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« on: October 02, 2010 08:34:48 AM »

This is my first topic/post I've made in quite awhile, but I didn't know where else to ask. Anyway...

In mid-December, I'm going to a GLBTIQ under-age dance party. It's theme is 'Monster Ball'(like lady gaga's concert, but it's actually just a monster theme, although I've been told lady gaga stuff is fine too). I'm having a real hard time coming up with monster ideas, especially ones that can be worn in summer(I'm in Australia, if you were wondering.). It starts in the afternoon, and ends at night, and it's usually pretty hot inside in winter, let alone summer. So heaps of fake fur is definitely out, which is awful because most monster costumes I've thought of would essentially be a one piece fake fur suit. I think the main problem I'm having with this theme is what defines a 'monster'?
Anyway, I'm pretty much looking for ideas for a monster costume that a) can be worn in summer, and in the heat of a dance party. I don't want to faint from heatstroke! Cheesy b) allows enough movement to be able to dance. c) will win me the best costume of the night, or a least a bit of appreciation.

These are my ideas so far:
Brain slug hat + normal clothes.
Flying spaghetti monster(this would be really hard to pull off though, especially making it heat-friendly)
Generic monster(one of those monster hats(how adorable are they?!), and a playsuit or dress to match. I'm kinda liking this idea at the moment).
News paper dress. Example 1 Example 2(although this one isn't actually made of newspaper) Example 3. A papier-mch mask OR do make-up with newspaper eyelashes. If this turned out really cheap, I might get contacts too. The most obvious downside to this one though, is movement. If I made it fairly loose then it might not be a problem, but I don't want to sit down and tear my dress!  Shocked
Weeping angel. This tutorial is pretty much what I'd use if I did this one. It seems to cover everything, and I adore the pantyhose idea. Brilliant. I would definitely make the wing smaller, or easier to remove, though.
Rubber glove dress. This is a bit more gaga, like the newspaper dress, and is inspired by the ones right here on Craftster
Mummy. Shorts + tank OR playsuit covered with distresses torn fabric. Mummy face paint. (I think this one would be pretty easy to make look effective).
Vampire teeth dress/skirt/top.
Rainbow monster. Rainbow face paint, maybe rainbow blood coming from mouth. I already have rainbow shoes & a rainbow tie-dye top that I made a while back. Rainbow faux fur accessories(like legwarmers and cuffs or something). Rainbow monster mask + antennae. (this one might be a bit over the top and tacky...)

Things you should probably know:
I finished up a three month long special effects make-up course a few weeks ago, so I'm pretty confident with gore based make-up. I'm also willing to do other make-up, or face painting. I'm pretty good at working from pictures of make-up and getting them right with practice.

I'm plus-sized, and I don't like showing my mid-section. I'm not extremely overweight, but I still am. I'm most comfortable wearing dresses and skirts a bit above my knees, although I'm happy to go shorter with shorts. I don't really like going longer than that though. I'm also cool with low-cut tops, especially when it's hot, because they don't trap in heat.

I'll probably do a lot of this at school, because I can use the supplies they have. My art classes are very small, so I have my teacher there to help out with sewing that I can't get my head around. If what I decide to make is a big project though, I will work on it at home as well - no problem.

I have a max. budget of AUD$70. I don't really want to be spending that much on one night, so that is my absolute maximum.


I have two and a half months to do this in, so I'm hoping to use that amount of time to come up with something amazing! Have at me with your ideas(or help me choose one of mine)!
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2010 10:09:25 AM »

Since you know how to do special effects makeup, I kind of think the mummy idea would be keen.  ViolentJayne has done at least one very cool mummy dress posted in the finished projects forum.  A mummy doesn't have to be completely swaddled.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2010 03:41:35 PM »

I like the idea of a sexified mummy Cheesy The first thing that came to my mind, though, was a zombie-version of some historical figure, eg zombie-Cleopatra, zombie-Marie-Antoinette, zombie-Amelia Earhart, zombie-Helen of Troy, etc etc Tongue

Hope you have fun at the dance Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2010 09:54:42 AM »

wow I love those monster hats, that would be pretty cool

The first thing I thought of hearing a monster ball themed party was the movie PARTY MONSTER....hehe, could you imagine some traditional 'monster' (mummy, frankenstein, zombie, whatever) all done up in rave clothing? I think that would be awesome...mummy with UV bandages? werewolf with hair extensions? vikings with glowsticks? sorry I'm getting off track

honestly I think since its a hot season + hot venue, your best bet would be striking accents with comfortable clothing.  You don't want to melt!  Have you ever browsed through the burning man galleries? maybe you could get some more ideas there!  I know how it is to have a bunch of ideas that you're not really sold on, it sucks!
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2010 01:38:16 AM »

Thanks for your help everyone! I'm going to do some sketches tonight, and hopefully make a decision soon. If anyone has any more ideas, I'm still open to them! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2010 09:19:52 AM »

maybe you could look into the Wolfe face painting books... they are full of wonderful monster faces, but undead monsters and more traditional, weird/alien type monster...
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