The New York Times profiled two of our designers in one day. Costume designer Tristan Raines and special effect designer Waldo Warshaw. Check them both out if you haven’t used up all your free stories.
I recently fulfilled a lifelong dream. Our show was mentioned in Fangoria Magazine! The good people of Fangoria would be pleased to know that their illustrious mag gets TWO mentions in the show. One in song, even!
Be sure to check out our feature in this Sunday’s New York Times as well.
In the meantime, here are some fashion plates to whet your appetite.
From top to bottom: Crystal Arnette as “Anitchka”, Felicia J. Hudson as “Topaz”, Aimee Cucchiaro as “Victim” and Paul Pecorino as “Edsel Von Macrame”.
Costumes by Tristan Raines.
Photos by Crystal Arnette and Caitlin Concci.
Fashion. We love it.
The House of Von Macrame is a celebration of old horror movies, but it’s also a love letter to the craziness of haute couture. With that in mind, we thought we’d share some of the fashion blogs we read on the regular. Please to enjoy:
Throw around the word “hipster” as much as you like, it’ll never make you seem cool and uninterested. Featured on Gawker this week, Styleblaster is a fun blog/art project that captures real Williamsburg hipsters walking on Bedford Avenue and lets us all vote on their looks. You simply click on the tophat if you think the passer-by is stylin’.
I love Advanced Style. There is nothing- NOTHING- as stylish as the sartorial efforts of these aging beauties. If my grandma were still with us, she’d totally be on this blog.
Street photography of beautiful people wearing beautiful clothes. It’s like if Bill Cunningham had a blog. I love The Sartorialist.
This mean spirited blog about red carpet missteps has become a New York and Los Angeles staple. They’re mean as hell, but Heather and Jessica will have you in stitches. GoFugYourself!
Another NYC street photographer, but focused on menswear. Also, Mister Mort was raised a Hasidic Jew! What a strange life.
My Mom, Style Icon
Full disclosure: our playwright was featured on this blog because he has a tattoo of his mom’s school picture on his bicep. And even though it hasn’t been updated in a while, the massive archive is still a sweet tribute to true style icons who often go overlooked. I mean you, mom. Check out My Mom, Style Icon.
One of the most gratifying aspects of writing The House of Von Macrame, besides revisiting some of my favorite old horror films, is watching Youtube videos of 80′s modeling. It’s heaven.
This shoot with uber famous Steven Meisel is from the 1983 documentary Portfolio. This whole movie is basically a live action Jem and the Holograms.
Not to be outdone, here is one of the best fashion shoots ever, and it comes from a horror movie! You’d be hard pressed to find a thriller more glamorous than The Eyes of Laura Mars.
A major touchstone of my childhood and a major inspiration for The House of Von Macrame are the horror movies I used to rent from my local video store. I’d spend an hour or more trying to decide between great titles like Motel Hell, Blood Beach, Basket Case and The Chopping Mall. In retrospect, I suppose it might have been inappropriate for a young child to be watching these movies, but hey… I was a latchkey kid, and I loved them.
Not that my parents didn’t worry. They did. My dad made me throw away the Friday the 13th role playing game I spent a week creating. In the style of Dungeons & Dragons, I made the kids in my neighborhood create character sheets for camp counselors and then walked them through a nightmarish story where they were constantly avoiding the various weapons of Jason Voorhies. My mom would brief me before introducing me to new adults. “Please don’t talk about horror movies,” she’d say.
And so it was that I was thrilled to come across this 80′s-era 20/20 special wherein Barbara Walters warns the television viewing audience the cold, hard truth: your kids might be watching horror movies.
If The House of Von Macrame is anything like a VCR horror, I’ll die happy.