Month: September 2018

Cosplay for a cause

Cosplay for a cause

A Jurassic Park guard chases a tyrannosaurus rex into the intersection of South Main and Franklin streets. The guard keeps a stern face, focused on the task, but the dinosaur knows this is a game. They then pose for photographs with delighted spectators. These two…

Kelce’s Mummers costume now available to Eagles fans

Kelce’s Mummers costume now available to Eagles fans

Many fans remember an iconic moment from the Eagles’ victory parade when Jason Kelce sported a Mummer’s costume. Now a local company is making that wild outfit available to everyone just in time for football season and Halloween. When it came to celebrating the Eagles…

Kelce’s Mummers costume now available to Eagles fans

Kelce’s Mummers costume now available to Eagles fans

Many fans remember an iconic moment from the Eagles’ victory parade when Jason Kelce sported a Mummer’s costume.

Now a local company is making that wild outfit available to everyone just in time for football season and Halloween.

When it came to celebrating the Eagles Super Bowl victory. There was one parade moment that was so Philly it sang.

Jason Kelce seen in a bright green leprechaun costume, created for the Avalon String Band eleven years ago marked an iconic Philly moment of Mummers and Eagles.

“My wife and I were watching the parade and Kelce and during his speech it was awesome,” said Robert Berman, CEO of Rasta Imposta.

Rasta Imposta is a homegrown costume company in Runnemede, New Jersey that’s been distributing original designs across the globe for 25 years.

Many are nods to local icons like the cheesesteak hat.

“We made it so it’s cut off exactly how half of a cheesesteak looks – so good you can eat it!” said Berman.

And now the Philly parade costume.

“We feel that it’s going to explode,” added Berman.

To get the rights they reached out to James May who created the original design.

“We met with him and his wife and a couple of days later we started getting the design made for a costume that could be worn by the fans,” said Berman.

And for a fraction of the price.

“Mummers costumes could be 2,3, 4 thousand each we wanted to create something designed and made for fans to wear to a tailgate, to the first game, Halloween,” said Berman.

You can buy the pieces separately or the whole look for $125. Rasta Imposta sells online and now in Chickie’s and Pete’s locations.

“It really resonates – it says Eagles it says Mummers and Philadelphia and it’s a great way to wear something to show your Eagles and Philly pride,” said Berman.

Junior costume bands set tone for Labor Day

Junior costume bands set tone for Labor Day

The junior costume “Jump Up” presentation on Saturday, Sept. 1, was splendiferous. The children brought much merriment and a kaleidoscope of colorful costumes to the streets of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, massing in grand style. Children from as young as two years old were decked out…

Psychology of Self: Dress to Impress

Psychology of Self: Dress to Impress

You probably remember your mom telling you “you are what you eat” at some point during childhood. Have you ever thought you might be what you wear as well? Fashion is self-expression, we all accept this very generalized statement as true, but now the emerging…

Aquaman’s Comic-Accurate Costume Is A Spoiler

Aquaman’s Comic-Accurate Costume Is A Spoiler

Aquaman’s comic accurate costume has been revealed by merchandise and Comic-Con exclusive footage – but is the orange-and-gold suit a spoiler for James Wan’s film? When Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry was first unveiled for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it was a startling reinvention, with muted, tribal armor and a quindent instead of a trident.

However, over time it’s become apparent this isn’t Aquaman’s final form. Zack Snyder said as much, and gradually a look at the true Aquaman has emerged. At SDCC 2018, his classic gold-and-green costume (and accompanying trident) was sene in the flesh, and it was further teased in the Hall H sizzle reel. Now it’s emerging on more merchandise. Clearly, Warner Bros. are pushing this less grim-dark version of the reinvented King of Atlantis ahead of the film’s release.

But with the Aquaman trailer only showing Arthur Curry in normal getup and the plot of the movie about finding King Atlan’s trident, is it possible all this is a bit spoiler-y? This is established as classic Atlantean clothing by Atlan’s design, so surely Aquaman’s only going to don this in once he’s succeeded in taking his half-home. And, if it’s an endpoint, rather than a third-act suit up, then it surely gives away the ending status quo: Aquaman has got over his identity issues and accepted his watery home. That’s hardly surprising, sure, but it’s still confirmation of how things will resolve months ahead of time.

Warner Bros. has a history of spoiling third-act developments in trailers: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gave up Doomsday and with Justice League they couldn’t decide if Superman’s return was obvious are not. The DCEU has no examples as egregious as X-Men: Apocalypse revealing the final scene’s costumes or The Amazing Spider-Man 2 showing off the Sinister Six costume tease, but if Aquaman only gets his costume after finally beating Ocean Master, then this could be a grand example.

It certainly would make sense for WB to approach the film this way. This is their chance to make Aquaman an A-list superhero after decades of jokes about talking to fish. Snyder’s take overcorrected in the eyes of many by going too surfer bro, so this melding of Momoa in the comic suit is a perfect middle ground and what they want to lead with. It’s how they want audiences to view this new take going forward.

Conversely, though, it robs the first Aquaman movie of what could be a defining moment. Arthur ascending to the throne of Atlantis in the getup for the first time has the makings of a striking end to his hero’s journey, but if it’s all over the toys and trailers then it feels a little too overdone. Nobody’s not expecting Aquaman to claim the trident, so it’s not a damaging spoiler per se, but it could undercut some of what James Wan’s trying to do.

bandoned Superhero Movie Designs

bandoned Superhero Movie Designs

Superhero movies have come a long way from the days when the only way to sell the X-Men was to slap them into black leather bodysuits. Nowadays it seems any of the wildest costume creations from your favorite comics can be brought to beautiful life…

After 40 years in business, Las Vegas costume shop is closing

After 40 years in business, Las Vegas costume shop is closing

If you ring the doorbell and gain entrance past the barred door in the strip mall along West Sahara Avenue, the rows upon rows of clothing can intimidate. Almost 4,000 square feet. Three thousand costumes. Seven hundred hats. Five hundred wigs. A wall of bride…