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The Paradox of Halloween


Celebrities dressed up for Halloween

Humans are naturally attracted by Beauty. However everybody seems to wait for the night of Halloween to wear a scary or defacing costume. Doesn’t it seem a bit paradoxical? Dark makeup, long pointed nails, shaggy-haired wigs, fake blood… Where is all this enjoyment about Halloween coming from?

Well, if we look into the history, we would learn that Halloween is a very old tradition established by the Celtics 3000 years ago. According to the legend, ghosts and dead would visit the living on October 31st, which was the night of Samhain, the god of death. Masks and costumes were worn to either scare away the ghosts or to keep from being recognized.

So Halloween is a cultural phenomenon that comes from a human feeling: the fear of death. Everyone could feel concerned by that statement and that must be why the tradition of dressing in a scary way continues.

However, you probably noticed that Halloween keeps evolving. It is nowadays totally different from that Celtics legend.
Beyond that fear of evil spirits, Halloween has become a lot more sophisticated. Parties are thrown on that night, everyone is playing the game, even celebrities… And the big difference remains that people still follow the tradition picking scary costumes, but try to look at their best at the same time.

Fashion and Beauty even get involved into Halloween.
Articles about makeup and costumes inspiration spread on the Internet at this time of year. Vogue even drew inspiration from the fashion shows of last fashion week. Matching makeup that comes from Rodarte, Ann Demeulemeester and Marc Jacobs shows to look like a punk… who would have thought it would happen a few decades ago?


The Halloween makeup seen by Vogue


Fashion designers have now an interest in Halloween. For instance, the Mulleavy sisters, from Rodarte, designed the costumes of the movie Black Swan. It has been such a success that their garments became one of the main inspirations for Halloween after the movie was released.


Black Swan: a Halloween costume; Natalie Portman in the movie.

Isn’t it paradoxical knowing that fashion and beauty are supposed to make people feel comfortable, confident and at their best. It has nothing to do with fear.

But we give so much importance to Halloween that fashion became a bridge between these two worlds, making this feast even more attractive and giving us the possibility to wear great costumes.

 

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