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Female Characters Appreciation, Villains: Part 1

“Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.”

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Uncle Charlie is another anomaly. He has lived so isolated and in his head that we approached his clothes almost as if it’s his first day out of prep school. Sophisticated and well read, we thought he would present himself maybe as a character from one of the classic books he read or from his travels real and imagined. A bit of boyish elegance but with a lean silhouette. We wanted to contrast his darker nature with warm colours and soft textures. Charlie wears a lot of cashmere…blood and cashmere is always a nice combo. Kurt and Bart discuss the costume design of Stoker