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 stylist Catherine Leung.

Bought: Two rolls of yellow foam sheets (2 x $13.29), one roll of masking tape ($3.79). Already owned: black long sleeve shirt, black jeans, black socks, black boots, black costume gloves, ruler, X-acto blades.

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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 vampires 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.