Being that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, i've decided to share a mini-history of costumes i've worn on ghosty night . . . and I say mini-history, since many photos of bebe J.B.T. were sadly lost in a fire years ago (real-life spooky vibes!). So here is the best (and worst) of The Vintager on Hallows Eve:
(Above): My sister Lizzie and I were Broadway performers (natch'), and I remember crying lots because I really wanted to show off my sequined bow tie vest and my mom wouldn't let me leave the house without a cardigan. During this time I was also obsessed with A Chorus Line, and would force Lizzie to "rehearse" One . . . Singular Sensation over & over & over (apologies, Lizzie). My big finale during these performances involved holding my cane and top hat in the air and jumping on my dad's exercise trampoline.
(Left): Lizzie as Strawberry Shortcake and me as Lemon Meringue (sadly, the photo was damaged in the fire mentioned above, which ignited due to a bad fuse on my dad's giant '80s black lacquer salt-water fishtank = dangerous decor!). (Right): Broadway babies, again.
(Above): As a "New Waver", c.1983 (love the white lipstick, Snoopy: Feed the World tee, plastic music note tote, I also recall that my hi-tops were silver lamé).
(Left): We lived down the street from a professional make-up supplier to the film industry, so they helped Lizzie out with some pretty realistic horror-movie effects and I just went as a ghost bride, which wasn't a stretch since I was a goth at this point and probably would've worn that out dancing. (Right): Beatnic chic, inspired by my first viewing of Funny Face, c.early-'90s.
(Left): If this isn't the most '90s photo you've ever seen, I hereby challenge you to prove it. First of all, i'm at a rave, secondly i'm a go-go dancing alien and my beau at the time was dressed as Elvis-as-inspired by Nicolas Cage in Wild at Heart. Not to mention that in this pic alone, there is a grunge guy, a girl with dreads, and a dude with one suspender strap down. (Right): As a bunny for a screening of Suspiria in Downtown L.A., c.late 1990s, where my beau at the time and I were the only people in the theatre.
(Left): With my beloved friend Heather Porcaro (who dressed as an Eliza Doolittle-esque magical street urchin), and me as the St. Pauli Girl, c.early-2000's. (Right): As '70s Jerry Hall at Canter's Deli in L.A. (nice pickles)!
(Above): DJ-ing D.L. & Co.'s Halloween soirée as a Moulin Rouge dancer, c.2003.
(Above): As Tippi Hedren in The Birds, c.2005 (where I rigged little crows behind my jacket, bobbing up & down on wires so they looked like they were flying in the distance). Such a fun get-up to create!
(Above): At MTV's 2007 Halloween party in NYC, as Janis Joplin (they wouldn't let me bring in my bottle of Southern Comfort, which I felt really completed the look).
Happy Halloween, you glamorous goblins!