Dracula 125

Dracula’s brides in Dracula (1931)
Dracula’s brides (Dorothy Tree, Geraldine Dvorak, and Cornelia Thaw) in Tod Browning’s Dracula (1931) Image: tumblr.

Happy World Dracula Day! Today is the 125th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Here’s a roundup for #Dracula125.

Max Schreck as Count Orlok in Nosferatu (1922), a Dracula adaptation celebrating its centenary this year.

My posts on gothic or vampire-inspired sewing:

Vogue 2604 by Nina Ricci photographed by Ishimuro for the cover of Vogue Patterns Magazine Nov/Dec 1980
Vogue 2604 by Nina Ricci on the cover of Vogue Patterns, November/December 1980. Photo: Ishimuro. Image: eBay.
Fascination du Noir: Nina Ricci couture photographed by Chris Simpson, September 1980
“Fascination du Noir”: Nina Ricci couture in L’Officiel, September 1980. Photo: Chris Simpson. Image: jalougallery.com.
Eiko Ishioka’s armour for Bram Stoker’s Dracula on the cover of Eiko on Stage (Callaway, 2000) Image: abebooks.
Early 1990s Donna Karan dress pattern - Vogue 1293
Donna Karan’s Fall 1993 collection was presented days after Eiko Ishioka won the costume design Oscar for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Vogue 1293 by Donna Karan (1993)
"Courtly gestures" Perfectly plain: the right dresses have a top with the fit and ease of a body, and a dramatic bolt of fabric below the waist. High-neck, Empire-line dress in chestnut-brown velvet, opposite, left. Right, slash-neck wool gauze dress. Both by Donna Karan. (Headdresses Slim Barrett)
Nadja Auermann and Cecilia Chancellor wear Donna Karan in “Courtly Gestures,” British Vogue, December 1993. Photo: Mario Testino. Editor: Jayne Pickering. Image: The Fashion Spot.
Jill Stuart's sequined sheer camisole; Karl Lagerfeld's black viscose pants. Krizia lace gloves; Prada leather pumps.
W magazine, June 1997. Model: Danielle Z. Photographed in New Orleans by Ellen von Unwerth.
Sofia Coppola wears goth Anna Sui in Spur magazine, October 1997
Sofia Coppola wears Anna Sui FW ’97 (V2072) in Spur, October 1997. Photo: Satoshi Saikusa. Image: Bolton, Anna Sui.
1990s Begotten gothic dress pattern - Simplicity 8619
Simplicity 8619 by Begotten (1999) Image: Etsy.

Paco Peralta 60

Cover of Sew Today magazine, June 2021: model in Paco Peralta tunic pattern Vogue 1550 in linen with silk contrast. Text reads: FABRIC FOCUS: LINEN - SANDRA BETZINA: DOLMAN SLEEVES - QUICK PROJECT: EASY-TO-MAKE TOP
Paco Peralta tunic (V1550) on the cover of Sew Today magazine, June 2021. Photo: Tim Geaney. Image: Sewdirect.

Paco Peralta would have been 60 today. Peralta died in 2019, just after his 57th birthday.

On his birthday, I’m reflecting on the legacy of the late, great Barcelona couturier who gave so much to the sewing community.

Happy birthday, Paco — you’re in our thoughts today.

Paco Peralta: Vogue Patterns | In memoriam: Paco Peralta, 1962–2019 | VISIBLE feat. Paco Peralta

Cover of Sew Today magazine, March 2021: model Piyawan Chitsamran in Paco Peralta coat pattern Vogue 1619 in waxed polyester. Text reads: TRENDS - GENTLEWOMAN STYLE - COLOUR FORECAST - SWATCH WATCH - PERFECT PLEATS - TERRY FOX
Paco Peralta coat (V1619) on the cover of Sew Today magazine, March 2021. Photo: Jack Deutsch. Image: Sewdirect.