The Art of Dark Glamour 


Glamour is an illusion, a form of mystery revealing a fragile state that changes with time. It is defined as a re-creation from all facets of our lives. Perhaps the best way to describe it is with a ravishing red lipstick, a sensual hourglass silhouette, and style inspiration from such mavens as Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner and Jayne Mansfield. 

While many may attempt to aim for class or sophistication, many will miss the mark, for there are so many ways we can make unknowing missteps. Glamour is the feeling of beauty, with an undertone of femininity, and dark magic. 

Female villains in films from the 1940s are often beyond glamorous, holding a sense of darkness to their tricks as they embrace a magical hand that must not be spoiled. We perceive red lipstick, smoky eyes, and slicked back hair as dark glamour, because we understand that these traits exude a sense of mystery, isolation and immorality. 

Portraying dark glamour is a set of personas-a creation instead of a state of being-you will find one will create it, even if they don’t realize they’ve done so. Call glamour an inner performance if you wish. It’s equally accurate to call it an accomplishment to stand among a field of dry soil, before a devils oak tree playing with the sight of ravens, don’t you agree? 

Dark glamour channels attributes to youth-sex appeal, flirtation and vitality-but comes much easier with age, like mystery and a past. The trick to glamour is quite like black magic; you see me, and yet you don’t. You only see what I bring to my outer self or how I create it as my own. You only see what I want you to see. The beauty of dark glamour is that I actually control how much you witness, and I promise to not cast any spells on you. 

Doris Hobbs

Contributing Writer for Stalletto