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« on: September 04, 2012 10:25:49 AM »

This was a quick look put together for a masquerade ball on the Friday of Cos & Effect (a local convention).



I had bought a medieval-ish two piece set from a thrift store a few months back, and had yet to wear it. The ball was the perfect occasion to debut it. I made my hat and hand-held mask, and adorned my shoes. And to top it all off, I also wore my beloved latex skull mask. The creation of this cosplay was inspired by The Phantom of the Opera's costume, The Red Death, worn at a masquerade. (Which in turn was based on Poe's Red Death)

I started off with some cheap supplies from the dollar store and Michaels.



This is just a plastic mask painted with lace and pearls glued on. I wanted to make a papier-mch mask, but I simply didn't have time! The holding-stick is part of an old spoon glued to the mask.



 I bought a blocked, wide-brimmed hat, trimmed and spray-painted it, sewed on lace, and steamed and sewed it into place. Later I added a spray-painted flower and pearls.



My skirt was just a little bit too short, so I adorned some shoes with spray-painted flowers and lace. They're just held on there with paperclips (and later safety pins, thanks to a lovely lady at the masquerade ball)



When I put it all together, and I got something beautiful. And/or terrifying!


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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2012 11:13:33 AM »

Lovely.  The whole effect is stunning.  I love what you did with the hat. I hope you had a great time at the ball.
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2012 12:00:47 PM »

I've always wanted to go as a character from  Masque of the Red Death for Halloween - your costume is more incredible that i could have envisioned! truly imaginative, it looks brilliant, kudos for originality!
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2012 01:23:02 PM »

That is terrifying and beautiful at the same time!
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2012 02:33:49 PM »

What an amazing costume, I love the double mask, that's a brilliant idea. I would say the two piece is later than Medieval, rather more Regency, your shoes and hat are most definately Regency which is in perfect keeping with when Masked balls were all the rage.
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2012 02:52:47 PM »

What an amazing costume, I love the double mask, that's a brilliant idea. I would say the two piece is later than Medieval, rather more Regency, your shoes and hat are most definately Regency which is in perfect keeping with when Masked balls were all the rage.


Thanks! Double-masks are great  Grin

I guess it would be more accurate if I said it were a 'fantasy' dress, because there are definitely Baroque-Piracy-Rococo-Etc-Etc elements in it! The place I bought it from said it was originally a wedding dress for a 'medieval' wedding. Regardless of what time it's supposed to reflect, I thought it was *faaaabulous* and just had to have it!
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2012 09:00:38 PM »

I also think the double mask is inspired!  beautiful costume!
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2012 11:10:37 PM »

stunning!
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2012 04:44:43 AM »

Beautiful!!
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2012 01:56:47 PM »

This is absolutely fantastic, and I'm surprised that you managed to find something like that dress in a *thrift store*! Did you have to do much to it?

Where did you get a plain wool hat? I've been wanting to make a tricorn - just black, with a white edge - and I tried a pattern where you knit the tricorn and felt it, but it seems that I used a wool that doesn't felt. I have no idea where I *can* get wool that felts, and so if I could buy a plain black felt hat like your tan one, it would make the whole thing a lot easier, because the only reasonably priced tricorns I can find online are costumey and rubbishy looking.
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