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Turkey, Pie, Football, Costumes and Trick-or-Treat! Wait.

Halloween and Thanksgiving are two of the slipperiest holidays in the American tradition. Costumed masquerading and trick-or-treating used to happen on Thanksgiving, while Halloween was mostly devoted to vandalism. As Americans did they best to stamp out the vandalism, they also cleaned up the unruly traditions of Turkey Day, banishing the Thanksgiving Ragamuffins to October. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Nov 23, 2014 - 10 comments

This is a “sexy BA” at best.

Women with actual PhDs review 'sexy PhD costume' on Amazon.
posted by SkylitDrawl on Nov 2, 2014 - 48 comments

Express yourself sexually in an ill-fitting wig.

The Cut presents 14 Halloween costume hookup stories. Something Awful's FASHION SWAT on costumes for cats.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 31, 2014 - 33 comments

Heroes of Cosplay's Holly Conrad's Advice on Dressing up for Halloween

just remember that it’s “all about passion about your character, what you can wear to connect with people on a different level of being a fan of something. Cosplay and Halloween can be merged together for a better world!”
posted by danabanana on Oct 27, 2014 - 18 comments

That New Costume Smell

If you were a child in the 70s who dreamed of being Boss Hogg or an 80s baby desperate to be a Rubik’s Cube, your dream could come true for less than $5. For that was the Golden Age of Ben Cooper and Collegeville Costume. Relive their glory days by perusing some vintage catalogs. [more inside]
posted by jrossi4r on Oct 23, 2014 - 61 comments

Groots, Black Widows, and Every Johnny Depp

The Very Best Cosplay and Outfits from NY Comic-Con 2014
posted by The Whelk on Oct 13, 2014 - 69 comments

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posted by Greg Nog on Aug 27, 2014 - 60 comments

Horse Fancy Dress Ideas

Do you have a horse that you want to dress up in a costume but can't decide which costume? Then check out the Horse Fancy Dress ideas blog. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Dec 20, 2013 - 26 comments

Was the tooth fairy a stripper?

Women from the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team have a thing or two to say about women's costumes and the choice to be a sexy nurse or a mother-fucking monster. (transcript)
posted by drlith on Nov 1, 2013 - 99 comments

"I've been coasting on 'great idea' costumes for the last ten years."

Rob Cockerham (MeFi's own!) is quite the mad genius when it comes to making Halloween costumes. This year's offering, perhaps inspired by his vacation in April, is his most complexly detailed masterpiece yet. Presenting: the making of The Happiest Costume On Earth.
posted by radwolf76 on Oct 25, 2013 - 38 comments

Which Is Creepier: Mom's Costume, or the One In the Box From the Store?

Josh Clark from the Stuff You Should Know Podcast, has put together two amazing galleries of old Halloween costumes. Really old, homemade costumes, and Seventies and Eighties costumes.
posted by Toekneesan on Oct 10, 2013 - 49 comments

Think Super Bowl halftime show on LSD, with added sequins. Eurovision!

It's that time of the year again, when the (television network) continent of Europe comes together to sing, wear interesting clothing, and gyrate before an enthusiastic/baffled world. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on May 12, 2013 - 128 comments

Not the shirtless She-Hulk you were expecting

Little Girls R Better at Designing Superheroes Than You is a (sparsely populated) Tumblr with illustrations based on little girls in superhero costumes, by Eyeburst. [more inside]
posted by camcgee on Apr 24, 2013 - 45 comments

Buttoning Up Up and Away!

Fully Dressed Redesigns of Superheroines. Artist Mike Lunsford redesigns several prominent superheroines' costumes to show a lot less skin while retaining the feel of their original outfits.
posted by robocop is bleeding on Apr 3, 2013 - 160 comments

where the wild things are

Wilder Mann - photos of traditional animal costumes of Europe, by Charles Freger. Also in National Geographic, and in the New York Times' Lens Blog:
“These traditions come from Neolithic times — from shamanism — and they have never stopped,” said Mr. Fréger, 38. “For a few nights you can behave like a goat, drink a lot and forget about being civilized. You can be a wild animal for three days and then you go back to controlling your wildness.”

posted by moonmilk on Mar 18, 2013 - 29 comments

Cat Trigger Warning

Sam is the most worried cat in the world. Tard is the most unhappy cat. But are they really? The psychological process known as anthropomorphism may potentially have moral ramifications that extend beyond dressing your cat in adorable costumes.
posted by wolfdreams01 on Feb 7, 2013 - 112 comments

All dolled up, Nigerian style

Barbie and Ken's Traditional Nigerian Wedding
posted by infini on Aug 8, 2012 - 21 comments

"...I can climb walls..."

