My son wanted to be a member of KISS. The Homemade Gene Simmons Costume started with a boy's muscle shirt and girl's leggings. I bought some fake leather and studded it. Then I used fabric glue to fasten it onto the shirt. Next I made bat wings out of the leather, studded them, and fastened them directly onto the shirt.
I found some leather boots in a resale shop. The were a little too short. I made boot covers out of stiff felt covered with fake leather. I cut a diamond shape out of cardboard as a base, then studded some "leather". I hot glued it onto the cardboard, then onto the boot cover. I then used a silver marker to make teeth on the boot soles.
I bought some fingerless gloves and a blow up guitar as accessories. My mom found some costume jewelery rings in her jewelery box. We had a cool rockstar wig, which we added a topnot to with a rubber band. I painted my son's nail's black. We finished the look off with white clown makeup, eyeliner, black creme shadow and black lipstick, just like Gene's.
Before we left for trick-or treating, my husband gave my son a splash of red food coloring on the tongue. My other son accompanied him as Ace Frehley. The KISS fans were happy to see Gene and Ace.
My 8 year old son knew he wanted to dress up as Gene Simmons for at least 6 months before Halloween. We looked at various Kiss stage costumes and came up with this homemade Gene Simmons Rock God costume.
We took his old hockey chest pads and covered then in silver tape. I then hand painted scales on the chest. With Model Magic I created some spikes for the shoulders, which we attached with rubber cement. I made a black cape out of an old sheet and then added the silver stud detail with puff fabric paint.
I also detailed a pair of black leggings with puff paint to create a cod-piece and knee detail. He added a black belt from his wardrobe. Black boots were purchased from a used clothing store. I created dragon heads on the boots with Model Magic and then painted in some detail. I also added some detail to the top of the boots.
My friends and I came up with a Homemade KISS Group Costume. My friend had done the same in high school but we added more flair. We all wore tights with some type of platform shoes or boots along with wigs.
Paul Stanley: Sewn arm bands, boa, face paint with a glitter belt. Gene Simmons: Face paint, long sleeve shirt with hole cut in the middle with winter stretch gloves with cape attached, along with hockey shoulder pads, plastic chain spray painted. Ace Frehley: Face paint, sewn sash with drumsticks making his shoulder look large with attached cape, sewn up arm bands and leggings. Peter Criss: Face paint, sewn sash with dog collar, wrist bands with beads, ribbon wrapped around legs.