Men's Plague Doctor Costume
- Smock Collar
- Pair of Gloves
- Men's Plague Doctor Costume
- 100% polyester fabric, 100% PVC vinyl faux leather
- Robe fastens w/ button at back of neck
- Faux leather smock collar slips over the head
- Hood has hook & loop fastener at back
- Mask has mesh-covered eye openings, will limit vision
- Mask has elastic band around back of head
- Hat has wire in brim edge for shape
- Faux leather belt has hook & loop fastener at back
- Belt has 1 snap pouch, 3 open pouches and knife sheath attached
- Faux leather gloves have wide, flared cuffs
- NOTE: This product may have an odor due to manufacturing and packaging, please allow time to air out prior to use.
We should all be grateful we were born in the modern era. If the black death happened today we'd see brightly colored hazmat suits hurrying through the streets. However, in the dark ages, doctors hadn't figured out the art of bedside manners and dressed in basically the scariest ensemble they could come up with. Their mask had a dramatic beak filled with fragrant herbs to stop the bad air from sickening the physician. As a result, they looked a little like fancy gothic toucans. Turns out, the masks covering their faces may have been one of the only effective tricks in their book.
We have to hand it to those Medieval doctors, at a time when they still believed that an imbalance of the four humors could make you ill, those masks were probably semi-effective. That is until the poor Doc was bitten by one of the many fleas that carried the disease, to begin with. We should all thank our lucky stars that we live here and now and not there and then. Personal hygiene hadn't yet been invented so those little fleas were easily spreading disease where ever they went. It was at once a very smelly and a very dangerous time. Think about that next time you don't feel like taking a shower.
It's no wonder that we still see plague doctors as a symbol of fear after all this time, the black death had a habit of visiting places again and again. Like a fear of spiders or snakes or clowns, the fear of these symbols has become instinctual. So whether you're dressing up as a Doc from the middle ages or a character out of a horror film, when you enter the room in this get-up, you're sure to see all of your patients run out.
|Small||Robe Length||56 1/2"||144cm|
|Large||Robe Length||57 1/2"||146cm|
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First, I was lucky and the costume didn't stink very much for me like it seems to have for other people, but that's the only good thing you're going to hear from now on. The hat fits okay. Not perfect but it manages to lock sufficently on my head (though I have to hold it from flying when it's windy). Same goes for the Smock Collar (just have to remove my glasses to put it on but it's no problem). The hood (the balaclava-like thing) didn't fit at all. I had to bring it to my tailor for my face to actually fit in. The belt also didn't fit very well and had to get it tailored too. You also can't put a lot of stuff in it. I could only put my phone in the knife sheath and my house key and one banknote in the snap pouch. The three other open pouches were too small to put anything useful in them so I just filled it with costume-appropriate items like small satchels and a small bottle. The gloves are slightly difficult to put on and don't fit on your hand well, but they mostly get the job done. Just don't expect to hold your phone, pull anything out of your belt or do anything useful with them other than hplding your staff. They also make your hands stinky.
Now let's get to the real terrible parts. The mask was absolutely atrocious. Looks great, sure, it's the main thing that will make people impressed when they see you, but when the site says "will limit vision" it's the understatement of the decade. You can barely see anything with it and have to walk very carefully with it. Any light will also completely blind you. Also, while it's not entirely the maker's fault, I wear glasses and since you breath heavily in the mask, they get fogged up easily, making vision even worse. It also was generally uncomfortable and I had to readjust it often. Lastly, the robe itself. It's insanely fragile and tears up easily, meaning you have to wear it very carefully which is hard and annoying, and even then you'll still probably tear it. I had to bring it to my tailor multiple times to stich it back up, and since stiches make the robe stiffer, it means it's harder to wear it every time. She even told me herself that it's a very weak cloth.
Overall, if you want to walk in the streets and make everyone scared and impressed from you and have many people to ask for a picture, buy this (though I admit that since I'm very tall I make an extra impression on people). If you value your comfort in any way, shape or form, steer clear of this. Be aware that it's very tiring to wear this costume for long periods of time and you will get a sensory overload at high intensity areas such as parties, so remember to drink water before going out with it and take a rest every once in a while.
However, all faux leather part are pieces of a faux leather...
The package arrived packed tight enough to faux leather parts be completely crumpled as if a cow with a strange sense of taste had been chewing them for a while.
I have to figure out how to iron a faux leather without destructing it, especially the hat. Still waiting for results of applying of the researches. The hat also needs a couple of glue or one more movement of a sewing-machine to finish one of stitches and keep it of tearing in the nearest future.
And all faux leather parts do stink. I hope it will be better after some washing and drying.
My final complain was with the mask eyes it's so hard to see out of I may not wear it for the entire Halloween party. I would return it but it's too close to the event so hopefully I can resell the costume next year!