Monstrous Costumes of Sir Christopher Lee

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The dashing and handsome Mr. Christopher Lee holds the world record for the most film acting roles ever. Mainly know for his roles as Dracula and Frankenstein during the 1960s and 70s, he is also notable for being in more recent films like The Lord Of The Rings. Check out some vintage fashions inspired by one of the masters of the silver screen.

Before becoming an actor, Christopher Lee served in The Royal Air Force during WWII. Perhaps he wore something similar to this rare leather and fur overcoat from the 1940s?  This WWII double breasted coat is a large size for a big and tall man, just like Mr. Lee.

Find out more about this rare vintage coat here.

Here we see Mr. Lee wearing a double breasted coat in the 1957 film Frankenstein.

Another 1940s vintage piece is this pea coat in great condition.  Heavy weight wool and with the original anchor buttons, this WWII era coat will keep you warm as you wander the forest at night looking for friends.

Christopher Lee’s first appearance as a vampire was in the movie Dracula from 1958, released as Horror of Dracula in the US.   Always mesmerizing, we see him here in a still from Dracula Has Risen From The Grave made in 1968.

When dressing as the undead all it really takes, is a good black cape to make your victims swoon!

This one size fits all 1960s cape is a steal at $29.99!

This beautiful vintage wool Pendleton coat is surely something befitting Sherlock Holmes. Find out more here.

Christopher Lee first played Sir Henry Baskerville to Peter Cushing’s Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of The Baskervilles in 1959.  He also played Sherlock himself, in Sherlock and The Deadly Necklace in 1969.

A true dandy changes into a smoking jacket before indulging in a pipe.  Here is a superb example from the monstervintage collection.  Made in the 1950s with gold and green Asian embroidery, it is lounge wear fit for a king!

If you’ve never seen Beat Girl from 1960, you’re in for a real treat.  Christopher Lee plays Kenny, the owner of a strip club called Les Girls, where the young protagonist of the film is persuaded  to dance.

How to dress like a strip club owner in 1960s London you might ask?  This Curlee Sportswear blazer would be a good way to start and then just add a Towncraft Snapper clip on tie from the same era.

Before there was Burning Man there was Wicker Man from 1973. Behold the beauty of Christopher Lee and his manly mustard turtleneck.

Watch the movie to find out how pagan rituals are hell on hairstyles.  A similar sweater style from monstervintage is this rare 1970s Kawasaki ski sweater.

Long Live Christopher Lee!

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Monstrous Vintage Fashions – How to Get The Hammer Glamour Look

Some of the best vintage fashions can be found in horror films from the 1960s. Here we take a look at some of the costumes seen in films from Hammer Studios as well as the legendary Mario Bava.  Look no further than films like The Vampire Lovers, starring Ingrid Pitt, for Hammer glamour inspiration!  Here you can see Ms. Pitt wearing a lime green empire waist long sleeved gown while contemplating her next conquest.

Ingrid Pitt in The Vampire Lovers

A similar fashion from the monstervintage catalog is another empire waisted maxi, this time with a lace top. You just don’t see this olive shade of green being worn anymore and it’s a real shame. The crepe rayon skirt with the fetching bow accessory is a strong look for the modern woman. Here is another vintage green from the same period with a more austere design.

A bit less daring, this pink chiffon extravaganza reminds me of the gown that Ingrid Pitt wears in Countess Dracula before bathing in the blood of virgins.

A sample dress from New York’s garment district, the bubble gum pink 1980s gown is in mint condition.

The undisputed queen of the spaghetti horror films, Barbara Steele can be seen here in an image from the legendary Mario Bava film, Black Sunday, the first Italian horror film.

This 19th century black cape  perfectly reflects Ms. Steele’s look of Victorian gloom.

With a Peter Pan collar and satin piping trim it is a must have for costume fanciers.  Although Ms. Steele is not wearing a hat with this costume, you may still consider pairing the cape with this fabulous and rare bonnet again from the collection of monstervintage.
Never underestimate the importance of a well placed hat to contribute to your vintage look.  Ms. Steele shows us how it’s done.

The Twins of Evil show some lovely 1860s/1960s fashions as well as giving us  a look at vintage nightgowns.

In keeping with the 1970s color scheme, here are a couple of examples of maxi dresses that can be found at monstervintage.com.

You may find yourself wondering  what do these Twins of Evil wear at night?

The look can easily be achieved with this beautiful vintage peignoir.

Again we can look at Ingrid Pitt in The Vampire Lovers for inspiration in wearing vintage lingerie.

A simple white vintage slip is all it takes to resemble a 1960s era Vampire bombshell!

Remember to be beautifully monstrous when choosing your look for the day!

And as Vampira would say, bad dreams darlings….