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(L) In the style of the Commedia dell'Arte's Harlequin: Dress by Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé.  (R) In the style of Colombina: Dress by Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé.

 

As soon as the calendar turns to October 1st everyone starts discussing Halloween and what their costumes will be. As someone who always leaves it to the last minute, this year I'm starting to search for inspiration through my old magazines and books. Amongst them I found some costume ideas courtesy of the great Chris von Wangenheim. Just like a Halloween party, the looks in this editorial are an odd and funny group all together—but individually they are sexy and smart and pretty and just about everything any girl could want to be (both in and out of a costume). While it might be hard to track down an original costume from Visconti's Ludwig of Bavaria (as seen here), these pages can definitely serve as inspiration—and they have made me particularly eager to bring out some net to veil my face all winter long... And Now, to be a Harlequin or a Southern Belle? Or a Proustian heroine or an androgynous femme fatale?

Shelley Smith and Christiana Steidten photographed by Chris Von Wangenheim for Vogue Italia, December 1971.

 

For the Ballerina: Dress exclusively made for Vogue by Silvano Malta di Antonelli.

 

For the Ballerina: Dress exclusively made for Vogue by Silvano Malta di Antonelli

 

In the style of Proust: Dress by Saint Laurent Rive Gauche

 

In the style of Eleonora Duse: Dress by Saint Laurent Rive Gauche

 

Special Effects: Pantsuit by Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé

 

For a Lady: Ensemble by Jean-Baptiste Caumont.

 

For the Successful Woman: Smoking by Saint Laurent Rive Gauche

 

For the Successful Woman: Blazer and Knickers by Saint Laurent Rive Gauche

 

In the style of Visconti's Ludwig of Bavaria: Dress by Adriana Fracci

 

A costume from Visconti's Ludwig of Bavaria by Umberto Tirelli

 

For the theatre: Smoking jacket made exclusively for Vogue by Pino Lancetti

 

For the theatre: Smoking jacket made exclusively for Vogue by Pino Lancetti

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