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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2012
Who is that masked woman? As if the height and ridiculous body didn't give it away, why it's Stacy Keibler, hosting a masquerade party at the Bellagio in Las Vegas this weekend. Wonder if she'll wear that for trick or treating? jill.rosen@baltsun.com @BaltInsider on Twitter
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By Jonathan Zimmerman | October 6, 2014
For the past 30 years, I've been urging my students to put themselves in the shoes of people who lived in the past. So why do we make fun of Americans who do that as a hobby? I'm talking about military re-enactors like Eric Frein, the 31-year-old man suspected of killing a police officer and wounding another at a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania last month. A few weeks into the manhunt for Mr. Frein, news organizations reported that he played a Serbian soldier - "Istocni Vuk," he called himself - in a unit that re-creates Eastern European armies from the Cold War era. Mr. Frein studied Serbian and Russian languages and even smoked Serbian cigarettes, as investigators discovered when they searched his home.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
See that above? On the right, you have the present-day girls' Big Bird costume. On the left? That's me in the 1982 version of the girls' Big Bird costume. Wait, my bad. Back then, it was just a Big Bird costume, no gender roles necessary. I mean, I know this has been going for ages, and that Halloween has turned into a way for people (grownups, one hopes) to let out their sexpot side for a day. (Check out this illustration of how costumes evolve from unicorn to sexy unicorn, nurse to sexy nurse, bee to sexy bee.)
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Grab a leash and some comfy shoes: DogFest is scheduled for Sept. 27 and promises fun for all the people and pets in your family. This day-long festival will include games, contests, demonstrations, and kids' activities -- and everything there welcomes humans and dogs. Watch Rover knock down 10 pins in a game of bowling, play hide-n-seek, or paint with his paws (seriously). Challenge him with an agility course, have him tested for his AKC Canine Good Citizenship Award, let him swim, or visit a vet and trainer to ask questions.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2012
Taylor Virden, a McDonogh graduate from Ellicott City who is a member of the women's lacrosse team at Duke, is at the center of a race-related controversy at the university that was exposed Monday. The athletic website for Duke showed members of the team dressed up as characters from “The Little Rascals” for Halloween, and Virden was dressed as Buckwheat and wore blackface, which as you know, is highly offensive. According to Deadspin , the photo was removed Monday morning, presumably after the university received complaints.
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
  Christian Siriano is going from Fashion Week to "Freak Show. " The "Project Runway" vet, who was born and raised in Annapolis and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, will be using his keen fashion sense to judge a costume design competition tied to FX's horror-drama series "American Horror Story. " Announced today to celebrate the launch of "AHS's" fourth season, "Freak Show," the contest "invited participants with an eye for the unusual to design an original costume inspired by the series," according to a press release.
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By EMILIE LE BEAU and EMILIE LE BEAU,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | October 27, 2005
Need a cute Halloween costume? There's a pirate get-up with an eye patch, bandanna and sword. There's also a witch costume with scrappy dress, broom and hat. But it's not for you. Just your iPod. (Yes, really.) A new Web retailer, iAttire.net, is selling limited-edition Halloween costumes for iPods, Minis and Shuffles. Copycat MP3s can also squeeze into costumes, said owner Jo Ann Villalobos. Costume choices include Frankenstein monster, ghost, mummy and vampire. And in case your iPod isn't the dress-up type, there's also a set of paper masks.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,Sun reporter | October 31, 2007
Last year, some Johns Hopkins University fraternity members raised the ire of other classmates by staging a "Halloween in the Hood" party, complete with "bling bling," "hoochie hoops" and a pirate hanging from a noose. Also last year, at the University of Pennsylvania, a student who was dressed as an "Arab suicide bomber" caused a major online discussion about matters of taste. This year, a sexy "Anna Rexia" costume has caused a firestorm of criticism among eating disorder experts, feminists, bloggers and others.
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By SHERRY GRAHAM | October 25, 1994
I admit it. Halloween gives me the shivers.Even as a child, it was not one of my favorite events. Oh, I thought the candy was great, but having to dress in some silly outfit and go door to door asking for the goodies was not really my idea of fun.After all, you didn't have to look silly to receive candy from the Easter bunny.As a mom, this event looms even larger on the horizon. Although I no longer put on a costume and ask for candy, I must now provide the candy for countless neighborhood children.
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By MAUREEN RICE | October 27, 1992
The witching hour is almost here. Time for ghoulies and ghosties and beasts of all description. Time to put together those costumes.I, of course, rest easy, knowing that we have ours (store-bought).For those with the courage and stamina to sew a costume for you or your kids, my congratulations. Next year will you make one for me?*Put on your costumes and head for Carrolltowne Mall's Malloween Party or, if you live in Gamber, head for the fire hall.The mall is running free puppet shows, "Dig Those Dinosaurs," Friday and Saturday, and a Trick or Treat parade at 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by a costume contest.
