Want to put some extra "oommphh" to your Halloween costume?
Tired of the Hollywood, mass-manufactured "tramp" in that shrink-wrapped package?
Or, your kid is one of many "princesses" because you and your family friends bought the same costume at the same chain store?
Inspired by a recent outing to Cirque du Soliel's "Iris" and Los Angeles County Museum of Arts' Tim Burton Exhibition, let the artsty "Arriviste" help you out.
Take a cue from Cirque costume designer, Philippe Guillotel, in whipping up some breathtaking costumes.
The celluloid skirt or the "Zoetrope Skirt" is, in fact, a Praxinoscope tutu to represent the early Twenties' beginning of the movie industry. Basically, he turned film strip into a skirt...but this "Zoetrope Skirt" spins like a movie reel as the stills animates or moves.
Mr. Guillotel built it from carbon fiber and metal covered in lightweight foam. This cage skirt enables the performer to control how and when the skirt spins, the same way a movie projector reel controls the speed of a film spool as the images move. Of course, Mr. Guillotel does not go into deep details about the machinery or the motor but you can use hoola-hoops and some celluloid film to form your own Zoetrope Tutu.
Simpler but no less intriguing is the "Ze Hybride Cameraman." It consists of a corset, harness, and a large wooden treasure/cigar box as the movie camera headpiece over black turtleneck and trousers.
But no costume is complete until you paint on the right makeup. Actually makeup is the easiest and cheapest part of Halloween or any "fancy dress"/costume party. You can buy basic foundations and brushes from the neighborhood drugstore or chain store for under $10; or if you really want to take care of your skin, you can go all out with M.A.C.'s light and breatheable but protective and durable Styledriven foundations in three shades:one light, one medium, and one dark.