Lady Gaga Origami Dress
This year, when I decided I wanted to do something fun but "out there," I decided to dress up as Lady Gaga. Everyone knows she'll wear anything! I think it was a pretty popular costume idea, but I tried to be different so I went with the origami dress seen here:
I bought two dresses - one 80's black dress from a thrift shop for $3 and a clearance dress from Target for $6. I cut the puff sleeves from the thrifted dress, ripped out the seams, and sewed them together in a long "strip" and added feathers. I attached this to the once-strapless Target dress, added a ton of tulle under the skirt to get that poofy skirt look she's always sporting, and ended up with this:
Then, I printed a bunch of triangle and pyramid templates I found and made on Illustrator, and folded them up. I think I made about 30 or 35. I painted them all gold and added gemstones:
I also made a lightning bolt like she has in the Poker Face video:
I really, really wanted to wear the big blonde bow made out of hair she's so famous for, but they were $30 online. Instead, I bought two $4 wigs from K-Mart--since I was only wearing them once I wasn't willing to spend a lot, so I repeatedly poured boiling water over one to get that stick-straight look. I cut the bangs and ends to make them blunt, like her wig, and chopped the other wig up and folded a big blonde bow out of it. I cut three pieces--two for the loops and one for the center tie. I hot glued them for reinforcement and bobby pinned the whole bow to the regular wig.
I hot glued my gold origami to my dress, put on some liquid leggings and wingtip heels, grabbed a pair of big sunglasses, and voila!:
Close-up of origami:
And with the glasses, trying to look serious:
This is the first time I've actually made parts of my costume from scratch. I'm a graphic design student, so making the origami pattern and construction wasn't so bad, but I'm no seamstress. Maybe next year I can make my own clothing, too. Let me know what you think!