Black hair, porcelain white foundation and the perfect winged liner. From as far back as I can remember I've always had a fascination and admiration for gothic glamour. It always appealed to me, had more depth, character and intrigue than other ideals of beauty. Retro horror, b-movies and television was the golden age of the macabre. Stunning beauty of Yvonne De Carlo as Lily Munster to Vampira's iconic look, the leading were the definition of femininity and gothic glamour. I want to celebrate the style, glamour and beauty of retro horror heroines. They are and always will the ultimate glamour ghouls! ♡
|Yvonne De Carlo as Lily Munster from 'The Munsters'|
The Munsters was hugely successful tv show from the 1960's starring Yvonne De Carlo as Lily Munster (as shown above). The show depicts the life of the family of monsters Herman Munster who is Frankenstein and Lily's husband who is a vampire as is Grandpa and her son Eddie! Not forgetting Marilyn Munster who is the only 'non monster' in the house! I've always adored Lily's iconic look; the clothes, hair and makeup will never be surpassed. If you've never watched 'The Munsters' before do this halloween and you'll fall in love with this cult classic too.
|Elsa Lanchaster starring as The Bride of Frankenstein|
The Bride of Frankenstien is one of my favourite Universal Horror movies and stars the beautiful Elsa Lanchaster as monsters bride. The 1935 classic is the sequel to the hugely successful Frankenstein movie made in 1931 but this time around the Dr. Henry Frankenstein creates a female mate for the lonely monster which he gave life to. This is an absolute must see for classic horror fans or retro movie lovers. Elsa Lanchaster's look as 'The Bride of Frankenstein' in the film has cultivated an enormous following with millions recreating the hair and makeup for halloween. In recent years MAC brought out the Rick Baker line of makeup based upon her iconic look featuring one of my favourite modern pinup ladies, Micheline Pitt who was the perfect choice for recreating the look.
|Morticia Addams of The Addams Family|
Carolyn Jones starred in the Addams Family TV show which began in 1964 the same year as The Munsters. Her long black hair, porcelain skin and all gothic style is one of my favourites. Moritica Addams is the ultra glamourous, sophisticated and perfectly polished matriarch of the family. I idolised her look when I was younger, dressing up as her character many halloweens! I love the shows macabre aesthetic it's always appealed to me. Who would want to look like Morticia at least once...! I enjoyed the later movies costumes, Angelica Houston was perfect casting. She portrays Morticia wonderfully and looks utterly amazing in the remakes; they are worth watching for some childhood nostalgia if nothing else!
|Vampira, Classic B Movie Star|
The Arched brows, jet black hair, minuscule waist, dressed head to toe in black . Vampira's look is unmistakable. The ultimate glamour ghoul who gave meaning to the phrase, she reigns supreme as the queen of gothic glamour. The Vampira show began in 1954 which ran until 1955 until its cancellation. The show proved successful with Vampira going on to star in many other roles as her famed character and retaining all rights to the persona she created. She was such a unique and defining figure within fashion, music, film and a creature of her own design which makes her all the more appealing. Fearless and fashion forward, Vampira's look is so iconic, glamourous and chic. I personally adore her look, and her movies from the height of her fame. I recommend you check out the classic Plan 9 from Outer Space, it's a b movie classic and great for halloween! ♡