Artist profile: Edward Gorey – Fashion

Artist profile: Edward Gorey – Fashion

Every month, I profile an artist who inspires my own art,
in several segments.

Some rather dapper cats.
Some rather dapper cats.

I was inspired by Madam Meow’s post to write about Edward Gorey as a fashion designer. It’s a way of viewing Gorey’s work that doesn’t occur to most, but once I saw Madam Meow’s article, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Gorey himself dressed in a visually distinctive manner, sporting fur coats, lots of rings, and tennis shoes.
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From the Victorian Era through the Roaring Twenties and into the glamorous Thirties, Gorey had an excellent understanding of historical fashion. Not only does he portray the fashions accurately, he’s very creative in his designs. He won a Tony award for his costume designs in 1977 for Dracula; he gave the characters 1930s-era outfits.

Below are some very well-dressed Gorey people, arranged in (roughly) chronological order.

Miss Clafooty and the Demon (1971)
Miss Clafooty and the Demon (1971)

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Costume designs for Mina Murray, Dr. Van Helsing, and Lucy Westenra in Dracula (1977)
Costume designs for Mina Murray, Dr. Van Helsing, and Lucy Westenra in Dracula (1977)

Thanks for reading about Edward Gorey this month! He was super prolific and it was difficult to pare down everything I wanted to post.

Other parts in the Edward Gorey artist profile series
Introduction
John Bellairs
Dracula

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