RT Post 6: On Magic and Mayhem

Apologies – this was supposed to post earlier, but didn’t go up! Clearly, you weren’t ready for the magic and the mayhem.

In which there are no words…

If there is a grand dame of RT, it is definitely Heather Graham. Each year she hosts a party that defies the phrase ‘over the top’ and pushes beyond to a place where even your imagination fears to follow.

This year’s theme, appropriately enough, was Magic and Mayhem. Party guests were invited to attend in costume, and the best (or worst? It’s hard to tell) of the costumed would be judged and winners declared. There would be a crowning of a King and Queen of the Dark, as well as a Dark court to serve them, and a King and Queen of the Light, and a Light court to serve them.

But before anyone else was lauded, first we had to honour Heather Graham. Adorned in a vampiric gown and pink wig, Heather arrived at the dinner in a glittering dragon float, where she proceeded to sing House of the Rising Sun (for music geeks out there – she did not use the original folk lyrics, but rather the version made famous by The Animals). The spectacle…defies words, and cannot be explained, only experienced.

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The lighting wasn’t great for a shot of the dragon, but here’s the pink wig.

Want to see some costumes? Of course you do!

Me first. Because I'm the one blogging, dammit!

Me first. Because I’m the one blogging, dammit!

She eventually became Queen of the Light

She eventually became Queen of the Light

Aztec inspired.

Aztec inspired.

The Baron Samedis. One became King of the Dark, and the rest made up an extended court.

The Baron Samedis. One became King of the Dark, and the rest made up an extended court.

The one on the left became Queen of the Dark, the one on the right part of the court.

The one on the left became Queen of the Dark, the one on the right part of the court.

a closer look at the Baron Samedi costumes.

a closer look at the Baron Samedi costumes.

Of *course* I liked the Harlequin costume ;)

Of *course* I liked the Harlequin costume 😉

Some more darkness

Some more darkness

A splash of colour amid all the black.

A splash of colour amid all the black.

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This is CJ Hollenbach, a well-known cover model, in white tights. For his efforts, he was named King of the Light.

I think they're supposed to be zombies. Zombies suffering from ennui.

I think they’re supposed to be zombies. Zombies suffering from ennui.

It's not great, but this gives you a bit of an idea of the dragon float.

It’s not great, but this gives you a bit of an idea of the dragon float.

 

Next up: The Giant Book Fair!

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