Thursday, October 14, 2010


Halloween: the season of costumes and spooky parties.  Hmmm.  I want something bizarrely fantastic -- straight out of Victorian Gothic fiction.

Where do I turn for inspiration?  Naturally, to Tim Burton. The master of Gothic imagery in cinema has visualized it all for me.  Tim Burton's Magical Fashion.

Tim Burton-inspired, from Harpers Bazaar

Tim Burton-inspired, from Harpers Bazaar

Look to any incarnation of Johnny Depp in Burton's films - even something as juvenile as "Alice in Wonderland" or "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".  It's magically mad.

Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) in Tim Burton's
"Alice in Wonderland"

Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) in
Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

Tim Burton's female characters are a Goth's heroines.  Remember Winona Ryder in "Beetlejuice"?

Winona Ryder in Tim Burton's

Even the White Queen has a deranged quality to her.

White Queen (Anne Hathaway) in
Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"

So what are the elements of the Victorian Gothic look?  We're talking great-grandmother materials: heavy taffeta, velvet, lace, strings of crystal jewelry or silver works - in black or a dusky mauve.  Black leather lends a dangerous edge.  I'm thinking Edward Scissorhands.  Finally, your pasty face and dark, hollowed eyes will draw you right into Tim Burton's magical world.

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