Vampyre aesthetics use motifs that tend to bear a single, or repeated design or color. Within the VC, (Vampyre Culture,) motifs refer to a style of dress, or looks, in which the basics include Salon Noir, Regency, and Ceremonial.   

This article is an exerpt from The Strigoi Vii Codex: Path of the Living Vampyre.

Motifs should be elegant, mysterious and compliment the Vampyre in their Glamour techniques, in the profane sense, the ethereal sense, and with subtle hints of Vampyric symbolism. With that foundation, the Adeptus Vampyre should employ their motifs to aid in the techniques advised in 

William Mortensen’s book The Command to Look: A Master Photographer’s Method for Controlling the Human Gaze.

Remember, every Adeptus is an ambassador for our Culture and an inspiration for Fledglings! Setting an example and making an effort amplifies not only the Vampyre Current for the individual, but also the community. A timeless look will echo down through the ages!

Salon Noir Motif

The most basic, “default” style for the Vampyre aesthetic. This Motif can be used both within and without salons to empower the Vampyre in a multitude of scenarios. Inspired by the Victorian funereal sense, Salon Noir tends to be a formal, dark, and business-like affair, and won’t look out of place at Long Black Veil events, dumb suppers, séances for Houdini, or a dinner party hosted by Vanessa Ives from Penny Dreadful. 

Couture should be tailored suits, ties, cravats, capes, corsets, vests, smoking jackets, evening attire, and cocktail dresses. The Salon Noir style should be elegant and mysterious while amplifying confidence. The clothing should be flattering yet comfortable.

The colors of the fabric should be black-on-black with limited patterns and occasional accents that compliment without distracting. Dark emerald, sapphire, scarlet, or deep red shades would be particularly appropriate. However: absolutely no visible commercial logos or symbolism, especially with relation to fascism or political stances.

Nails should ideally be stilettos to resemble claws, failing that, clean and well-manicured are perfectly acceptable. Makeup should not be extravagant, but should have a natural, subtle look, or dive headlong into feline or wolven looks. Fragrances should not be overbearing, and the best should include pheromones to create seductive scents.

Footwear is most empowering when it is leather for faux without colored laces, best primarily black and no sneakers, sandals, or canvas materials.  Heels and boots are welcomed, but make sure comfort for dancing and walking is taken into consideration.

Jewelry should be subtle, pronounced. Silver is most preferred, with complementary esoteric, and symbolic rings, Legacy Ankh or other occult sigillum pendants, especially when paired with silver chain necklaces, and lapel pins with occult symbols to show Order, Halo, or Coven. 

Accessories beyond jewelry should be subtle, yet elegant. These can include leathers, walking canes, cowboy hats, witchy hats, cardigans, scarves, gloves, top hats, faux or vintage fur accents, old spectacles, pocket watches and more.  

Fangs should be custom-made by a talented fangsmith, and subtle enough for the wearer to speak clearly and drink with them. Any contact lenses should be artistic, comfortable, and either subtle or striking enough to pierce the soul.          

Majestic Motif

This motif applies when a formal, regency, aristocratic or highly-theatrical aesthetic is in order.  This can be at a highly formal salon noir style but is usually more appropriate when making an appearance at one of the Endless Night Vampire Balls, the Anne Rice Coven Ball, the Babylonian Grande Vampyre Salon, the Monarch’s court, royal coronation, the Venetian masquerade, or another courtly affair. Depending on the event, the default color is black, but darker colors may be permitted by the host. Themes may also include more prevalent whites, purples, yellows, and reds.

Example sub-motifs include: Dark baroque, (Versailles French 18th century style), Venetian Carnival, Aristocratic Victorian, and Regency.  All are suitable for a Grande Vampyre affair.

Ceremonial Motif (see Ritual Attire Black Veil)

The ceremonial motif is best-suited for rituals, working magick, attending or presiding over an initiation, a Blood and Roses event, (Vampyre Wedding), a Requiem (Vampyre funeral) or a seasonal rite.  Different traditions of Vampyrim use different symbolisms inspired by different paradigms including Khemetic, (ancient Egyptian), Celtic, Tiamantis, Sumerian, or Babylonian.

Black, or dark-colored robes, masks, and body-jewelry are appropriate, as is coming as one would envision a witch, warlock, wizard, dark acolyte or priest/ess. Tradition holds that the officiants presiding of the ritual should carry blades. There are three sub-motifs of Ceremonial: Formal, Black Robes or Nightklad. Formal attire is basically Salon Noir in all-black suits, or cocktail dresses, (often with Venetian masks). Black Robes are precisely what they sound like, without prominent color contrasts. Limited jewelry such as a Legacy Ankh or Dragon Ouroboros are acceptable. Masks are appropriate as well, as they emphasize putting one’s ego behind the actual, higher purpose of the ritual. Finally, Nightklad means clothed only in darkness and it’s best to see the NightKlad Black Veil. Mradu should wear armor or warrior-vestments, Kitra should arrive in seductive sensual costumes akin to a belly dancer, and Ramkht in priestly or wizard-like vestments. Rather simple and straightforward, but quite sublime elegance. Remember: the focus is on the ritual, and not on the participants.


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