When it’s nearly 100 degrees in the middle of the Nevada desert, clothing is limited, and sometimes even optional at Burning Man – “an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.”
But for those who do choose to wear clothing, it’s all about the costumes.
And the ornate outfits have become a huge part of the festival.
Bikinis, body paint, tutus, masks, headdresses, wigs, floral crowns and feathers – it’s all there!
Often all worn at once.
Everyone uses bikes to get around the Burning Man desert.
But that doesn’t stop people from breaking out their best costumes.
Fancy hats are common.
He would be hard to miss among the crowds.
Like this creative dog-in-a-cage one.
We love this outfit’s unicorn vibe.
The floral shirt adds a nice touch.
Couples often coordinate.
This pair went all out.
That’s a bold dress to wear in the desert.
These guys certainly won’t lose each other in the crowds.
Umbrellas are used more as a fashion accessory than to keep the sun away.
It’s hot at the festival, so any shade is more than welcome.
Braided hair is big.
Both long and short.
The headgear gets pretty wild.
This costume features some great colour coordination.
This group had matching feathered mohawks.
This feather mohawk was cool too.
The detail on her top and skirt is awesome.
You’ll come across all kinds of sunglasses.
Feathers are always a trend…
Scarves and goggles are used to keep the dust away.
Whether as part of a showgirl costume…
Or as crowns.
Headdresses are a fave year after year.
This one is especially eccentric.
So are wigs.
Wigs of all colours to match every outfit.
Some people get creative, like this guy who made a hat out of straws.
Recycling is always a good strategy when putting together a costume.
Or this star-shaped one.
Truly, the headwear at Coachella is innovation at its finest.
Body art is common.
And painted faces.
Members of the Trash Kan Marchink Band perform at Burning Man in 2016.
Like most festival scenes, floral crowns are everywhere.
Girls just love ’em.
Genie hats had their moment.
The rest of this group didn’t seem to get the genie hat memo.
Who wore it better?
Tutus are also popular.
For both genders.
You’re never too old to attend the festival.
This guy channeled Jim Carrey’s character in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.”
This guy spread the love in a red tutu.
Some tutus are more sinister.
This devil really decked out his bike.
But they all look awesome against the vast desert backdrop.
Some festival-goers make their bikes look as crazy as their costumes.
This fur-trimmed unicorn bike was a favourite of ours.
This guy decided to deck his bike out in fur.
Masks can be frightening.
But also whimsical.
Some wear wings.
Others wear vegetables.
Groups of friends tend to dress in themes.
Like these guys.
These ladies nailed the pink theme.
It’s hot, so people wear as little as possible.
The less you’re wearing in the desert, the better.
Swimwear is everywhere.
Some add flair to their swimwear.
It’s really just a giant costume ball.
Water guns seem like a great idea for this festival.
The more colour, the better.
This lady was a rainbow unicorn.
In fact, unicorns seem to be a reoccurring theme at Burning Man.
The mystical creature has appeared in many a festival-goer’s costume.
This couple coordinated their brights.
Others kept it all-white.
Feathers and fringe? Check.
No beach? No problem.
This lady was … hungry?
You pick up quite a few friends along the way.
And people of all ages get in the costume spirit.
And like everything else at Burning Man — from the bikes to the art — even the costumes light up at night.
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