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Centaur Costumes: a compilation

Updated on November 30, 2018

Cetaur Costumes

A centaur costume is an ambitious projects but with a very high impact result. I have collected a wide range of examples as inspiration for those who might want to tackle this project. They appear at a range of events from Halloween parties to stage plays.

Most are original creations although some are based on centaur from Harry Potter, Narnia or Fantasia. If you know of any more commercially made costumes of this type, please let me know! Also if you know of any hand or custom-made centaur costumes that I have not listed.

Full body, Static, Wheeled.

The guy shown above has what is probably the most famous centaur costume made by a Renaissance fair regular. This is a full body, static costume with rear wheels.

For more pictures of this particular centaur see--

For the child's design shown right (source unknown) the wheels are a bit less subtle but probably more effective.

For more pictures of other centaur costumes of a similar design see--

Wheeled centaur with built in cooler
Wheeled centaur with built in cooler | Source

Full Body, Static, Fixed

Without wheels on the rear portion, if it is a full sized replica, the centaur ends up pretty much fixed in place. Some of these examples may actually have wheels but if I wasn't sure I listed them as fixed.

Some More Female Centaur Costumes

For some reason female centaur costumes are more rare.A female version of the full body, static wheeled costume can be seen here as created by Laecee R. (2009). See also:

  • tarorae [adult, female] (2005)--With extensive floral accents.
  • sadwonderland [adult, female] (2005)
  • villagelinka [adult, female] (2007)--Possibly a deer-taur based on the tail? Blue-skinned. The same costume also appeared at Anime Boston (2009)--see also here, sans body paint. Another shot of the same costume here suggests the inspiration is Fantasia. (Another shot is here, clearly a popular costume!)
  • Female archer [adult, female] (2007)
  • Girl [child, female] (2007)
  • Halloween [adult, female] (2008)--unicorn centaur.
  • FairieWorlds [child, female] (2009)--I love how the fur of the horse part matches the girl's hair.
  • Zombie Party [child, female] [2009]--A papier mache version with no fur. See also here.
  • First Ave Halloween party [adult, female] (2009)--With wings? See also here.

Source

Small Body, Static, Fixed.

This simpler, child-sized version was featured on Blame it on the Voices (2009). Original source unknown. Because the horse part of the body is drastically reduced in size it can easily be moved around without requiring wheels or moving parts. This design tends to work better with smaller people and children. Unless, of course, you take it to a comedic extreme.

A pint-sized version of the sophisticated Fair unicorn costume can be seen here. Other similar designs can be seen here.

  • Unnamed [child, female] (2007)
  • Inflatable costume [male, adult] (2016)--Available from Wackyplanet if you are not the 'do it yourself' sort.

Some variations on this costume have the rear legs a raised position so the do not even touch the ground.

Inflatable

A relatively recent development is the availability of lightweight inflatable costumes. These are available on Amazon and include a unisex version that provides the horse part of the body, and one that includes an exaggerated male torso.


Full Body, Animated

The simplest method for animating the back legs of centaur costume is the use of strings. Others attempt to simulate a walking motion in the rear legs by tethering them to the front legs to produce a centaur with four moving legs. See:Walking Test #1 [child, female] (2010)

Two Person/Pantomime

There is also the traditional two person model for constructing a pantomime horse, which works just as well for a centaur design.

None-Equine Centaur Costumes

This deer-taur costume (shown right) was spotted at BlizzCon in 2007.

In general, costumes that include four legs and two arms are, regardless of the species represented, referred to as a "taursuit".

Virtual Worlds

These days there is also the option of becoming a centaur online in games such as the Sims.

For Sale

If you know of any centaur costumes not included in this list, please drop me a link!

Commercial Examples

A 2014 commercial campaign for Nestle used a centaur that you might assume was created by computer-generated images but, as candid shots show (example), was actually a static costume.

History

The basic structure of the moving centaur costume has a long history as antique sketch shown below demonstrates.

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    • psycheskinner profile imageAUTHOR

      psycheskinner 

      7 years ago

      That is a costume for the Seattle Children's Theater production of Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe (2002).

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      Brett 

      7 years ago

      Heya!

      Where did you happen to find this?

      http://s1.hubimg.com/u/4955692_f260.jpg

      The costume looks incredible, and I'd love to learn as much as I could about it and it's construction! Thanks!

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