NYC Style: Artist Molly Crabapple

by Kimberly Rae Miller

Molly Crabapple
Borough/Neighborhood: Manhattan, Financial District
Profession: Artist

Molly Crabapple is a native New Yorker and caffeine addict. She’s known for hyper-detailed, saucy Victorian illustrations for clients like DC Comics, Marvel Comics and The New York Times, as well as notorious nightclub The Box. Molly is also the founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, an alt-drawing salon with branches in over 100 cities around the world. She ran away to Paris at age 17 and figured things out from there.

How would you define your personal style?

I dress sort of like Joan Hollway, if Joan Holloway quit her job as an office manager to run off to Paris and dance burlesque. I tend to wear a mix of 50’s inspired, tight waisted dresses and spangly cabaret accessories- sequined shrugs, feathered hairclips. Hell, I even have a headband with a giant bird on it.

Favorite item in you closet?

A green, chiffon, embroidered scarf I bought when I was a teenager haggling in Marrakech.

Are there any trends that you wish would just go away already? Styles you wish would come back?

I do not understand those hellacious slouchy booties that make your legs look like they’re five inches. But I never follow trends, so to each their own.

Ruffs should totally come back.

Favorite Five in the Five Boroughs?

Enz’s in the East Village for getting your fix of Stop Staring and other 50’s repro designers.

Beacon’s Closet in Williamsburg. I’ve found amazing skintight beaded dresses, battered Prada sandals and crinolines at just the right length- all for around twenty bucks a piece.

Alexander McQueen boutique for solid fondling and clothing lust. Every so often, if I have bank, I go there to no longer have bank, but instead a shiny skull to attach to myself.

John Fluevog for high, curvy, shockingly comfortable shoes for all seasons.

Conway and Strawberry because if you look you will find awesomely bizarre shoes and crocheted tights for $2 that are the same as the ones they sell at Urban Outfitters for $20.

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  • Hoyt Pembrooke

    …”More Than the clothes they wear”… etc

  • Hoyt Pembrooke

    I was just thinking and using the War in Russia and pregnant women fighting
    for their life incidents (which are true) as an example of women who are
    real women not dressed up dolls as a leitmotif in life ,real women versus
    daddy and mom’s dressed up little girls as a uniform, as a stance in the world.

    One can transpose any countries history not just the Invasion by Nazi’s
    in St.Petersburg Where women have had to be more that the clothes they
    wear and how they are put together.
    But of course it is truly unimportant , Childbirth to is brave be it during war
    or Lenox Hill hospital wearing Gucci pajamas. The artist pictured with her
    knees broken together cutesy pose will suffice at least only to me as, zero.

  • anotheraaron

    Don’t feed the trolls, folks….

  • Tom Blunt

    I doubt Molly would ever hesitate to pick up a machine gun and kill any Nazis that happened to be invading.

  • Hoyt Pembrooke

    You were not there, I was.
    You did not get my point ,but that’s OK.
    Fashion keeps decorating Humans as if that REALLY matters in
    the world ,for some of us(Not U) it is a waste of mental capacity and
    stupid mis directed self agrandizement.

    In any event I will be dead of natural causes and you all will’ take
    over the world from Twitter to Terror to Whatever.

    • C Ryan

      Fashion doesn’t really matter… We live in a world where we are able to have these minor, superficial interests, and that’s a good thing.

      You can make the argument that all of the small, insignificant things we enjoy in life, or find interesting, are the bane of humanity… You can say that decorating humans doesn’t really MATTER, but at that point, there are thousands of other things just as insignificant.

      If the Nazis aren’t attacking, why not enjoy some of the less important things this world has to offer.

      So what if you “were there”? Alot of people have been witness to alot of awful things, but realize there are the small things today, like pretty clothes, television, and the internet that allow people to take a few moments and enjoy life a little bit more.

      I know those things are beneath you, but complaining on the internet is not. Interesting.

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  • C Ryan

    Good thing this isn’t Russia and we’re not being invaded by Nazis. It frees up this lucky woman’s time enough to talk about fashion in an article ABOUT fashion.

    I’ll be on the look out for a story on women’s rights in the Soviet Union during the cold war, so your comments can seem a little more relevant.

  • Hoyt Pembrooke

    Pregnant Russian women hero’s picked up machine guns
    and killed the invading Nazi’s and now this is what we
    have reduced women to being superficial clotheshounds. Ugh

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