A Crazy, Mad, Wonderful Idea: Tim Burton in Harper’s Bazaar

Tim Burton's Tricks and Treats Harper's Bazaar

It’s hardly a secret that I ran out of enthusiasm for Tim Burton’s films back in the late 80’s, but there is certainly no denying that few directors working today have such an iconic and immediately recognizable style.  Back in 2009, this signature style was recognized in the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar, just in time for Halloween. With photography by fashion fantasy maker Tim Walker and couture by Alexander McQueen, Nina Ricci, Versache, Louis Vuitton, and Comme des Garçons, the shoot is a quirky gothic perturbation of black and red, with brilliant roses and giant, looming skeletons, hollow-eyed models and giant-eyed demons, a collection of creatures immediately recognizable as springing from the mind of Tim Burton. I’m not sure if it’s a self-aggrandizing example of an auteur buying into his own mythology, or simply a delightfully cheeky self-parody, but either way, it’s pretty fun to watch the collision of horror and haberdashery. Take a look at the photos from the feature below and let me know what you think in the comments!

(via The Citizens of Fashion)

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7 replies

  1. Love so much! I however must be less cool than you because my all time fave Tim Burton anything is probably Nightmare Before Christmas, which was certainly well after the 80s. In any case, I just like looking at this photos, which is all I care about when I look at fashion etc. magazines.

  2. I am a fan of earlier films like Beetlejuice, Nightmare Before Christmas and Ed Wood but I haven’t been impressed with anything in well over a decade sadly.

  3. To be very undetailed, I see a lot of cool there.

    Tim Burton is one of those guys that just drive me nuts. I have loved so much of his stuff (Ed Wood is on my all time top 5 list). But honestly, I think anyone with near-genius levels of creativity is going to do that, and by that I mean produce some of the greatest things ever right alongside some of the worst.

  4. If I had any talent I would reshoot Coen brothers’ movies with Tim Buron costumes.

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