Like most people drawn to fashion, art, things aesthetic, creative, and otherworldly I was a weird kid. Not too surprising. I didn’t really dress any different than other kids that came later (remember when I talked about my goth phase?) I just always set myself apart, being around other people seemed too simple somehow, too sad. Socializing always left me disappointed. Kids were cruel and boring most of the time. I preferred to make my own worlds, which were far more exciting because I controlled them. I think my interest in clothes developed because of my dissatisfaction with the present. Buying clothes was all about preparation for some fantastical future, as if when I wore them the people around me wouldn’t suck anymore and cool things could happened. But it didn’t really work people just noticed me more (in positive and negative ways) which was at least slightly more exciting.
Not a lot has changed since I was young. I’m still pretty strange thank god! And I still call myself an alien, partly because I’m so different from my parents sometimes I really question how the heck I got here! and because I think I like to distance myself from the rest of the world. I even considered renaming myself Aliena after reading Shakespeare’s As You Like It last year. Luckily Mattie discouraged me. But when I read the bio of Ntozake Shange in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf it made me want to change my name again. Shange changed her name in college after her and her husband divorced. Ntozake (besides having a mind blowing sound) in Xhosa means “she who has her own things.” It’s so badass. It’s a name of a woman who’s in control of her own universe. So here I pose a question: what do you think, is changing my name a good idea? Amanda McGowan just isn’t cutting it anymore, I wanna have a name that makes me feel like I'm in a Cocteau Twins song you know? Should I change my last name at least maybe to Gowan or Goowan! Ha! Or is this just my future thinking again, that my life will be amazing when I have a shiny new name that suites my weird self? Anyways in honor of aliens everywhere I donned this spacey dress to a dinner with friends.
Dress is vintage from etsy, necklace Chris Habana, shoes are Margiela borrowed from Mattie (a Beacon's Closet find if you can believe it!), f.y.i. poofy pink hair is apparently the best accessory to conceal a swollen jaw post wisdom teeth removal (Mattie forced me to take these pics even though I felt like I looked like this because she knows fierceness defies dental work)
Ok now let's pretend we're in an alternate universe together and look at some astral inspiration and listen to planetary tunes.
Still from 1983 Documentary on the Batcave Club (more on this soon)
Still from Bowie's "Life on Mars" video
Felix Labisse "Hommage a monsieur Ingres (le bain turquiose)," 1968
Felix Labisse "Le Grande Thebaide,"1978
Felix Labisse "la Thebaide," 1978 *Thanks for turning me on to this surrealist painter Maisie Cousins*
Space Witch by Don Freeman, 1959
Vina from Star Trek
The Man Who Fell to Earth
Aquatic aliens sort of
My spirit animal
Elizabeth Fraser speaks extraterrestrial
Weird planet house spotted in the tumblr universe
Uhura's bedroom on Star Trek Pt.1
Uhura's bedroom on Star Trek Pt.2
Uhuru is a goddess
If you're ever bored and looking for a show to blow the day watching, Roswell is on Netflix instant.
Grimes is my kind of gal
Viviane Sassen for Dazed & Confused October 2009
Second song I'm posting from the movie Tarnation...movie changed my life in high school
I could post so many Ariel Pink songs but let me stop before I creep you out too much....