As I have spent 7 of my 23 years as a costume designer, saying I LOVE Halloween is an understatement! However, since I moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne, I didn't get to participate in my favorite American Halloween tradition: visiting a pumpkin patch and getting lost in a corn maze with my sister while playing the soundtracks to Bram Stoker's Dracula and Sleepy Hollow on my phone. So I decided to start a new Halloween tradition and take advantage of the beautiful Victorian cemeteries here.
I indulged myself in my sporadic shopping addiction and went online to my favorite site, Asos.com. Bonus: there is a 20% off everything promotion going on for Halloween, so be sure to check it out! I ordered the bodysuit with the mesh puff sleeves and a tulle midi skirt with embellishment at the hem. The skirt is unfortunately now out of stock, but there are plenty of other black midi skirts to choose from. Paired together, the combo brought to life the Penny Dreadful inspired look I dreamed up.
I am the kind of person who has visited old cemeteries before for moments of solitude and reflection. During college, sometimes I would hop on the bus to Lakeview Cemetery in Capitol Hill, Seattle (where Bruce Lee is buried) and find a nice spot to sit and write. When I visited LA, I went to various cemeteries to see the memorials of my favorite Old Hollywood actors as my form of sight-seeing. I love reading the different captions of loved ones on the tombstones, and when the stones are weathered and impossible to read, I imagine the life lived by the person now anonymously resting underneath the ground. Maybe I'm a bit morbid, but I have always been obsessed with the past and the people who lived it.
So after I took some time to read the inscriptions of the people who used to live in my new neighborhood, I snapped some pictures of my gothic fantasies. Hope you enjoy the photos, and have a Happy Halloween!