Thursday, October 26, 2017

Guillermo Del Toro Brings Monsters to Toronto

Do you need a great exhibit to visit this Halloween? The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is hosting the Guillermo Del Toro At Home With Monsters show. The exhibit is inspired by his personal collection, housed in a creepy mansion.
Expect to find lots of Frankenstein and other classic monsters. Lots of art and memorabilia from his films and monsters of his own making. The stunning costumes of his Gothic masterpiece, Crimson Peak. Lots of comic art and set pieces, props from Hellboy 2, The Golden Army.
His inspirations, like insects, death, mourning culture and his use of color are explored.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Vacay at Dracula's Castle

Can you think of a more epic Halloween night? Air BNB is running a contest to do a sleepover at the famous Castle Bran, (aka Dracula's Castle) in Romania. You get to sleep in a plus velvet lined coffin.

Dracula author Bram Stoker reportedly used this castle as his muse in writing the legendary story, though he never visited himself. Instead, you have the chance to be hosted in this amazing locale by his great-nephew, "vampire expert" Dacre Stoker.

The mythic Dracula was inspired by Vlad the Impaler. To enter this contest, you need to write a short passage on what you would say to Dracula if you met him. You would be delivered to the castle in a horse-drawn carriage and dine on a "blood-enriching" meal. As a guest, you will still need to respect residency rules, like no garlic or silver jewelry.

So are you ready to enter the AirBNB Dracula's Castle contest for Halloween? Enter here.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Gary Graham's Noir-Tastic Fashion Film

Fall fashion campaigns are being unleashed upon us. My favorite one so far has to be Gary Graham's spooky, dark, gorgeous fashion film with a Gothic fashion look to it. I love that it stars equally edgy creative women like Parker Posey, Gina Gershon, artists Kara Walker and Sunrise Ruffalo. Each woman represents a different archetype, like Kara Walker as The General, Parker Posey as The Magician, etc.

The clothing includes intricately embellished gowns to tailored separates, artfully draped. 
The backdrops are beautiful, haunted house scenes of chaos and age. The film acts as a series of video portraits of all of these archetypes, but styled in the most impressive way possible. I wish they would produce this live as a theater piece in lieu of the runway...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy World Goth Day - What Kind of Goth Are You?

Struggling with an identity crisis? Don't want to have your persona generalized into one type of Goth? Nylon magazine has helpfully published a definitive guide to modern Goths. The guide is delightfully illustrated by Liz Riccardi.

New types of Goth I have only recently been made aware of include Health Goths and the fashion style of "Gothleisure". This goes in the face of the stereotype of sullen, moping, inactive emo waifs. Ever conscious of death, the Health Goth takes care of themselves. They wear their dark lipstick to their gym and have Leikeili47 on their gym iPod. Of course, they love their Y-3 black and white graphic workout gear.

Related to Health Goth is the Beach Goth. Contrary to popular belief, Goths do enjoy the sun and beach. It also gives an excuse for frilly parasols, shades and elaborate hats. There are Bret Easton Ellis Goths for preppy dark souls. You are already familiar with Tim Burton Goths, fashion Goths and Victorian Goths. Cyber Goths have been growing in popularity the last decade with funky new gadgets and high-tech fashion elements.

Want to sort yourself out? Read the Nylon Goth Guide and have a wonderful World Goth Day!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pop Culture Reigns at the Steampunk World's Faire

Piscataway, New Jersey was home to the largest Steampunk convention in the country this weekend. The Steampunk World's Faire was spread over two hotels and the outdoor space in between, there were shows, readings, signings and fashion shows wrapped up in a 3 day weekend. The biggest show for me is the cosplay display of Steampunk.

Anyone can put on a pair of goggles or wrap themselves into a brown corset. The ones who really do it well take their favorite pop culture figure and re-imagine it completely as a Steampunk character. That's usually an upgrade. Taking a simpler character and giving it a time period makeover with fancier gear to match.

At the 2016 Steampunk World's Faire, I saw tributes for a lot of retro characters. My favorite was the Steampunk Ghostbusters (above) who created intricate proton packs to accompany their stylish outfits. Also in the photo is a Steampunk Scarecrow from Batman who seems much creepier than the comical one.
steampunk fashion

How cool is this Steampunk Wizard of Oz family? I also saw a group of cosplayers that I originally thought were just dressed in period garb. At second glance, I realized that their primary colors and embroidered insignia indicated they were in an alternate reality of Star Trek, representing the different colors of their occupations.

A very popular theme this year was Alice in Wonderland. Kings and Queens of Hearts, The Walrus & the Carpenter, Alice, Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit made their presence known in Steampunk style.

Stay tuned for more fashion from Steampunk World's Faire.


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