The Halloween season is upon us and art lovers around the world have gotten creative with their inventive costumes. If you’re looking to dress up as a famous painter, look towards icons such as Frida Kahlo or Andy Warhol whose signature style can easily be recreated for this festive occasion. If you want to take your disguise to the next level, however, get inspired by these art history buffs who dressed up as an artwork itself! Singulart presents five of our favorite art costumes that are sure to be a hit at your next Halloween party.
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Known as one of the world’s most famous paintings, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is a simple Halloween costume sure to turn heads. Step back in time and get into the renaissance mood by recreating this masterpiece from the 16th century. All you need to do is to recreate the portrait on a large canvas, cut a hole for your head, and wear the appropriate brown colored clothing. You are now an art history icon!
American Gothic by Grant Wood
If you are looking for a couples costume or to dress up with a friend, American Gothic by Grant Wood is a clever nod to modernism that has been recreated time and time again in pop culture. As one of the most famous paintings in the history of American art, this work is a symbol of rural life in the Midwest from the 20th century. All you need to embody this piece are some old-fashioned farmer’s clothes, a pitchfork, and a serious demeanor.
The Son of Man by René Magritte
René Magritte’s famous contribution to surrealism, The Son of Man, makes for a surprisingly simple yet effective costume. If you are looking to be the mysterious character at the Halloween party, this Belgian painter has given you the perfect persona! You will need a black suit, a red tie, a black bowler hat, and a green apple that you either attach to your hat or hold in front of your face all night.
The Two Fridas by Frida Kahlo
If the American Gothic duo wasn’t your style, how about dressing up as The Two Fridas by the iconic painter Frida Kahlo? Famous for her self-portraits, Kahlo’s unmistakable look is characterized by her traditional Mexican clothing of embroidered blouses and full skirts, her colorful flower headpieces, and of course, her striking unibrow. To recreate the painting, throw in some red yarn that you hold between you and your other Frida throughout the evening.
The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer
Another classic painting that makes a simple yet effective costume is The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer. This mysterious character from the 17th century has made a lasting impression, being referenced through literature and film in our modern age. Get yourself a blue and tan head scarf and a pearl earring, and spend your Halloween evening looking innocently over your left shoulder.