Monday, October 12, 2009

For The Birds


As I probably need not tell you, Gentle Reader, Tippi Hedren is a favored costume among the five or six women nationwide who thumb their noses at the prevailing hegemon by not dressing up as harlots for Whore-O-Ween. It's a fabulous alternative and a unique option in that it permits its wearer to be at once classically-styled and grotesquely ravaged (while also giving her some degree of credibility among the intelligentsia, who, I hear, love old films).

tippihedren

Well, while reading the always fabulous Kingdom of Style today, I discovered that some clever fellow Etsians have blessedly made all of our Tippi costumes a whole lot easier by mounting a pair of belligerent crows on a headband. GENIUS! I, for one, will be wearing this at many inopportune moments.

costumebirds

The Look (Top L-R):

Handmade Hitchcock-themed Halloween Headpiece via buffalump
Vintage 1950s Nubby Green Suit via needlefelter 
Vintage Box Purse via mannequinreject
Vintage Dark Brown Alligator Pumps via savagespider

(accessorize with a tousled blond wig, some fake blood and a touch of magical realism)

17 comments:

Samantha said...

What a great costume! So classy and Halloweeny at the same time.

Karen said...

AAaagh! So great! What a clever and awesome costume! And I love your blog name... Huzzah is the best word... ever.

~Karen
http://handmademoon.blogspot.com
aka http://moonandsundries.etsy.com

hannah said...

omg i love the birds headband! what a great costume, shoot.
ps. i'm really digging your header!

Karen/Small Earth Vintage said...

I think the green suit you found is even better than the one Tippi wore.

Mel said...

That's a brilliant costume! Honestly, I'd be tempted to wear it on an everyday basis.

d.funkt said...

this is a great costume and i cant believe ive never seen it before! something to think about for next year. ive already decided to go as sherlock holmes.

i think the burt reynolds photo is more funny than it is sexy, but you have to admit that his butt looks great.

avintagespirit (Lizzy) said...

That is one of the most clever costumes I've ever seen. That green suit is gorgeous! Great headband, it cracked me up when I first saw, such a good idea though!
I'm with you, I hate trampy Halloween costumes too!

redhedgingerbread said...

ha! Love it!!

Louise said...

Excellent idea. Halloween has only just caught on in Australia in the last five years and I don't think anyone would have thought of this one yet. Great tip for the party I'm going to.

alexkeller said...

i've 'been there, done that' with the whore costume - was mistake for a real whore. ha! this year it's a long cape, and witch hat, and a wand.

jarsika said...

Oh costume.... how do I love thee! Maybe I should be getting my hair bleached blonde and cut short today. Hmmm....

xo

Blue

MAB Jewelry said...

Oh, man, I love me some Tippi! Great post.

Missy said...

Love this! the green suit is trex chic x

Missy
For all things fashion:
http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

sarah louise walker said...

Ha, that headband is amazing. You read my mind, I went as Tippi one Halloween (the other costume that year was Amelia Earhart, equally as stylish). I already had a 60s dress, fake birds, and fake blood, so it was so unbelievably easy.

-Sarah Louise

T.Allen-Mercado said...

lurve it all!

Empress Jade said...

I love that headband! Great Suit too.

Just a note to readers: Please don't ruin good vintage for costume use.... if you look around there is lots of wounded vintage out there. I once was at a party where a women had taken a perfect 50s Ceil Chapman gown, shredded it and sprayed fake blood all over it; now that was a horror to see! I didn't have the heart to tell her she'd just destroyed a $500+ vintage dress.

XOXO Empress Jade Vintage
http://empressjadevintage.blogspot.com/

Buffalump said...

Thanks so much for featuring my THE BIRDS headband. It has indeed been a huge seller these past couple of weeks! I appreciate all the great feedback. Thanks again, to everyone!