Gothic Renaissance

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Gothic Renaissance
Downtown
Owned by the same folks behind Halloween Adventure next door, this high-end alternative boutique sells exotic and fantasy apparel sourced from all over the world. Gals will go gaga over the wall of sexy lace and glitter corsets ($50–$500) made with real steel or plastic boning. The house label’s Victorian-style knee-length corset dresses ($170), featuring rose embroidery and long lace trains, would lend themselves nicely to zombie bride looks, while guys can up their scare factor with Lip Service skull-patterned long-sleeve mesh shirts ($45) and spider-adorned suspenders featuring coffin-shaped clasps ($20). Perhaps most impressive of all is the shop’s wall of handmade masks ($70–$400), most notably traditional Italian papier-mâché styles ($70) featuring musical notes and gold swirls and sculpted skeleton-shaped leather versions adorned with feathers ($290). For trippy kicks, head to the back of the shop, where you’ll find Pleaser pumps whose eight-inch platforms light up on the sides ($125).
Venue name: Gothic Renaissance
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Address: 110 Fourth Ave
New York

Cross street: between 11th and 12th Sts
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun noon-7pm
Transport: Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq
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