If you want a weirder mask or a costume, you'd have to ask aliens to make it

How many times have you seen the same variations of witches, vampires and superhero costumes? Boring, I say, utterly unexciting. So, we decided to bring you the wickedest wearable stuff, bordering on insanity, that would be next to impossible to forget - the kind of costumes that would leave shock in their wake, rather than just mountains of candy.

Glasgow based Spanish artist Kepa Rasmussen makes Kafka-esque Wearable Sculptures, or "topologically extruded masks" (we featured his work before)

(images credit: Kepa Rasmussen)

Continuing with the theme of disturbing and marvelous wearable sculptures, we asked Kepa to recommend other artists who make that stuff. The name Gareth Pugh came up first. His fashion is other-wordly enough to be worn at Halloween, and yet classy enough for that avantgarde reception (.... but just barely. Stay away from that black rabbit costume, anyways)

(image credit: Gareth Pugh)

Darth Vader's soul-mate has been found, at the long last:

(image credit: Gareth Pugh)

This is "fashion as performance" clothing, where some parts of the costume are inflatable, and others are linked like a chain mail. Caroline Moiret from Suspended Kinetics shows more cheerful (and maybe more wearable) "wearable sculpture" on her site:

(designs by Caroline Moiret)

(designs by Walter Van Beirendonck)

Literally hair-raising, Nagi Noda's bizarre "animal hair" hats:

(more images here)

Costumes gone deliciously wrong

Frightening examples of sheer lunacy - but then again, isn't Halloween all about frightening lunacy? So these costumes fit right in (look at the cat's face on the bottom right) -

Food and parenting themes get a twisted treatment at Halloween:

(images via)

Some vintage Halloween fun:

center image via

This might be a bit tricky to wear:

Yip Yip Aliens, and how to make them:

Balloon twisting costumes by Jason Hackenwerth:

(images credit: telegraph.co.uk)

Did you like our knitting article? Here is a costume you can knit for yourself:

"Rediscover the softness of wool" print ad for Mir, fragment

This one is easy to make and sure to impress:

Wicked masks to conceal your cuddly nature...

...and innocent masks to lure them into your snakes-and-spiders world. All kinds of deception is a fair game on Halloween, and artists are glad to provide morbid, lugubrious pieces.... Here are some of the most memorable ones:

Emoticon mask - changeable, dynamic, no expression by default, and then the mood supposedly improves... Here is how to make it.

(image credit: makezine.com)

More traditional? Japanese Oni Masks look very imposing:

(images credit: nohmask.com)

Some more interesting items from Full Moon Masks:

Wicked masks continue, with Halloween Hijinks:

Willie Cole's "Wind Mask", consisting of blow dryers and such:

(image credit: Willie Cole)

This is not an existing mask, but definitely should be:

Virtual Reality Masks for the future.... Thanks, but no thanks.

(image credit: Frog Design)

Still the best steampunk mask we've seen, made by Stephen Ives (from the "Burning Man" art event):

(mask by Stephen Ives, photo by Cat Laine)

For more steampunk clothing and costuming head to this site, which is pretty much an ultimate link resource on this subject.

Don't have a mask? Go around with some fish:

(original unknown)

As for pumpkins, we will go by the Wired Magazine terminology here:
Carved Toothy Pumpkins - Expired
Carved Star Wars Pumpkins - Tired
Carved Killer Radishes - Wired:

Also Read:
Nice compilation of geeky costumes on WebUrbanist - and these weird articles on DRB:
Post-Halloween Eclectic Image Mix,
Radical Mannequins,
Monsters on Display

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Blogger Gilipollas said...

Perhaps I have a dirty mind but...


that looks like a penis to me!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay... The pink angry bunny is animator Amy Winfrey's (of "Making Fiends" fame) "Big Bunny". Go to www.amywinfrey.com and you will find out why Big Bunny is such an appropriate Halloween costume.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The boy's costume with a head being cut off is scary.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rebecca Horn also does wearable sculptures.

Blogger Brad Snowden said...

You know what they say, a mind is a wearable thing to taste (taste as in personal aesthetic expression of course, otherwise we'd all be zombies).

Good stuff here. I esp. like the vr mask.


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