Yandy and PETA: A Controversial Halloween, 2018

Give any one of us latex couture lovers our druthers and we might just pick October 31st for our most favorite holiday. Surely, for those not used to wearing alt. wardrobes or those only exercising their freak frockery once a year, All Hallows’ is, as we have often opined, the only day (or weekend, if the 31st happens to fall on a Friday or Saturday) when one gets to show their creative sartorial style…or a little sexiness in dress. As we always do, we will be updating on the new costumes, for 2018. But for now, there has already come a little controversy to what’s being presented in costume wear, one not a costume anyone will be wearing, the other,one somebody could if it hadn’t been already pulled.

Regardless of where one lands politically (if one lands politically at all), there is never a shortage it seems of President masks and garb for Halloween. PETA, though, seemingly managed a satirical sartorial sweep at Donald Trump’s son this last week with a costume suggestion. On Twitter the animal rights organization revealed a picture of a hunter in camouflage, sporting a DONALD TRUMP, JR. hat, with a leopard on his back, obviously mauling him. PETA said:

“In a twist on the horrific trophy-hunting photo that showed the Trump brothers grinning while clutching the body of a dead leopard – this time the leopard wins! Pre-order PETA’s NEW limited-edition @DonaldJTrumpJr #Halloween costume. http://peta.vg/2bco.”

This ‘costume’ surely won’t make the rounds for little kiddie’s possibilities come the end of the month. And surely, Donald Trump Jr. did indeed have something to say about it all.

The second controversial costume, one that actually got pulled this week, was the Yandy company’s ‘sexy’ Handmaid’s Tale costume.

Yandy, known for their sexy costumes, was riffing on the dystopian world’s signature female garb with their “Brave Red Maiden” costume. The wardrobe here consists of a short tight red dress, red cape open at the front, white bonnet, stocking and high heels. But catching a fierce backlash Yandy pulled the costume saying:

Over the last few hours, it has become obvious that our “Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume” is being seen as a symbol of women’s oppression, rather than an expression of women’s empowerment. This is unfortunate, as it was not our intention on any level.

Specific to the Handmaid’s Tale costume, as you see here, I made and wore my own ‘sexy’ latex version of the fictional oppressive women’s society’s wardrobe to a Halloween event Dawnamatrix Designs attended last year. I courted no controversy and wasn’t making any statement really, other than maybe…this costume or anything else for your possible Halloween needs is always just a bespoke phone call away.