“Max Max: Fury Road” Sure to Boost Burning Man’s Already Popular Post-Apocalyptic Styling

In What's New, Industry News by Lauren Parker

With “Mad Max: Fury Road” hitting theaters in aMad Max; Fury Road few days to outstanding reviews, fashion trend spotters at Burning Man this September should expect extra-epic costumes.

After all, Burning Man arts festival channels Mad Max post-apocalyptic fashion on an average day, and this year’s take should be as big a tour de force as the movie remake.

The Hollywood Reporter called “Mad Max: Fury Road,” starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, “devilishness in its details: the tribal-style makeup, the endlessly inventive vehicles and armaments, the wild costumes and facial adornments, radiantly scorched locations that resemble―and yet go beyond―the series’ previous wasteland evocations, and a society equally lawless but more entrenched than those seen in earlier films.”

2012 Burning Man

Warrior chic is a perennial trend at Burning Man.

While the “Mad Max: Fury Road” trailer is already giving us nightmares (literally), we’re still getting tickets for opening night. If for no other reasons than to get inspiration for this year’s Burning Man costume!

Burning Man, which runs August 30th to September 7, 2015, has always celebrated Mad Max, with giant Thunderdome-like sets and participants wrapped in dust-blocking goggles and tribal adornment. Feathered mohawk headpieces are huge (that’s both hugely popular and huge in height), while burnished jewelry wraps the body like bands of ammo. Some looks from recent Burning Man festivals all found on Pinterest:



2012 Burning Man

2012 Burning Man


Max Max on the Runways

Fashion designers, of course, have been channeling Mad Max’s post-apocalyptic look on the runways for years, so the inevitable film/fashion merging should be particularly interesting.

Balmain Spring 2010

Balmain Spring 2010

Ann Demeulemeester's post-apocalyptic runway

Ann Demeulemeester’s post-apocalyptic runway, 2011

Let’s get ready to rumble!

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