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Fashion Meets Film: Tim Burton


The wonderfully creepy world that is Tim Burton's mind.

The wonderfully creepy world that is Tim Burton's mind.

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.

Edward: Villain? Or misunderstood lover.

Edward: Villain? Or misunderstood lover.

The beautiful details of true love.

The beautiful details of true love.

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.

Two of Tim's muses: Johnny Deep and his wife, Helena Bonham Carter

Two of Tim's muses: Johnny Deep and Burton's wife, Helena Bonham Carter

Off with her head!

Off with her head!

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.

Charlie and the gang look so taste.

Charlie and the gang look so tasty.

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.

Purr for me kitty!

Purr for me kitty!

Even the villains in Batman Returns are rockin' style!

Even the villains in Batman Returns are rockin' style!

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.

Beetle Juice! Beetle Juice! BEETLE JUICE!

Beetle Juice! Beetle Juice! BEETLE JUICE!

The wild colors of Beetle Juice's characters.

The wild colors of Beetle Juice's characters.

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.

Mr. Edward has influence popular culture for years now.

Mr. Edward has influence popular culture for years now.

And the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar dedicated a 7-page spread to fashion that was Tim Burton worthy.

Burton Inspire and spooky eye candy.

Burton Inspire and spooky eye candy.

Fashion to die for!

Fashion to die for!

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:

Planet of the Apes & Sleepy Hollow

Planet of the Apes & Sleepy Hollow

Corpse Bride & Mars Attack!

Corpse Bride & Mars Attack!

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2 Responses to “Fashion Meets Film: Tim Burton”

  1. Sha says:

    This is amazing. I love Tim Burton! He is truly inspirational in art, fashion, entertainment . . . just about anything and everything imaginable! :)

  2. Darin says:

    words cannot describe how in love i am with this layout. i love fashion and tim burton and was immediately in love with this once my eyes caught a glimpse. thank ya kindly! :)

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