Steampunk Stilt Walker at Labyrinth of Jareth

labyrinth-of-jareth-park-plaza.5085508.87.jpg Photo: Josh "CuriousJosh" Reiss/LA Weekly, Labyrinth of Jareth 2010 Labyrinth of Jareth is an annual two-day masquerade ball in Los Angeles. The theme revolves around faeries and goblins. Costumes, or formalwear and a mask, are required. I wrote about Shawn Strider, who organizes LOJ, for LA Weekly's LA People issue, and have blogged about the event on Style Council a few times (most recently, today). LOJ has a massive cast and crew. All throughout the night, there is a DJ spinning on the dance floor, stage shows and interactive performances throughout the venue. There's a storyline that links everything together, but if you're going as an attendee you won't know exactly what's happening. If, however, you're following LOJ on Twitter throughout the event, you might get some clues. This year I went to LOJ on the first night of the masquerade, called Goblin Clockworks, with photographer CuriousJosh.There were a lot of people who stood out at the party, but the stilt walker in the above photo—dressed in what looks like a steampunk giant robot costume—sticks in my mind. Links: • Labyrinth of Jareth LA Weekly's Labyrinth of Jareth 2010 Slideshow



  1. Wow, I’m surprised BB didn’t pick up on the fact that this is directly inspired by Jim Henson’s 1986 film “The Labyrinth”, full of fairies and goblins led by the goblin king Jareth, and replete with a dream sequence masquerade full of strange costumes and masks.

    Although, oddly enough, their website seems to make absolutely no indication that they are in any way related, citing Venetian and Celtic stories without even a hint of Henson.

    ~D. Walker~

  2. I’ve been going for 5 years and it is really the highlight of my going out each year. Every year is different, so maybe they just don’t do stuff directly from the movie anymore? I didn’t even know about the movie until someone at the masquerade told me about it my first year, now I own the special edition on DVD and I watch it while getting my next costume ready. Thank you for posting!

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