Capes of the Gods

The three dominant Gods in Ustalav are PharasmaUrgathoa, and Desna.  Among their symbols are spirals, skulls, and butterflies, respectively.

What’s the most important factor is choosing your deity?  The kind of cape you get to wear, obviously.  Here are some choices for discerning worshipers of the three gods.

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(Valentino Spring 2013 Couture; Manon Kündig, Antwerp Fashion Department Show, 2011; Valentino Fall 2014, Ready-to-Wear.)

The Manon Kündig piece inflates to actually be skull shaped, there’s an inflated pic in the show’s gallery.

My latest Useless Factoid

My latest fashion discovery:  Dracula’s cape was originally added for the early stage production, to hide the actor as he “disappeared” on stage via trap door. I always assumed it was just to look like a bat.  The tuxedo was just to look classy.

So, should you find yourself in fictional vampire-infested version of Transylvania (or, you know, Ustalav) and thinking about how to fake turning into a bat, here are some suggestions:

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(Gucci, Fall 2012 Ready to Wear; Haider Ackermann, Fall 2010 Ready to Wear; Elie Saab, Fall 2014 Ready to Wear)

Also, if you’re into hypothetical-situation-fashion (and who isn’t?) you should be reading What to Wear When.  They are a style blog that puts together looks for important, yet often overlooked, situations. They provided not one, but two looks for Evil Queens, one for lizard people about to take over the world, and many others.

Dress The Iconics — Damiel

damielKeeping himself free from unwanted contamination is of utmost importance to Damiel, the iconic alchemist.  This Louis Vuitton (Spring 2015 Ready to Wear) patent leather/pleather dress provides all the all the protection — at least down to the knees — that any alchemist could want.  This is especially important for Damiel, when he uses himself as a test subject.

More shiny protective smocks for Damiel on Pinterest.

Dress the NPCs — Ailson Kindler

Anyone who watches Project Runway enough is familiar with the questions “Who’s your girl?” and “Where is she going?”  The answers for Saint Lauren’s Spring 2013 Ready to Wear Collection are clearly, “Ailson Kindler” and “Killing monsters in Ustalav“.

The whole collection would be pretty fantastic as the wardrobe for a Carrion Crown party.  Everyone gets a Monster Hunting hat that would make Imrijka proud.  Many have an Injustice Fighting coat worthy of Quinn.

Ailson Kindler, hunting monsters in Saint Lauren Spring 2013 Ready to Wear.

Playing Paper Dolls

It’s not a big secret that I have a love for paper dolls.  They were my gateway into the world of fashion.  As a kid, every trip to a museum or historical site (and with my family, these were frequent) would end in a trip to the gift shop, where I would pore over the selection of paper doll books.  It was never a hard sell to get my parents to buy me one, they were cheap compared with the museum catalogs and glossy coffee tale books.  Dover Publishing make the BEST paper doll and colouring books. At least until The Baby Bestiary colouring book comes out, anyway.

I was only ever interested in what Dover calls their “Collectible Paper Dolls”. This was probably due to some gentle parental nudging towards the more ‘serious’ line.

These two books illustrate the difference perfectly:

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Children’s Paper Dolls

“Collectible” Paper Dolls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both by the same artist, with completely different target audiences.

The great books were all illustrated by Tom Tierney.  The best ones were based on actual magazine art or catalogs.

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I never actually played with them, making up stories for them.  I just thought of different places they could go and things they could do.  And I then I chose the best outfit for the situation.  When they didn’t come with a suitable outfit, I would make my own.

Pouring over runway pictures, trying to choose a look that represents an Iconic or an Evil Queen takes me back to how I “played” with my paper dolls.

Everything I know about fashion, started with paper dolls.

Dress the Iconics — Shardra

Shardra is the Dwarven Shaman iconic and has a tuatara familiar, Kolo. There both getting new looks here.

shardraFor Shardra, Vivianne Westwood 2007 Fall Ready to Wear. For the colour combo, a skirt that looks kind of rock-like, and the hard/soft aesthetic.

 

 

 

 

 

koloFor Kolo, (who has a hard time keeping track of time) a dress made from newspaper.  I hope this helps him/her!  It’s a Project Runway challenge entry from Epperson Season 6, Episode 5.

 

 

 

 

More Shardra looks on Pinterest.