The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 30, 1997, Page 8, Image 8

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TRAMPS, VAMPIRES AND
VICTIMS will be among
those daring the dark
Halloween night. The
capes, velvet and cross
es worn by these ceme
tery marauders are cour
tesy of Roeg’s Reck (N
Roll Routique, 122 S.
52nd St. Makeup is by
Anne Marie Terrell.
Men idragging* out
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By Bret Schulte
Senior Reporter
While not toasting the monarchy’s lav
ishness, local queens will be in attendance
at Halloween parties Friday.
According to retailers, women’s cloth
ing is being dragged out of stores hand
over hairy fist by college males seeking
costumes for the holiday. Although many
would argue, transvestites are fashionable
- for Friday, at least.
“I have noticed that a lot of the younger
kids are cross-dressing,” said Charles
Seger, manager of Goodwill Industries
thrift store, 3910 N. 27th St. “Some of the
men are buying women’s dresses and
heels. It seems to be a fad.”
Long seen as the perfect opportunity to
express hidden desires and long-sup
pressed personal fantasies, Halloween is
frequently the holiday of choice for covert
self-expression.
Ranging from 6-foot bongs to strands
of DNA, costumes of college students are
exercises in originality, diversion and
unabashed shock value - not to mention
self-expression. A Goodwill employee
who identified herself only as Linda said,
“I think it shows their fantasies.”
Indeed, in lieu of recent sexual scan
dals by prominent figures, it seems male
fantasies are being enacted by locals as
well.
1 know two guys that are going as
French maids,” said Karen Jordan
Anderson, owner of Second Wind, 1640 O
St “(Another) bought a girl scout costume
from my store ”
Other Lincoln residents are dressing to
either emulate or mock those same sex
scandals. Gail Hohl, owner of BoogfeRock
‘N Roll Boutique, 122 S. 52nd St., was
recently visited by a guy looking for a pink
garter belt and hose.
“He wanted to be Marv Albert for
Halloween,” she said. “Where else in town
would you get that stuff? So he came here.”
While most retailers refused to com
ment on the Freudian implications of
going in drag for Halloween, they agree
that most men don’t know a lot about
women, especially wf$h it comes to dress
ing like one.
“Guys that aren’t practicing transves
tites that come in for women’s costumes
tend to giggle a lot,” Jordan-Anderson
said. “I love it when we can just cut to the
chase instead of tip-toeing around it.”
Many retailers said transgender
Halloween costumes are nothing unusual,
but their popularity this year seems to have
perked up a bit, said Phyllis Spahn, owner
of Fringe and Tassel Costumes, 735 O St
“We always do a certain amount of
cross-dressing, but it seems to be a bit
more than usual (this year),” Spahn said. “I
would say men are dressing more flashy
now, usually in longer, fancier dresses that
are beaded.”
Experiences at the Salvation Army
aren’t quite so glamorous, Linda sard.
Most men who are looking at women’s
clothing usually end up looking like their
grandmother, she said.
“A lot are going as old ladies,” Linda
said.
But this doesn’t mean they don’t care
about how they look.
“We have to match accessories for
them,” she said, “i had one customer who
wanted everything to match: his shoes, his
hat, his necklaces. He was a construction
worker.”
Although most retailers have different
experiences with men’s taste in women’s
clothing, most agree men love women’s
hair. *
But gentlemen don’t necessarily prefer
blondes.
“Guys certainly enjoy putting on the
hair,” Jordan-Anderson said. “Guys prefer
red wigs, much more so than blondes, last
year and this year.”
Spahn believes it's better not to ask
about details this time of year when she is
renting out certain accessories.
“The main thing we are selling is a lot
of wigs,” she said. “But we don't know
what they are using them for.”
Regardless of personal taste, the grow
ing acceptance of cross-dressing in our
society is perhaps most noticeable during
the Halloween season, when everyone is
allowed to be someone else.
Jordan-Anderson's costume shop is
based on this very principle of expression.
“Ilove it when thev mme in and say
‘I need a dress,”’she said.
Costume ideas vary
from risque to tacky
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By Bret Schulte
Senior Reporter
Instead of digging out old
costumes from a graveyard of
dead ideas, check out local retail
ers for original costume concepts
at prices that won’t kill you.
Fringe and Tassel Costumes,
735 O St., is a Haymarket retailer
specializing in rental costumes,
both factory-made and store
originals. To complete any cos
tume, Fringe and Tassel also
offers a variety of accessories,
including makeup, wigs, hand
cuffs and prosthetics. v
Employee Paul Pearson says
people are showing plenty of skin
this year, and the fastest costume
to go has been the harem girl,
closely followed by, ironically
enough, flappers - women liber
ated from traditional sex roles in
the 1920s. The store offers a vari
ety of complete costumes and
assists in piecing together origi
nal ideas.
Boog’s Rock ‘N Roll
Boutique, 122 S. 52nd, boasts a
unique and appropriately fright
ening collection of gothic,
leather and lace apparel for the
I have retro stuff
... that people will
come in and buy if
they are going as
the Brady Bunch.”
Jennifeh Johnson
Buby Begonia’s owner
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Halloween season. According to
owner Gail Hohl, the traditional
vampire concept is still a popular
one, but die actual costume has
changed a bit since the days of
Bf la Lugosi. Hohl recommends
heavily studded, thigh-high, 5
inch heeled boots; a bustier; and
a long brocade velvet or satin
dress. Whips also are available,
she said.
But the biggest seller this
year for women are Santa's
helpers' suits that come with a
matching hat and g-string.
“You would want them to sit
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