Horrorcon Brainstorm

Alright, guys.  I need some help here.  You all know how much I  love my horror– movies, video games, TV shows…  And this year I have the opportunity to go to Horrorcon in Louisville this summer with one of my buddies that I haven’t seen since high school.

And all sorts of awesome people associated with horror and sci-fi are slated to be there.  From The Walking Dead,  Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon) and possibly Norman Reedus (who I’ve been panting over ever since I saw Boondock Saints in college.)  Gillian Anderson (Dana Sculley from The X-Files) and Adrian Paul (Duncan MacLeod on The Highlander.)  Stan Lee.  Stan- fuckin’-Lee, people!  

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Stan Lee of Marvel

Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead, Boondock Saints, Blade 2, Sand...and a bunch of other crap.

Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead, Boondock Saints, Blade 2, Sand...and a bunch of other crap.

 

I doubt I’ll be able to afford the Stan Lee meet and greet, but I think I ought to dress to impress, don’t you?  I mean, maybe I can follow Norman Reedus around and pick up his used chewing gum or something.  Besides, it’s like the Renaissance Festival for me, in that I wouldn’t feel right not going in costume.

I plan to come up with a bangin’ costume, but I need some ideas, something fairly original.  I mean, I love Resident Evil, but I don’t want to be walking around the convention center and see ten other Jill Valentines.  I thought of Ellen Ripley, since the Alien movies are some of my favorites, but there’s really not much to being Ripley, unless I want to walk around in a white tank top and a pair of tiny panties.  Nah…

So, I need a little help from my friends.  The convention is in July, and even though it’s likely mostly indoors, I probably won’t want to wear anything too horribly hot.  I like sexy, but don’t wanna look like a slag either.  So… any original ideas or novel ways to give old ideas my own original flair would be appreciated.

 

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The Gypsy Stylings of Inara

I’m not much of a fashionista, and I definitely don’t regularly blog about fashion.

But as I re-watch the Firefly series, that space Western from a decade or so ago, and I can’t help but envy Inara’s costumes.  Morena Baccarin plays Inara, an exotic looking beauty who has contracted a shuttle on the Serenity to carry out her business as a “companion.”  (In the scope of this show, a companion is like an Oiran, or courtesan of sorts.  Although she sells her company and body to men, the position of companion is considered an occupation and carries a certain amount of prestige.

As such, Inara is always lavishly clothed, her skin and make-up fairly flawless.  Likewise, her chambers are draped in rich colored swaths of fabric, candle lit and inviting.  While her outfits range from exotic to Victorian-looking, her look and style can best be described as “Gypsy,*” or belly dancer.  Many of her outfits are midriff bearing and elaborately beaded or otherwise embellished, and whether they are simple or ornate, they are always gorgeous.

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There’s one I’d particularly like to get my hands on, although… I have no idea where I’d wear it.  Especially the head piece and veil.

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Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to look like her either. 😉

*(I use the term “Gypsy,” rather than the preferred term, Romani, because I can’t speak for the amount of ethnic authenticity versus stereotype.  Besides, as this series is set in the 26th century, where Earth no longer exists, both terms would be obsolete.)