Read Gene Wilder's feedback on Willy Wonka costume concepts for the 1971 film

After Gene Wilder saw early sketches of his costume for the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, he had some strong opinions to share with director Mel Stuart. From Letters of Note (via Dangerous Minds):

July 23rd

Dear Mel,

I’ve just received the costume sketches. I’ll tell you everything I think, without censoring, and you take from my opinion what you like.

I assume that the designer took his impressions from the book and didn’t know, naturally, who would be playing Willy. And I think, for a character in general, they’re lovely sketches.

I love the main thing — the velvet jacket — and I mean to show by my sketch the exact same color. But I’ve added two large pockets to take away from the svelt, feminine line. (Also in case of a few props.)

I also think the vest is both appropriate and lovely.

And I love the same white, flowing shirt and the white gloves. Also the lighter colored inner silk lining of the jacket.

What I don’t like is the precise pin pointing in place and time as this costume does.

I don’t think of Willy as an eccentric who holds on to his 1912 Dandy’s Sunday suit and wears it in 1970, but rather as just an eccentric — where there’s no telling what he’ll do or where he ever found his get-up — except that it strangely fits him: Part of this world, part of another. A vain man who knows colors that suit him, yet, with all the oddity, has strangely good taste.

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Donald Trump They Live mask

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Trick or Treat Studios is accepting pre-orders for their $70, official They Live Donald Trump Hallowe'en mask, the first in a series of masks based on the 2016 presidential candidates, which will be released in late Sept/early Oct. Read the rest

Inflatable T-Rex costume

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You may remember this outfit from recent videos exhibiting a high internet virality coefficient. It's available for purchase at Amazon—we'll get a cut if you use that link—and at BuyCostumes. There will be many on eBay in a few weeks, but by then it will be too late.

There's a kids' size one, too. Read the rest

The Today show hosts dressed in terrible, scary Peanuts costumes

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This morning, the hosts of the TODAY show dressed as ridiculously bizarre and frightening interpretations of the Peanuts characters.

"I'm actually Charlie James Brown!" Al Roker said.

"TODAY goes nuts for Halloween: 'Peanuts'! See our Charlie Brown and the gang" (Thanks, Kelly Sparks!)

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This “Edward Snowdenhands” Halloween costume is everything

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“Edward Snowdenhands, you guys. EDWARD SNOWDENHANDS.” Read the rest

HOWTO: terrifying Deep Dreaming costume

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Normally, choosing to dress up for Hallowe'en as a sassy pop-culture meme means you're not going as a terrifying monstrosity from our cultural nightmares -- but with the Deep Dreaming costume, you can be both, with dogs! Read the rest

AT-AT dog costume

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Thinkgeek's $30 AT-AT Walker dog costumes come in S-XL. Read the rest

Sexy Donald Trump costume

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This is yuge. You can buy it right now from Yandy for seventy dollars.

For this sum, you get a "sexy" navy "suit" of equal of greater quality to an actual Trump suit, a red "Make America Great Again" cap, and a combover wig. The wig fails to capture the apricot candyfloss tesseract atop Trump's head, but I'm not an aficionado of sexy Trump costumes, so what do I know?

Thus reports CNBC.

According to a survey released by the National Retail Federation on Monday, political costumes tied for 10th place in its annual top costume list for adults (though this likely wasn't what they had in mind).

"As we've seen for several years, Hollywood and pop culture both have a tremendous impact on how adults and their children decide to dress the part each Halloween, and it's evident some of the biggest newsmakers of the year will be out in full force this fall," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said.

Also on Yandy is a Sexy Charlie Brown costume. I suspect this is not official Peanuts-licensed merchandise.

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Portraits of Hollywood's odd costumed characters

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Copenhagen-based photographer Ken Hermann took a series of incredible and strange portraits of the costumed characters who roam Hollywood Boulevard. Read the rest

Skinjob suit for living Ken dolls

The $919 lean muscle suit (comes in 15 colors including bright yellow!) makes you look like a reasonably priced, smooth-crotched anatomical drawing. Read the rest

Algorithmically evolved masks that appear as faces to facial-recognition software

Sterling Crispin uses evolutionary algorithms to produce masks that satisfy facial recognition algorithms: "my goal is to show the machine what it’s looking for, to hold a mirror up to the all-seeing eye of the digital-panopticon we live in and let it stare back into its own mind." Read the rest

Captain America costume hoodie

The $50 Captain America costume hoodie at Thinkgeek uses a sublimated printing process to cover the whole garment with fool-the-eye superhero designs. Read the rest

Kaiju killer bandanna/mask

The Kaiju Killer Bandana is the latest mask/bandanna from Giant Eye, who made the classic Guy Fawkes OWS bandanna. Read the rest

Full-head, animated latex-masks

You might already be familiar with Digital Dudz, the costume tees and bodysuits with pouches for a smartphone displaying an animation that adds comedy (or horror) to the effect; but did you know that Morphsuits also does full-head latex masks that work the same way? Read the rest

Handmade Dishonored masks

You've got until Dec 7 to pre-order one of Rob De Maio's handmade, incredibly detailed masks from the game Dishonored. (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

Skull facemask/kerchiefs

Florida's Ecologics makes a wide variety of skull-mask face-kerchiefs, some with metallic grills. Read the rest

Reviews for a "Sexy PhD" costume

The reviews on the Delicious Women's Phd Darling Sexy Costume , some apparently from women with actual PhDs, are something of a remedy for the generally depressing fact of its existence: "Sleeves are too short & have no stripes. Costume does not feature a hood. This is a 'sexy BA' at best." Read the rest

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