“Our Flag Means Death”’s Costume Designer on How to Make the Perfect Pirate Halloween Outfit
“Our Flag Means Death” costume designer Gypsy Taylor really wants you to dress up as one of the show’s many lovable, complicated pirates for Halloween. Taylor, who led the costumes for season two, tells POPSUGAR, “My favorite Halloween costumes are always just made from scraps around the house” – so the show’s costumes are perhaps the perfect candidates for that DIY ethos.
That’s because as Taylor was putting together the looks for the season, she tried to think pretty realistically about what Stede (Rhys Darby), Blackbeard (Taika Waititi), and their pirate crews would have actually gotten their hands on. If they have a new, flashy costume, it’s because, she says, “They’ve stolen it.” Otherwise, it’s something the pirates made on their own.
Plus, in season two, Wee John (Kristian Nairn) becomes something like the crew’s go-to seamstress. Taylor explains: “If there were any new clothes, we decided he’d made it, and so they’re a little bit badly sewn and scrappy or terrible stitching.”
This is to say if you don’t feel like you’re a good sewer or costume maker, that makes you an ideal fit to make one of these costumes on your own. Taylor really encourages thinking outside of the box. “What can you make in a tin foil, or you know, crappy things around the house?” she notes. If your own wardrobe won’t do, Taylor’s all about thrifting items for a base look and then DIYing details on top to make something truly special. “I really like reusing and recycling wherever we can, and I think you actually get better and more original looks,” she says.
The main thing Taylor wants “Our Flag Means Death” fans to remember when they start working on their Halloween costumes? “Just have fun with it.” She adds, “I know that also people really want to be totally exact, but don’t put that pressure on yourself.”
Ahead, find more of Taylor’s tips for the perfect DIY “Our Flag Means Death” Halloween costume.
New episodes of “Our Flag Means Death” premiere on Thursdays on Max.