Wes Anderson is an enigma: everyone loves him and yet there is somehow no stigma about being part of that everyone.
Essentially, Wes Anderson is avocado toast.
What’s interesting about the seemingly-universal enjoyment of Anderson’s creations is that his characters are fairly impossible to relate to beyond your standard human empathy. We can understand the pre-teen angst Moonrise Kingdom‘s Suzy feels but I’m not so sure any of us have ever claimed ourselves “a Suzy.” Probably no one really wants to be Max Fischer unless they are kind of pervy and want to save Latin. Do you know anyone who calls herself “such a Margot”? Ok, but is she really? No one can come close to being Steve Zissou except for Bill Murray and just because you can do an Owen Wilson impression doesn’t mean you’re the same as Francis in The Darjeeling Limited, Dignan in Bottle Rocket or Fantastic Mr. Fox’s Coach Skip. Although, excellent lesser-claimed references if you do say so.
Perhaps this is why his films resonate and hang on to our adult imaginations in the way that they do: they are true escapes from our daily lives. Wes Anderson’s people are unlike most and yet more human than your average person. They are enigmas, too, just like Anderson.
And man oh man, do they have style.
It’s the main reason why we want to be these unrelatable and unlikely characters of make believe. They may have complicated and strange baggage — but it’s impeccable baggage.
And it’s either covered in animals, monogrammed or numbered.
In honor of Wes Anderson’s 47th birthday, Team Man Repeller dressed up like our favorite characters. The goal was to channel the director’s various visions through our own personal styles — to wear that which we’d actually wear for real. Of those who participated, most everyone proved that while you can’t actually be a figment of Anderson’s mind, you can bring his figments to life.
Of course, one person went so above and beyond the call of theme that her costume begged a question similar to that of Moonrise Kingdom’s Sam:
What kind of Wes Anderson character are you?
Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis and Elizabeth Tamkin.