Unmined Costume Inspiration- Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe

by - Thursday, October 16, 2014

You can only go this route if you are absolutely sure that you are the coolest f-ing person you know (or I guess if you want to try to identify those people). This is one of the most important art friendships of all time, and everything you read about them and their relationships with each other and others is kind of mind-boggling. It might be a fun costume for two friends who aren't necessarily a couple.Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the most iconic (and definitely most controversial) photographers of the 20th century, and Smith was a musician, a poet, and his muse.

This one is slightly trickier because their look is iconic, but not necessarily a singular vision. The most iconic picture of Mapplethorpe is either his late in life self-portrait or a self-portrait he took with a bull whip (I think it would be difficult to go out that way). The photograph that immediately comes to mind when I think of Patti Smith is this:

from en.wikipedia.org
So come on, who doesn't want to go out with amazing hair and suspenders? Why have suspenders not come back for women? Here are some other pictures of them together:

from anothermag.com

from nickdrake.tumblr.com
 What you Need (Probably a lot of the same things either way)
Appropriate Hair (think bangs or feathering)
Very tight jeans
Black and White, masculine style
A Vintage looking camera (think mid 70's to early 80's)
Most Importantly, a kind of proud look of indifference and total badassery

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