Category:
Costumes and Masks

Everything Changes



Make up your mind! Or not!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 06, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Fashion, Hair Styling, Music, Performance Art, Parody

Follies of the Mad Men #189

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Ad campaign voted most likely to result in scatological jokes.

Also: see the "person" in the Persian Siamese cat "costume" in the top panel? Note how the shape of the cat head does not conform to the shapes of the human heads on display. The unnatural angle of the neck. And the cat is looking with its living "costume" eyes!

Plainly, this is a encoded warning against aliens among us!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 18, 2012 - Comments (15)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Costumes and Masks, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Excrement, 1950s, Alcohol

Anime Makeup



Never too early to start thinking about your Halloween look!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 24, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Cosmetics, Costumes and Masks, Comics, Asia

Devil Girl from Mars



If you're intrigued by the excerpt, watch the full film in the lower window!


Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 07, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Aliens, Costumes and Masks, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Sex Symbols, 1950s

Hitler and Mussolini Masks

Masks of dictators (as well as various other celebrities) could be purchased from the Johnson Smith Catalog back in the 30s and 40s. (Apologies to Paul for encroaching on his Johnson Smith series.) But what I found interesting was not only that they were sold, but that there are also images taken by photographer William Vanderson showing kids wearing them.





Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 12, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Politics

Inflatable Latex Costume

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My eyes--oh God, my eyes! What is this creation supposed to signify? Could it possibly represent a glimpse of our post-apocalyptic future, when we must wear such outfits to protect us from the despoiled environment, while we masquerade among our new rulers, mutant equine kangaroos from outer space?

Whatever the answer, you can get yours here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 02, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Costumes and Masks, Public Indecency, Fictional Monsters

Hollywood Party



Dig those telephone wire costumes!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 24, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Movies, Music, 1930s

Ten31 Productions





Perhaps you'd like to hire these people to haunt your yard for Halloween.

Turns out they are from my native state of Rhode Island.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 06, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Holidays, Performance Art

Dollers

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Most frightening cosplay ever. An explanation is here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 07, 2011 - Comments (7)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Dreams and Nightmares, Performance Art, Asia

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #1

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Starting a new series: weird stuff from famed seller of novelties Johnson Smith.

I will be extracting from two catalogs: one from an indeterminate year of the 1930s, and one from the year 1950.

This entry, from the 1930s.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 14, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Body, Body Modifications, Costumes and Masks, Johnson Smith Catalog, Surrealism, 1930s

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