Halloween may have been a few days ago, However, after Christmas it is my favourite holiday. Who doesn’t enjoy dressing up, binging on sweets and watching Hocus Pocus pretty much every day for the whole month?
I’ve loved Halloween for as long as I can remember. It’s a holiday that get’s me inspired to think out of the box when it comes to costumes. I feel because I love fashion so much I should always incorporate a fashion element to my costumes. This all started back when I went to work dressed up as a dead Mickey Mouse. The whole outfit was made myself, this was where I fell even more in love with Halloween. After this, I remember throwing ideas at my brother and sister for next Halloween. This is where my Halloween Photoshoots came to life. I would come up with an idea for each of them and try and incorporate some element of fashion towards them. Our very first Halloween photoshoot consisted of my Sister as a witch and my brother as an old school zombie. I can’t find any photographs of this photoshoot, plus it wasn’t very good as it was the first one I ever did. Fast forward a year and I came up with the idea that my sister would be a dead bride and my brother dressed as the doll from “Dead Silence” Billy.
My sister was dressed in our Mum’s wedding dress that had been sat in a box up in the attic ever since she got married. I added a few net curtains to it to give the dress volume and I added a tonne of chiffon to act as a veil. I face painted my sister’s face but she had a reaction to the face paint on her hands which kind of ruined the whole photoshoot as we didn’t have any gloves to cover her hands. But the over all photography was very striking. My brother’s outfit was pretty much from my own wardrobe. A white shirt teamed up with a blazer and red bow tie just like the doll from Dead Silence. We took the photos up in the attic to give it a more eerie setting.
Year on year I tried to up the ante with thinking of better photoshoots and outfits. The next photoshoot came to my head as I just love anything vintage. I had the idea of my sister becoming a Dead 1950’s housewife, hell-bent on revenge as she was killed by her husband. The cliché of stereotypes. I wanted the look to have the identifiable look of a housewife, for example, the pinafore dress and the notorious pin curl hair. Though she was dead I also wanted her to still remain “perfect” just like a 1950’s housewife would. The look was very monochromatic which also gave the illusion that she was just like out of a black and white TV. For my brother, I came up with the idea of him to become an “Escapee Mental Institute patient” Which worked so well. My brother’s acting along with the costume and photography really worked well. A simple hospital gown and some crazy make-up around the eyes was all that was needed for this costume.
In between these photos and the ones I’m about to talk about next I did a circus photoshoot which didn’t turn out to be too good, so I won’t be sharing the photography but I made the characters of a Lion Tamer that had been mauled by the lion. A very scary, spooky clown and a tightrope walker that had fallen so many times she had to sew herself back together. If you have me on Facebook I’m sure you can find the album to this photoshoot.
Now to the photoshoot I loved doing this most. My “Practical Magic” photoshoot. This photoshoot was so fun to do and we were all so impressed with the final outlook. Again, I wanted this pristine witch look which a lot of movies had played around with. So I purchased a long, grey wig and a little black dress. With the look, we added lots of brooches that my late nan had gotten over her life, which added the perfect amount of mystery to the look. A dark make-up and more accessories and we were away. Though she was a pristine witch, I also wanted her to have a scary and spooky side, seen in the picture to the right. As a collective, the photos were very imaginative and so fun. This was the last time I was with my siblings for Halloween as one went off to uni and the other just didn’t want to do photos anymore. So I had to think out of the box and think what can I achieve on my own. Something that I haven’t done before.
The next Halloween came around and I had my idea. I would become Maleficent. The male, fashionista version of Maleficent. My first idea was dress all in black but how can I make it fashionable. So I purchased some high waisted black cigarette trousers as my base. I then purchased a black chiffon shirt to make sure it tied in with all the fabrics in the outfit. I added a boa of feathers to the shirt to make it more fashionable and also a villain-esque quality to it. I purchased a long-line black chiffon mac with a load of chiffon fabric in black and purple for my cape. I purchased the notorious horns and made myself a staff from a big twig from the woods and wrapped it in black duct tape. I made a ribbon neck piece to mimic that of what Maleficent wears, added some black tassel loafers and again added some of my late nan’s jewelery and I was away. I took all the photos on my own and even did a video on my YouTube channel. The photos turned out good enough but I wish I could have done a lot more than what I did as it was so hard to put the camera on a self-timer and the running into position within 10 seconds. It was so enjoyable to do and I really did enjoy channeling my inner Disney villain.
Since that photoshoot, I’ve not really done anything else to celebrate Halloween on that kind of scale. This Halloween I went out and dressed up and it was so good. I went as an old school/modern twist vampire where I had sewn net curtains to my shirt to make it look like an old ruffle shirt. I also made my own cravat to wear that resemble that of a Victorian vampire. But because I was going out in my costume I didn’t want it to be too over the top. I was a fashionable vampire. I wore the shirt with added cuffs with my leather jacket, ripped skinny jeans and black Chelsea boots. The costume was effective and looked really cool.
I’m already thinking about next Halloween. I want to do a really big photoshoot. So I’m already thinking of ideas on what I want to do!