Creepy Couture

Can’t get enough horror and darkness? Take a look at some of fashion’s most haunting – and morbid- looks. Including Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel 2013 “dark fantasy.”

With the smell of corn candy drifting between each nostril and bone chilling stories of lost souls and headless horsemen fresh in our minds, Halloween is did not end at the strike of midnight. Fashion designers have been known to shock audiences with extravagant, avant-garde shows and looks; but what happens when the light burns out?

Fashion’s love affair with punk and gothic culture began in the late 1970s early 80s with the birth of counterculture and presence of rock and roll music. Underground film, music and art gave rise to punk sub-culture, promoting non-conformity in both ideological practices and fashion.

Dr. Marten’s and Converse; mohawks and neon hair; spikes and plaid dominated punk fashion. Punk and gothic saw a revival at the 2013 Met Ball, the theme being ” Punk: Chaos to Culture.”

Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Spring- Summer 2013 was a grim and “dark fantasy” of matted hair, dark and doll-like eye makeup and a palate of washed-out whites and glistening blacks.

Alexander McQueen’s iconic Autumn-Winter 2006 collection “The Widows of Callouden” paid tribute to Scotland’s gloomy history; a ghost-like hologram of Kate Moss gazed over the audience.  McQueen’s 1992 Master Thesis collection “Jack the Ripper Stalks his Victims” featured strands of human hair.

Let’s not forget John Galliano’s Autumn-Winter 2007 collection of blood red gowns, smeared eye-liner, and choppy 1920s-esque bobs. Models resembled broken baby-dolls adorned in tinted veils and feathers.


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