Thursday, March 20, 2008

Quoth Draconic, Nevermore

Draconic Lioncourt of Draconic Kiss, in clothes and skin of her own creation

Meantime the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder, every instant.

My lucky thirteenth guest-star had to be Draconic Lioncourt. At Halloween, Draconic released a series of four outfits based on the work of Edgar Allen Poe. I was immediately swept away by the cinematic nature of the clothing -- each outfit was meant to evoke a whole scene, and even came with macabre props to help stir your imagination.

At Christmas, Draconic made a series of clothing based around Dickens's A Christmas Tale, dresses so pretty and Victorian that they could've stepped straight out of his pages. I wore the Ghost of Christmas Future dress yesterday to interview Draconic. I stared at her through veiled and blindfolded eyes and remembered how I loved inhabiting the world she creates through her outfits.

Burning with curiosity, I immediately asked her, "so what do you think about when you design?"

"I guess I get inspired by things I've seen..."

We talked about inspiration. She finds it in many places. For her series of dresses set in the French Revolution, she'd been reading a book about the era. "The book really gave me the impression of a lush and rich lifestyle, and I find that romantic, ya know?"

"There's also an interest in decay, the macabre, in your work."

Then she told me something interesting and strange...

"I'm not sure. I think it's a kind of therapy for me. I've always found myself drawn to it, but ironically I have a phobia of death. Like, almost debilitating. I can't drive across bridges or fly in planes. But for some reason I really find it.. well I hate to use the word again, but romantic in a way..."

That tension, between fear and fascination, creates so much of her art...

Draconic recently saw Sweeney Todd, and says she's been creating ever since. I can't wait to see what she'll do with all that imaginative fodder!

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