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Zoolander Costume Guides

Dress like Your Favorite Zoolander Characters

Browse through all the Zoolander costumes and cosplay guides in one place and learn how to dress up as them convincingly. Zoolander is an action-comedy film that came out in 2001. The story follows the life of Derek Zoolander who ends up becoming a pawn in the corrupt fashion executive Jacobim Mugato’s plan to assassinate the prime minister of Malaysia. The characters of the film, in essence, mock the fashion industry and are well-loved for their humorous and outrageous depiction of fashion executives. Now you too can dress up as your favorite character from Zoolander and ridicule the fashion industry on your cosplay nights.

Derek Zoolander

Derek Zoolander Costume

Derek Zoolander is the dim-witted protagonist of the movie, played by Ben Stiller. He is a narcissistic male model who ends up as a pawn in the fashion executives’ ploy to assassinate the Malaysian PM. His outrageous style is really a testament to the ridiculous lines of clothing that the fashion industry comes out with every year. Though he retires from modeling after his three roommates are killed in an accident, he cannot sustain it as a miner and his family rejects him. Derek is forced to return and is conditioned to attempt the assassination over the song “Relax”. Dress up as Derek Zoolander and bring a smile on people’s faces by playing the part of an absent-minded male mode.

Derek Zoolander Costume
Derek Zoolander Costume Guide
Hansel Mcdonald

Hansel McDonald Costume

Hansel McDonald is the runaway star of the fashion industry whose rise threatens the reputation of other models like Derek Zoolander. However, McDonald resolves his issues with Derek after they partake in his collection of narcotics and have group sex. Hansel isn’t in on the assassination, so when he learns about it, he tries to expose it but, in the process, ends up destroying the evidence. After the end of the movie, Hansel is shown to have left the fashion industry. Take a cue out of Hansel’s book to look like the handsome character from the movie Zoolander and charm your friends with dashing clothes.

Hansel McDonald Costume
Hansel McDonald Costume Guide

Zoolander Cosplay Costumes

Whether you want to be the titular figure Derek Zoolander or play the runaway model Hansel – there is a cosplay guide for everyone. Most of the characters flaunt outrageous outfits that are specially designed to be over the top. They may stick out like sore thumbs but that’s the beauty of satire – you just cannot ignore it. Cosplaying characters from Zoolander can bring an interesting twist to the whole idea of cosplay fashion.

However, dressing up as Zoolander characters looks way easier than it actually is. Not only are you required to have all the essential clothing items and accessories, but you also have to know what it takes to dress up as Zoolander characters. Fortunately, we have a cosplay guide that will illustrate exactly that. Follow our guide fully and make sure you have what it takes to successfully pull off your favorite character from Zoolander.

About Zoolander

Zoolander is directed, produced, and portrayed by Ben Stiller. After its commercial success, it paved the way for Zoolander 2 which came out in the year 2016 and the animated TV series titled Zoolander Super Model came out the same year. Many of the fashion lines in the movie are parodies of actual fashion lines created by famous designers. These consist of clothes inspired by the destitute found on the streets of New York.

Zoolander was banned in Malaysia and neighboring Singapore as it depicts an attempted assassination of the PM of Malaysia. Despite its raw edginess and purposefully dumb sequences, the film was critically acclaimed and was termed as a deliberately dumb comedy that can provide genuine laughter. There are various character costumes available for you to cosplay. Which Zoolander character will you cosplay to deliberately upset the general fashion culture?