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Topic: Edward Gorey Halloween Costume (question and soon to be progress pics)  (Read 6362 times)
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« on: September 27, 2008 08:50:00 PM »

So for halloween I am going to be an Edward Gorey Drawing from The Curious Sofa
First thing first this story is rather messed up and is not kid friendly I just love the illustrations.


The girl on the left is going to be what I am baseing my costume off of. I am going to make my dress wareble so I can use it post halloween and I am going to make the train detachable. Now I am in chicago so I am thinking about making the train into a capelet to keep me warm and ware opera gloves (leather if I can find them). Now here is my question I think I want to paint myself white so I can do the whole I am a drawing thing and then do my make up in black and white lipstick included. Where can I get white body paint that wont smudge, should I get latex body paint? also any feed back on the idea would be great. I already have a black bob so that goes with the theme.
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2008 09:08:31 PM »

i don't know about body paint, but since i'm in chicago too i'd recomend finding some white leggings/pants and a tight fitting long sleeved shirt to wear under it.   you won't have to worry about anything smudging and you'll be slightly warmer..
i love the idea of the costume!  can't wait to see pics

« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2008 10:25:53 PM »

Oh - I love Gorey - the alphabet is too funny!  (Sick and twisted here.)  Anyway - no help on the body paint either - just know you have to be careful with that kind of stuff.  I remember years ago a friend went as a comic strip character and somehow managed to "outline" herself with black tape and makeup - all along the sides of her body - nose, mouth and eyes too.  I'm sure its probably tricky to get it just right - but thought I'd mention it.  Great idea by the way!

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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2008 10:37:47 PM »

I love the tape idea.

« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2008 11:41:30 AM »

Most body paint will smudge, someplace.  Wolfe paint is pretty good, but if you sweat, it'll rub and smear.  Please don't use latex or acrylic craft paints.  You could get an allergic reaction, which would really really suck.  Plus, it might not wash off easily.  Also, to cover your whole body smoothly in body paint, expect to spend at least 2hrs on it, with someone helping you.

Can you find a long sleeve leotard/unitard to wear?  Maybe a dance supply store has something?  Tissue paper weight long sleeved tshirts could also work.

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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2008 11:54:12 AM »

hmmm... how about white pantie hose? Sounds kind of funky but cut the crotch out  so it can go over your head and cut the feet off . if you are to wear opera gloves it will cover your hands and you wouldn't be able to see the cut part. It's thin enough that it would fit comfortably under your dress ad you should be able to cut the low enough you could hid the "neck hole" part under the collar of you dress. Then all you would have to worry about is painting your neck and face. Hope that helps. As far as face paint I have heard that there is a wax product you can use on your skin before applying the make up that will make it evenly white instead of splotchy, then set it with baby powder.
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2008 08:35:31 PM »

^ That is a brilliant idea I am going to a halloween supply store this weekend and I am going to check there for a body suit but 2 pairs of panty hose could work. ya I am just going paint my face I might actually get some of the chrome cake from M.A.C. for the face paint it is really high quality. Thanks everyone for the ideas. I cant wait to start.

« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2008 05:55:22 PM »

don't do latex craft paint but latex body paint can be found. You find it at sex shoppes (here in Boston, not sure about Chicago) or online (mind the spam). i is intended for kinky sex and cirqe de Solie typ stuff. You paint it on and then once it dries some kinds will peel off and are able to be sewn into a skin tight garment.

« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2008 03:13:48 PM »

The body paint just sounds so messy to me, it might smear and kill the look - I would go with what fannydimples said about using tights and a body suit with a turtle neck and long sleeves (use gloves to cover the skin).

Here is one on danskin.com that is a body suit and a crop top style.


With a wig and face make up, you will have the look you want.

I think a detachable train would work great, you can always use it as a wrap if you get really cold.
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