Fashionably Strange: A History of Victorian Creepiness
Taught by J.R. Pepper
J.R. Pepper is a photographer, artist and researcher with an MA in art history specializing in Surrealism and Victorian spirit photography. Her work featured on a variety of websites, album covers, galleries, press releases and publications, including Haunted America:FAQ by Dave Thompson. She has spoken at various conventions and panels including New York Anime Festival, New York Comic Con, Tokyo in Tulsa, Salon Con, Catland Books, The Morbid Anatomy Museum and the NY branch of The Odd Salon. She lives in New York and works as an imaging producer and an assistant at The Burns Archive.
image credit: Bill Wadman
There’s a general consensus in film and media that Victorians were a bit… odd to say the least. But what did they do that made them so odd, so strange, so creepy?
From professional mourning clothing, taxidermy, and an obsession with death to bizarre photography and fashionable communication with the spirit world, there’s no doubt that the Victorians were decidedly creepy. In this talk we will explore what made the Victorians the true masters of the macabre.