Monday, January 13, 2014

Gothic Inspiration

If you've known me for a while, you might recall my penchant for vintage gothic romance suspense novels -- and their spooky yet stylish covers. If you don't recall, you can read about my fascination (not entirely tongue-in-cheek) here: Gothic Nightgowns.

I enjoy the Gothic Romance Paperback Novels group on Facebook, and I much appreciate their time and generosity in scanning and sharing vintage covers. Recently they posted The Lucifer Mask.

I just... I mean, I just...


Cover of The Lucifer Mask, Belmont Books
Image via Gothic Romance Paperback Novels

...I just haven't encountered a gothic heroine who so evokes my style dreams before. Juliette's hair, her jewels, her shapely gown and dark coat, and even the ladylike gloves... This is my ensemble for my next white tie affair. Very well: my first white tie affair.

Now who might invite me to a white tie affair?

(And then, let's flee through a cemetery.)

Have you found fashion inspiration from book covers?

10 comments:

  1. I love dramatic novels like this! I'm sure you're a big fan of "Wuthering Heights"...one of my favorites.

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Hope Adela! Hurray -- glad to see Pink Champagne is coming back!

      I'd choose Jane Eyre over Wuthering Heights -- Heathcliff is a little *too* tormented, sulky, and dangerous for my tastes. Rochester has his problems, but he can be managed!

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  2. This is brilliant! Books of fairytales, especially those illustrated in the 70s have been great sources of inspiration in the past.

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Rosalind. Oh yes -- fairy tale books, especially vintage ones, can be lovely sources of inspiration. I don't know if I've looked to them for daily personal style inspiration, but definitely for costumery and for my drawings, fiction writing, and fantasy sewing.

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  3. I seriously love the old-time book covers from the 1940s-60s, they are just the best and this one is divine! I'm with you, what a great look on this heroine and I can absolutely see you in it! You would LOVE Green-Wood Cemetery here in Brooklyn. It has an old gatehouse that is right out of an Edgar Allen Poe story. My husband and I have gone to events at Green-Wood on behalf of their historical fund and it is indeed darkly romantic and wonderful to walk through an old cemetery at night, especially after a few drinks. Thank you for your nice comments on my shopping ban. What was I thinking? I learned that I need a lot more discipline in my life, that's for sure. I hope all is well with you! XO, Jill

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    1. I have the happy-shivers, Jill, at the very thought of a fundraiser night time stroll through a historical cemetery -- especially after cocktails. I wonder if any of the niftier cemeteries in my area have similar events. I doubt it; they're still in active use, and night time cemetery socializing is still a furtive thing for goths and rebellious youth. Sometimes my husband will drive me through a sprawling old cemetery, though, after a date. We keep moving, so's not to attract the attention of the police or caretaker.

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  4. That's hilarious! I wonder what damage it did to my growing brain to read those old Regency romances, which I used to love at 17 and whose covers were similar although less macabre. I would HAPPILY rock this outfit though... if only I could!
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    1. I don't think decently written Regencies could do *too* much damage. Most of them actually paid good attention to historical accuracy, as fans could be quite persnickety about details; and the heroes were dashing, daring, *and* respectful to the heroines. At least in the end!

      I do have a wine-colored Regency gown in my costume stash, a gesture to my own youthful fondness for quality Regency romances, although the times I've worn it I've *made* it macabre with black accessories!

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  5. I had to come back to say how very, very much I appreciated your comment on my '300th' post. It really made my day. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful message.

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    1. It was my honest pleasure, Rosalind, and the least I can do to show my appreciation for the work, grace, and sincerity you put into your blog.

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