I made my Gene Simmons Halloween costume within a week, having first decided that I wanted to recreate his costume from the 1974-75 KISS Alive.
I visited a lot of fabric and craft stores and ordered my studs on-line. I was KISS last year and used my old costume as a template, so that saved a lot of time. Making the wings and figuring how to attach the arm bands were the hardest parts. I used elastic and metal snaps purchased at the fabric store. I bought a leather vest at Goodwill, cut it down a little and put studs on it. For spikes, I used a rubber spike necklace I found at a Halloween store for about $5.00.
I also dressed my nephew as Paul and we went out together and had a ball. The minute we walked into the bar, we were posing for pictures and receiving compliments. The DJ even played KISS for us and we had a ball. I think the best part of the night was when my nephew and I were driving up to Atlanta, dressed as KISS and blasting KISS Alive all the way there; people were freaking out seeing KISS next to them at a red light.
Every year our church has a Halloween party and there is a competition for the greatest costume. This year we decided we were going to take home the prize and turn some heads. We purposely showed up late and made a grand entrance. Everyone in the room turned their heads and just stared at us. It took them a while to figure out who we were from the congregation. We got a lot of compliments and ended up wining the Best Group Costume but it didn't come with a trophy.
Each costume was handmade from scratch by the wives and the wives make-up was done to match their husbands. For the men's boots we took 2 pieces of wood and attached them to old shoes and covered them with the matching fabric. The men are also wearing women's spandex to get the full effect but they each had a belt on to cover the family jewels.
It took a couple of days to plan these Homemade KISS Group Costumes and about 8 hrs to make them but in the end it was totally worth it.
We decided to do Kiss this year because they are on tour and we are going to see them in concert. Now we can wear our Homemade Gene Simmons KISS Costume to the concert as well.
I made the Gene Simmon's costume for my husband out of 2 yards of vinyl. I used pictures of the actual costume that I printed online and went from there. The studs are actually colored rhinestones over which I put aluminum tape and then glued on to the vinyl with some strong fabric glue. We bought the boots and used the aluminum tape to make the teeth on the bottom. The wings were two pieces of vinyl glued together and then elastic bands were sewn on through which to put his arms.
I used cream face paint and drew the outlines with a black eye pencil. Do the face white first and then go over the white with the black.
We decided to do Kiss this year because they are on tour and we are going to see them in concert! Now we can wear our Homemade Paul Stanley KISS Costume to the concert as well.
I started off with a black bustiere and black pants. I used sticky-back rhinestones and created the jeweled pattern on the top. I sewed stars onto the pants and gloves and used aluminum tape to make stars on the boots. This costume wasn't very difficult, technically, but took a lot of work with the stones on the top.
The makeup is cream face paint. I painted my whole face white and then used black eye pencil to trace my eyes and the star, then filled it in with black. I topped it off with some red lipstick and was ready to go!