Famous artist costumes and fashion

Would you dress up as Salvador Dali and walk around an art museum?

If people dressed up as famous artists when visiting museums, who would you go as? I posted this question on the Spudart Facebook Page and got some fun replies.

  • Dali, Warhol: “Someone distinctive looking like Dali or Warhol,” Tom Saaristo.
  • Salvador Dali: “dali,” designslinger.com
  • Frida Kahlo: “Frida I dressed up as her for Halloween once and. despite the fact I had to add in the unibrow and light stache the resemblance was uncanny. it was pretty creepy, but I would definitely do it again especially at a museum,” Yvonne Lozano.
  • DaVinci: “DaVinci,” Mark Thomas
  • Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: “If someone were to buy me a Lazlo Moholy-Nagy jumpsuit, I’d gladly wear it to the Tute. He had those sweet circle rims, too. I’d sooner buy circle rims than those thick, black Buddy Holly glasses that every single designer seems to be wearing now,” Erik Maldre.

Imagine how fun it would be to see Frida Kahlo casually walking around an art museum. “OMG I just saw Frida Kahlo walk by! Did you see that? Wow. She’s spending a lot of time looking at Diego Rivera’s paintings.” Or if you saw Laszlo Moholy-Nagy taking a look at a photo exhibit. He would be heard saying, “The illiterate of the future will be the person ignorant of the use of the camera as well as the pen.”

What famous artist would you dress up as? Please leave your comments below.

I would go as Joseph Beuys. With his distinctive hat and multi-pocketed vest, his costume would be subtle, but cool. Plus I’m a big Joseph Beuys fan. The performative nature of his artworks peaked my curiosity in college. Especially his positive outlook of healing Germany’s culture after World War II. He was often contrasted with Andy Warhol who was extremely separated from his work, to the point of where Warhol wouldn’t even make his own prints. Beuys not only made his own work, he was often the artwork itself.

Beuys is known for the preaching is great ideals that “Every human being is an artist.” Another part of walking around the museum dressed up as a famous artist is to say aloud some of the artist’s famous quotes. With Beuys I would say some of the following:

  • “To be a teacher is my greatest work of art.”
  • “Man is only truly alive when he realizes he is a creative, artistic being‚
    Even the act of peeling a potato can be a work of art if it is a conscious act.
  • “For me the formation of the thought is already sculpture. The thought is sculpture.”
  • And if I’m at the Art Institute of Chicago, I could say:

    “This kind of art school is for me the least important. A spiritual structure is needed. If a person is an artist he can use the most primitive of instruments a broken knife is enough. Otherwise it remains a craft school.”

    (He said this in a lecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1974)

For research on what Joseph Beuys wore, I made a “Joseph Beuys fashion” board on Pinterest. It gives me special delight to categorize this board on Pinterest under “Mens fashion.”

Joseph Beuys fashion

I’ve added over 30 more pins to this board.

My brother’s request to dress up as Laszlo Moholy-Nagy resulted in a “Laszlo Moholy-Nagy fashion” board on Pinterest. Again, under “Mens fashion”


What famous artist would you dress up as?

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