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October 31, 2013 | By Morgan Little
The photos above are certainly a fry cry from the plastic Batman masks and cat ears you normally see on Halloween. Ossian Brown's book “Haunted Air” may have debuted two years ago, but the snapshots held within have a creepiness that has endured through the decades. A collection of anonymous photographs of Halloween costumes taken between 1875 and 1955, the book chronicles an era of homespun costumes that, when combined with the worn texture of the archival photography, may send a shiver up your spine.
October 31, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Is wearing a kimono as a Halloween costume offensive ? Pottery Barn withdrew two costumes it had marketed - a kimono and sushi chef - after objections from Asian American groups. It's related to a larger campaign against ethnic costuming that was started by Ohio University students several years ago, using the motto "We're a culture, not a costume” and advising people who would buy outfits such as kimonos or sombreros,  "You wear the costume for one night. I wear the stigma for life.
October 31, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Matt Lauer single-handedly turned NBC's "Today" into a vortex of Halloween gender confusion Thursday when he unveiled his chosen costume, that of "Baywatch" vixen Pamela Anderson. Sporting a blond wig, the striking red "Baywatch" one-piece and even more striking cleavage, Lauer showed some leg as he did the classic "Baywatch" slo-mo sprint across the plaza. Not to be outdone, co-anchor Willie Geist showed up as the Hoff, David Hasselhoff, complete with bared and quite hairy chest.
October 31, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Julianne Hough, a white actress, darkens her gorgeous mug, dresses up as a black TV character she admires, and apologizes after she is subjected to an Internet backlash. Some white idiots in Italy put on blackface for a fashion industry Halloween party. A couple of numbskulls in Florida dress up as the slain Trayvon Martin and his killer, George Zimmerman. An Asian American civil rights group complains about two Asian-themed costumes sold by Pottery Barn, which withdraws the items and apologizes.
October 31, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Former "Gossip Girl" Blake Lively is the newest celebrity face for L'Oreal. [Vogue UK] The teddy bear get-up Miley Cyrus wore to perform at the VMAs may end up being this year's most popular Halloween costume -- even Paris Hilton wore it to a party over the weekend. But Cyrus has a different idea: She tweeted a "Happy Halloween" photo of herself dressed in a replica of the skimpy outfit 'il Kim wore to the MTV Video Music Awards in 1999. [People] French fashion house Chloe hosted a dinner and fashion show in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, with guests including Zoe Saldana, January Jones, Nicole Richie and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Booth Moore reports.
October 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Tom Brady is the only NFL player who could get away with this. Seriously, can you think of anyone else who has the guts to wear a "Wizard of Oz" Cowardly Lion costume for Halloween? Out in public for all to see, photograph and post on Instagram? And you know no one is going to give the three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback of the New England Patriots a hard time about it. Well, maybe Randy Moss, but do you think Brady cares what he thinks anymore? Or ever did? But you can be sure that broadcasters are going to continue to say his name -- first and last every time, of course -- with the same amount of love and respect that no other player receives.
October 30, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Glamour has been rolling out this year's roster of Women of the Year a few at a time. We know Lady Gaga is on the cover of the issue, which is to be on newsstands Nov. 5. And we know some of the other choices are Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, models Christy Turlington Burns and Liya Kebede and Net-a-porter-founder Natalie Massenet. A sampling of others on the list include Barbra Streisand, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Giffords and Melinda Gates. But today we're taking note of Tony- and Oscar-winning designer Catherine Martin.
October 28, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Julianne Hough put her worst face forward Friday night, knotting up her blond locks and donning blackface for her Halloween costume, the character Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren from "Orange Is the New Black. " On Saturday, she apologized. The gaffe went down at the Casamigos Tequila Halloween party in Los Angeles, where Hough, 25, and pals went as orange-clad characters from the Netflix original series set in a women's prison. In addition to the blackface, Hough darkened her hair and eyebrows, E!
October 28, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Today's Google Doodle is particularly fashion-focused, celebrating what would have been the 116th birthday of eight-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Edith Head. The doodle depicts the instantly recognizable caricature of Head -- with her distinctive haircut and eyeglasses -- standing in front of six costume-design sketches rendered in Google's traditional color scheme. Some 438 costume designs are credited to Head on Over the course of her career, the costume designer took home Oscar gold (some singlehandedly; on other films, she shared the honor)
October 28, 2013 | Roxane Gay, Guest blogger
Every Halloween, people take the opportunity to step out of their lives and into a playful realm where they can dress up as anything they can imagine: make-believe for adults. Halloween is the one time of year largely free from judgment. Women can go as a sexy [insert object or occupation]. Men can dress in drag. Couples can indulge in the saccharine sweetness of matching costumes. But then there are the people who choose to spend Halloween as someone of a different race. They use blackface, brown face, yellow face or red face to bring just the right amount of authenticity to their look.
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