloween costume... So, instead, I'm going to advocate that we all dress impeccably and enhance our beauty with a gorgeous mask.  I searched my favorite boutiques and have gathered my favorite pieces of wearable art for your ensembles tonight...

I found that I had a fondness for aviary looks this season.  The cut leather bird mask had a simple but dramatic silhouette enhanced by its height.  The red and black feather mask could pass for an elaborate hairstyle.

The Venetian look is always elegant.  Modern crafters and designers are giving their own take on the classic look.  Vivo Masks have an antiqued silver mask reminiscent of ancient theatrical productions.  The carved resin fire dragon mask is a sculpture for the face.

Mixing wood grain and metal studs mask has a Steampunk look for the guys who want something more masculine. The lacy blue butterfly mask mixes modern laser cut techniques with traditional flourishes for a pretty feminine look.

Last but not least, there was a great leather and light-up mask that looked like it had classic soutache embroidery motifs except the look was achieved in glowing EL Wire.  

Now get thee to a masked ball already!


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