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Costuming Your Inner Starchitect

Friday, October 31, 2014

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Need a last-minute look for your Halloween bash?

How about pairing some thick-rimmed glasses and a black turtleneck? A swoopy dress and purple lipstick? Or perhaps a floral cardigan and white wig?

Any of these, carefully accessorized with a disdainful expression, can transform you into a famous architect—specifically, Daniel Libeskind, Zaha Hadid or Denise Scott Brown.

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The "Ultimate Guide to Dressing Like an Architect" provides a barbed how-to on achieving the look of various architects, including Daniel Libeskind.

Or so advises the “Ultimate Guide to Dressing Like an Architect” on, which offers barbed step-by-step directions for pulling off a variety of quintessential architect costumes.

Darth Maul and Cool Dads

The advice gets specific.

For Hadid: Top a dress that looks "like it was harvested from your fifth-grade field trip to a crystal farm" with a Darth Maul cape.

For LeCorbusier: Pair an impeccably tailored suit, pocket square and oval glasses with a "withering stare you'll probably have to practice beforehand."

For Liebskind: Combine a "cool dad" aesthetic "with black elk-skin calf-length cowboy boots—with minimal stitching because, come on, you're still an architect."

For Brown: "Play fast and loose with cardigans, goofy brooches, floral patterns, and spectacles."


A Charles Renfro costume might include a Members Only jacket, gold lamé shorts, a ring of medallions, and athletic knee socks, the guide advises.

Above all, don't forget the attitude.

“Whichever of these genius' costumes you use, remember to keep your tone quixotic, your facial expression thoughtful, and, when your friends admit they don't know who you even are, your demeanor aghast,” the report says.

Get Loos

Others may or may not recognize you. But, hey, it should be fun and you may already have some of these pieces, so it could be a cheap way to go.

Not sure whom to emulate, or you just don't want to work that hard?

Consider going out as Adolf Loos, the Austrian-Czech pioneer of the modern movement in architecture. Loos was all about being inconspicuous, the guide reports.

"For this costume," it advises, "he would want you to just wear some regular clothes, be chill about it, and totally not freak."


Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; Color; Color + Design; Design; North America; Trends

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