Costumes Inspired by Art History

With Halloween fast approaching, we scoured the web for costume ideas inspired by art history. Here are our top picks:  

1.) The Kiss 

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Ambitious? Yes. No doubt this costume is not for those procrastinators who visit the thrift store on October 30th. But, we're absolutely obsessed with this recreation of Gustav Klimt's The Kiss. Hand painted fabrics elevate this costume to a work of art unto itself. The living version may be more beautiful than the original.

2.) Son of Man

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We love how this create costume elevates a couple thrift store purchases from old man to Magritte's surrealist masterpiece.

 3.) American Gothic

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Three year old Willow is the undisputed queen of Halloween. With the help of her mother, photographer Gina Lee, Willow's costumes have ranged from pop-culture icons (like Red from Orange is the New Black) to this classic recreation of Grant Wood's iconic American Gothic. We never this frumpy painting could look so cute.

4.) Vincent Van Gogh

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This costume proves that all you need is a little imagination and a steady hand. We love this make-up recreation of Vincent Van Gogh's signature style. We just hope the event you attend isn't too warm!

5.) Roy Lichtenstein

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Another costume elevated by inventive makeup.  Want to try it yourself? Check out this fantastic tutorial on youtube.

6.) Mona Lisa

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The most iconic work in art history is brilliantly remade here through some satin and extensive makeup. We love how she transforms the two-dimensional work into walking art!

7.) Warhol's Marilyn

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Marilyn Monroe is pretty conventional as far as Halloween costumes go. Wherever you are, you'll likely see two or three iterations of the starlet over the course of the evening. That's why we're totally in love with this pop art rendition. The unlikely colours take a boring costume standard to the next level.

Bonus: Ecce Homo

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Okay, so this might not be an iconic work of art. But, the notorious restoration (destruction) of this Spanish frescomakes for one hilarious costume. It might not be a beautiful piece of art, but it sure makes us laugh.