Spider-Man's Less Impressive Super Power. [slyt] [via]
posted by quin on Jul 6, 2012 - 19 comments

Habit de...

Costumes grotesques et métiers de Nicolas de Larmessin. (Coralized)
posted by griphus on Jun 21, 2012 - 14 comments

"You don't remember anyone named Dick?" "No." "Garth? Dustin? Vic?" "I can't recall." "Lilith? Gar?" "You are boring me."

The 5 Most Ridiculously Sexist Superhero Costumes. The 8 Stupidest Defenses Against Accusations of Sexism stemming from The 5 Most Ridiculously Sexist Superhero Costumes. What If Male Superheroes’ Costumes Were Designed Like Female Superheroes’ Costumes? The Avengers Poster Gets Gender Swapped. "American superhero comics, and the sexual objectification of their heroines, reflect the conditions of their production and consumption: they are made almost exclusively by and for men." On average, women account for less than 10 percent of the production staff credited in the production of the new DC and Marvel superhero comics, and are concentrated in less prestigious roles.
posted by kyrademon on Feb 27, 2012 - 118 comments

I'll go as the Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor

Come with me, time-traveler, you'll blend in well at the 1980 WesterCon. [more inside]
posted by troll on Jan 13, 2012 - 24 comments

Sunnier Than Sonny And Cher!

What is Pink Lady? In Japan they are remembered for a string of pop hits in the 70s, but Americans might remember them either from their disco single "Kiss In The Dark" or from an attempt to sell them to the US market in 1980 via a short-lived NBC variety show Pink Lady & Jeff (TVParty summary) with comedian Jeff Altman. (Opening). The show featured their Japanese hits, UFO, MONSTER (a bit more rock and roll), and SOS along with US hits like Boogie Wonderland, McArthur Park and the occasional guest star. (with encore) Also, Roy Orbison. Sadly, the show failed to break out and the two returned to Japan for a series of farewell concerts and retrospectives. Much, much more available at this charmingly retro, utterly exhaustive fan site devoted to them. Or just read the recaps. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Dec 11, 2011 - 33 comments

Much More Than Props

I am Iron Man. I am Aquaman (and you can be too). I am Flynn (possibly NSFW). I'm Batman. We are Boba Fett. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Dec 7, 2011 - 11 comments

[insert wampa sound effect here]

What do you get when you cross a pug with the Wampa from The Empire Strikes Back? Behold The Wampug. (SLYT 36 seconds of cute)
posted by quin on Nov 14, 2011 - 21 comments

Haunted Air

"The perishing of fabrics and the rotting of early rubber, due to chemical instabilities and damp conditions, create new and sinister, puzzling abnormalities. Time and repeated wear have caused a beautiful metamorphosis, never intended or imagined by the maker." Haunted Air: "A glimpse of how the old, weird America celebrated All-Hallows Eve."
posted by billypilgrim on Oct 25, 2011 - 24 comments

"Prin-chan is a queen, so elegant clothes suit her best."

Cat Prin: the creator. Vice TV interviews the person behind Pet Office, Inc (previously). Pet Office, of course, provides the illustrations for Cat Town, created by metafilter's own Spatch.
posted by Greg Nog on Aug 18, 2011 - 17 comments

where crafting and dogs sadly intersect

What could possibly be sadder than sad Etsy boyfriends? Sad Etsy Dogs. [more inside]
posted by flex on Aug 8, 2011 - 53 comments

Buy Marilyn's dress from The Seven Year Itch!* (*subway grate not included)

The Girl With the Golden Wardrobe. Long after the Golden Age of Hollywood has dimmed, and its legendary stars taken a bow, history's most iconic film costumes are returning to the spotlight as actress Debbie Reynolds sells her showcase collection.

The Catalogue (PDF)
posted by crossoverman on Jun 4, 2011 - 88 comments

Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding.

