Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Unlikely Horror Icon: Lydia Deetz

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Halloween is less than a week away and I'm getting pretty excited. It's safe to say that the spooky season is one of my favourite times of year. I've decorated my living room, been binging on horror films and have pumpkins just waiting to be carved. The only thing that I haven't got prepared is my costume. Ooops! I usually like to wear something different from what's featured on the blog for my Halloween festivities but at least I know I have this outfit as a back up. And it's not a bad back up, even if I do say so myself.

My look is based on Winona Ryder's character in Beetlejuice, Lydia Deetz. She has some awesomely scary style throughout the film but this particular getup is based on her wedding outfit. Granted, my dress doesn't have quite as many frills as in the film but it's red and there is a subtle wave of fabric going on. In place of a veil I opted for my Crown & Glory headband. This baby has done me through quite a few Halloweens now but I can be found wearing it at other times of the year. I added this skull necklace because I love the coulourful little details, rather Tim Burton-esque if you ask me. The shoes were actually a last minute switch. I'd been planning on some black boots but then came across these zig-zag numbers, the black and white is perfect for the Beetlejuice world. I've had them for absolutely ages and love them to bits. They weren't the most practical for wandering around a graveyard in the dark though, that's for sure.

Flower crown | Crown & Glory
Dress | The Vintage Weigh and Pay
Necklace | c/o Kitsch Kitty
Tights | Primark
Shoes | Irregular Choice
Rings | Made by me
 
Again, as with my Eleven look, the finishing touch was the hairstyle. Or in this case, the fringe style. Lydia certainly has a distinctive look when it comes to bangs and I couldn't miss out on giving it a go. I would be quite happy to wear this outfit for a night out but the spiky fringe is what takes this to the realm of costume. Well that and my incredibly pale face.

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I absolutely love Beetlejuice. It's definitely up there on my list of favourite Tim Burton movies. What I love most  about Tim Burton films is his very distinctive style - creepy and cartoonish in just the right ways. Even when I'm not a huge fan of the story, the styling is usually spot on. My top five goes a little something like this and makes for some rather ghoulish Halloween viewing (and it's in order, that never happens!):

5.)  Sleepy Hollow
A good old fashioned ghost story done rather well. Plus it has Christina Ricci in it and she's just fabulous and endlessly watchable in her own weird way.

4.) The Nightmare Before Christmas
Not directed by Burton but being based on his story and characters it certainly has a lot of him in it. In my head this is more of a Christmas film than a Halloween film but it certainly works for both. The stop motion animation is stunning and the songs are rather fun too.

3.) Beetlejuice
It has a tiny model village, monsters and some genuinely terrifying scenes. Not to mention the set design, costumes and Winona Ryder. Michael Keaton's over the top performance is just the right side of annoying and Catherine O'Hara is brilliant as Lydia's mother.

2.) Edward Scissorhands
Again the sets, costumes and over all style of this film are spot on and the tale of an outsider being accepted and then rejected from society is rather moving. Plus it has Vincent Price and that can only be a good thing.

1.) Mars Attacks!
This may not be everyone's favourite but it's my number one! I love the colours, costumes, craziness and cameos in this wonderfully ridiculous sci-fi film. I remember ordering the book from one of those school book clubs purely based on the cover, which was an image from the film. When I finally saw the film it did not disappoint. It may seem slightly clunky and awkward at times but that just makes me love it more.

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What are your favourites from the Burton back catalogue? And what will you be doing, watching and wearing this Halloween? I want to know all the Deetz ;)  

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