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Topic: Murder on prom night, oh the drama! Help me with my Halloween costume.  (Read 1287 times)
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« on: October 14, 2005 09:12:54 PM »

I'm going to be a dead 80s prom queen for Halloween who was murdered on prom night, so obviously there was no coffin, so I'm not neat and prissy, I'm messy and dead and yucky. Now how do I make this hideous silk hunter green dress reflect being buried in a ditch somewhere 20 years? Any ideas are appreciated! Holes? Soak in coffee? Help Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2005 09:22:35 PM »

You could wear down parts of the dress with sandpaper and maybe take some shine off as well.  Making spots on the silk will also help make it look old.  Drip different types of liquids on it.  I probably wouldn't do an all over treatment because then it'll be too uniform. I know soda and coffee stains, when they dry, have this old looking dark ring around the edge.  I hope that helps...OH! How  about even rubbing dirt on the outside of it? Or dripping some glue so the dirt dries and looks caked on?
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2005 09:25:24 PM »

I don't now if it's raining by you, but you could put on the dress hang out in the rain for a while and roll in the mudd for a bit to dirty it up -- probalby not the nicest option but I think it would make a nice effect

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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2005 10:40:36 PM »

I live in Oregon, it rains ALL the time! The mud is a good idea, thanks.

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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2005 07:48:18 AM »

rips, mud, stains, you cant have any shine as it was the "80s", backbrush you hair to make it look tatty - try adding some lil twigs or leave to look as you were buried/ dumped in a forest, a broken tirah ( cant spell sorry) as you were prom queen, and lots and lots of BLOOD as you were murdered, and a joke knife glued to you back to look stabed - a bit of comical vaule lol
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2005 01:25:19 PM »

You could also put it in your driveway and run over it a few times.  Especially after a rain. Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2005 12:52:56 AM »

My husband does movie replica costumes and swears by the adage that the best way to weather something realistically is to REALLY weather it, ideally with the person wearing it when you do. Put on the dress and lay/turn in the dirt so it dirties more in logical high stress areas (like hips, back of elbows, etc)-- and don't forget chocolate syrup blood stains here and there!

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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2005 09:50:55 AM »

Bury it.

If you want it to look buried, then bury it. Tongue

It's a great idea for a costume!

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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2005 10:02:33 AM »

And definitely post pictures! We want to see!

I've dirtied/aged costumes for film and stage before, and as patiogardengal says, the best way is to really do it! The thing that looks the most like dirt is ultimately dirt.

Twigs, leaves, etc. will really add the finishing touches!

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