What’s dark and sexy, lives in your closet and clings to your skin? The answer could be your favorite little black dress or a monster straight from the mind of Tim Burton. Either way, it’s amazingly strange and something to die for.
Over his career, Tim Burton has mastered the art of putting his own fashion sensibility into his movies. Whether it’s the posh pastels of a suburban housewife in Edward Scissorhands, the bright hard-candy colors of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or the intricate details of the many fashion eras that sprawl across the screen in Big Fish, the man knows how to handle fashion so skillfully that the clothes become their own character.
Growing up, Tim Burton was a shy kid; he kept to himself and created his own world, which is probably why he excels at doing it onscreen. He made a name for himself in Hollywood as the ambassador of the outcast, the voice of people who are different, strange or misunderstood. His characters were dark and quirky but still sweet. His unique vision bred a whole new generation of artists and filmmakers.
Even when he takes on well-known stories and characters, Burton makes them his own. He was the prefect mix of crazy and innocent needed to direct the modern classic Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Or even his take on the timeless classic Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, which became true eye candy.
He tackled the infamous Batman tales, twisting them ever so slightly with details like Cat Women’s skin-tight leather suit, stitched together making her looks resemble a sexy Frankenstein doll.
The monsters that came from inside his own head are equally fascinating and complex. Edward Scissorhands is just a scared and scarred sweet boy under all that metal and spiky punk hair.
And Beetlejuice is a shy devil in a black and white striped suit.
In fall of 2009, the Museum of Modern Art honored Burton’s influence on pop culture with a 6-month exhibition of his cartoons, concept art, storyboards, costumes, and photographs from films such as Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Ed Wood.
And the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar dedicated a 7-page spread to fashion that was Tim Burton worthy.
Peep this recap of the fashion in his latest flick, Alice in Wonderland.
Mad genesis, fashion icon, or pop culture connoisseur, whatever comes to mind when you think of Tim Burton, is fitting. He has and will always inspire and spark the dark, inquisitive creature in all of us.
Check more of his movies:
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- Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” Trailer
- Fashion Meets Film: Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
- Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Sweets For The Sweet
- Down the Rabbit Hole: New Alice in Wonderland Trailer Hits the Web
- OPI On The Runways at New York Fashion Week