Edward Gorey, style icon.
my love of Edward Gorey's illustrations in particular leads me to a little 'visual etymology' of the eccentric fur coat as it has appeared in his works, and various vintage films over the years.
first off, no post about Gorey is complete without his animated opening credits to the PBS Mystery! series. i watched this all the time as a kid in the early '90s, and given my short attention span, the opening credits were usually my favorite part of the shows. but this little animated short probably started off my love of mysteries (Agatha Christie especially).
and who can forget Mr. Earbrass, the tormented writer in The Unstrung Harp?
a Gorey illustration - one of my favorites. isn't this how you always envisioned yourself going to the opera?
little Edie Beale in the Maysles' brothers documentary, Grey Gardens...there are resonances of the Dickensian Miss Havisham in the Beales' mansion full of decaying beauty
well, not quite a full on fur coat, but Harold's fur collar here - from one of my favorite films, Harold and Maude
and one of my favorite random characters from a 'recent vintage' film, Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot in The Royal Tenenbaums
when i first saw the film in the early 2000's i didn't pay much attention to Margot's clothes, but her fur coat stood out the most for her character. revisiting the film now, i find it brilliant and hilarious that she wears her uniform of massive fur coat with a Birkin in most of the scenes.
i'm relatively new to fur, but for the real stuff i'm a staunch believer in buying vintage - there are so many amazing vintage gems (stoles, cropped jackets, etc) to be found at quite affordable prices on Etsy.
what do you think? and have you any random or quirky style inspirations from film or elsewhere?