Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Comic Couture: Death from Sandman

by Nails

Unfortunately, when you think of women's fashions in comic books, the first thing that springs to mind are the ridiculous, physics-defying spandex "uniforms" that superheroines wear to get the fanboy's hearts pounding. Vampirella, Witchblade, White Queen -- don't these ladies get cold? And how practical is it to fight in when you're worried about a nip slip?

Thankfully, not all female comic characters have vacuum-sealed suits. In Comic Couture, we take a look at the sartorial choices of some of our favorite ink ladies.

First up is Death, from Neil Gaiman's essential Sandman series. Her look is quintessential goth, immediately calling to mind her late 80s/early 90s contemporaries Robert Smith of the Cure and Siouxsie Sioux of the Banshees. Her all-black clothes contrast with her paper-white skin -- one of the few signs that she's not exactly human. No one else in the comic is that pale except her siblings in the Endless -- unless Dita Von Teese had a cameo somewhere I was unaware of.

Death's two trademarks are her ankh necklace and sweeping, curlicue eyeliner, visual references to ancient Egypt -- a culture known for its complicated relationship with death and the afterlife. But even though Death's job may appear to us humans as a burdensome one, her attitude is the complete opposite of what her outfits suggest. By far the friendliest of the Endless, she's more apt to chirp that something is "peachy keen!" than to take on the "woe is me" position expected of a goth kid like her.

Below, we've put together a few ways Death can become you -- superficially, at least.

Pin It

No comments:

Post a Comment