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Adult Plague Doctor Peste Costume
Welcome to the 17th century version of the hazmat suit.
This getup is what plague doctors wore during the “peste” (= “plague” in French) to protect themselves from catching the horrific Bubonic Plague. Everybody, including doctors, wore long robes at the time because they were cool and floated behind you when you walked or rode your horse. But it’s the mask that got all the attention – it was beaky and it was bird-like and it was long and it was filled with aromatic herbs to prevent the doctor from breathing in the putrid air (gross) that carried the Black Death germs. We’re surprised those plagued people didn’t just die of fright the moment they’d see one of these guys show up.
Protective gear like this went out with treatments like bleeding and using leeches. However, what they thought of as disease prevention then has remained as a look that’s just plain old creepy today. Like seriously, really creepy. Which is why you’re going to want to wear this costume to up the creep factor of your Halloween hoopla by several levels.
Pull on the black, polyester (i.e., “floaty”) robe, which has an attached hood and cape and cuffed sleeves. And then the latex mask (creeeeeeepy), which covers the lower part of your face and stays in place with an elastic band. To complete the look, add a hat. And a wooden staff. And long, leather boots. And gloves. We’ll leave the stuffing of the mask with smelly herbs up to you.
- 100% polyester
- Pullover robe has attached hood & cape, cuffed sleeves
- Molded latex mask has elastic security band, covers lower face
- Hooded Robe w/ Attached Cape
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