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We've been custom costume, mask and prop makers for over 25 years. This blog is a peek behind the Tentacle curtain, written mostly by Bev.

1st January 2021
Here's to the start of the New Year 2021! Despite all the troubles and complications, we made it through this far. I'm not sure what the future will bring, but just getting to the end of 2020 with our sanity intact feels like an acheivement!

Edsilia Rombley: The Masked Singer Champange bottle costume: created by Tentacle Studio, New Year TV Special, Nederland.
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So we were doubly delighted to watch our costumes and masks on the New Year's Eve Special of The Masked Singer. It was a massive task to get the everything finished, as many fabric deliveries were serverely delayed due to COVID. Even in ordinary circumstances, most TV shows are a logistics nightmare, juggling technical staff, celebrities, backing dancers, cameras, sound, lighting, hair and make up. And backstage catering is important too! TV filming regularly entails 12 hour work days, so food has to be grabbed in the short time between takes.

Richard Groenendijk: The Masked Singer Oliebol costume: created by Tentacle Studio, New Year TV Special, Nederland. In case you are wondering, an oliebol is a deep fried dough ball with raisins: a traditional New Year snack in Nederland!
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The producers need to be sure they've got all the necessary footage before they start editing- because with all singing, all dancing show like The Masked Singer, calling everyone back in for re-takes blows up the budget very fast! Luckily, some minor parts of the show could be filmed in advance, but it ws a lovely suprise to see Dutch celebrity Edsilia Rombley win the competition in the Champagne costume we made for her. She was a joy to work with and seeing her delighted face on winning made us really happy. It's a great feeling to entertain literally millions of people, and bring some cheer to these dark days of COVID uncertainty.

John vd Heuvel: The Masked Singer Clock costume: created by Tentacle Studio, New Year TV Special, Nederland. The Snowman next to him is beloved Dutch singer Frans Bauer.

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All photos courtesy of RTL4 and Blue Circle Production Company.

2nd December 2020
Gold Russian kokosniki headdress. We created this glittering golden crown for the beautiful dancer in a new music video. I'll post a clip as soon as the video is released! Find more photos of the headdress in progress on our Instagram account.
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14th November 2020
Below are spectacular costumes and masks we designed and created for Season 2 of The Masked Singer (NL) 2020. So much work, thousands of Swarovski crystals! We really enjoyed working on it. The viewing figures were even higher than for the finale of the first season, and figures climbed with every episode!

Llama costume and mask
Lama costume mask maker Masked Singer NL Tentacle Studio

Chess King costume and mask
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Fox costume and mask
Fox costume mask maker Masked Singer NL Tentacle Studio

Yeti costume and mask
Yeti costume mask maker Masked Singer NL Tentacle Studio

Panther/ Leopard costume and mask
Panther costume mask maker Masked Singer NL Tentacle Studio

Monkey costume and mask
Monkey costume mask maker Masked Singer NL Tentacle Studio

Astronaut costume and helmet!

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Other blog posts:

2019-2020 Latest custom work & more Masked Singer

2018-2019 DJ 2 Hearts

2017-2018 Work for Dior

2015-2016 Dinosaur Wedding

2014-2015 Piggyback costume and the Ghost Tree

2011-2014 Harrods and Horses