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Costume is the distinctive style of dress of an individual or group
that reflects their class, gender, profession, ethnicity, nationality, activity
or epoch. The term also was traditionally used to describe typical appropriate clothing
for certain activities, such as riding costume, swimming costume, dance costume,
and evening costume. Appropriate and acceptable costume is subject to changes in
fashion and local cultural norms. National costume or regional costume expresses
local (or exiled) identity and emphasizes a culture's unique attributes. They are
often a source of national pride. Examples include the Scottish kilt or Japanese
Halloween costumes are costumes worn on or around Halloween,
a festival which falls on October 31. An early reference to wearing costumes at
Halloween comes from Scotland in 1585, but they may pre-date this. There are many
references to the custom during the 18th and 19th centuries in the Celtic countries
of Scotland, Ireland, Mann and Wales. It has been suggested that the custom comes
from the Celtic festivals of Samhain and Calan Gaeaf, or from the practise of "souling"
during the Christian observance of Allhallowtide. Halloween costumes are traditionally
based on frightening supernatural or folkloric beings. However, by the 1930s costumes
based on characters in mass media such as film, literature, and radio were popular.
Halloween costumes have tended to be worn mainly by young people, but since the
mid-20th century they have been increasingly worn by adults also.
Parades and processions provide opportunities for people to dress up in historical
or imaginative costumes. Costumes are popularly employed at sporting events,
during which fans dress as their team's representative mascot to show their support.
Costumes also serve as an avenue for children to explore and roleplay.
Cosplay , a word of Japanese origin that's short for "costume play", is
a performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent
a specific character or idea that is usually always identified with a unique name
(as opposed to a generic word). These costume wearers often interact to create a
subculture centered on role play, so they can be seen most often in play groups,
or at a gathering or convention. A significant number of these costumes are homemade
and unique, and depend on the character, idea, or object the costume wearer is attempting
to imitate or represent.
The Costume Designers Guild's international membership includes motion picture,
television, and commercial costume designers, assistant costume designers and costume
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