If you don't already know, I'm fairly big on thrift shopping and finding unique items to reinvent and make my own. So for this Halloween, my entire costume was thrifted and reworked. I've mentioned this in my previous blog posts but I'll refresh your memories... Last year, while strolling through one of the city’s most eclectic, vibrant and cultured areas of Kensington Market, I pondered upon the Army Surplus Store where I instantly fell in love with an authentic army vest that once belonged to Solider Smith back in 1994. The detailing of grenade attachments and its overall aesthetic of heavy canvas was to die for! There was so much character and not to mention, a built in backpack! Anywho, long story short, I've reworked the vest by tailoring it to fit-to-size whilst adding shoulder pads for a more avant-garde approach (besides, I'm slightly obsessed with shoulder pads; I add it to many of my personalized pieces). At the time, I didn't see this as being my future Halloween costume but last minute plans called for last minute measures and in this case, it organically worked out. I recently paid another visit to the Army Surplus Store and purchased an authentic gas mask to match my vest. It worked out seamlessly.
So there you have it, I was a modern day female solider with authentic, vintage army finds which hold many memories. I was definitely crowned, "The Gas Mask Killa!"
As a sidenote, I do plan on doing research on the solider whose vest I now own. All his information is still imprinted in the interior of the vest. I wonder if he's still around and if he is, perhaps an exclusive interview could be arranged. How cool would that be?