Draping is the art of manipulating the fabric using pins and hand stitching to create structure on a body. This is usually done on a dress form to get the adequate shape for the performer. Cutting is the act of laying out fabric on a flat surface, using scissors to cut and follow along a pattern. These pieces are put together to create a final costume.
In 2009 the company’s ‘Solar Bag’, which featured solar panels which charged a battery concealed in the lining able to supply power to mobile phones, iPods and other digital accessories, received the “Chi é Chi Award” for the best eco-friendly fashion product. In 2008 Ennio Capasa designed a limited edition t-shirt to support the Climate Project, an Al Gore initiative. To celebrate Christmas 2008 Costume National collaborated with Planete Urgence, an organization dedicated to environmental and social change, in a ‘Plant a Tree’ project.
This costume is shrouded in intrigue, despite being moderately revealing! Over-the-shoulder sleeves and a high cut skirt make this dress equal parts mysterious and equal parts sexy. It's the kind of look that will grab attention as soon as you arrive at the ball. Of course, the part that makes it a masquerade party is the mask. We suggest pairing your mysterious look with this black & gold style mask, which has a luxurious look to cover your face. The feathered sides also add an elegant style to any ball.
When I was a kid, my whole family dressed up as the Addams Family for Halloween. My mom made me a costume by sewing white cuffs and a white color onto a long sleeved black dress, and put two braids in my dark hair. She then bought me a doll at the craft store and made an identical outfit and braided the doll’s hair. I opted to keep the head on my doll. I had a friend do the same costume a few years back. It works just as well for women as it does for young girls!
We managed to source most of the costumes from Redannick – tweeds, underskirts, bloomers, frock coats, dresses and breeches. Redannick has so many wonderful costumes hidden away on rails and in boxes in the basement. It’s a very small space but it has costumes rammed in all over the place. Every time I had a rummage down there I found yet another wonderful outfit that would work beautifully for a particular part of the show.
We wanted Aunt March to be very grand so we created the largest crinolines we could get away with on the tiny stages. We used long taffeta skirts that enough fabric in them to fit over crinoline underskirts. However, making these skirts wider also had the effect of lifting them up higher so we also had to lengthen them with taffeta offcuts so they reached to the ground. Many Victorian crinolines had a panel at the bottom which would get dirty and damaged when they dragged on the ground (as we discovered!). The extra panel acts as a dirt panel which is easy to replace when the hems get worn.
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If you don't feel like showing a lot of skin, then you don't have to! It's quite as simple as that. This full coverage flapper option makes for an easy way to look fashion forward without showing a lot of skin. The 1920's inspired dress uses dangling fringe along the bottom to make the skirt just a little bit longer than some of our other flapper costumes. The outfit also features short, fringed sleeves as opposed to many of the tank top or spaghetti-strap styles on our other women's costumes. This outfit is proof that you can get a cute Halloween costume while still being modest, so you can feel comfortable and confident when you head out to the speakeasy.
The Yukata (浴衣) is a kimono-like robe that is worn specifically in the spring and summer, and it is generally less expensive than the traditional kimono. Because it was made for warm weather, the fabric is often lighter in weight and brighter in color in order to correspond to the seasons. It is worn for festivals and cherry blossom viewing ceremonies, but is considered to be informal.
Social segregation of clothing was primarily noticeable in the Nara period (710-794), through the division of upper and lower class. Women of higher social status wore clothing that covered the majority of their body, or as Svitlana Rybalko states, "the higher the status, the less was open to other people's eyes". For example, the full-length robes would cover most from the collarbone to the feet, the sleeves were to be long enough to hide their fingertips, and fans were carried to protect them from speculative looks.
What can you do with your friends on a Halloween night
Of the 100 people working in the costumes department, a team of about 10 people work full time on aging and wearing costumes to make them look realistically used and lived in. The rich and powerful tend to wear new, clean clothes, but commoners do not, i.e. when Arya is traveling through the Riverlands in the guise of a commoner's clothes, they are very worn and mud-stained. As Clapton explained:
In modern Japan, kimono are a marked feminine costume and a national attire. There are multiple types and subtypes of kimono that a woman can wear: furisode (a type of kimono with longer sleeves worn by single women, worn mostly for coming of age celebrations), uchikake and shiromuku, houmongi, yukata, tomesode, and mofuku, depending on her marital status and the event she attends.
Kimono are traditionally made from a single bolt of fabric called a tanmono. Tanmono come in standard dimensions, and the entire bolt is used to make one kimono. The finished kimono consists of four main strips of fabric — two panels covering the body and two panels forming the sleeves — with additional smaller strips forming the narrow front panels and collar. Kimono fabrics are frequently hand-made and -decorated.
Not all girls need to play by the rules—the Pink Ladies from the classic film, Grease, certainly don't! They're a gang of girls who are twice as tough as their rowdy male counterparts, the Thunderbirds. Now, you can become an official member of the all-girl gang. This women's Pink Ladies jacket lets you play the role of Sandy, Rizzo or Frenchy with ease. You'll have Danny Zuko and his crew whipped into shape when you coordinate your Halloween outfit by using one of our many licensed character wigs from the movie to complete your look.
