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Disaster-Inspired Costume of the Year: How to Dress Up as Kanye West's Debut Womenswear Collection

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The fashionable career of Racked contributor Payton Wang began in a typical retail situation—at an independent punk-hippie-run costume/gift shop in Athens, Georgia. Daily tasks included: fighting for air in a cloud of incense, vacuum-packing $10.00 wigs, occasionally sporting a penguin costume (fondly called Pay-Pay at the time) and, oh yeah, coordinating hundreds of costumes for the local mega-Greek weekly themed "socials." Here, Payton channels those ideas that went unworn into a series of Halloween How-Tos.


This is not a Turnip. It's a conceptual representation of Kanye's show reviews.

So, re-living the downfall of a great designer isn't for you? We've moved on from Galliano. How about re-living the very recent downfall of a brand new designer-slash-guy-who-should-have-stuck-to-his-day-job? That's right, Kanye West's Debut Womenswear Collection is our Halloween theme flavor-of-the-week, and we've got a costume for every critic.

This week's costume ideas to choose from are the line-conceptualization costume, individual garments costume, and inspiration costume—including positive and negative review versions. Since Kanye's collection was pretty much universally regarded as ill-fitting and poorly designed, we suggest those who choose the positive angle wear the same negative suggesting costumes with the addition of some sort of portable speakers blaring West's song, "Stronger" and forging on (plus this is an excuse to hear Daft Punk all night). This guy is no stranger to haters.

Elements of construction for line emulation will include metallics, bandages, fur, bed sheets, more metallics, nylon zippers, and possibly Mylar—so basically, not a lot of clothing.

First is the concept of the line. We actually have no idea what the concept is, so the individual elements swirling around a tornado costume seemed like the obvious and logical approach. In our illustration above, we have included baby clothes, fabric elements and of course, nothing coming from Kanye West is complete without some sort of Kanye West self-promotion—Kanye merch was a must. A budget option for clothes is to do a blind grab at a local thrift store. Additional items that can be pinned or glued to your tornado costume lead us to the individual garments.


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First, for a reference, we take a look at some individual elements of the actual line. Then, we'll point out some easy supplies to replicate the look and which hardware store/craft store they can be found in. The block on the left are actual close ups of DW's details. What may appear to be confusing zippers in non-functional places and various off-white and white sheets wrapped and torn against under-boob, are simply details. An obvious direction to go in when creating this costume would be some old sheets, or basic muslin. If not feeling creative enough to disorient and shred said sheets, we tracked down a "sexy" mummy costume that's already constructed and giving us the Kanye bandage vibe. Another option is actual bandages, which can be picked up at almost any convenience store or doctor's office.

If you're worried about staining an all-white ensemble, maybe the rose gold look is for you? We're into the color, so we went ahead and tracked down a spray paint in the color "fire rose," which sounds about right, and can be applied to any old dress or wind suit, then of course, embellished with zippers.

Finally, there is a fan favorite in the fur backpack. We don't know how much Mr. West's is going for, but we thought a reasonable alternative would be car seat cover plus Jansport for a total cost of approximately $65 with some cutting and sewing, (and we assume extra sheepskin can be put towards the shoe look).

If you're still not confident in your obscure Kanye West runway reference, throw on some elements Kanye himself is famous for, just to re-enforce the costume. Easy accessories would be the addition of a sign sporting some of his famous lyrics, the aforementioned speakers blaring his triumphant music (and showing the haters what's up), a Jesus chain, or even some shutter shades (or people may think you're simply a shutter shade wearing mummy).

Where can you get this week's inspired costumes?

Picture 1 (from top to bottom)—Tornado mascot costume, $1,195 at International Fun Shop; Palais Royale bath towels, $17 at Bed, Bath, & Beyond; Kanye West sketch shirt, $28 at Dress Code; baby wind suit, $25 at Target

Picture 2 (from left to right)—Carter's bed sheets, $9 at Bed, Bath & Beyond; white muslin, $2 at Jo-Ann Fabrics; Montana Black spray paint in "fire rose," $7 at Bellvue Art and Frame; U-Seal adhesive aluminum foil, $16 at Home Depot; Auto Expressions genuine sheep skin seat cover, $48 at Advanced Auto Parts; Parka nylon zipper in black, $6 at Jo-Ann Fabrics; Jansport "super-break" backpack, $22 at REI; "Sexy Mummy" costume, $38 at HalloweenCostumes.com; First Aid Only gauze, $4 at Staples; Nike Florida Gators sweatpants, $28 at Football Fanatics

Picture 3 (from left to right)—Kraft corrugated paper, $2 at Scrapbook.com; Jesus necklace, $25 on Amazon.com; "Stronger" stunner shades, $15 on Buy.com

All-in-all when you're going for DW, you're going for something that fashion, and people for that matter, just don't understand. Be prepared for critics.Payton Wang

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