A trip to the local thrift store fueled my sister and I's costumes last year. It all started when I found the matching purple smocks! I just knew we had to do SOMETHING with them! The LUNCH LADIES costume was born!
These costumes were cheap, required NO sewing and won multiple costume contests. We were the hit of every party we went to!
So, besides the smocks, we found ugly dresses at the thrift store (and from our grandma's closet)! Knee-high pantyhose rolled down. Orthopedic shoes. Gaudy broaches. Ugly jewelry. Horrific blue eye shadow, red rouge and pink lipstick. Glasses we borrowed from grandma's early years. Badges we made on the computer with names we made up (Marge, Thelma, Doris...you get the idea) "Cook" and made up school name (I think it was Sunnyside Elementary). My sister wore a long, grey wig in a bun, I teased my own hair into a mess and put baby powder in it. I wore one of those old metal hair curlers in my bangs. Last, but not least....HAIR NETS!
The best part of our costumes was the fake cigarette i let hang from my scowling lips all night!
This was the funnest Halloween we ever had, all due to these costumes. We won multiple contests and had our picture taken at least 500 times!
I did this costume 3 years ago for the WOW - world of wearable arts awards in New Zealand.
At that time I was still a student of a Fashion design course, and was eligible for student category.
And this costume indeed won me the second price for tertiary education section.
The inspiration came from meditation, realization that life is nothing more than a game, a game we we pursue our goals, desires, ambitions, to only one day realize our spiritual nature.
I spent over 3 months working very hard on this costume and it almost missed the deadline. But fortunately, I just got in time - 2 days before last submission date.
It was lots of fun making this fairy costumes full of colorful paintings, and it was also great experience as I was learning how to sew at the time.
Any interested in costumes should really look into WOW, just type that in google and they shall turn out the page - its in New Zealand and they do hold very big shows every year. The first prize winner gets about $10k as I remember.
I have been making a chain from Starburst wrappers for years and finally decided to put it to good use so I made a Homemade Lady of Starburst Costume to feature it.
I decided to make a flappers dress using more wrappers. I flat ironed each wrapper and then hot glued them to a terry cloth beach cover-up. I also made earrings, a ring and a hair piece out of starburst. I died gloves the color of the pink starburst.
Favorite costume of mine to date!
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