Sunday, November 1, 2009

Andi B. Goode's Halloween

Like many others, I have a soft spot for things of a spooky or macabre nature but I haven't really done the Halloween thing since we had a couple of parties when I was a child. So, I was very excited that I had not one, but two Halloween events to go to this year!

The first was last Wednesday, at the Casino, for Lucky Seven's special Halloween themed night. Having just over a week to put a costume together, I was a bit stumped as to what I could do. So, I appealed to my livejournal friends for their help and one gave me the idea of going as Elizabeth Short aka The Black Dahlia. She reminded me of a photoshoot Miss Dee Ahoy (you can see one of the pictures here) had done so I used that as part of my inspiration. I also took some inspiration from the film by Brian De Palma because I felt very ill looking at pictures of the real Elizabeth Short (I suggest you do not google image search her if you have a weak stomach and haven't seen the pictures before - they are actually quite disturbing), although she was a very beautiful young woman.






Costume details: Black hair flower - Diva; Cream hair flower - cheap shop; Top/dress - Salvo's; Belt - gift; Skirt - Salvo's; Stockings - Leg Avenue; Shoes - Spend-Less

I was told that my costume was 'intense' and 'scary', which I thought was a jolly good reaction. Someone else told me that their friend had seen a picture they took of me and said it was 'disgusting'. Not the usual reaction I like to get when someone looks at my face but, in this instance, I shall take it as a compliment.

This was the first time I'd ever tried to do spooky Halloween make-up. So, what do you think of my 'Glasgow smile'?

Materials used: liquid latex, tissue, foundation and fake blood.

The second event took place last night (on Halloween) and was the Swing Sesh grad dance and I had a jolly good time. I danced a little bit but not much - I'm proud that I danced at all, to tell you the truth as I'm still rather terrified of social dancing. It was still great to watch everyone. There were some performances - a group of ladies did a blues routine, which was very hot, a Jedi and Darth Vader did a routine together to L-O-V-E and another lady did a feather fan dance. There was a Jack and Jill competition which was a trick-or-treat style so the leads and follows were picked randomly from a pumpkin, so boys ended up following and girls ended up leading, etc. I tried to take photos but my camera isn't particularly flash so it was a miserably failed attempt.

My costume for that was actually just my make-up - I went as an Angelique Houtkamp painting.

I didn't go as a specific painting, but tried to just get the feel of her work in my make-up. I think I did a fairly decent job, considering that I am, by no means, an expert at applying make-up.


Costume details: hair flower - Diva; faux pearls - Hero Vintage; rose earrings - Diva; dress - ?; belt - gift; stockings - Love Kylie; shoes - Big W.

I hope everyone else who celebrated had a smashing Halloween! I now have a whole heap of costume ideas so I think I'm going to start an inspiration folder on my computer for next year.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

16 comments:

  1. So fun! You did a great job on both costumes!

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  2. great costumes!, I also used Angelique Houtkamp for my make up inspiration.

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  3. Awesome ideas for the costumes. And since you told me not to - I DID google Elizabeth Short. Icky.

    And I'll just gloat that I met Angelique Houtkamp and her partner a few weeks ago :-) Along with Tara Macpherson! Teehee :-)

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  4. Love the costumes, you look fantastic! What a brilliant idea with the Angelique style makeup - if by some miracle Halloween next year isn't smack bang in the middle of uni assessment time I'm totally going as that!

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  5. You look excellent in both costumes. You did an amazing job on the makeup, the first one looks really real! I wish I got to dress up for halloween this year...maybe next year.

    Rose

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  6. Both of these are fantastic! I'd never heard of Angelique Houtkamp, but I love that painting you included. Your Black Dahlia costume reminds me of theater camp... we had a special effects make up class, and for fun, I stuck a safety pin through the latex part of a fake scar I'd built up on my hand. Fun times :-). Happy Halloween!

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  7. You did such an outstanding job with both costumes!

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  8. Gorgeous idea for the costume! Your Black Dahlia combines a vintage feel and a chilling story, for a great result, both stylish and... creepy!

    Of course, even if you told us not to, being a Contrary Mary I googled "Elizabeth Short" straight after reading your post... Well, the next time, I assure you, I will listen to your advice - although hers is actually an enthralling story! :)

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  9. the black dahlia! how creepy! i loved the movie...i hadnt heard about the actual crime until i watched it. it was really sad that the actress playing the black dahlia was dead the whole movie because i like her a lot. especially as turned-out psycho lez on the l word. one of my favorite shows ever.

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  10. Both your costumes are really impressive! I love Angelique Houtkamp's artwork (in fact I have a poster up in my room advertising her new book!) and I think you did really well on capturing the look. I love the little "cut here" detail.

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  11. wow, this is definitely one of the most chilling halloween costumes that i've seen this year. in many ways, it's very subtle, but incredibly effective.

    i read the wikipedia page and now i am wrestling with whether or not i should google image search her. yikes!

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  12. Such wickedly wonderful costumes, you look fang-tastic, my dear! :D

    Wishing you a joyful month of November!
    ♥ Jessica

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  13. Oh wow! You did a superb job on both costumes! I have to admit: the first one is really disturbing--I mean that in the most complimentary way, of course. ;) Fantastic!

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