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Tim Burton's Beetle Juice (1988) is still one of my all time favorite movies. It actally won an Oscar, for best male-up! :) Michael Keaton does a killer role in the title part wearing his striped suit. Is Mental did some research on the costume design in this movie and it turned out that Catherine O'Haras (aka Delia Deetz) look was 100% Japanese designer, which included such up-and-comers as Issey Miyake and Comme des Garcons (this movie came out in 1988 keep in mind). All her clothes were purchased during an afternoon at Maxfield’s boutique on Melrose Avenue and O'Hara had never heard of any of the designers. F-a-b-u-l-o-u-s! The next time you watch it, take a good look at the rest of her wardrobe in the film. Loads of good stuff there.

Like two peas in a pot:
Delia Deetz´s head gear in Beetle Juice and D&G Fall 2009 glove head bands.

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Beetle Juice is also important fashion-wise because it was one of the first mainstream films to present a new and uprising fashion subculture: goth. Lydia’s (Winona Ryder) dark look was still very new and undergroung back in 1987. In those times there were some goths but there was no store that sold tight plaid pants with studs, chains, and vinyl pockets. It was all done DIY by using your own creativity. Chris from Clothes On Film has written an exellent piece on this subject so check it out to be more fashion savvy.

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8 comments:

  1. haha i loved this movie when i was a child :D

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  2. beetle juice is one of my all time favorite too! it lightens the subject of death while at the same time helping people remember where their priorities lie.

    also, great point about goth style being originally DIY. it is very bizarre that people would buy clothes that are partially destroyed, when they have wardrobe (or resale shop for that matter) waiting to be personalized and destroyed!

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  3. best movie and the colors were amazing!!

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  4. I recently just watched Beetlejuice aswell (we had a Geena Davis marathon god forbid), and I also thought once again Tim Burton has the best stylists in the world! Great observation, and really interesting stuff you wrote. :) I love this post!

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  5. Sort of like punk rock? Goth grew out of the punk movement believe it or not--all of it was about diy, and to an exent (as I'm sure you know) it still is.

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