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TIM BURTON RETROSPECTIVE AT NYC MUSEUM OF MODERN ART. EXHIBIT OF GOTH DRAWINGS, COSTUMES FROM EDWARD SCISSORHANDS DIRECTOR.

Mark your calendars: on Friday, Akumu Ink and I will unveil our fashion collaboration! There’s something for both guys and gals, and everything is super-spooky-cute and affordable — promise. (Here, I’m wearing my Dubarry coat from the previous collection.)

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If I only could attend one NYC event this month, it would be the Tim Burton retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Burton is one of my favorite directors; the Gothic humor and imagination behind Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride and Beetlejuice profoundly influenced my work. Tips: reserve your $20 tickets well in advance (many dates are sold out; luckily, I had four press passes). You’re not allowed to bring backpacks or large bags, so leave them behind unless you want to wait in line at the coat check. The exhibit will always be crowded, but there will be more space to breathe in the late afternoon.

 

I was surprised at the expanse of the show, which begins with his childhood years and goes right up to concept drawings of the Queen of Hearts for the upcoming Alice in Wonderland film. I felt I was in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory — too much candied goodness to see, and too many oompa-loompas invading my space! My favorites: Nightmare Before Xmas reindeers etched with correction fluid. Napoleon-like ghouls sketched on the backside of a cereal box. Silhouettes of the dead and living characters from Corpse Bride. The full Edward Scissorhands bondage suit; the white mohair sweater from Ed Wood.

 

The MoMA exhibit has storyboards, sketches and other memorabilia from all of Burton’s films; I forgot that Burton made Stainboy, Mars Attacks! and Batman. I enjoyed the pieces from his private collection (caricatures of friends, sad-faced dogs). Everything on display was slightly strange and spooky, such a hyper-color video he made about an Asian Hansel and Gretel.

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I left feeling exhausted from the crowds, but inspired by Tim Burton’s dark, out-of-this-world imagination. Go see the MoMA exhibit before April 26th. Your creative (Beetle)juices will flow. (Thanks to Shichi for the photos.)

Song of the Day #283: Corpse Bride – According To Plan (One of my favorite Burton films.)

 

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  1. Theater of Trajedy
    Posted January 13, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    where is the exhibit? it sounds very interesting i’d love to go!

  2. Jade-Neko
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Your coat is gorgeous!

    • lacarmina
      Posted January 14, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

      Thank you! Can’t wait to show you the latest designs on Friday. <3

  3. Thomas
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    The cursed exhibit for me and my friends! Every time we plan a trip there something happens and we lose a few people but it was a lot of fun. Thanks for pointing to the year I was born in the photo lol

  4. Anonymous
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    Oh I Cant Wait!! Ive been wanting to buy Gothic Lolita clothes for a while, or improvise until I could buy them. But hopefully know I can! Thank God it’s almost Friday!! ;] Congrads. and I would love to see this exhibit but I don’t live near NYC. GLad you report on them though! Thanks

    • lacarmina
      Posted January 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      <3 hooray! Can't wait to reveal everything on Friday!

  5. AngryBroomstick
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    I hope they stop by in my city and show it at my city musuem!

    • AngryBroomstick
      Posted January 14, 2010 at 1:52 am | Permalink

      (if the exhibition goes on a tour, i mean. I hope so)

    • lacarmina
      Posted January 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think it will be a travelling exhibit… but there are more photos online on the MoMA’s exhibit site.

  6. Theater of Trajedy
    Posted January 13, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    where is the exhibit? it sounds very interesting i'd love to go!

  7. lacarmina
    Posted January 13, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Museum of Modern Art in NYC :)

  8. Jade-Neko
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Your coat is gorgeous!

  9. Thomas
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    The cursed exhibit for me and my friends! Every time we plan a trip there something happens and we lose a few people but it was a lot of fun. Thanks for pointing to the year I was born in the photo lol

  10. lacarmina
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    haha we were all point to the year of our birth.

  11. lacarmina
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    haha we were all point to the year of our birth.

  12. lacarmina
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    Thank you! Can't wait to show you the latest designs on Friday. <3

  13. All Women Stalker
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    How I wish I could go there! It looks so fun!

  14. lovingtokyofashion
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    Oh I Cant Wait!! Ive been wanting to buy Gothic Lolita clothes for a while, or improvise until I could buy them. But hopefully know I can! Thank God it's almost Friday!! ;] Congrads. and I would love to see this exhibit but I don't live near NYC. GLad you report on them though! Thanks

  15. AngryBroomstick
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    I hope they stop by in my city and show it at my city musuem!

