Harnessing The Sentiment of Hair: Courtney Lane Of Never Forgotten

I have a lot of hair. I think it’s probably one of the first things people notice about me. It’s long, and fluffy, and sometimes if the humidity is right, it so big that it could be doing cartwheels across David Coverdale’s Lamborghini in 1987. It’s also the piece of me that you’re probably going […]

Masked Fear: A New Book From The Burns Archive

If you’re interested in postmortem and/or old medical or crime scene photography (for starters), chances are good you’re already well acquainted with the wondrous Burns Archive. Founded in 1977 by Stanley B. Burns, MD, renowned author, curator, historian, collector, archivist, television/film consultant, and one of our personal heroes here at Haute Macabre, The Burn Archive is the largest private […]

Expedition Report: Viktor Wynd’s Wunderpunk Cabinet of Curiosities

At a glance, The Last Tuesday Society may look like a petite, old-timey bar, with jaunty white motifs snaking across a black facade, but passersby should look again: the motifs are actual snakes and trees bearing fantastic fruit. High above the window looking out on Mare street in East London’s Hackney neighborhood is a sign […]

Catching Feelings: The Myth of Victorian-Era Tear Catchers

I’ve had this article on my to-write list for months — tear catchers or “lachrymatories,” those gilded vials you often see next to mourning wreaths and crushed velvet capelets, are the very height of romanticism. During the Victorian Era, it’s said, the grieving would weep into the delicate containers which turn up now and then […]

#ItWasntJustAPhase

Last week, I posted this photo from around 2004 to my Instagram page, and I fell in love with everyone’s replies! So many of you said that you had old images of yourselves from way back when, in the days of yore full of crushed velvet and mesh. Post your old Super Goff images to […]

Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century

Victorian fashion continues to amaze with its’ macabre overtones: while we’re all familiar with the Mourning rituals of the era and the long term perils of tight-laced corsets,  now we can add arsenic poisoning to the list. Both the wearer and the maker of many Victorian garments were at risk: from prolonged arsenic and mercury […]

Some Wear Leather Some Wear Lace

One of Haute Macabre’s favorite Tumblrs, Now This is Gothic, released Some Wear Leather Some Wear Lace: The Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s, a collection of select images from their incredible collection of throwback images of Goths in the 80s. We featured the Tumblr blog once before, and are still deeply in […]

The Butcher’s Boy

Meticulously detailed Victorian miniature butcher shops. Totally not creepy, right? via Collector’s Weekly.  

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The Maid of Orleans

I’m not sure what these pictures were taken for, or who they were taken by. I found them while poking around in New York makeup artist Deborah Altizio‘s portfolio, and liked the combination of warm, smokey makeup and Joan of Arc styling. I especially like the use of a metallic sweater with an even knit, […]

The Anachronism

Unfortunately, I have not had the time to watch this in its entirety, so it is now your job to watch it for me and tell me how awesome it is.

BookBook

The BookBook Hardback Leather Case for the MacBook and the MacBook Pro might be the coolest laptop cover of all time.  Each handmade, hardback leather case is available in Classic Black or Vibrant Red, and disguises and protects your laptop. Pretty spiffy, eh? Found via Trend.Land!

Metropolis

Metropolis by Karl Lagerfeld for Vogue Germany, Feb 2010 One of my favorite movies ever!

Flutter

Earlier this month, I spent a week in Portland, OR, one of my favorite cities in the United States.  I did very little shopping, outside of spending a massive amount of time and money at Powell’s Books, but one place I did stop in was Flutter.  The first thing I noticed when I walked in […]

Four-Point Fashion Assault 3 – A Spartan Resolution

Since we last met here, I’ve stayed true to the dark side, but there is one major change: my fashion spending has slowed to a near-halt. You see, I have decided that, having as much clothing as I do should preclude me from adding anything to my obese closets until next winter. That’s right, a […]

Death Becomes Her

Barney’s New York came under fire last month for this window display in which remarkably un-realistic mannequins wearing Helmut Lang and ALC were posed in postures suggestive of attack, and the windows were blood spattered. Normally callous New Yorkers apparently freaked right out, Barney’s backpedaled and claimed their creative director had been out when the […]

Deathwatch

This whole article started with a random eBay discovery: this antique skull pocketwatch, circa 1780, which as of this writing had one bid at $500.00. But the existence of one pretty awesome skull pocket watch led me to look for others, and to discover that, bizarre as it may seem, the skull has been a […]

Satan S’amuse

Satan gets bored, just like the rest of us.  Made in 1907, this video is described as “In an unnamed place, Satan is bored. Despite his servants’ exertions, nothing can be found to cheer him up.” via Morbid Anatomy

Vogs in Space, Part 2: Not Vogs, Actually

OK, you guys are an awesome hive mind!  Not only did you answer some of my questions about the costuming from the new Star Trek movie, you proved me wrong on the one thing I thought I HAD fugured out. First off,  you proved me wrong on the boots- not Fluevogs at all, but the […]

Vogs in Space

I went to see the new Star trek movie last night. First off, it rocked. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I’m here to talk about Romulans, and how well-dressed they are. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find much information (yet) about the deconstructed layers of awesome or the half-hooded trench […]

Stylish Gent Roundup – April 2009

Stylish Gent had a good month – a month light on thedaniel, but we managed to struggle through somehow. “Bespoke” is the word of the month – can you be a stylish super secret agent without having at least one custom item? NAY I SAY. And now, the picks: Shirts My Way It’s fairly important […]

Medieval Times

This entire entry probably has to do with sitting around the house too much reading the boyfriend’s S.M Stirling collection, or maybe it’s just Beyonce’s armored glove, but it seems to me that I’m seeing a lot of King Arthur’s influence in fashion lately.  Although it hasn’t gone as medieval on us all as it […]

Think You’re Emo Enough?

So much of Gothic Fashion is dependent on reminiscing on the past.  We have our Victorian, Steampunk (the brown Victorian goth), our Ren Faire, the ’80s…  Well, what about the future?  Sure, there’s Cyber Punk, but really, that’s about it.  This might not necessarily be “Goth”, but frankly, it’s too weird and cool to pass up.   […]

Button Up Bootie

A much younger version of myself once went up to my mother and said, “I want witch shoes”.   “Well, Samantha, Halloween is a few months off.” “No, Mom, I want witch shoes to wear every day.” And so it began.  Before I could even reach the drug store shelf that had the black hair […]

Happy Birthday Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll turns 111 today, and in celebration, we would like to share a few leaked images from the upcoming “Alice in Wonderland”, directed by Tim Burton.  We are absolutely dying to see the rest of the costumes from this, so if anyone has come across better pics, please share! The last coat reminds me […]

The (Old) New Look

After covering Dior’s Winter collection based on his 1947 New Look, I thought it might be good to  look back and check out what exactly the New Look WAS. Dior’s 1947 collection made a more significant impact on fashion history than any other single collection. The world was coming out of WWII, and for years […]

Happy 200th Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!

Edgar Allan Poe turns 200 today, so Haute Macabre would like to wish this icon a very Haute Bicentennial.  Poe was born Edgar Poe in 1809, and was soon after abandoned by his father and orphaned by his mother.  The Allan family took him in, and gave him his middle name.  After the estrangement of […]

80’s Explosion

Time to break out those old Siouxsie albums, kids, because today, we have discovered a 80’s Gotho treasure.  Welcome to Lullie Vintage’s Ebay Store, where once you’ve sorted through all the frightening hipster comeback items, you find the hidden world of forgotten cocktail dresses.  Best of all, the prices are dirt cheap – I think […]