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Ben Cooper is the Halloween company that started it all, the visionaries a la costume-in-a-box that jump-started a craze and left behind some iconically campy and horrifically gorgeous renditions of our favorite spooky creatures. Wrought with bleeding colors, it is undeniable that Ben Cooper formed what can only be described as a pop culture phenomenon. This year, this phenomenon has been revived in the form of pin-up style skirts and gorgeous illustrations by designer Micheline Pitt in her collaborative collection Ben Cooper x Vixen.

1963 Ben Cooper King Kong costume
photo copyright Tom Simpson

Featuring name-brand faces and monsters from the 1930s to the late 1980s, Ben Cooper opened the proverbial door to what we now know as modern Halloween costuming. Rather than leaving children to try to decide Trick-or-Treat garb based on what they could create at home, Ben Cooper’s sheet-like capes and hard, plasticine masks that scraped at the skin around the eyes made costume opportunities endless. Want to be Chewbacca? Crack open this box and you’re good to go! Frankenstein’s monster? They reimagined him, recolored him, and put all of his pieces together at one easy price for you to reanimate whenever you liked.

Ben Cooper Striped Monster Mask Print Vixen Swing Skirt//$98

That’s why when we learned of Ben Cooper’s rise from the dead and subsequent collaboration with Micheline Pitt, we knew our hearts would soon turn black with longing. As a part of Micheline’s Vixen collection, the iconic campy costumes of our dreams have come back as equally campy and colorful illustrations on beautifully elegant garments. Uncomfortable hard plastic no more!

Ben Cooper Monster Mask Print Vixen Pencil Skirt//$78

Micheline Pitt sites much of her inspiration as our favorite badass femmes of yesteryear, the tagline for Vixen being “Good Things for Bad Girls.” And good grief, is this line full of good things.

With billowing pin-up style swing skirts sporting patterns fashioned after classic box art and form-fitting dresses that bring us back to the golden years of falling for creatures from the black lagoon, Ben Cooper x Vixen feeds off of nostalgia and with it, creates something entirely new.

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Ben Cooper Trick R Treat Print Vixen Swing Dress//$144

The pieces in this collection are available from size XS to 4XL.

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Ben Cooper Creature T-Shirt//$28

In addition to dresses and skirts, the Ben Cooper x Vixen collection also offers t-shirts wrought with colorful creatures and pins that scream of dropping candy through the streets and tearing our costumes on fence posts and pitchforks. (Aw, man. Mom is going to be so mad!)

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Ben Cooper Werewolf Lapel Pin//$12

There is no denying that much of Ben Cooper’s costumes were campy or, dare we say it, almost bad. They weren’t high quality, not made to last past that one night of running through the neighborhood in the dark and knocking wildly at doors. They were, however, beloved. They made the holiday easier for children and parents alike and opened the creaky door to what we now know as Halloween Night.

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Ben Cooper Trick R Treat Print Vixen Swing Skirt//$98

Worry not about the make of the garments in Ben Cooper x Vixen, however, as they are all beautifully crafted out of high quality materials. Made of heavyweight cotton and created to last a thousand Halloweens, Ben Cooper and Micheline Pitt have created a unique collection that is both new and old all at once.

See the full collection here.

Liah Paterson

Liah Paterson

Liah Paterson is a Queens-based freelance illustrator. She spends her days polishing up her knowledge of occult objects, destroying canvases, and trying to coax her cats into liking her. Her apartment is filled with piles of books, sculptures, and paintings of disembodied hands, and a partner who plays scary video games for her so she can watch them like movies. Find her on Instagram (@atenderwitch) or on her website (liahpaterson.com).

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