Ken Tanabe Halloween Costume 2015
Ken Tanabe Halloween Costume 2015
Ken Tanabe Halloween Costume 2015
Ken Tanabe Halloween Costume 2015
Ken Tanabe Halloween Costume 2015
Ken Tanabe Halloween Costume 2015
Ken Tanabe Halloween Costume 2015

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 fun to try something softer. Many thanks to multi-talented photographer Willie Davis and sharp-eyed stylist Catherine Leung.

MATERIALS:
Bought: Silver mylar balloons (7 x $4.50), round sunglasses ($8.00). Already owned: black clothes (long sleeve shirt, jeans, socks, sneakers, costume gloves, Burton balaclava), electrical tape, Scotch Magic tape, thread, wide elastic strap, elastic string from a party hat, scissors.

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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.