Halloween
Halloween 2017: Shining Circles

Sometimes, natural beauty emerges in technology. Silicon wafers shimmer like dragonfly wings. Bamboo bends into sustainable architecture. Intersecting circles could be ripples in water, or a way to visualize data. Harmony can be organic or constructed. Deep thanks to fearless photographer Willie Davis and sharp stylist Catherine Leung. MATERIALS: Bought: bamboo embroidery hoops (26x$1.64 average …

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Halloween 2016: Green Engineer

Why not make heroes of those who work in STEM fields? Or better yet, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, Math)? This costume lets us dress up as the action figure we never had. The overall look is inspired by protective suits for scientific research and exploration. Geometric patterns in the rope evoke suspension cables and …

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Halloween 2015: Chrome Cloud

Why wear clothes when you can wear balloons? I used the kind that are shaped like letters: one A, two H’s, and four Y’s. The costume reminds me of balloon sculptures by artist Jeff Koons, and the “stuffed” look of some runway fashion by Comme Des Garçons. Since my costumes are typically geometric, it was …

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Halloween 2014: Yellow Sovereign

I wanted to experiment with a new material that would allow for curved surfaces. The design is inspired by ceremonial clothing worn by ancient rulers and spiritual leaders. It was also influenced by the structure of leeks, and the snow-ready Stormtroopers in The Empire Strikes Back. Many thanks to expert photographer Willie Davis and talented …

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Halloween 2013: Pink Wings

To celebrate ten years of Halloween costume tradition, I designed a matching set (male and female). Both costumes use similar modular components to create different effects. They are inspired by winged armor and helmets worn by the Vikings and Marvel’s Thor character. It was also inspired by winged shoes by Jeremy Scott for Adidas and …

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Halloween 2012: Death of Discs

This costume represents the “Death of Discs,” especially CDs and DVDs, and foreshadows the end of Blu-ray and spinning hard drives. It is made of DVD cases and blank DVDs, which are either free or very inexpensive as they approach obsolescence. The concept for this costume came from my Death of VHS costume in 2004, …

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Halloween 2011: Red Scooper

This costume’s features giant scoop-hands are designed for rapid collection of tiny “fun-sized” Halloween candy. It was inspired by construction equipment and the robotic suit Sigourney Weaver wore in the movie Aliens. Other inspiration included fireman’s helmets and old school Transformers action figures. Note that the original costume was red, and the extra colorways were …

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Halloween 2010: Orange Lantern

This costume is inspired by paper lanterns and by radial symmetry in nature (like sea anemones and jellyfish). Other inspiration included the color of Japanese lacquer, Japanese ghost stories (especially those about “kasa-obake” the umbrella ghost), and the film “Dreams” (directed Akira Kurasawa). People often see my costumes as robotic, but I think of them …

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Halloween 2009: Purple Warrior

This costume is inspired by warrior aesthetics from multiple cultures including the Lakota Sioux, the Zulu, and Japanese ninjas. I combined elements from each and interpreted them with post industrial materials (mostly plastic). I imagined a post apocalyptic world where tribal warriors dress adorn themselves with industrial materials that are no longer manufactured, yet more …

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Halloween 2008: Green Armor

This costume is inspired by the Sydney Opera House, animals with segmented exoskeletons (such as shrimp and lobsters), and “giant” Japanese robots (like Voltron and certain Gundam robots). I created a modular system which allowed me to build the shoulders, hips, toes, and most of the head with identical parts. The heels, chest/back plates, and …

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Halloween Costumes
Halloween Rules
1. Make it yourself.
This is the best way to be original. A store bought costume is better than no costume, but you can do better than that!
2. Use your whole body.
If you wear your usual clothes and throw on a mask, is that really a costume? Go from head to toe.
3. Keep it cheap.
Anybody can spend a zillion dollars on a costume and look cool. The real challenge is making it happen on a budget.
4. Don’t rely on recognition.
Do not dress as a celebrity or a movie character. Standard characters like Dracula and Pocahantas are off-limits, too.
5. Don’t rely on sex.
Don’t get me wrong – being sexy is great and all. Just don’t rely on it to make your costume work.
6. Don’t rely on horror.
Sure, blood and guts are a Halloween tradition, but don’t feel limited. Take advantage of the day you can wear anything!

Do you make Halloween costumes that follow these rules? If so, contact me.