Gorilla suit making workshop

John Young, a contributor to MAKE, is going to host a gorilla suit making workshop in Philadelphia. He says:


I thought you or someone you know might enjoy an opportunity to come to Philly this fall and pool your talents with others to construct a gorilla suit to your/their own exacting specifications (motorcycle helmet? jetpack mounts? swordcane?)

To educate my friends about old-school Gorilla Suit madcappery and tell them what I have planned, I've put this together.

No single article of clothing is as versatile as the gorilla suit. You can wear a gorilla suit to an embassy party, to a jewel heist, to a high-speed car chase, and then practice your slamdunks in it, all in a single evening. Without a well-constructed, well-tailored, and suitably altered gorilla suit (do you need boot-cut legs to go over your ski bindings?) your closet is sadly lacking. But the fancy-dress gorilla suits of the past aren't made anymore. Even the patterns to sew your own are out of print. That's a tragedy.

People with fiberglass skills especially welcome. Those masks are hard!



  1. Trans-species sexual exploration, while endorsed by Kinky Kelly and friend, is not particularly germane to the construction of simian -suits.

    AFTER they’re made, sure.

  2. trimeta, if you can pass basketballs while wearing anything, or even nothing, you’re On Beyond Goatse.

  3. Dominance displays aren’t exactly the same as “sex”. Though it does tell us a bit more about you Boreducator than perhaps we’d all like to know.

  4. Janos was the go to guy for bear and ape characters. You’ve seen him many times without knowing what he looks like. Reportedly, the Star Trek episode Devil in the Dark was inspired by the Horta creature suit that he created and demonstrated. He was Mugato the white ape with unicorn(!) horn as well.

  5. Slightly OT, the best ape ever: Janos Prohaska partly in orangutan costume and speculating on the genuineness of the creature in the famous Bigfoot film.

  6. I wish I weren’t a student in high school right now, because this seems like a beautiful way to spend a dreary October weekend.

  7. I’m sure people from outside the Delaware Valley don’t know the difference, but West Chester ain’t Philly. The Liberty Bell is in Philly, the gorilla costume making is in West Chester.

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