Selina Kyle answers reader questions.
One other matter, which has been of unusually personal interest to me lately. You've worn purple since that first visit to Kittlemeierís, never the hideous outfit the Post has tagged you with lately. But the Post has allegedly "photographed" you in alternate versions of your outfit in the past. Outfits which are no less flattering to your figure, but which are practical for the situation - white for snowy terrain, blue for underwater, green for the tropics, etc. I use the word "practical" even though I've been told thatís not a word that applies to cats, because we know about the time you dressed like a delivery person when it made more sense on an assignment than the purple.
(Although when I hear people talk about how a zipper down the front is practical, it makes me wonder what how they're defining the word!)
So my second question is, are these outfits buried in a closet somewhere? Or has it been "all
purple, all the time"?
You refer, of course, to Cattitude
for my first visit to Kittlemeier and design of the "Cat-Tales
Classic" look. As I've stated from time to time in the Tales, I
did vary the outfit a few times over the years. Sometimes a girl just
wants a change. It always went pretty much like the skirted costume
I mentioned in Deja Vu All Over
Again (and elsewhere): I would try it for a few weeks,
and go back to the original.
Batman, I have occasionally commissioned special costumes for
special circumstances. When it is important that it be known
"Catwoman" is in the area, or is the perpetrator of a specific
job, or if I must meet with someone in costume. At other times, I
will simply forego the costume and persona, and use whatever jumpsuit or
wetsuit gets the job done. You mention the delivery getup in Fool
for instance, and that is a perfect example of when "practicality" fits
into Catwomanís activities. Put simply, time was short. I
wasnít going to let babies drown because
I had to wait for Kittlemeier to make me a special Catwoman-themed
persons you reference applying that term "practical" to a zip-up bikerchick getup,
however (Editorís note, see String
Theory) are simply ignorant of the rooftop lifestyle and, I
imagine, of the basics of putting on a leotard or catsuit. First
and foremost, women disaccomodate themselves in any number of ridiculous
ways to appear attractive to men. Putting on a bodystocking is
nothing. Anyone who wears pantyhose can do that much. Now a
Brazilian wax, thatís getting into some serious pain. But women do
it, we do it all the time. "Impractical" is it?
Well, I donít know. ConsiderÖ
Batman learns of a
Catwoman crime in progress
Batman learns of a
Joker crime in progress
principle applies to the heels. *naughty grin*
because you mention the green, I should probably confess here in
the less widely-read Ask Catwoman topic before Chris gets it into her head
to tell the worldÖ the fact is, I lost a bet once. I was drunk,
okay! It was shortly after Bane, the real Batman was missing, there
was no sign that that AzBat disaster was ever going away. I was
upset. I went to the 'Berg, I had a few more than I should have, I
made a bet with Eddie that I shouldnít have and, yadda yadda yadda, I wore
green. ONCE. And there arenít any photos, and if there are and they
ever surface, then somebody is going to bleed. Thatís all I have to
say about green.
As to your
second question, I do have a few of the old costumes stashed away in the
Hellmouth closet. However a sad fact of the Gotham lifestyle is that once
a vigilante finds a lair, itís lost. Anything that was stashed
there, lost. Iím quite sure thatís how he got his hands on my
skirted costume and the whip he has in the trophy room.
Editors Note: See related
Practical Cats and
The Dressing of Cats is a Serious Matter: A Definitive History of The Catwoman