I enjoyed myself very much at the show – costumes this year were better than ever, macabre and dark and over the top. I saw lots of inspiring things to illustrate but my energies went in other directions this week.
The one doodle that developed into something lovely is a sketch of Pastel Supernova from Fritz Helder and the Phantoms. They opened the show and their costumes were so graphic and awesome they just screamed to be drawn. They were styled by the very talented Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil. They all had these amazing makeup jobs, swarovski crystals affixed to their heads giving them skull-faces. Pastel in particular looked so cute in her paper-doll dress, knotty ponytail and pointy boots, and she always poses for maximum effect in pictures.
All of the performances and fashions were wonderful to watch.
For myself, I took the opportunity to dress up seriously and got a bit out of character – I’m usually very low-maintenance, so when I get myself up on high heels, contact lenses and hairspray, even my friends do double takes.
The costume was from my school days – my only avant garde piece. I did bring along the spine and ribs, but it was too heavy to wear to party so I left it in coat check. It is fun to be dressed up but I couldn’t wait to pop out the contacts and switch to flip-flops in the cab ride home.
I’m leaning back in the picture because Anita is poking me in the eye with her horned mask. She asked me to make it for her based on this picture of Grace Jones, and I think for a improvisation the mask turned out very well. Thanks so much to Gail for taking the picture and letting me use it. We had a great time!