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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! Fashion Inspired Costumes

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Do fashionistas just squee at Halloween?  It's the holiday where good judgement and inhibitions are lost and impractical style fantasies are realized.  I always dressed in fashion inspired costumes for trends I loved or pop culture looks that seeped into the media conscience.

When I worked in a corporate office, it was a struggle to blend workplace-appropriate attire with a great character.  I got away with A Clockwork Orange's Alex de Winter by just putting on a bowler hat and dramatic single eyelash for all of my fellow art-school grads to get it.  Another office-friendly Halloween look was my favorite Edith Head inspired character, Edna Mode from the Incredibles.  All I needed here was a V-neck black dress, long cigarette holder, big round glasses and wig.

Steampunk has a chic aesthetic blending craftmanship, intricate embellishment and period dress.  Hubby and I paired up with coordinating outfits.  He worked in a burnished leather John Varvatos jacket with handmade leather and brass hat and goggles.  I wore a Steampunk corset with a headpiece and skirt I made from silk brocade decorated in antiqued brass clock gears.

I love to put a fashiony spin on Gothic movie characters.  I bought a frothy red prom dress ($10) on Ebay and made a big red tulle veil to dress up as Beetlejuice's Lydia.  Another year, when Amanda Seyfried's Red Riding Hood came out, I paired a crushed velvet cape with black leather dress and Hubby wore a vintage red and black smoking jacket with wolf-head hat.

This year, I mixed several of my favorite things.  The elaborate  looks of  Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) was my muse for makeup.  I have always been obsessed with the Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy red butterfly hat, so I made an outfit of red monarchs and butterfly embroidered satin bustier dress.

Are you wearing a fashion inspired costume this Halloween?  Who are you dressing up as?

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