The invitation was an obituary, so clever!
We were invited to a "funeral" themed Halloween party on Friday at our friend's house and were asked to come in funeral attire, of course this is no problem for Derek and I, so we were happy to adorn ourselves in Victorian mourning.
I am not historically accurate (though I would love to be someday) with my clothing, but I managed. Luckily I pulled some items like the skirt and hat from my best friend Melanie's closet, I have lovely items in my closet, but they have been used so many times and I wanted something "new" to me.
The gorgeous hat is by Ms. Purdy, I am so happy I got to borrow Melanie's hat, it's amazing and I received many compliments! I am also wearing a 'standard' puff sleeve button-up collared top in which I tied my wonderful lace neck ruffle by Misfit Chic under the shirt collar to give me a fuller ruffled look. I added a cameo pendant that was purchased at Michael's some years ago as a neck accent and well, I love wearing cameos.
What can I say, I had fun posing in this luscious velvet frock coat borrowed from Melanie's clothing archives. This jacket is by the now long gone (sadly) clothing store Siren which was located in Toronto, CA. Siren was a wonderful goth store and sold it's own clothing and though very pricey, well worth the capital, I think Melanie bought this jacket around 1998 and it's still here!
Very interesting that the velvet frock coat was actually black and has now turned a blood red, we all agreed it made us love the coat even more. Haha! But I have to admit, I don't miss dressing like this back in my clubbing hay-days. So much fruff and ruff, discomfort and I was so incredibly warm, yet when we went out to our local goth night after the party and I was twirling on the dance floor.......it was so nostalgic. At one point two of my best friends, Derek and I were all dancing to Ministry's "Everyday Is Halloween" and I just couldn't stop smiling, it was like the "old days". Though I don't like to dwell on times past, it's so amazing to still be around the same wonderful souls I've known for the past ten years.
A dapper Derek is dapper!
As a bit of a side note I'd like to add, though I am very interested in the macabre, the morose and Victorian mourning and funerary arts, I do respect the dead and the delicate nature of mourning. I have lost many people near and dear to me and by no means enjoy attending funerals as they are very sober and emotionally draining events. Though I embrace death it does, by no means, mean that I don't appreciate life.
Thanks for reading!!!