"Demoiselles d'Avignon" by Francisco Rocha, Joana Bem-Haja, Joana Torres, and Sandra Shizuka (all photos courtesy of Yuko Torihara)

“Demoiselles d’Avignon” by Francisco Rocha, Joana Bem-Haja, Joana Torres, and Sandra Shizuka (all photos courtesy of Yuko Torihara)

We have a winner! The DEMOcratic People’s Choice Award for this year’s Storefront for Art and Architecture Critical Halloween Costume Competition goes to “Demoiselles d’Avignon” by Francisco Rocha, Joana Bem-Haja, Joana Torres, and Sandra Shizuka!

Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” received a lot of love this year, with three partygoers dressed as the infamous painting. We thought Hyperallergic Metro Editor Benjamin Sutton did a stellar job with his one-person interpretation.

Critical Halloween 2015 took place at the historic DCTV Firehouse this past Saturday. Partygoers were given the challenge to creatively respond to the theme of “DEMO.” Interpretations varied from institutional demolition to acts of collective demonstration.

Hyperallergic readers and partygoers cast thousands of votes in what was a very close race. “Demoiselles d’Avignon” took the win with its creative and eerily accurate interpretation of Pablo Picasso’s famous painting depicting five nude female prostitutes, “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.” The 1907 work marked his revolutionary and controversial move away from traditional European painting styles.

Runner-up spots in our online poll went to “Smoke” by Studio Dror, “Prentice Hospital: Back from the Dead” by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, and “Demoiselle Demonstrator” by Hyperallergic Metro Editor Benjamin Sutton.

Critical Halloween 2015 (photo by Zach Hilty/BFA)

Critical Halloween 2015 (photo by Zach Hilty/BFA)

The night of the party, jurors Winka Dubbeldam (architect and founder of Archi-tectonics), Keller Easterling (architect/writer), Beatrice Galilee (the Met’s Daniel Brodsky associate curator of architecture and design), and Andres Jaque (architect/founder of the Office for Political Innovation), handed out these awards:

Best Overall Costume to “Building Cuts: The Ghost of Matta” by Steven Holl Architects

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Best Individual Costume to “Archzilla” by Evalynn Rosado of Weiss/Manfredi

Special Prize for Best Demonstration Costume to “Smoke” by Studio Dror

Special Prize for Best Demonstration Costume to “Smoke” by Studio Dror

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Best Duo/Couple Costume to “Permitted and Unpermitted” by Adam Frampton and Karolina Czeczek – Only If

Special Prize for Best Democracy Costume to “Democracy, The Puppet of Capital” by Miguel de Guzman and Ines Esnal

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Special Prize for Best Demolition Costume to “The Fall of the Berlin Wall” by Leong Leong

And it’s no surprise that Best Group Costume went to Rocha, Bem-Haja, Torres, and Shizuka’s “Demoiselles d’Avignon.”

For more on the night’s winners and costumes, visit Storefront for Art and Architecture.

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