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By Morgan Eichensehr and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Jen Seidel had no idea that when she decided to shake things up at a costume party eight years ago, she would end up falling in love with body paint artistry and turning it into a successful career. Now, Seidel has released a coffee table book, "Covered," featuring photos of her modeled artwork and hopes to use it as a tool to help others and continue to "paint it forward. " In a recent phone interview, Seidel, 45, who lives in Reisterstown, talked about how she got started in body painting, where it's taken her in her career and why she, well, does what she does.
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
  Christian Siriano is going from Fashion Week to "Freak Show. " The "Project Runway" vet, who was born and raised in Annapolis and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, will be using his keen fashion sense to judge a costume design competition tied to FX's horror-drama series "American Horror Story. " Announced today to celebrate the launch of "AHS's" fourth season, "Freak Show," the contest "invited participants with an eye for the unusual to design an original costume inspired by the series," according to a press release.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The conniving politician at the center of the Netflix drama "House of Cards" is named Frank, but he's anything but honest, forthright and direct. His wife was christened Claire - an ironic choice for a woman who always has an ulterior motive. Even the couple's surname, "Underwood," hints at their hypocrisy by echoing "underhanded. " It's costume designer Johanna Argan's job to subliminally convey that duplicity to the audience through the clothes the characters wear. "The other characters think they're getting one thing from Frank and Claire," Argan said in a phone interview.
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August 27, 2014
The closet of an empowered female stretches further than a gray pantsuit. For Hamilton resident Ruby Rockafella, female empowerment includes fake eyelashes, wigs, drag makeup and even waist cinchers. Rockafella, 31, is a burlesque performer and one of the founding members of Baltimore's newest burlesque troupe, Bawdy Shop Burlesque. Contrary to social construction, burlesque is a raw art form that allows women to explore and celebrate themselves, explained Rockafella. "As girls, we grow up being told what length of skirt is appropriate, when it's OK to speak up, that we have to be 'proper,'" she said.
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By Chris Kaltenbach The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
Otakon is many things, all of them having to do with Japanese and East Asian popular culture. But most of all -- at least to outsiders -- it's all about the costumes. Check out the area around the convention center Friday morning, before the fan convention's 8:30 a.m. opening, and you'll see hundreds of people lined up outside, few of them wearing anything normal. The whole scene resembles an anime artist's sketchbook come to vivid life. Visit the Inner Harbor over the weekend, or hang around outside nearby Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the selection of magical girls, evil spirits, ninja warriors, faeries and Pokemen on display feels almost otherworldly.
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By Mary Carole McCauley The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
It's just one of about 100 costumes that band leader Kenley Shortmus John of Baltimore makes from scratch each year, when his designs will be showcased in the annual Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival, held this weekend. "My costumes symbolize the beauty of life in the tropics," says John, the founder and leader of Caribbean Tropical Expressions, one of 15 bands that will participate in the parade that is the festival's centerpiece. "My costumes are an expression of ... our cultural heritage.
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By Mary Carole McCauley | mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | November 15, 2009
The production of "The Mystery of Irma Vep" running at Everyman Theatre has a portrait that drips blood, an Egyptian sarcophagus, hidden passages out of which characters unexpectedly pop, a mad woman in the dungeon and such deliberately tongue-in-cheek dialogue as, "He killed the wrong wolf!" As outlandish as the onstage antics might seem, they can't hold a snuffed-out candle to the frenzied activity taking place backstage. Three dressers and a stagehand conduct a carefully choreographed dance that allows the show's two actors to make up to 50 full costume changes during each performance, complete with Victorian-era petticoats, wigs, false teeth and top hats - often in two seconds or less.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | August 28, 1997
In England, 1520 was a good year.King Henry the VIII was happily married to Catherine of Aragon. France and England were on friendly enough terms that France's king came to visit.It didn't last, of course. Henry divorced Catherine. Their daughter killed so many thousands when she advanced to the throne she's still known as Bloody Mary. And England and France spent decades at war.But spectators at the 21st annual Renaissance Festival can join in the merriment of the good years and see the royal French visit to England.
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April 1, 2014
Nineteen is a lucky number -- at least for MICA'S XIX: An Experimental Fashion Event. Senior fiber major Heyhee Choi is one of the 19 to be featured at the weekend event, along with 18 other artists and designers who make up MICA's fiber department's multimedia event class. The collection will include costumes, contemporary fashion, puppetry, performance and a traditional catwalk. Check out the designers' work at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday at 2640, 2640 St. Paul St. Tickets are $7 in advance (at store.mica.edu )
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
What is nearly as remarkable as Jenny Campbell's costumes - the glittering swirls of ribbon and whirling snow globe headdresses - is the path that led to her second career as a costume maker. The Baltimore native taught herself to make costumes a few years ago, creating extravagant outfits for parades, bar crawls and parties at the American Visionary Art Museum . Now Campbell spends her days buried in silk and sequins at the Southern Costume Co. in New Orleans, designing, selecting feathers and fabrics, and sewing elaborate, gravity-defying outfits.
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