Saturday, October 22, 2011

BURTON & THE HALLOWEEN FACTORY

Surreal.  Eerie.  Absurd.

These are just some adjectives I associate with Tim Burton's films.  Every time Halloween season rolls around, Burton's imagery ranks up there as a source of strange ideas.  Not surprisingly, his influences are bizarre and spooky favorites:  Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, Roald Dahl, ...

... and, his Muse is Johnny Depp.  (Well, perhaps alongside Helena Bonham Carter.)  Now, if I wasn't married to my husband, I'd be married to Johnny Depp.   

A Halloween Tableau:
Poor Yorick, and The Raven who quoth "Nevermore"
with a cameo appearance by Willy Wonka
Top Hat: Scala, Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana, Velvet jacket: Halogen

It doesn't matter that Depp seems to prefer androgynous coiffures that look better than mine.

Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka
film still from Tim Burton's "Charlie & The Chocolate Factory"
source: IMDB.com

Here's a guy who can poke fun at himself, dress like a girl, and still be so cool.  From his role roster, I can see he truly has Depp-th (er, excuse the pun, and I wasn't lisping).  Coincidentally, he claims to hail from persecuted, French Huguenot stock -- just like my husband's French Gilliam (originally Gillaume) side!  Aha!  Just like Terry Gilliam  -- another darkly bizarre film maker I enjoy who happens to be my husband's distant relative, according to family lore.  Gilliam and Depp have teamed up a few times before as well.  So you see, in a twisted other-dimension, I might very well be married to Depp.  Or is this taking the surreal too far?


Tim Burton "Magic Fashion" photo shoot
for Harper's Bazaar
Photos: Tim Walker

I'm still sifting through Burton-esque ideas for Halloween, along the lines of Harper's Bazaar's Magical Fashion shoot with Tim Burton some years back.  In the past, my Halloween party attire tended towards the glamorous. I wanted so much to look like Holly Golightly or a Fellini film siren.  Now, I am finally old enough to laugh at myself, like Johnny Depp.  I see this road leading to batty, old lady-dom!

What role do you like to play for Halloween?

21 comments:

  1. PErfect effect! :) nice first pic!

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  4. i love burton's visual style..you cannot escape it..and mr.depp certainly has a lot of "wives" he ain't that aware of..i always felt if i ever go to a halloween party i would take inspiration from burton's mad hatter.

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  5. Hee hee - great shades and halloween display! I couldn't get over Depp's hair in the Wonka role either. Mr V is of Huguenot stock too!

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  6. Hey there! Thanks for all of your awesome comments. Love that first photo!

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  7. Oh I love it! really love your Tim Burton inspiration! You look brilliant. x

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  9. Hmm Tim Burton is an awesome inspiration for Halloween.. I think I have many of his movie of which I can always watch..oh, and about Johnny Depp, if you weren't married we would be fighting for him! haha..

    Love! ~Angel

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  10. WOW! I love your images choices - Tim Burton is definitely incredible - he is creative and a very interesting person. Great post girl, perfect inspiration for Halloween.

    Cheers!

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  11. I am obsessed with Tim Burton! I love your inspired look and his collaborations with Johnny Depp are indeed my favorite. I think "Sleepy Hollow" is always a reference point for me in terms of inspiration for Halloween.


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  12. Hey there! To answer your question about whether that photo is Julie Kent: it is not Julie but that is so awesome you watched her dance. She is so lovely. And I saw that you're from Los Gatos. That's not far from me! I'm also in Northern California.

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  13. ahhh. i love this. so excited. i hope you had a wonderful weekend, love. Stop by to see my kick off to Halloween week at Fash Boulevard. Thanks love. xo

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  14. OMG!!! Surreal indeed! Spooky!!!
    Great post girlfriend!

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  16. You look great. Very Deppesque. You are both beautiful. Xxxx

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  18. Ah, love this picture! I'm sooo ready to Halloween! Great outfit idea, I love your hat!

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  19. I think you manage to be funnny AND very glamourous at once!

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