  16. AngryBroomstick
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    (if the exhibition goes on a tour, i mean. I hope so)

  17. Cat
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Hey!! La Carmina, I think it would be sooo amazing if you gave us a tour of your house/apartment. I would love to see how you decorate your house. :D Please think about it. Maybe some of your clothes, or how you put your outfits together. <3 Thanks

  18. All Women Stalker
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    How I wish I could go there! It looks so fun!

  19. Cat
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Hey!! La Carmina, I think it would be sooo amazing if you gave us a tour of your house/apartment. I would love to see how you decorate your house. :D Please think about it. Maybe some of your clothes, or how you put your outfits together. <3 Thanks

  20. Yukiro
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    I wanna go!

  21. Marjorie
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    oh my god!!! if only i was in new york!!

  22. Josee
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    nice!

  23. Ana Hi
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I wanna go looks totally cool! Love your outfit and your watch is super cute! (:

    • lacarmina
      Posted January 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      Thanks! The watch is by Putumayo. I think it’s so clever — a white rabbit holding his pocketwatch! And cute too!

  24. Moon Maiden 90
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I wish I had half of Tim burtons imaginative talent! Ah the event looks so amazing! can’t wait till Alice in wonderland is in Theatres! I’ve loved that story ever since I was little & now that he’s putting his touch to it, I’m sure it will be FANTASTIC! ^-^

    • lacarmina
      Posted January 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      ME TOO. I am hoping I can even go to the premiere of Alice in Wonderland.
      His imagination is beyond compare…

  25. Yukiro
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    I wanna go!

  26. Marjorie
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    oh my god!!! if only i was in new york!!

  27. Josee
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    nice!

  28. Ana Hi
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I wanna go looks totally cool! Love your outfit and your watch is super cute! (:

  29. Moon Maiden 90
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I wish I had half of Tim burtons imaginative talent! Ah the event looks so amazing! can't wait till Alice in wonderland is in Theatres! I've loved that story ever since I was little & now that he's putting his touch to it, I'm sure it will be FANTASTIC! ^-^

  30. lacarmina
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    <3 hooray! Can't wait to reveal everything on Friday!

  31. lacarmina
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    I don't think it will be a travelling exhibit… but there are more photos online on the MoMA's exhibit site.

  32. lacarmina
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Hi Cat,
    Ooh, I should take some new photos! Here are pictures of my bedroom from a while back — https://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2008/12/my-gothic

    You can see how I did my walls :)

  33. lacarmina
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! The watch is by Putumayo. I think it's so clever — a white rabbit holding his pocketwatch! And cute too!

  34. lacarmina
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    ME TOO. I am hoping I can even go to the premiere of Alice in Wonderland.
    His imagination is beyond compare…

  35. Jenny
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    I plan on making another trip back there with my sketchbook when it’s less crowded :3
    I had a great time with You and Shichi!

  36. blackfeathers
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    don’t forget, tim burton also directed peewee’s big adventure… -a classic movie that i’ve seen over 500+ times(lost count) in betamax back in the late 80s. :)

    • lacarmina
      Posted January 15, 2010 at 12:03 am | Permalink

      I totally forgot he made that too!! I need to watch that…

  37. Anonymous
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    Hi Carmina! Love your site!!!
    Can i ask you a few questions? What time did you go? You said is better go in the late afternoon, but dont they close at 5:30pm? How crowded was it?

    Im going to go anyways, i just want to be prepared and have the best experience i can, Thanks!

    • lacarmina
      Posted January 15, 2010 at 12:09 am | Permalink

      Hi! I went around 2pm. True, it closes at 5:30 — I’d check the site to find out when it closes each day. It will be crowded no matter what… hard to walk around and see the paintings… but worth the visit!

  38. Jenny
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    I plan on making another trip back there with my sketchbook when it's less crowded :3
    I had a great time with You and Shichi!

  39. blackfeathers
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    don't forget, tim burton also directed peewee's big adventure… -a classic movie that i've seen over 500+ times(lost count) in betamax back in the late 80s. :)

  40. lacarmina
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Type your reply…

  41. lacarmina
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Type your reply…

  42. lacarmina
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    It was fun going with you! <3 The photo of us with tickets in our mouths is so funny!