When the Heian period began (794-1185), the concept of the hidden body remained, with ideologies suggesting that the clothes served as "protection from the evil spirits and outward manifestation of a social rank". This proposed the widely held belief that those of lower ranking, who were perceived to be of less clothing due to their casual performance of manual labor, were not protected in the way that the upper class were in that time period. This was also the period in which Japanese traditional clothing became introduced to the Western world.
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The LED Stick Figure Costume was really popular in 2013. It can be done with LED lights or glow sticks, but it also looks really cool as a classic black and white stick figure. Use with white tape on a black suit or black tape on a white suit then draw a smiley face on a piece of cardboard (covered in white or black paper) or a paper plate for the face. Matching sweatpants/sweatshirt can be used in the place of a body suit as well.
If you have brown hair and glasses, this is the last minute costume for you. In addition to your brown hair and glasses, wear a plaid shirt under a sweater or cardigan or blazer, bootcut jeans, and converse style sneakers. Looking disheveled is your duty and your honor. Bonus points if you can make TGS canvas bag and/or carry around a block of night cheese.
Every woman is different. No two women have the exact same idea on what looks good, and the most important think to keep in mind when selecting one of our women's Halloween costumes is to pick an outfit that's going to make you feel confident and comfortable. The last thing you want to choose is a costume that doesn't fit your own style. But don't worry, we're here to help!
With Gaga, you also have a range of fabulous costumes to choose from: the meat suit, bubble dress, that albino lobster mask, as her male alter ego “Jo Calderone,” that kermit The Frog situation… if you’re totally overwhelmed, go for this: long blond hair, big chunky glasses, a skin tight leotard, sky-high platform heels, a helping of waist belts and jewelry, and a ton of lipstick.
From at least the 16th century, the festival included mumming and guising, which involved people going house-to-house in costume (or in disguise), usually reciting verses or songs in exchange for food. It may have originally been a tradition whereby people impersonated the Aos Sí, or the souls of the dead, and received offerings on their behalf. Impersonating these beings, or wearing a disguise, was also believed to protect oneself from them. It is suggested that the mummers and guisers "personify the old spirits of the winter, who demanded reward in exchange for good fortune". F. Marian McNeill suggests the ancient pagan festival included people wearing masks or costumes to represent the spirits, and that faces were marked (or blackened) with ashes taken from the sacred bonfire. In parts of southern Ireland, a man dressed as a Láir Bhán (white mare) led youths house-to-house reciting verses—some of which had pagan overtones—in exchange for food. If the household donated food it could expect good fortune from the 'Muck Olla'; not doing so would bring misfortune. In 19th century Scotland, youths went house-to-house with masked, painted or blackened faces, often threatening to do mischief if they were not welcomed. In parts of Wales, men went about dressed as fearsome beings called gwrachod, while in some places, young people cross-dressed. Elsewhere in Europe, mumming and costumes were part of other yearly festivals. However, in the Celtic-speaking regions they were "particularly appropriate to a night upon which supernatural beings were said to be abroad and could be imitated or warded off by human wanderers". It has also been suggested that the wearing of Halloween costumes developed from the custom of souling, which was practised by Christians in parts of Western Europe from at least the 15th century. At Allhallowtide, groups of poor people would go door-to-door, collecting soul cakes – either as representatives of the dead, or in return for saying prayers for them. One 19th century English writer said it "used to consist of parties of children, dressed up in fantastic costume, who went round to the farm houses and cottages, signing a song, and begging for cakes (spoken of as "Soal-cakes"), apples, money, or anything that the goodwives would give them". The soulers typically asked for "mercy on all Christian souls for a soul cake". The practice was mentioned by Shakespeare his play The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593). Christian minister Prince Sorie Conteh wrote on the wearing of costumes: "It was traditionally believed that the souls of the departed wandered the earth until All Saints' Day, and All Hallows' Eve provided one last chance for the dead to gain vengeance on their enemies before moving to the next world. In order to avoid being recognised by any soul that might be seeking such vengeance, people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities". In the Middle Ages, statues and relics of martyred saints were paraded through the streets at Allhallowtide. Some churches who could not afford these things had people dress as saints instead. Some believers continue the practice of dressing as saints, biblical figures, and reformers in Halloween celebrations today. Many Christians in continental Europe, especially in France, believed that on Halloween "the dead of the churchyards rose for one wild, hideous carnival," known as the danse macabre, which has often been depicted in church decoration. An article published by Christianity Today claimed the danse macabre was enacted at village pageants and at court masques, with people "dressing up as corpses from various strata of society", and suggested this was the origin of Halloween costume parties.
If the newest Ghostbuster movie is more your speed, then you’re going to love our modern Ghostbuster costumes, featuring the signature orange-striped jumpsuits and matching accessories. The streets (and Halloween parties) are crawling with ghosts, so make sure to grab your Proton Pack before heading out for the night. No matter which film is your favorite, Spirit Halloween is here and ready to help you with all of your ghost-hunting needs!