Freestyle Fashion: A salute to creative and handmade costumes

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FAME @ Ignite Models Studio. Custom ripping t-shirts and layering belts upon fabrics upon tank tops is how Lauren and Elisa turned this American Apparel-Williamsburg get-up into a full-blown 1980s Jazzercise affair.

Contrary to what you've seen downtown on Halloween, it's not all about the "sexy cop" and "sexy angel" etc. etc. It's a perfect excuse to add your own flair and become your own costume designer - if only for one weekend. Freestyle Fashion salutes those of you with detailed, hand-made styles that could never be found in a cheap store or for $29.99 on eBay. PHOTOS BY EMILY UTNE / CAPTIONS BY STACEY TUTHILL