First "costume" was for a surprise Halloween birthday party for our dear friend Casey. It was the first weekend of October and I didn't have any costumes in mind, but Bryan (Casey's boyfriend) mentioned either a costume for capes/cloaks for the party, so it gave me a chance to wear this tulle cape I got on Halloween clearance last year. I also wanted a new wig and I asked my friend Jodee to go wig shopping with me (which inspired our 'wig of the month' club idea) and I came home with this gorgeous red wig.
A nun has been a default costume for me over the past few years, but it evolves and changes. I received this dress along with a vast collection of vintage goth clothing from a lovely reader. Mary has been so incredibly generous and with each box she's sends me, it brings back many memories of clothing brands that I would lust over as a teen into a young 20 something year old. I squealed out loud when I took out this Omen brand dress. If I remember correctly, Omen was a German clothing brand and they made a lot of screen printed cotton bondage dresses and tops. Nowadays you see edgy screen printed garments everywhere you turn, but Omen was unique at the time and having a anti-religious/satanic theme to the clothing was really quite shocking.
Nun habit was $5.99 ebay find, collar and boots from my own closet. Side note about the collar: Several years ago my Mother gave me some money for my birthday and told me to pick something out. Like she always does, my Mother asked me what I bought myself with the birthday money. I told her I bought a chain collar and I laughed when she was not surprised at all. Hahaha!!!
The nun costume was for Bryan's goth dance night (Friday) and I thought it was also the same night as another Halloween event, but I got the dates mixed up. Turns out the other Halloween event was the next day, so I needed another costume! I dug around in the costume boxes and got Derek's Adam Ant Highway Dandy Man costume parts together and came up with the idea of dressing like 80s Boy George. Two 80s music icons? Together? HELL YES!!!! I ran out and grabbed some white pants from the thrift store, gave them a quick wash and put together the remaining costume parts from my closet. I guess it's a good thing I love large pattern oversize shirts and oversize sweaters. Hahahaa!!! I didn't get great photos, but I did have fun making this little video.
The event was a blast, it was a bunch of local bands/musicians covering bands like; The Cure, Motorhead, etc. I was a little overwhelmed as to how many people LOVED my costume and gave me hugs, high fives, shook my hand and took photos. Apparently Boy George makes a lot of people happy and I got a kick out of knowing how many people love the 80s!
Do you use items from your own closet to create costumes?
Thank you for reading, until next time!