On the Subject of Costumes

Friday, October 16, 2009

This lovely and rather eerie style of costuming is said to be inspired by the etching La Calavera de la Catrina (shown above) by Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada. The print was originally made as a political spoof on the life of the upper class, but since it’s creation in the early 1900’s it's become the muse for a traditional way to costume and celebrate the Day of the Dead. Also, it's what I would most like to dress up as one day!

Frivola by Kemê vs Delirium Doña Dolorosa by Sylvia Ji Día de los Muertos by Mark Vallen

Seductora by Kemê Vs Delirium Day of the Dead by Penny Savoir Skeletal Friends by Danny Brito

Calavera by Kitty Toes Mictecacihuatl by 1OGSF3 Untitled by Megan Amber Cox

Spring Muertos by 666 Photography Untitled by Taffeta Darling Catrina by Señor Codo

¡Besos and wishes for a great weekend mis amores!


Lady Thirty said...

love this post!
it made me wanna paint lady thirty like this :D
thanks for the best inspiration!
we´ll see, we´ll see... :)

have the best of weekends!


Gabbi said...

~ So happy you like it too Lady Thirty! I love that it inspired you, she'd make an adorable Catrina!!♥


Spooky & fabulous at the same time Gabbi! My brother had his face painted once & it was a nightmare cos' he had an allergic reaction to the color pigment used on that day...can't help it but think of him when there'a face paint!

Gabbi said...

~ That sounds horrible dear Lenore and I can relate! I suffer from allergies and there's only certain things I can use also...♥

beckyxoxo said...

wow can't believe halloween is coming . those pics are scary ! haha .

Gabbi said...

~ Exciting isn't it! One of my favorites for nostalgic reasons :) Thank you Becky♥♥♥

Sam said...

I love the corset on that last gal - very pretty! They all remind me of Frida Kahlo (spelling?) for some reason. Isn't Halloween actually Day of The Dead (sort of)? Have a lovely weekend Gabbi! XX

Sarah said...

So gorgeous Gabbi! I would love to look like that for a day! Have you seen DuBuhDu's day of the dead dolls? They have that kind of make up.


Have a lovely weekend!

AmicaCarmilla said...

As Sam observed, they remind Frida Kahlo's paintings, heavily influenced by the pre-colonial folkloric tradition - creepy and joyful at once.

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE your cat GEORGE! What race is it?

AmicaC. x

Cafe Fashionista said...

Spring Muertos is most definitely my favorite - so feminine and fabulous! :)

I can't help but think of Sally from Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas - she had the same sort of facial characteristics, yet was lovely nonetheless! :)

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing face paint, darling! I love Halloween and Dia de los Muertos... fabulous post, darling Gabbi!


Dream Sequins said...

Gabbi-- this is creepy good. Thanks for sharing that. I'll be out of the country on Halloween, but I'm inspired by these pics! xx D

niftythriftyowl said...

wow crazy makeup art!

and you are so sweet!
ONE of the new changes = new puppy!
look forward to pics soon.

have a great weekend!

La chica said...

Qué arte tiene Méjico, madre mía. Y que ganas de volver allí. La luna llena el 4 de octubre, sí.

Anonymous said...

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Diana said...

I love this post, Gabbi!

I have a Day of the Dead inspired tattoo on my forearm, one of my favorites!

Nikki said...

so cool! Nacht Nacht x

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Just dropping by... Your blog catches my attention while browsing your older post.

You're very artistique. Job well done, girl...

Stephanie said...

Wow, Gab those pics are amazing. I love the face painting it is almost creepy but still on the level of looking classy with the outfits. :)

The Girl Who Loves Velvet said...

i love your blog- some lovely pictures.
If you have time would you look at mine too?
Thanks and keep it up :)

Clorivak said...

Omigoodness these are sooo amazing. I want to try this looks sometime so bad. It is so very elegant and mysterious and spooky all in one.
Love this post!!

Kristin said...

Wow, those are both creepy and beautiful. Just what a Halloween costume should be!

yiqin; said...

The makeup is fantastic too :D

Hey Harriet said...

All very scary but in a nice cool arty way. I'm guessing Day of the Dead is at Halloween time? I can be so ignorant. I've seen the movie Day of the Dead :)

Hope you are having a super weekend Gabbi! I'm glad you enjoyed sitting next to Sam in one of the SSS collages. Thought you guys would enjoy hanging out together :D

muchlove said...

it's amazing how eerie and gorgeous these are at the same time!

hope you're having a fabulous weekend, Gabbi :)

CC said...

Those pictures are gorgeous! I love the concept. :)


Velo said...

it looks so scary but incredible.. great art! =D

_nina_malvada_ said...

they are scary but at the same time a piece of art..so inspiring..

(yes i did love the 5oo days of summer...BUT summer should never leave tom..snif snif..i saw swing kids the other day..and yes for one more time i adore swing :)..have you seen it?)

Ladyulia said...

I wish I could make a photoshoot with those kinda models

Keith said...

Hey there. I love these. So incredible. Wow!

I hope this finds you doing well. I also hope you've had a great weekend so far. Take care. Have a nice week. Cheers!

Ms. B said...

I love the last picture on the left!

Maddie said...

wow, what beautiful and creepy costume ideas!
every time i look at your blog, i realize how close Halloween is, i gotta get crackin on a costume! it's coming so fast!
seriously love your blog, every post is so interesting :)

have a great weekend gabbi!

Certain Creatures said...

Oh Goodness that skeleton makeup is cooool!
Such a great post with great pictures and ideas for halloween!
Love it!
Hope you ahve a nice week Gabbi

til very soon


Sometimes I think, or I wish it is "Dia de los Muertos" everyday.
..blessing our "All Souls" that have been watching over us.

In Poland there is a "funeral party" where everyone writes down all our sorrows and place them in a coffin, that is then set on fire.

...a bonfire to bless all our sorrows away.

Down and Out Chic said...

ooooh, the face paint is scary (like for my pores) ha! i love that you're a latina and can appreciate and share the cultural aspects that often get missed in western culture.
i also love that you say *besos* so *besitos* right back at you.

niftythriftyowl said...

hey you added me to great reads! you sweetheart. for that, if you ever like anything in my shop, I will give you a sweet deal.

p.s. i added puppy pics...
your cat is very fluffy

Hanako66 said...

wow, if I was artistic, I would want to do this in a hearbeat!

Savvy Gal said...

spooky but can't stop looking.

thereddeer said...

Oh wow I love these!

miriam said...

beautiful post, gabbi!

A Perfect Peach said...

Total inspiration for Halloween - these photos were amazing!

Rebecca said...

This would be an amazing sort of costume!! So eerie but beautiful at the same time. Very good idea.


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