Gorey gained a Tony Award for the costumes he made for Dracula on Broadway (he also devised the amazing established), and understood the importance of clothing in communicating identification and mood. When it arrived to dressing his figures, he stuck generally to Victoriana, Edwardiana, and the 1920s (his fainting flapper in the opening sequence to PBS’s Secret! collection is iconic). Their neat, in some cases rigid apparel, and placid meins ended up a superior foil for their usually scurrilous motives.
Gorey was an introvert, but his design was expressive, unique, and casual. Silent flicks, numerous built during the Jazz Age had been one particular of his a lot of passions (he was known to observe these in his “Interesting Lists”) and his possess style nodded to that era. His fur coats were like the types popularized by Ivy League swells in the 1920s.
In afterwards everyday living he turned concerned with animal legal rights and deserted fur. In 2010, 10 yrs right after his dying, his Belief auctioned 14 of his fur coats, between them 1 of his have design. This is how Vogue announced Gorey’s entrance into trend in 1979: “Edward Gorey, the invariably fur-coated illustrator, set designer for Dracula and learn of ghoulish charm, has branched out from his grizzly-company tales and illustrations into the style business enterprise: Fur-maker Ben Kahn is so taken with Gorey’s way with furry animals that Kahn is coming out, this spring, with a comprehensive assortment of Edward Gorey fur designs. For adult males. . . .”
The 1970s of Ziggy Stardust and The New York Dolls was an expansive time for men’s dressing, and Gorey was in on the act—or was he? “His full New York City getup with the denims and the jewelry and the fur coats and earning significant entrances and waving bejeweled hands all-around was, by his personal admission, a bit of a set-on,” claims a buddy of Gorey’s in Mark Dery’s biography, Born to Be Posthumous. Truly, a man of lots of mysteries.