If you’ve ever read Anthony Burgess’s acclaimed novel that follows 15 year old Alex DeLarge and his three friends on their journey of robbing, raping, torturing and murdering for fun, then you’ll have been left with indelible memories that you may wish to forget. If you bypassed the novel for auteur Stanley Kubrick’s long-banned film of the same name then you’ll have been bombarded with a brutal assault on the senses both visual and aural. Something that added to the film’s atmosphere of unease is the sheer odd look of the movie. Malcolm McDowell’s protagonist, Alex, sported bizarre eye makeup that has often been imitated.
Apart from grotesque performances and unsettling themes you’ll never look at lipstick in the same way again. If you have yet to see the film then the look of Alex can be best described as boots, trousers with braces, white shirt, cane and bowler hat
Is it time to go out and practice ultraviolence with the droogs? Maybe it would be more sensible to stay in than to hit the streets and ‘tolchock some old veck in an alley and viddy him swim in his blood’. If you want to get the most out of the invented nadsat language it certainly helps to know a bit of Russian.
Here are some pics I’ve compiled of people who have, for one reason or another copied the Clockwork Orange guise.
Punk rock singer of the Banshees was always one to make a statement with fashion.
Robb Klassen, a student at Brooks Institute of Photography arranged this trade shoot inspired by The Clockwork Orange.
Got milk? This pic will only mean something to you if you’ve read or seen the story on film.
This chap is guitarist for the Black Veil Brides, an American rock group. Read more.
The Alex look certainly tallies with the edgier musicians and singers. For Christina’s 28th birthday who can guess where she took her look from? Answers on a postcard please.
Naturally you don’t have to be famous to experiment with stark makeup statements. These following people look rather intense.
Do you remember Adrian from America’s Next Top Model?
If you’d like to try the look for yourself then why not check out this video tutorial?
Like me, you may find putting makeup on a baby offensive but this guy scares the heck out of me.
Guest blogger, Greg Coltman, is currently makeup free but doesn’t mind a touch of the greasepaint when required.