Posts Tagged ‘harlequin outfit’


Monday, August 27th, 2012

I consider myself a harlequin. To be clear from the start, we’re talking Commedia del Arte here, not Batman. Though Harley Quinn is pretty hot.

When one harlequinizes as much as I do, one needs a killer outfit in which to do it. Traditionally, these outfits have looked like this:

Needless to say, I am not a fan. If you want to get any harlequinizing done, you need to look SHARP.

This goal has, in part, been the inspiration behind my newest outfit. There were two other influences too:

Listen to this song. Now. I'll wait.

These fabulous tights, worn by the fabulous Gabby Young in the fabulous “Ask You a Question” video which is fabulous.

And the wonderful Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I loved this book so much! This isn’t a literary review blog, and I don’t know how to review things anyway, but suffice it to say:


So the inspiration was in place, and rather unusually, it stayed with me right through the making process of the trousers, and then the rest of the outfit, even when I was delayed while waiting for fabric. That’s some solid inspiration, folks.

Now, as previously discussed, the traditional harlequin wears a silly baggy suit which would sometimes even have bells on. Bells! How are you supposed to get any harlequinizing done if people can hear you coming?

What was needed was a smart, modern, yet classical outfit for today’s harlequin on the go. This is what I made:

I am SO happy with how it turned out. The photo doesn’t do it justice, since it’s my little camera on self timer in my living room, but I’ll get some proper photos taken soon!

UPDATE: You can see the nicer photos here!