Jun 20, 2010

Gothic Gypsy 'Love' Child

black halter bodysuit, American Apparel.  red "shawl," American Apparel.  corduroy pants, Old Navy circa 'my highschool years,' head scarf, vintage.  grey glass bead necklace, W'Erin Art X Erin Magoc. black beads/black&gold bangle, sister's.

Photography by Jeremy Zerbe

Frolicking amongst the religious symbols of my youth should probably have had more of a somber affect on me, but childhood memories of gathering between gravestones in Mt Airy cemetery to watch the  annual Tarentum fireworks display set off from a barge on the Allegheny, always turns somberness to glee.  Sure, a graveyard is a strange place to plop down your worn comforters, kick off your flip-flops, eat candy and gaze up at the sky, but when the whole town does it the place becomes a field of familiarity, and the creepiness dissipates with the sounds of OOO's and AAAHH's and the oh-so summertime smells of fireworks and charcoal grills.

My retrospective comfort in cemeteries blended into the other oddities of my upbringing.  Raised by partial ex-hippie parents, I dressed to pay homage to some bygone era of braless-ness and headscarfs.  I'm not 100% sure that my mother burned her bra back in the day, but she definitely has the potential to have such a kick-ass feminist side.  

My Janis Joplin-esque get up began with inspiration from Anna Sui's 2011 resort collection which screamed clean, feminine hippie.  With some inversion on the girlishness of her peasant shapes, floral and paisley patterns, and lace slips into my dark colored masculine cords and complicated accessorizing, all I ended up taking from Sui was the theme, and I emerged more Grace Slick and less flower crowned love child.  There was just no subduing the rock 'n' roll.


Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous, darling!
Love your head scarf!


daisymay said...

Great look, love the headscarf and the necklaces!

Daisy Dayz Home

dust said...

The smile...the joy...Jimy, Janis...graveyard as underground...it's still alive...

Thanks for the laughs! Fashion is funny. Cheers to your Mom!

Cindy Whitehead said...

Great look - you have the coolest bangs and the head scarf looks amazing with them!

michelle_ said...

the second photos is a winner !
that's sooo cool that you are surrounded by photography enthusiasts. i wish my friends are like that ! i only have one friend who helps me with my photos sometimes. and we dont live like next door :|

thanks for your commentsss :) :) :)

Cafe Fashionista said...

TOTAL bohemian rhapsody - you look utterly amazing in these photographs! :)

Sonia said...

You look so cool, the headscarf is great!

Sonia // Dozen Dresses xo

Isquisofrenia said...

wow amazing, love this look those pants are too amazing
i want a pair love the scraf on your hair too
awesome style!

Jen said...

these photos are amazing and i love the cemetery setting. i'm jealous that you can pull off the scarf around your head. :)

Charleston said...

oh my gosh i love the idea of a gothic gypsy, you totally work it, and it reminds me of my personal attempt of doing 'folk grunge' x


Niki B. said...

very cool outfit! love the boho head scarf. xo

Wendy said...

Breath-taking backdrops :)
Feeling the gypsy vibe here, thanks to the headscarf!
Applause for such quality pictures <3

bravegrrl said...

i love the scarf in you hair!


English Rose ♥ said...

Love the scarf!!

Merci beaucoup for your wonderful comments darling, it really means a lot =]

Je suis très désolée AGAIN for the late reply - i'll add you right after this comment!

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x

FashionJazz said...

I adore the scarf and your pics! U look gorgeous! Have a lovely day xx

michelle_ said...

thanks sooo much for ur nice comments :)
cant wait for a new series of photos from you :)

Arushi Khosla (FabBlab) said...

You look fabulous! Love the halter bodysuit ;)

(always)alanna said...

you look absolutely amazinggg; im totally digging the headwrap and the vibe of this shoot is perfect!
not to mention your header is gorgeouss

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