Blog posts tagged with 'halloween'

The death of Bowie and the celebration of individuality- 14 January 2016

This week the world has been rocked by the death of David Bowie. My facebook feed is full of friends who are genuinely bereft at his passing, and although most of them never met him, it is clear that he has touched the hearts of millions and for many it is like losing a dear friend. He has been described over and again as 'one of a kind' and he leaves a powerful legacy behind. Whether or not you are a fan of his music you can't help but admire the passion for self-expression that he brought to everything he did. Looking through images of him on the internet the variety of costumes, genres and styles is staggering. Here is someone who wasn't afraid to stand out. Someone who championed 'the freak' and in expressing his own quirkyness gave the whole world permission to do the same. And so, in the wake of his death I am moved to write this piece to say to you; celebrate your inner weirdo. Give yourself permission to explore your creativity, your individuality, your inner artist. Throw of the yoke of societal pressures to conform and just be you, be free!

And on that note, here are some of the quirkier costumes that I have created over the past year:

Psychadelic fascinators by Passionflower Creations

Solar System Fascinator by Passionflower Creations

Antler Fascinator by Passionflower Creations

Day of the Dead fascinators by Passionflower Creations

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Venturing into the dark side- 25 September 2013

With the shift in season comes the promise of dark nights and the approach of Halloween. I love this time of year when all the trees put on their fiery colours and the early mornings are shrouded in mist. I relish also the opportunity to veer away from the elegance of summer wedding designs and indulge the quirkier, darker side of my creativity. As I begin to gather materials for making my Halloween range I find myself in possession of a gruesome aesthetic I didn't know I had. I become fascinated with the scope for morbidity and 'eugh' factor that Halloween offers.

This year I am planning some zombie appocalypse themed fascinators; grotesque severed limbs and illuminated brains.

I am also doing some insect infested hair pieces and lots of quirky, gothic and humourous fascinators with light-up or moving parts, as well as a few haunted houses.

As I sit, surrounded by plastic spiders, netting, and a witches cauldron full of freaky ingredients, I feel like a child in a sweet shop. Or, perhaps more accurately, Frankenstein in a mortuary!

And the best bit about wearing a Halloween fascinator? No more dressing up nightmares, the hat says it all for you!

Black Death Fascinator by Passionflower Creations

This was my 'Black Death' fascinator from last year's Halloween range.

'Severed Hand' fascinator

A severed hand, zombie-inspired fascinator. Gruesome yet elegant.

vodoo king top hat

Vodoo King top hat.

Orders for Halloween 2013 commissions need to be in by October 15th.

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