Real-life twins Chris and Henry Cooke gave the Italian plumber brothers a modern-raver twist: Their outfits of matching baseball hats, tank tops and shorts included custom-built, light-up LED wands. We spoke with Chris Cook, the Luigi of the trio, and Taylor Williams, who dressed as Princess Peach, about their fashion sense, their costumes, and what they thought of the festival.
Chris Cooke: I’m originally from New York, but I currently live in Florida.
What is your profession?
I’m a business architect for a medical software company during the day, and I create LED devices for music festivals in my spare time. They are only in the prototype phase right now, but I hope to be able to sell them really soon!
What inspired your Super Mario Bros. outfits?
My twin brother and I grew up playing Mario Bros. games. We wanted to go as them, but with a modern, EDM-style twist.
Who was your favorite artist at Global Dance Festival?
Illenium with Said the Sky was my favorite. I was supposed to see Illenium at Sunset Music Festival, but day two was canceled due to weather, so I was really excited to see him at Global.
I rarely buy clothes in brick-and-mortar stores anymore, but when I do, it’s normally outlets like Off Saks, Calvin Klein or Brooks Brothers. When I’m not at music festivals, I’m normally dressed in a polo and khaki shorts.
What is your style mantra?
When I’m getting ready for a music festival, my mantra is "Don’t worry, be happy." My goal when going to these things is to improve the experience of as many people as I can.
Is there anything you would like to add?
This weekend was the first time I got to meet my twin brother's girlfriend, Taylor, and she had the courage to do a group costume with us at her first music festival ever. It was the best first impression I could have possibly imagined!
Westword: What inspired your Super Mario Bros. outfits?
Taylor Williams: My boyfriend, Henry, has an identical twin. Chris loves festivals, and especially loves attention, so he came up with the idea of being Mario and Luigi. Not only are they recognizable characters, but their red-and-green color scheme stands out in a crowd. I decided to play along and go as Princess Peach. Pink is my favorite color, so I was excited to get decked out in princess garb. I thought we would get some strange looks, but everyone loved our costumes. To my surprise, we weren't even close to being the craziest-dressed group at the festival.
Global Dance was my first music festival ever this year. I wasn't sure what to expect, but every artist we saw there was so much fun, whether I'd heard them before or not. The environment helps. It was awesome to be surrounded by people who just wanted to dance, laugh, meet people and enjoy the music. If I had to choose a favorite, I would say Illenium. The entire crowd was dancing!
Where do you like to shop for fashion?
Recently, I've loved Topshop's selection. They're the only place I could find a denim skirt pink enough for my costume.
What is your style mantra?
Look good, feel good.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Henry and Chris grew out their facial hair for the costumes, and Chris put mascara on his mustache to make it look darker. At the last minute, Henry decided not to. He brought up a good point: If he kissed me with a mascara-covered ’stache, all three of us would end up having mustaches by the end of the night, because his would rub off on my face!
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