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A Costume For Every Era

a costume every erg 500 years of cultural inspiraljon Every year, a plethora of new Halloween costumes arrives on digital and physical shelves around the country. For every costume based on a gimmick or the latest trend, there's always a segment of the population that chooses to go with a classic. These are the icons that defined 16th Century Queen Elizabeth their own eras and continue to define our costume choices at Halloween. It was a time when clothes made a man-or, in this case, a woman. The Queen's lavish gowns had to stand to reflect her social status. While black and white were her favorite wardrobe colors, her dresses dazzled the urt with colored threads, and 17th Century precious stones gems. The Witch In the late 1600s, fear of the supernatural spread across colonial Massachusetts. Hundreds of individuals were accused of witchcraft; many were imprisoned for months without trial, and others were put to death by hanging at Gallows Hill near Salem Village Any suspicion of dark magic could be grounds for a grizzly death, 18th Century The Pirate For many young men during the 18th century, the promise riches from of wealth and rie piracy was worth facing the dangers associated with their chosen career. Shipwrecks and natural disasters were commonplace. Eye patches, peg legs, and hooks for hands attested to the wounds 19th Century incurred during the life of a pirate on the high seas. The Cowboy Kept alive through the 20th century by cinematic icons like Clint Eastwood and John Wayne, the image of the cowboy as we know it largely originated in the 1860s Civil War soldiers made their way west seeking work along with many newly free African- Americans. The cowboy is the quintessential icon of the American Old West 1900s The Wright Brothers As children, Wilbur and Orville Wright were a precocious pair always keen on mechanics and intellectual challenges. On December 17, 1903, the brothers made history with the first successful powered and sustained flight. By the time they established the Wright Company in 1909, they were prominent figures in the public eye and their attire befit their professional stature. 1910s The RMS Titanic Passenger First-class passengers aboard the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic in 1912 wore clothing that reflected the exclusivity of the event and the grandiosity of their surroundings. Ladies wore elegant gowns and fanciful hats that echoed the romanticism o Edwardian period and the great achievements of the Victorian era 1920s The Flapper that preceded it. Following wW1, the term "flapper" became synonymous with the image of the new, modern, independent Western woman. Known for their 1930s short skirts, bob and overabunda r cuts, ce of makeup, flappers had a penchant for smoking, driving, provocative dancing at jazz clubs, The Dustbowlers Life on the American prairie wasn't easy to begin with, so when a severe drought met decades of improper farming techniques, life just got worse. Terrible dust storms rolled across the country as big black clouds all the way to the t. By 1940 over 25 million people packed up all they owned and left the plains states, making the movement the single largest exodus in American history. and drinking in the face of Prohibition, behavior that redefined traditional women's roles in society. 1940s I- The Sailor 1950s While the U.S, Navy saw little action inWw1, by the time WWII came about, it was a formidable force particularly in the Pacific Ocean. Film, advertisements, and paintings of this period have helped maintain the classic portrait of a sailor with his flared slacks, wide collar, cocked white cotton hat, and black neckerchief. The Greaser and | The Pink Lady Leather jacket. Check Jeans. Check, Hot rod. Optional. With their slicked- back hair and no-sed attiude, greasers the streets. Perhaps the best accessory a greaser could have, however, was a killer-looking gal on his arm, decked out in a poodle skirt or a pink satin jacket and leggings as worn by The Pink Ladies in the 1972 film Grease. 1960s I- The Hippie A time of cultural revolution, the 1960s saw a tremendous rise in both the awareness of contemporary issues such as war and 1970s human rights and the potential of the human psyche. People of all ages adopted a fashion of casual dress that emphasized individuality. With flowers in their hair, hippies spread a message of peace and love across the country. The Disco King I and Queen Some of the most popular Disco fashions were often adapted from the fashions of contemporary dance. Disco dancing was serious business, and clothes had to move with the body and make the dancer stand out in a crowd. Gold lamé, sequins, silver lycra, and brightly colored bell- bottoms were de rigueur in this era of free expression. 1980s Madonna Since beginning her music career over 30 years ago, Madonna's style has continued her mo eve, But originated in her early career in the 1980s. The music videos for "Like a Virgin" and "Like a Prayer" helped cement her place in history as a bold fashion icon. I looks 1990s Wayne Campbell "Let me put it this way: I have an extensive collection of nametags and hairnets." Welcome to Wayne's World, the SNL skit-turned-feature film that debuted at No. 1 in 1992. Through his role as Wayne Campbell, Mike Myers helped shape the language and slacker culture of Generation X. 2000s Spiderman The success of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man in 2002 set the stage for a flurry of other blockbuster superhero flicks. Spider-Man 2 has the reputation for being one of the best-reviewed films of all time, and the trilogy grossed over $2.5 billion worldwide. Though Spider-Man's costume continues to evolve in comics, the classic red- and-blue suit always wins out at Halloween. 2010s Angry Birds The avian characters from the successful both genders this become toween s ins, and even a movie in the works, Angry Birds may be the cultural phenomenon that defines this decade. ason, With game-based merchandise, food tie HALLOWEEN EXPRESS" Where Halloween Comes to Shopf

A Costume For Every Era

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Here’s an infographic that takes a look back at the costumes of the past 500 years — starting with the 16th Century. This Halloween when you’re out trick-or-treating, take a look around. You’l...


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