"I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror and smile. I am not the person I was this morning. I am beautiful, fake, shallow, incognito." Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1)
|The Araby Worth Look|
|Purple Steampunk Gown|
During the late night hours, wealthy citizens of the city head to the Debauchery district and pay large sums of money for drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, and any other means of forgetting the fact that just outside the walls, people are dropping like flies after becoming infected with a highly contagious and fatal illness. The district is marked by a hot air balloon, a testament to life before the plague, and contains numerous exclusive clubs which were once only meant for men. Members of the aristocracy also possess enough wealth to invest in a variety of stylish gas masks, which are considered luxury items and practically unobtainable to lower class citizens. Araby herself owns five masks, which she almost never takes off for fear of contracting the plague.
|Duplicity Wig in Black/Magenta from Gothic Lolita Wigs|
Throughout the novel, it is also mentioned that Araby actually has black hair with dyed strands of purple hair, courtesy of her friend April. She has, however, asked said friend not to dye her hair that color again because it reminds her too much of the bruises those infected with the Weeping Sickness have. You can choose to either include or exclude this particular addition to the Araby look, depending on how prone to visual infection association you are. I find the purple to be quite alluring, and really looks fantastic with the dress featured above. The city may be falling to ruin, but you can show a little resilience when you showcase the beauty the world once possessed, and may even prove as an inspiration to the citizens that even during the dark times mankind always finds ways to rebuild and find pleasure by any means necessary.
|Corset: Frederick's of Hollywood|
Tights: Pamela Mann
Accessories: Forever 21
|Dress: Keepsake the Label|
Corset: Louise Black
Boots: Colin Stuart
"'Isn't this dressing room fabulous? If we end up being the last living people in the city, we can stay here with all our dresses and try them on, one after the other.'" Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1)
Next week's Novel Fashion will feature mermaid (or Syrena) outfits inspired by the book, Of Poseidon. If you would like to participate, feel free to check out my inspirations page for some ideas, and email me at email@example.com with your coordinated looks :D