Ken Tanabe loves Halloween

My costumes have been featured in Fast Company Design, Dezeen, Print, and in a book alongside fashion icons Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier called Otherworldly: Avant-Garde Fashion and Style.

I created a set of six Halloween Rules for costumes as a way to avoid the worn-out Halloween routine: “I paid too much to dress up as a sexy dead version of that person from that thing.” Although I have developed my own Halloween costume style, many costumes fit these Halloween Rules, and everyone is encouraged to participate and share. Do you make Halloween costumes that follow these rules? If so, contact me.

Halloween Costumes

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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.