For a costume that's both edgy and nostalgic without being the least bit sentimental, create a costume inspired by the French electronic music duo Daft Punk. The band's penchant for futuristic and unusual images makes their music videos a rich mine of costume ideas. Follow the lead of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter for a costume that will dazzle anyone and win the applause of savvy music connoisseurs.
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Helmets and Space Suits
One of Daft Punk's signature looks embraces the anonymity of techno musicians, compared with the iconic posturing of rock or pop styles: both artists wear heavy, futuristic masks that completely cover their faces, with either sleek and metallic jumpsuits or regular street clothes. Use a motorcycle helmet, preferably one you find second-hand, and spray paint it silver or gold. Use translucent material, such as cellophane, to cover the transparent guard around the eyes. Red cellophane matches with a silver helmet for an especially authentic Daft Punk-inspired look. To complete the ensemble, you can either dress in street clothes or don a space-aged jumpsuit. For an easy solution, put on a crisp dress suit, playing off the contrast just like Daft Punk does in press photos. Alternately, you can invest in a jumpsuit, preferably made out of a metallic fabric, inspired by the film "Tron," with soundtrack by Daft Punk.
A "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" Costume
Take inspiration from the viral YouTube video featuring Daft Punk's song "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," which shows two women wearing simple, homemade masks and exercise wear, the song's lyrics written on various parts of their bodies. As the song plays, they dance robotically, displaying each word as it is sung. The costume itself is extremely simple to make, though you may receive requests to dance at whatever costume party you attend. First, you'll need a basic helmet; you can fashion this out of a cardboard box covered with aluminium foil, with a single slit cut for your eyes. Wear black exercise shorts and a black sports bra, if you're a woman. If you're a man, you might riff on the video by either going shirtless or wearing a midriff-bearing, form-fitting black tank top. Using washable ink or body paint, write the words to the song "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" around your body. Study the video as a guide.
Dress for the Revolution 909
For an unusual and subtle costume, recognisable to diehard Daft Punk fans, adopt a persona out of the band's early music video for the song "Revolution 909." The video alternates between scenes of a rave-style party and the process of making spaghetti sauce. The stories come together with a zoomed-in shot of a red stain on a police officer's shirt. For a clever nod to the video, dress as a police officer with a telltale red splotch at the neck of your bared undershirt. For an additional clue, carry around a bowl of spaghetti or a jar of store-bought sauce with "Daft Punk" emblazoned on the label.
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