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« on: November 02, 2009 08:54:29 AM »

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!
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2009 09:21:26 AM »

Spot on, great job!!

« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2009 10:51:30 AM »

you did such a good job Smiley although I'm not a fan of the gaga, i do appreciate some of her crazy fashions - fun stuff!

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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2010 11:51:17 PM »

Just wanted to say that this is FABULOUS and it looks great!  I would have never guessed that it came together for that price, either. You're gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2010 07:42:28 AM »

who knew pouring hot water over a wig would be a good way to straighten it?  excellent tip! thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2010 08:33:23 AM »

How did you do the lightning bolt face thing?

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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2010 06:18:24 PM »

I wondered how anyone could make one of those wigs...zuliblu couldn't have said it better- "spot on"!!!
Fantastic work and thanks for sharing Smiley

« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2010 08:24:19 AM »

Wow! Very convincing!
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2010 09:40:56 AM »

LOOKS AWESOME!!! Love it!!

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