When I watched the remake of Grey Garden’s in early summer, I knew then who I was going to to be for Halloween. A fashion icon in her own very unique way, something about Little Edie just captivated me. I was fascinated by the story (and Drew Barrymore’s performance) and started thinking of ways to pull it off.
One piece bathing suits as layers, constant head adornment, and skirts that you can “always remove and use as a cape” were my inspiration. I borrowed a scarf from Mom, found a gorgeous mink and cashmere sweater at an antique shop and pulled out the nude pantyhose from the very back corner of my drawer. “I have to think these things up. You understand.” (The original film cover served as my final inspiration.)
I’m a big fan of creating costumes inspired by items in my own closet. For some reason, I use Halloween as some sort of creative validation for myself, pfff…as if my final judgement will include anything about costumes! And though I have no idea where it stemmed from, other than not wanting tons of extra crap laying around my house, I’m very anti-costume in a box. I just enjoy the process of making do mostly with what I’ve got – it’s good fun and cheaper that way, too.
Even though only a total of about five people recognized the character, (and that pretty much includes on Instagram, too) I still loved it and and it felt so appropriate to celebrate at the Merchandise Mart as it was Kennedy owned for quite some time. (Obviously, it was “the best costume for the day”.) Plus, the guesses were totally amusing. Little Red Riding Hood? No. A homeless person with nice stuff? Sort of?
Halloween is my favorite!
What were/are your costumes this year??