What’s a “Costume?”
The Merriam-Webster definition of “Costume” is “a set of clothes in a style typical of a particular country or historical period.” Theaters & films use costumes for storytelling and world building. A bishop wears a costume to denote his rank, and a festival goer wears theirs to maximize their “transformative escape”
The word “Costume” in French means “suit,” as in the style you would wear to Wall Street, while the French equivalent of “Costume” is a “déguisement” which the linguists among you have probably already noticed bears a striking resemblance to “disguise” something a costume is very proficient at doing.
“Costuming” has carried a thousand names in a hundred lost languages, from ancient kingdoms to prehistoric tribes. We’ve been “costuming” ourselves since the dawn of time, for religion, historical reenactment, or just to escape the mundane.
Amazing costumes allow us to radically transform ourselves and the way others perceive us. Sadly, the “costume” has had a fall from grace in the last decades. Consumerism and Globalism created a “race to the bottom” between cost and quality. Cheap disposable toys have hijacked the once prestigious “costume” and made for considerably less satisfying costuming.
Polyester banana “costumes” and inflatable fat ballerinas make for great laughs but they don’t transform you, or give you 1/10th of the “experience” that a quality costume can afford. At Chrysalis we’re taking back the costume. You’re not going to find cheap toys on our marketplace, but you will find an ever-increasing number of amazing costumes at prices that will make a banana blush.