  43. lacarmina
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    I totally forgot he made that too!! I need to watch that…

  44. Siren8
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    Hi Carmina! Love your site!!!
    Can i ask you a few questions? What time did you go? You said is better go in the late afternoon, but dont they close at 5:30pm? How crowded was it?

    Im going to go anyways, i just want to be prepared and have the best experience i can, Thanks!

  45. lacarmina
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Hi! I went around 2pm. True, it closes at 5:30 — I'd check the site to find out when it closes each day. It will be crowded no matter what… hard to walk around and see the paintings… but worth the visit!

  46. Jenny
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    you mean on fb? ^^?

  47. Jenny
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    it came out really cute!

  48. Murbela
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    The Tim Burton exhibit was quite nice and inspiring. I would also encourage everyone that’s gonna make a stop in NYC before April 26th to go.

    It was pretty crowded even though it was a Monday afternoon ~_~ I liked the dark esophagus entrance which then throws you into this brightly lit space of imagination. The exhibit did go chronologically from left to right but I somehow ended up circling the space against the crowd (from right to left), starting with the latest works to the earliest… and I actually liked it that way. There were a bunch of beautiful drawings/sketches that made me jealous, same with the character sculptures. I stared at the Edward Schissorhands suit for a while while listening to the security woman yell “No pictures allowed!”. The Catwoman suit looked like it was melting off the display though, heh. The Hansel and Gretel short movie was ridiculous… ridiculously funny, and a most welcomed rest spot in the middle of it all (and that wall clock, it was screaming ‘build me!’, heh). And that sketch with the man that shot the constipated dog – so witty lol. Then I slowly got into what I think I enjoyed the most, the earlier years… sketches, reading notes – that really made me think “ah~, this is a regular person like me… but with a different style and slightly more obsessed with things” lol. The early years spoke to me a lot more maybe because it felt a lot more personal. All in all I really enjoyed everything. Before exiting I remarked: “someone’s pretty obsessed with clowns :) “.

    Then at the end, when you exit, you’re thrown into these modern art huge prints that will make you go “wth, where am I?” just because you’ve spent so many hours with Burton’s creations that nothing else will fit into your brain.

    But wait, there was a bit more, the movie posters and polaroid project located at the Theater galleries downstairs. They all looked so lonely. Then it was 5:30pm and the spell was over.

    It really was a lot to process. I’d probably want to go see it all again.

  49. Murbela
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    The Tim Burton exhibit was quite nice and inspiring. I would also encourage everyone that's gonna make a stop in NYC before April 26th to go.

    It was pretty crowded even though it was a Monday afternoon ~_~ I liked the dark esophagus entrance which then throws you into this brightly lit space of imagination. The exhibit did go chronologically from left to right but I somehow ended up circling the space against the crowd (from right to left), starting with the latest works to the earliest… and I actually liked it that way. There were a bunch of beautiful drawings/sketches that made me jealous, same with the character sculptures. I stared at the Edward Schissorhands suit for a while while listening to the security woman yell “No pictures allowed!”. The Catwoman suit looked like it was melting off the display though, heh. The Hansel and Gretel short movie was ridiculous… ridiculously funny, and a most welcomed rest spot in the middle of it all (and that wall clock, it was screaming 'build me!', heh). And that sketch with the man that shot the constipated dog – so witty lol. Then I slowly got into what I think I enjoyed the most, the earlier years… sketches, reading notes – that really made me think “ah~, this is a regular person like me… but with a different style and slightly more obsessed with things” lol. The early years spoke to me a lot more maybe because it felt a lot more personal. All in all I really enjoyed everything. Before exiting I remarked: “someone's pretty obsessed with clowns :) “.

    Then at the end, when you exit, you're thrown into these modern art huge prints that will make you go “wth, where am I?” just because you've spent so many hours with Burton's creations that nothing else will fit into your brain.

    But wait, there was a bit more, the movie posters and polaroid project located at the Theater galleries downstairs. They all looked so lonely. Then it was 5:30pm and the spell was over.

    It really was a lot to process. I'd probably want to go see it all again.

  50. Seiran
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Hehe I wanna go~ I could probably go sometime in March lol oh yeah >D

  51. Seiran
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Hehe I wanna go~ I could probably go sometime in March lol oh yeah >D

  52. shichi
    Posted January 18, 2010 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    Indeed. ^_^

  53. Anonymous
    Posted February 5, 2010 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    this is awesome! i wish i went!

  54. mujitsu
    Posted February 5, 2010 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    this is awesome! i wish i went!

  55. lacarmina
    Posted February 5, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Ahh it's still on…

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