Unicorn Magic

by angeliska on October 30, 2009

I just realized how little time I have to get my act together regarding
my Halloween costume! I think I have mostly everything I need,
provided my bustier arrives in time – fingers crossed!
I am on the hunt for the perfect eyelashes, but I’m not
even certain that what I want exists anywhere.
I’ll bet Miss Doe Deere would know! Her Unicorn In The Snow
ensemble is pretty fantastic. She’s totally living the dream!
My plan is to be a unicorn. More specifically, my childhood ideal
of a unicorn girl incarnate. It’s a natural progression from my
Unicorn Princess costume circa Mardi Gras 2005.
This time, I’ll actually be the creature, rather than just having
it emerge from my ribcage. I thought about trying to recycle my
unicorset, but decided against it for various reasons, namely:
1. It’s nailed to Dana’s pantry wall in New York.
2. It’s all moldy from Hurricane Katrina
3. It would be a total cop-out to re-use it.
(Photo by Steve Passlow)
My inspirations have a lot to do with Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers
and puffy stickers, as well as more traditional sources like
De Historia Et Veritate Unicornis and ancient woodcuts and tapestries.
(Sara, age 7, at SLC Pride. Photo by D Sharon Pruitt.)
I think it’s a pretty common thing to have been totally obsessed with
unicorns if you were a little girl who grew up in the eighties,
but of course I feel like I was particularly fixated. Freudian, yeah okay.
I am unashamed of my hardcore unicorn infatuation. They represent
everything that is perfect and magic, and I still believe in them.
Kesh is always an inspiration to me. I wanna make dresses with her
and then go dancing! The girl is made of unicorn magic, for real.
Oh, um. Now I die from the cute. Sorry, but I had to include sno-cone kitty!
(Photo by Nymphadooora)
Must figure out the macquillage! No doubt it will involve
many tiny iridescent stars and hearts. I’m kidding around
here folks – we’re going whole hog, rainbows and moonbeams.
The wig I ordered is super magical and mane-like,
and even better than what Miss Moss has – though
it’s true that I’ve long wished for cotton candy pale pink
hair since I was little bitty. I think it’s the loveliest.
Very hard to find a wig that really gets it right.
This is perfection, as far as I’m concerned.
Makes my heart pitter-patter!
Where am I going to find a herd of candy goats anyway?
pink cake unicorn
I wish I knew who this artist was. Any leads, anyone?
It’s been kind of a heavy time over here in Grackleville,
and I feel like embodying my childhood fantasy might
take me to a place that I used to venture to in daydreams.
You know, the meadows of silvery clover behind the waterfall?
I think that dressing up as your hopes and dreams, (or your nightmares)
can be very cathartic. Costume therapy, maybe. Mummer’s magic.
And yourself? What will you be dressing up as for Halloween?
Where are you drawing your inspiration from?
She was born to be my Unicorn
Robed head of ferns
Cat child tutored by the learned.
Darkly ghostish host
Haggard vizier of the moats
Seeks the sandaled shores of Gods
Baby of the moors.
The night-mare’s mauve mashed mind
Sights the visions of the blinds
Shoreside stream of steam
Cooking kings in cream of scream.
Jackdaw winter head
Cleans his chalcedony bed
A silken word of kind
Was returned from Nijinsky Hind.
Giant of Inca hill
Loosed his boar to gorely kill
The dancing one horned waif
In doublet of puffin-bill.
The beast in feast of sound
Kittened lamb on God’s ground
Ridden by the born of horn
Jigged like a muse on life’s lawn.
She Was Born to Be My Unicorn
– T. Rex


you need a unicorn horn that swirls and twirls. thinking about you.
looks like i’m going to be stuck home for halloween. pig flu, i hate you! therefore, this halloween, i am going to be . . . a sick lady on the couch watching tv. this is new for me.

by carrin on October 30, 2009 at 5:33 am. Reply #

my lady friends manifested as a whole herd of unicorns last year!
love your inspiration as always. I am going as a bottle of sriracha sauce! spent all night painting the rooster and making a little green cocktail hat.

by alita on October 30, 2009 at 6:17 am. Reply #

i love this! so many wonderful images. especially the dirty beauty with the flossy pink hair and the candy goats!
i was certainly unicorn obsessed as well…

by lindsay on October 30, 2009 at 6:31 am. Reply #

I love all these – especially the first! So much glee. Thank you so much for posting them. 🙂

by Queen of Unicorns on October 30, 2009 at 8:14 am. Reply #

.not sure of the illustrator but am quite sure your mystery artist is illustrating this:

by VJESCI on October 30, 2009 at 8:44 am. Reply #

Not sure our your artist, but I do love a challenge! Will report back with my findings.
I’m not costuming myself this year, but if I were it would be something along the lines of this: http://s11.bdbphotos.com/images/orig/a/7/a7xnz1v55t8ax7z8.jpg + this: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_K5bPGpEcqRg/RbBBvFuLw8I/AAAAAAAAAC4/bRkdyDdAcrY/s400/Moonlight.jpg
…sort of a falling star theme. Inspired by this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfBY96qxVRQ

by ghoulnextdoor on October 30, 2009 at 8:47 am. Reply #

: )
a BIG smile.

by j.a.g. on October 30, 2009 at 10:09 am. Reply #

spun sugar and gilded fingertips!

by verhext on October 30, 2009 at 10:49 pm. Reply #

the kitty made me smile / happy …thanks … major back pain here presently , but it too shall end !

by dougling on October 31, 2009 at 5:40 am. Reply #

I honestly cannot wait to see your outfit.

by Gala on October 31, 2009 at 4:44 pm. Reply #

oh my gosh, can’t wait to see photos. have you seen this cocorosie video (lots of rainbows and unicorns) http://vimeo.com/1074801
i love your bee-log by the way.

by caroline on November 1, 2009 at 5:14 pm. Reply #

Thanks Caroline! I love that video.. Mmm, Cocorosie – they make me so happy..

by Angeliska on November 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm. Reply #

‘Ello lovely. Been far too long! I dressed up as a lifesize doll version of myself…overdone Bratz-style makeup, flirty pink and black ballerina-style skirt, over-the-knee striped p&b socks and “dolly shoes”. Since of course dolls these days come with accessories, mine were a laptop, a Riedel wineglass (for red), and excessive credit card debt. Black ghetto-chic Mercedes sold separately, lol. Had a wicked time. Hope you did likewise. See you…? You tell me, although I keep ending up in Austin for some reason or another for a few days here and there.

by Nefairia on November 2, 2009 at 5:40 pm. Reply #

Hey darlin’! Let me know next time you’re in town, and do stop by Uncommon Objects, as i”m often within!
xoxoxo love,

by Angeliska on November 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm. Reply #

unicorn stripper @ the Can Can during Seattle’s International Cabaret Festival

by Justin on November 19, 2009 at 10:46 am. Reply #

the drawing reminds me of dorthy p. lathrop illustrations, but a little less refined. here’s one from ‘the colt from moon mountain’ just for comparison http://www.bpib.com/images/lathrop1.jpg

by holly on November 23, 2009 at 12:19 pm. Reply #

Hi Angeliska,
I have found the unicorn holy grail!!!, I’m going to a unicorn love party and I needed to know where you got your pink wig. Thank you so much for posting this, you are a unicorn angel!!!!

by Nora on December 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm. Reply #

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