100 years ago tonight was the first performance of composer Richard Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hoffmansthal's opera of romance, elegance and gender confusion, Der Rosenkavalier. Highlights [on YouTube] include the Feldmarschallin's meditation on the passage of time, the famous Presentation of the Rose duet, Baron Ochs's waltz, and the final trio (performed at Strauss's funeral, as remembered here by the late Sir Georg Solti.) [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Jan 26, 2011 - 5 comments

You know who else liked Halloween?

From National Geographic News, October 29, 2010Halloween Costume Pictures: Spooky Styles a Century Ago. In 1918, American kids, witches, and swastikas were cute.
posted by cenoxo on Oct 31, 2010 - 16 comments

you look so absurd, you look so obscene

From the obscure reference, to the sexy obscure reference, WTF Costumes proves that if you have a Halloween costume idea, someone has probably already thought of it. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 17, 2010 - 49 comments

To Boldly Go Where No Fan Has Gone Before

"As part of its ongoing mission to document the Art and Production History of Star Trek, this site will present technical articles on Star Trek prop and costume authentication - focusing on The Original Series - with detailed photos and episode screenshots to complement the information presented; as well as feature pictorials to showcase Star Trek memorabilia in private & public collections, present rare Behind The Scenes TOS imagery & discuss other topics." [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Oct 8, 2010 - 23 comments

For Sartorial Cinephiles

The elegant, understated Clothes On Film features interviews with film costume designers (most recently, an insightful series with the designer for Inception), and fashion analysis of films as diverse as The Big Lebowski and Top Hat. Neatly accessorised with The Costumer’s Guide.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Sep 2, 2010 - 10 comments

Performing citizen's arrests. If necessary.

Photographer Peter Tangen has been taking portraits and creating posters featuring self-declared real life super heroes like Geist, the Crimson Fist, and Life at The Real Life Super Hero Project. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jul 29, 2010 - 13 comments

West African Masquerade

Large-scale color photographs from 2005 to 2006 reflect the ritual adornment and spirituality of masquerade in Nigeria, Benin and Burkina Faso in West Africa. These portraits of masqueraders build on Galembo's work of the past twenty years photographing the rituals and religious culture in Nigeria, Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti, as well as the homegrown custom of Halloween in the United States. West African Masquerade. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on May 30, 2010 - 5 comments

Olympic Pants Wars

At first, it seemed the Azeris would win the Olympic Pants War handily, but then Norway, with its argyle advantage (in crazy and crazier varieties), seemed to have taken the lead. Now, US snowboard cross racer Nate Holland (competing, of course, in this wonderful outfit) is stepping in to set the pants rules for his own sport. But in the end, no matter what country they're competing for, it's the figure skaters who have won. As history has shown us, they always have the best pants of them all.
posted by ocherdraco on Feb 19, 2010 - 73 comments

The Belly-Slitter's Knife: More Alpine Holiday Fun!

In alpine Europe, Perchta the Belly-Slitter (a.k.a Berta/Berchta/Frau Percht) roams during the Twelve Days of Christmas, and if you piss her off, she'll cut out your entrails and stuff you full of straw and garbage. And you thought Krampus was all you had to dodge to get through the holidays! [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Jan 4, 2010 - 24 comments

Cockeyed gets its costume on

Rob Cockerham is no stranger to giant Halloween costume projects (and no stranger to MeFi). Every year he famously chronicles his costume builds (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) including everything from idea to final design. This year we not only get to see how his "Money you save with Geico" costume went together, he also published shots from other bay area halloween costume builders (now that's a sub-genre) including the awesome Tauntaun that beat him and the Transformers Bumblebee costume that took ten months to create and went all the way to win in Las Vegas costume contests.
posted by mathowie on Nov 24, 2009 - 34 comments

21 Halloween costumes that will not get you laid

21 Halloween costumes that will not get you laid. Probably NSFW. Looking through these, I'm sensing a certain theme. 21 fun, ad-choked clicks. sorry.
posted by Slithy_Tove on Oct 31, 2009 - 58 comments

Noble and magnificent creatures of the animal kingdom... humiliated again for our amusement. Yay!

