TIX from Norway has the stand-out costume of 2021.
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Eurovision costumes embody the cultural values, national spirit and expressive agency of the artist. Here are the best (and weirdest) of the bunch.
Fringe groups have long understood that capturing the public’s attention is the best way to spread their views.
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For many extremist groups, a primary goal is to spread their ideology. Costumes and uniforms – even ridiculous ones – are a form of spectacle that can garner attention and interest.
‘The Craft: Legacy,’ to be released this fall, is a remake of the 1996 teen witch film ‘The Craft’ and suggests the continued relevance of punk and goth influences for rebellious teens. Here, detail from the 2020 poster.
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Some horror films explore women’s struggles for empowerment, sexual freedom and self-fulfilment. Six movies show the ghost, bride, mother, vampiress, witch and monster as guises of vengeful women.
Pumpkins are a popular choice for pets.
Halloween is yet another holiday that has become a mere ritual of America’s very conspicuous consumption.
Young adults now spend more money on costumes than any other age group.
The holiday used to be all about trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. No more – and it could something to do with the fact that traditional markers of adulthood have changed.
Costumes tell a story through their design and give the viewer a look at the character’s personality.
Game of Thrones is brutal, shocking and great fun for fashion experts. Not confined to historical accuracy, its influences stretch from medieval northern Europe to 20th-century high fashion.
The Queen’s top hats, this one designed by Angela Kelly and worn at the 2011 Royal Wedding, are her greatest invention.
The hat is an example par excellence of aristocratic excess, the equivalent of a peacock’s tail in seducing the Queen’s subjects.
Seems those sharp fangs worked.
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‘Trick or treating’ typically involves demanding candy under the threat of mischief. But is there a better way to maximize your candy haul on Halloween?
Just you wait.
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There’s much more to the naked male bodies of these programmes than the simple titillation that meets the eye.
Designer Travis Banton was responsible for the tuxedo and top hat Marlene Dietrich donned for her nightclub act in Morocco (1930).
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Few, if any, contemporary costume designers are household names. Some occasionally capture the zeitgeist and break through from big (or small) screen to mainstream fashion – think Catherine Martin and…
Cosplayers come in all shapes and sizes.
I’m standing in a line at Brisbane Supanova 2013, a pop culture convention, when I’m approached by a young family with a tiny girl in a sparkly Snow White gown, complete with bright red hair bow. “We were…
Customes allow their wearers to subvert ordinary social expectations.
As October inevitably prompts grizzling about the premature appearance of mince pies and plum puddings on supermarket shelves, so too does it draw laments about American cultural imperialism and consumerism…