Blanched Out

Blanched Out

From a Sunday afternoon spent cosied up in the BFI watching a re-run of A Streetcar Names Desire (the Vivien Leigh/Marlon Brando version of course…) came a few of my own Blanche DuBois moments… not in the strictest periodic form but more derived from the character; wanting to be hidden from all light, a fading youth, expressing a vanity in rags and jewels that she believes to be expensive and lavish…

All throughout the film, particularly at the scene where Blanche is deluded to the point of speaking to imaginary guests while dressed up in all her ‘finery’, I couldn’t help but be reminded of my own masses of false finery…

-"Honey, will you get my blue net out for me?"

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-"It certainly looks like you raided some stylish shops of Paris, Blanche."
-"Clothes are my passion!"

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"After all, a woman’s charm is fifty percent illusion…"

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"Take a look at yourself here in a worn-out Mardi Gras outfit, rented for 50 cents from some rag-picker. And with a crazy crown on."

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"Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."

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  1. hek

    2008-11-16 at 11:29 PM

    I adore these pictures!!
    The outfit on the last one is like a dream..

  2. Laura MW

    2008-11-16 at 11:31 PM

    I especially like the first dress and your little flower prop is cute!
    X

  3. Paloma

    2008-11-16 at 11:47 PM

    Beautiful!

  4. WendyB

    2008-11-17 at 12:29 AM

    Nice photo concept.

  5. The Fashion Assistant

    2008-11-17 at 12:31 AM

    Love the muted pictures….so cute!!!!

  6. SOS!

    2008-11-17 at 12:37 AM

    I could see this concept as Vogue spread. Beautiful pictures Ms Bubble.

  7. Shen-Shen

    2008-11-17 at 1:12 AM

    The fourth and fifth outfits/pictures are my faves.. I love it!

  8. Eyeliah

    2008-11-17 at 1:13 AM

    You definitely captured her spirit here, well done.

  9. Brigadeiro

    2008-11-17 at 1:33 AM

    Stunning post & pictures! I loved Vivien Leigh’s Blanche Dubois, she was brilliant!
    I just have to say it again: love love love the pictures, as well as the outfits (especially the 1st, 2nd & 4th)! GORGEOUS!

  10. KD

    2008-11-17 at 1:59 AM

    What a delightful mini-editorial! I especially love . . . well . . . all the outfits, actually.

  11. t

    2008-11-17 at 2:09 AM

    Gorgeous! Love that first pic with the bluish tint and lovely print.

  12. The Stylish Wanderer

    2008-11-17 at 2:11 AM

    What gorgeous pictures you took. I love the cage outfit.
    Ive never seen a streetcar name desire though. I quite wish I had, now.
    Do a vlog Susie! I wanna hear your voice again!

  13. Market Publique

    2008-11-17 at 2:57 AM

    Love that movie. Sometimes I feel like Blanche too. Especially when I open my closet and see all this vintage veils and vintage fur hanging out!

  14. Fashion Fille

    2008-11-17 at 3:27 AM

    love all these quotes!

  15. Celebrity Pasta

    2008-11-17 at 3:48 AM

    Very beautiful. The movie is a favorite and you really captured a lot here. Thank you.

  16. Emily L

    2008-11-17 at 4:30 AM

    Susie these photos are gorgeous! Where is the shirt in the last pic from?

  17. Farren

    2008-11-17 at 4:53 AM

    I need to watch this movie! I love all the quotes you put up from it.

  18. juliet

    2008-11-17 at 6:05 AM

    Great photography.

  19. a dreamer

    2008-11-17 at 7:22 AM

    some very beautiful outfits here. i think i can actually smell the flower and the scented candle. mmmmm

  20. Raffaella

    2008-11-17 at 7:54 AM

    Thank’s for sharing. Beautiful!

  21. ondressingup

    2008-11-17 at 10:30 AM

    I’m picking my jaw off the floor. You haven’t dones these types of posts for a while. Long may they live. Just gorgeous images.

  22. Leannet

    2008-11-17 at 10:32 AM

    Ah! That is one of my favorite movies of all time and biggest inspirations. I love these pics too, the outfits are so fitting and great (as usual). And the candle was a nice touch.

  23. carlotta et annie

    2008-11-17 at 11:00 AM

    oh i just noticed you added us thanks alot ! that cage dress is so beautiful and it looks especially lovely under that dress.

  24. Make Do Style

    2008-11-17 at 11:35 AM

    Ah nothing like a film to inspire and indulge in!

  25. ness

    2008-11-17 at 11:47 AM

    Cute pictures, you really have an amazing look. And those flowers are lovely

  26. Marian

    2008-11-17 at 11:47 AM

    lovely photos, films are super inspirational. love first image most.
    muah!
    MARIAN

  27. Jael

    2008-11-17 at 2:33 PM

    I played Blanche in college. I thought about doing a post themed around her, but I can’t bring myself to watch the movie yet. Especially since they changed the freaking ending.

  28. Snapshot Fashion

    2008-11-17 at 3:09 PM

    i love the photos…love the outfits! so pretty!!!

  29. enc

    2008-11-17 at 3:13 PM

    These looks are very nice interpretations of the Blanche persona. Well done, Susie. I like this very much.

  30. minime

    2008-11-17 at 3:21 PM

    Love the pictures!!
    Could you tell me where all those clothes came from ? (especially the dress in the first pic. Gorgeous!)

  31. Julia

    2008-11-17 at 5:51 PM

    These pictures are nothing short of absolutely beautiful!
    I too, love the first dress especially – please, where is it from?
    But your face is what makes the pictures: you just look astonishingly delicate and totally gorgeous all at once!
    WOW WOW WOW!

  32. lisa

    2008-11-17 at 7:59 PM

    Lovely photoshoot. This is a bit embarassing to admit, but I’ve never seen the movie, so whenever someone mentions ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ I think of the episode of The Simpsons where Marge plays Blanche in the musical.

  33. Amber

    2008-11-17 at 8:01 PM

    Hmm wearing the cage under something else is something I would have never considered! You wear it well.

  34. anna

    2008-11-17 at 10:55 PM

    These outfits are really lovely!

  35. Tavi

    2008-11-17 at 11:08 PM

    Such a creative concept. I love how well the lines tie together with the outfits and photos. This should be in Dazed, Susie! 🙂

  36. laura

    2008-11-18 at 1:05 AM

    Susie, did you yell
    “hey Stelllaaaaaaaa!” like in the movie?
    It’s my favourite scene!
    It’s referenced so much in pop culture, like in The Simpsons and in Seinfeld when Elaine yells it.
    Makes me laugh every time!
    laura x

  37. Sister Wolf

    2008-11-18 at 3:13 AM

    Beautiful. But you are a lovely young blossom who could never capture the heartbreaking faded-beauty quality of Blanche DuBoise. Maybe in 40 years…..
    I don’t think you’ve ever looked this sexy, though!

  38. moran

    2008-11-18 at 5:03 PM

    what a romantic pic.lovely.

  39. michelle

    2008-11-18 at 8:58 PM

    i love A Streetcar Named Desire! it’s one of my fave movies…

  40. selina

    2008-11-18 at 10:13 PM

    positively dreamy

  41. Tara

    2008-11-19 at 9:15 PM

    Such lovely, lovely photos of you!!

  42. ambika

    2008-11-20 at 5:37 PM

    *Love* that movie & adore these pics.

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