6/07/2012

wanna play

Carnivals are weird. It's this impossibly bizarre attempt to create something so hyperfun, but it ends up becoming this creepy gilded thing, and the creepiness isn't even hidden very well. As kids we tend to accept things at face value, because we lack the foresight to explore things more abstractly, but GROWING UP! Man, it really helps you see how fucked up things really are. One of my favorite aesthetic activities is seeing something, REALLY seeing it, for it's horrors and beauty and how much energy the beauty expends in effort to hide the horror. Oftentimes that's the most fascinating part.


Like this freakishly terrifying "funhouse". What is so fun about a building being on fire?!

This ferris wheel was nonfunctional and was surrounded by a crew of bored-looking workers.

Counterfeit Donkey Kong and Casper toys.


A very racist ride, made even weirder by the fact that it is called "1001 Nachts."

I wore a vintage dress, Madewell boots, Rodarte x OC bag, and Givenchy glasses. Felt like the glasses really accented the strangeness of this dress, and my surroundings in general.

9 comments:

Mat said...

nice to match your outfit to your surroundings! it's a pretty freaky place, there's a few travelling ones around my way but the colour and stuff look quite interesting on this one compared.

Goo Girls said...

I love the marbleized dress & gee-vonch specs together. Good combo.

Also, on a carnival note, go watch carnival of souls! It's so weird and kitschy and plenty of very female themes.

Ludo said...

Cute outfit! Very pretty and nerdy. Carnivals are a creepy death trap, but in the best way possible.

Meagan said...

I enjoy your dress :-)

Christina said...

SUCH a beautiful print on that dress! I'm surprised designers aren't doing anything like that now. I used to marble-dye paper in girl scouts to make little books out of them.

Also, can't believe you scored those Givenchy cat frames. I've looked high and low. It's like they've been raptured.

Magnet said...

The print on that vintage dress is so damn cool and kind of compliments your bizarre surroundings quite well. Your description of this carnival made looking at the images... almost, creepy. I felt like I had shivers.

Lydia said...

Meagan! You are one dreamy lady! Awesome, awesome outfit here. Gotta rep those sock/boot proportions ASAP.

I've been going through your archives... Not only is every outfit frickin' stellar, you also have a masterful grasp of language. You are inspiring me to perhaps be more introspective and intellectual with my posts. SUCH A WEB CRUSH ON YOU.

Low Couture said...

The photos are beautiful and emotional. Great dress. I'm super depressed about my wardrobe right now - somehow your dress makes me feel better. i had a "bad outfit" day, which I completely hate...

x Peter @ http://low--couture.blogspot.com

Your next door neighbour said...

Great photos! I took some of a travelling carnival in Australia - all the rides were from the 40s to the 60s. I used to visit the same carnival when I was little (NOT In the 40s or 60s obvs), it's pretty strange to go back and realise that stuff you thought was impressive as a youngster is creepy or really even extraordinarily beautiful now.

Great post. x