Saturday, 21 October 2017

Dressing Up? A Sartorial Look At Halloween 4/4: Frankenstein's Monster #halloweencostume @MadWorld_UK ‏

DC Editor Adam writes…

Are you dressing-up for our Halloween Ghost walks? Today I'm looking at the famous monsters of movieland from a sartorial perspective. This final post looks at the sartorial disaster that is Frankenstein's Monster…




Frankenstein’s Monster



Here, our model shows the customary two YARDS of cuff…

 


What the…? 


The sleeves, dear boy. It’s not a good look. And it bothers me twice over because it reveals a lack of thought behind Doctor Frankenstein’s otherwise perfectly reasonable scheme of playing God and monkeying about with mortality.


When digging up the bodies and killing the victims for their bits, couldn’t the lazy Doc just have kept the clothes, folded them neatly and put them to one side ready in preparation for the moment when he threw the lever and the monster walked? It’s just bad planning.


And the shoes? Eeeew. Don’t start me. Clumpy barely begins to cover them. Worse even than City types on the tube wearing a suit and (gulp) training shoes. O! The horror…



Here’s Boris in action…







And a fancy dress recommendation? Try Mad World Costume Hire at Old Street. Their website is here: madworldfancydress.com





Our Halloween London Walks…

















A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



Dressing Up? A Sartorial Look At Halloween 3/4: The Mummy #halloweencostume @CostumeBoutique


DC Editor Adam writes…


Are you dressing-up for our Halloween Ghost walks? Today I'm looking at the famous monsters of movieland from a sartorial perspective. We've already looked at Dracula and The Wolfman. Now here's the toughest look of 'em all. The Mummy…


The Mummy

I will be VERY impressed to meet a London Walker in full-blown Mummy costume on one of my Halloween ghost walks. In fact I'd go so far to say that if I do meet a Mummy bandaged from head-to-toe, then I'll give her or him a free walk to compensate for he HOURS it would take to get the look just right!



From a sartorial point of view, however, it's not a good look. Drab drab drab. Can The Mummy accessorize? Cufflinks, perhaps? In Scarob beetle blue? Or even, instead of bandages, why not add a few stocks or cravats to the mix?



The Mummy features in the most recent London Walks Podcast…








If you are dressing up for Halloween, this post's tip for costume hire is Costume Boutique in W10. Visit their website here: www.costumeboutique.co.uk


Visits to Costume Boutique are by appointment only so do call or email to arrange a date.




Our Halloween London Walks…
















A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



Dressing Up? A Sartorial Look At Halloween 2/4: The Wolfman #halloweencostume


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DC Editor Adam writes…


Are you dressing-up for our Halloween Ghost walks? Today I'm looking at the famous monsters of movieland from a sartorial perspective. Earlier I wrote about Dracula's cape, and here I dissect the horrors of Wolfman's wardrobe…


The Wolf Man

Committing Double Denim: I don’t care if you ARE The Wolf Man, you can howl all you like, but it’s just a bad look.


In fact, maybe that’s WHY he’s howling so much. How would you feel if you had to wear a work shirt and denims combo in public. Unless you’re theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn, of course. Doesn’t seem to upset him too much. Or the Marlboro Man.


And at least Sir Trev’s beard is neater.  Which brings us to the hair…




Talk about spine chilling. What size of hat would go over such a barnet? 14 and 15/16ths?




The Wolfman and the legend of the werewolf features in this episode of the London Walks Podcast…





If you are getting into The Wolfman look for Halloween, then you should definitely check out London's best theatrical makeup shop the old Charles Fox in Covent Garden - now Kryolan City London at 22 Tavistock Street. Find them here…



Next post… Get The Mummy Look


Our Halloween London Walks…














A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



Dressing Up? A Sartorial Look At Halloween 1/4: The Cape #halloweencostume @Escapade_UK


DC Editor Adam writes…

Are you dressing-up for our Halloween Ghost walks? Today I'm looking at the famous monsters of movieland from a sartorial perspective, three posts starting with…


The Dracula Cape


The opera cape is always a good look for a villain. And we have the original movie Dracula, Bela Lugosi, to thank for bringing the costume to the role.

 

Lugosi had originally played Dracula on stage, where the long opera cloak was employed to conceal trap doors in the stage to make the wicked Count’s disappearances more sudden and dramatic.


Spencer Tracy adopts it for his Doctor Jekyll (and, of course, Mr Hyde) in the 1941 movie…


And right here in London, the popular myth of the gentleman killer in the Jack the Ripper case is, for many, incomplete without the swirl of an opera cape in the smog.



This last, persistent image, for many, functions as a metaphor: a wealthy man descending upon the poor and causing untold suffering, mirroring the real life modus operandi of many a mill and factory owner.



Christopher Lee retained look when he took over the fangs in 1958 – why spoil a winning formula?



Here’s Christopher Lee in action…







It's also a look favoured by our very own Duke of Darkness Shaughan when he leads his Saturday night ghost walk…










This post's tip for Halloween Fancy Dress Hire… Escapade in Camden

Their website is here: www.escapade.co.uk/



Next Post… Get the Wolf Man Look



Our Halloween Walks for 2017…















A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.