Hazmat chic? Makes sense in the middle of a pandemic—and not a bad idea for a Halloween costume. And what exactly are hazmat suits for? The U.S. Department of Homeland Security defines a “hazmat suit” as “an overall garment worn to protect people from hazardous materials or substances, including chemicals, biological agents, or radioactive materials.” Clearly, that includes COVID-19.
This weird, weird year, they were used as part of the Emmys as a way for winners to be safely handed their Emmys—but mostly for laughs.
The tuxedo hazmat suits were designed by one of Hollywood’s top awards show costumers, Katja Cahill, in conjunction with Emmys executive producer Guy Carrington. Cahill is also a celebrity stylist whose been the official costume for many years for the Oscars, Emmys, the Grammys, the Latin Grammys, America’s Got Talent, and a multitude of reality shows.
Cahill and Carrington worked with a real hazmat suit manufacturer so they could actually ensure safety for all the winners and presenters, but they went out of their way to make them, as Cahill and Carrington say, “safe and classy.”
And they definitely work for Halloween.