Dita Von Teese leaves the Chateau Marmont looking like a ghost of Hollywood past in a black velvet dress and cape. See all of the unintentional art in celebrity candids here.
Today we start celebrating a week long countdown to Halloween with the first of our characters for our annual Costume Extravaganza. For the past 5 years now we’ve done multiple costumes that we share leading up to Halloween – this year is the best so far. You can take a look at our past Extravaganzas here on our flickr.
You might know these two goth queens from their popular Livejournal in 2001, where they share their dark poetry, complaints about their moms and their life long devotion to their dream guy Trent Reznor. On the left is Morbidia666 with her best friend Opium_teardrop out at the Industrial music night on Tuesday at the club. While the red and purple lights move over them they dance and swoop like bats, a sorrowful expression of the utter darkness in their souls. Any photographic evidence of them looking anything but utterly crushed by the sadness of the world is a result of a few too many 3 dollar highballs.
Lara Stone, Mariacarla Boscono, Freja Beha, Dahpne Groeneveld & Crystal Renn by Mert & Marcus for Vogue Paris, October 2010
This stunning, stark black and white Mert & Marcus editorial, beautifully titled ‘Bal Masqué’ and starring five of my favourite models celebrated Vogue Paris’ 90th anniversary. A wonderful costume party accompanied the launch of the issue, and the cover has gone down as one of the most beautiful of recent years. It’s one of my favourite covers of all time, such a delightful celebrations of Lara Stone’s bosom space. I especially enjoy revisiting this editorial around Halloween, when masks and capes are all I want to look at.
This sexy, dark editorial from 2010 is one of my favorites by photographer Nick Knight, who loves to take silhouettes to the extreme and always has a beautiful sense of motion in his work.
“Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire,” the fall Costume Institute exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which opens to the public on Tuesday, is a powerful reminder of how, during much of the 19th century, the mourner’s wardrobe was distinctly defined, and how it evolved at various stages of grief. The show is arranged chronologically from 1815 through 1915, with about 30 looks, two of which are men’s-specific and one is for a little girl. The theme may come off as a little morbid, but far from sad. Instead, it’s a study of a past ritual that was mainly expressed via fabrics, i.e., matte right after the death of a beloved, with a gradual introduction of color, pattern and even shine as the mourner works through the grief. (text from here)