Missy Munster is the founder and creative mind behind the occult luxury fashion line MM Fabrications. Based in Los Angeles, the brand specializes in elaborate head and neck pieces that possess a dark, esoteric edge. Recently, Missy Munster hosted a necromantic event to launch her latest collection Let the Devil In. Here’s your look inside Desecrated in Death: The Path of the Unholy.
The debut ceremony took place on May 26th, a date not picked at random. This day was chosen because it marks a significant occurrence that ties in with the collection’s theme. On May 26, 1647 the execution of Alse Young took place who, records indicate, was the first woman in Colonial America to be accused of witchcraft and put to death for it. Desecrated in Death: The Path of the Unholy served a dual purpose, to commemorate the victim’s memory and to unveil Missy Munster’s newest endeavor.
The event was set up in a private warehouse in downtown Los Angeles. To add to the secrecy of the occasion, the location was not disclosed to attendees until the day of the launch. Up a couple of flights of stairs lined with candles was the parlor room with tables displaying and selling items from the brand. The atmosphere exuded mysticism. Here the crowd convened until the moment we were allowed into a separate space where a ritual would transpire.
The room was arranged so that the audience formed a circle around the performers. Music with a steady, tribal beat played. First was the conjuring. There were cloaked figures, some wearing horned headdresses. A procession of women draped in white slithered in and took their place around cryptic symbols etched in the floor. Each took a drink of a mysterious libation. A woman with suspensions hooked to her back proceeded to the middle of the circle. Suddenly, she was lifted into the air, limbs flailing and writhing.
Next was the resurrection. A woman donned in black with horns and dagger walked to an altar where two coffins with bodies laid on the floor. The figures, with hooks through their flesh, rose from their crypts and began spinning furiously. The following scene played out the persecution of Alse Young (portrayed my Missy Munster) who refused to comply with the accusations thrown at her. The designer proceeded to slide a long needle through her face, entering one cheek and exiting the other. She then sliced a sharp object across her chest. This final act concluded the ritual.
The performance was jaw-dropping. The individuals executing such astounding feats call themselves Coven of Ashes — an artistic female group specializing in ritualistic performance and bloodletting. Body suspensions were provided by Embrace Chaos. It was an immersive experience that was the perfect precursor to the collection unveiling.
After intermission, MM Fabrications’ Let the Devil In was revealed. Models were seated and posed so that we could get an up-close look at the pieces. Three others rested in coffins adorned in Missy Munster’s creations. They highlighted the allure of darkness and embodied a sinister beauty. Designs included a crown of thorns, goat headdresses and decorative chest gear.
In a Facebook post, the designer addressed the question many had if she was approached to design pieces for any celebrities for the 2018 Met Gala, which was themed “Heavenly Bodies.” She responded:
Each stylist enjoyed my work but felt what I could make was too “aggressive” “dark” “scary” or “evil” for the “heavenly bodies” theme. Which I completely understand. We live in a society that prides itself of dwelling in the “light and positivity” of life but are so in fact blinded by that very light that we refuse to see the flaws in our own ways. For how would we know the light without the dark? I prefer the dark. I prefer the reality of the truth. An eternity of light is bleak. The absence of the adversary is an existence plagued with the illusion of grandeur. With “LET THE DEVIL IN” I aim to display the beauty of brutality and oppressive darkness. I will never be the poster child for “heavenly” and I have never aimed to be. I will continue to make the darkest, aggressive, scariest items you’ve ever seen, and I will do it well. Fuck heavenly bodies. I’d rather be in hell. – Missy Munster
Visit the MM Fabrications official website to see and order items from Let the Devil In.