The New Yorker's "Critterati" contest invites you to "take a picture of your pet—dog, cat, ferret, iguana, or any other nonhuman member of the animal kingdom—dressed as a character from literature, and upload it to newyorker.com by October 25th." Gallery | About | Rules | Enter. [more inside]
posted by taz on Oct 22, 2009 - 42 comments

Filling me up with the shivers

Violin. Them Heavy People. Egypt. The Kate Bush 1979 Xmas Special (QLYT)
posted by fire&wings on Apr 26, 2009 - 21 comments

The holy grail of Sci-Fi weapons

Perhaps the test didn't work out and you need to retire the replicant. [more inside]
posted by P.o.B. on Apr 14, 2009 - 54 comments

Not Your Mama's LOL Catz

The title says it all: Pets Who Want To Kill Themselves.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Feb 7, 2009 - 32 comments

Paper Dolls Aren't Just for Sissies Anymore

"You're a paper doll and you're confronted with a horde of hungry zombies. Whose weapon do you wish you had?" Pick your doll. Dress her up naughty or nice. Pick a pet. Stick around for Mermaid Monday, and have fun. My girlfriend says she'll wear this Cupcake Dress for me. Be sure to check out Hobbit Girl. Or the Original Silk Spectre (Sally Jupiter) from Watchmen and Rachel from Blade Runner. There's the obligatory wtf? And finally Sarah Palin. Sorry guys, she doesn't draw men (even if she likes all the same things you do). [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Nov 12, 2008 - 9 comments

What happens at Fantasy Fest stays at Fantasy Fest

It's Parade Day, the culmination of the island's biggest and best party of the year, Key West's Fantasy Fest 2008. It's a small party, (in that Key West is only 4-by-2 miles in size), but it increases Key West's population from 27,000 to over 100,000! What's the attraction? Well aside from the body painting [NSFW], casual debauchery [NSFW, GGW, and possible WTF], great freakin' music, freaks getting freaky over freak nakedness, photo ops [again, NSFW], and a pretty much non-stop outrageous gay-straight-bi-leather-whatever One Human Family sexy fun fun fun [NSFW] celebration, Parade Night is miles and miles/five hours of out-of-this-world partying island festival [possible NSFW, whatchutink]! Come now!
posted by humannaire on Oct 25, 2008 - 6 comments

What a great homemade witch costume! Um, you were supposed to be a princess? Oh.

Halloween is lurking ever nearer, and you need costumes and home decorations. Even if you're not as crafty as a witch, Halloween is a good time to start because the results are supposed to look deformed and grotesque. And you're dreaming of a green Halloween. Fortunately I just happen to have a few links to get you started. This garlic wreath could help you keep the vampires away, and this eyeball wreath may work on everyone else. For a geek-style Halloween, make a Mac-o-lantern. You could also decorate the house with a vinyl record cat clock, tin can candle lanterns, a ghost mobile, CD cat coasters, or a skeleton doll made out of old socks. For outdoor decorations, lawn tombstones can be made out pizza boxes and old newspapers, a skeleton out of old plastic containers, and there could be a ghost or two hanging about. You could adorn yourself with a skeleton brooch made out of tin cans, and if you've got old clothes or linens lying about the children in your life might like a few cute monsters to cuddle. If your kids (or you) have finally outgrown dolls, give the dolls a zombie makeover. For costume ideas, check out the Daily Green's list of the best recycled costumes on the Web, then send the kids trick or treating with pumpkin or black cat canisters. Just please be careful with those shears and x-acto knives or the blood and gore on your costume may be a little too organic.
posted by orange swan on Oct 24, 2008 - 28 comments

A More Palatable Proposal

Yes We Can (eat babies)!
posted by youarenothere on Oct 7, 2008 - 41 comments

Dogs in Wigs

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posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Jun 17, 2008 - 21 comments

Obscure timelines and curiosities

Artslynx's theatre resources section is a goldmine of links to research and support sites for every aspect of theatrical production and dramaturgy. Especially useful are the Artslynx timelines. Need to know when cling wrap came into usage? Check out the prop timeline. Lots of additional links to outside timelines and history sites for anyone with a thirst for obscure sociological information, a love of craptacularly designed scrolling pages, and generally and too much time on their hands. For example: food, fashion, ephemera, and people who have died onstage [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper on Dec 7, 2007 - 3 comments

W... T... F???

A top immigration official has apologized after awarding 'most original costume' to a Homeland Security Department employee who dressed in prison stripes, dreadlocks and dark makeup for a Halloween gathering at the agency. [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Nov 6, 2007 - 50 comments

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