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October 24, 2013

Fashioning Fear: A Social History of Halloween Costumes

From its ancient beginnings as an obscure pagan ceremony to its modern incarnation as a popular commercialized secular holiday, Halloween is a holiday steeped in tradition. Horror film costume designer Alex Kavanagh will take the audience through the history of Halloween focusing on the popular symbology surrounding Halloween costumes and how they have been modified and transformed by the entertainment industry. Sharing her insights on how Halloween costumes have affected her experience on dressing the dead for horror films, Kavanagh will reveal how costumes have become the most revealing snapshot of modern western society via photos, film clips and a costume display.

Added Exhibit

Come in your Halloween costume and win! Alex will be judging audience costumes and you could great prizes including a double pass to an upcoming performance of Evil Dead: The Musical in Toronto!

October 24, 2013 at 8pm
Big Picture Cinema, 1035 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
Cost: $15 at the door

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Instructor: Alex Kavanagh

Costume designer Alex Kavanagh is known for her prolific work in the horror genre from Splice, Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed and Ginger Snaps III: The Beginning through to George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, and Survival of the Dead, and the Saw franchise instalments (II, III, VI, V, VI, and 3D). Most recognized by cosplay enthusiasts is her work in the futuristic horror rock-opera Repo! The Genetic Opera which has a cult following that includes many shadow casts. Her work has been featured in Fangoria Magazine, W Magazine, and The Toronto Star, and has sat on panels at TIFF, Polaris, and Wizard Con. Halloween is a subject close to Alex’s heart, her favorite holiday of the year.