Monthly Archives: July 2008

Watch Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog!

Dr. Horrible

Do you like superheroes and supervillains? Are you a fan of musicals? Then wait no longer.

Head on over to to view Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog!

It’s the story of a low-rent supervillain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to.

This musical will be free to watch for one week only. After July 20th, 2008, the video will only be available for purchase on iTunes. A DVD packed full of fun extras will be released sometime in the near future.

Captain Hammer Comic For an additional back story of Capt. Hammer, be sure to check out his “Be Like Me!” Capt. Hammer online comic published by Dark Horse Comics.


And don’t forget to pick up your Dr. Horrible T-shirts!

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So what are you waiting for? And be sure to tell your friends.

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Costumes of the Dead

Sometimes, a costume is more than just the clothes you wear. Sometimes, a costume is less than just the clothes you wear.

Makeup is something we haven’t talked too much about around here. That’s because makeup is usually an accessory to the costume, something that finishes the costume to make it more complete. It’s not often that a costume is defined by the makeup alone—but sometimes, it can be.


The brilliance behind zombie costumes is that you can wear whatever you want—or just whatever you normally wear. If you had really turned into a zombie, that’s what you would be wearing. As far as costumes go, it’s about as simple as it comes. It’s the makeup that’s really the costume.

To be a zombie, you’ll need pallid, sickly-looking skin. Maybe with a bit of a greenish tint to it. You’ll need at least one wound—that’s the zombie bite that turned you. And if you want to be really dramatic, blood splatters are the way to go.

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Fake blood can be easily made by mixing corn syrup with red food coloring. Adding a little cocoa powder to the concoction will give it a darker blood color and ensure that when it dries, it will look just like dried blood.

Making your wounds takes a little more work, but it’s so much more fun. There are plenty of recipes for this kind of thing. I’ve done it with cotton balls and gelatin. I have a friend who made amazing realistic-looking zombie wounds with marshmallows. You can experiment with other textures too, like tissue or corn flakes. The wounds can be glued on with latex (the kind they use in theater to attach fake beards and the like), and painted with makeup and fake blood.

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You don’t have to wait until Halloween to do this, either. Grab some friends and make a fast and fun zombie film. Or better yet, participate in one of the many zombie walks that occur every year across the country! is a good resource for finding one, or organize your own in your neighborhood.

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Quick Change Paper Costumes

Ennio Marchetto

Just when I was starting to despair that I wouldn’t find anything clever and unique to say about costumes, I stumbled upon Ennio Marchetto while doing some internet research. I was floored by this guy’s creative ingenuity when it comes to quick costume changes on stage.

Ennio Marchetto is world renowned and has performed in over 80 countries for more than a million people. His unique show has earned numerous awards and international critical acclaim.

He performs alone on stage, without any backstage help, changing character almost every minute, often in front of the audience. All his costumes, wigs and props are made out of paper and cardboard, flipping and folding to change from one character to another.

Marchetto and his costumes impersonate 350 characters including a wide variety of icons, from pop stars to opera singers, from works of art to mythological figures and each show is adapted to the particular country he’s performing in.

I could go on and on about this guy…but I’ve gotta go see some paper and scissors about a costume.

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American Costumes in the UK

Steve Schofield Photo Gallery

British photographer Stephen Schofield has published a gallery of ordinary Britons wearing American costumes. His goal is to explore the way American pop-culture affects citizens in the UK.

Steve Schofield Photo Gallery

Schofield states:

My practice is concerned with exploring the fascination that the British public has with American popular culture and the sub-cultural world of fandom.

It seeks to offer a glimpse into seemingly ordinary lives of my subjects and allows the private to become public. The work hints at the depth of people’s fantasies and the methods they employ to adopt this culture as part of their own lifestyle as a means of escapism.

Very interesting! I can definitely see how costumes can be used as a form of “escapism” — but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. There’s nothing wrong with bringing a little imaginative excitement into our daily lives.

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To view the entire gallery, CLICK HERE.

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A Short History, Part 3

This is the third and final part of the history of my personal costuming experience.

Part Three: Post-College


These days, I try not to be too serious about costuming. I’m good enough of a seamstress now that I don’t stress about irreparably screwing it up and wasting a lot of money. If a situation pops up where I need a costume (I have a friend who is fond of throwing costume parties, for example), my strategy is to glance at my wardrobe and what costume pieces I have on hand, and just piece something together. I’ll make new pieces or buy them if I feel it’s necessary to complete the costume. That’s exactly what I did last year for Halloween, and I think my Little Red Riding Hood costume turned out very well. Even better is that I didn’t spend a lot of time, effort, and money on it!

But that’s not all I do with costuming. I’ve always been fascinated with historical fashion, and these days I do a lot of sewing to make garb. It seems more practical to me than costumes, although I’m not sure how I’ve convinced myself of that, because it’s not like I go to Renaissance fairs any more often than other costuming events. But I did get to go to one this spring! I ended up making medieval clothes for almost my whole family, so that we could look awesome at the Ren Faire. (And we definitely did look awesome.) Maybe I’ll end up selling garb at a Ren Faire someday.

It’s not all fun and games, either. My penchant for costuming has not escaped the notice of my friends, and now I’ve been asked to design and create the wardrobe for a feature-length independent film which my friends will be shooting this summer. For the film, I’m only making one costume from scratch, but it’s pretty exciting.

I’m definitely doing a lot more costuming now than ever before in my life. And I’m enjoying it a lot more than ever before too! The experience I’ve gained in sewing makes designing and constructing the costumes a lot more easy and enjoyable for me, while I can still challenge myself by trying styles and methods I haven’t done before. In the meantime I’ve come across more reasons to costume, just for the fun of it. Maybe my next birthday party will be a costume party!

I suppose the moral of the story is, if you like costuming, don’t let the lack of events stop you. Just keep on making costumes. I’ve had several events recently where I was really glad I had a costume stash, so that I could lend them to people and quickly come up with costumes for parties and other things. If you like doing it, do it! And if you’re really desperate for reasons to wear your costumes, I know we have entries addressing that matter in our archives.

Most importantly, have fun with it!

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That Costume’s Made Out of What?


What if I told you this stunning costume gown is made out of paper?

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This and many other paper costumes are the work of Isabelle de Borchgrave, of Brussels. She is the designer of textiles, ceramics, porcelain and other products for the home.

Isabelle has expanded her talents into other fields, including interior design and a new line of party paper products now available at Target.

In 1994 Isabelle met a Canadian theatre dress designer. Together they created an astonishing collection of dresses in paper known as “Papiers a la Mode,” covering 300 years of fashion history.

big-elizabethan-dress.jpgFirst shown in France in 1998, this substantial collection has since traveled all over Europe, the United States and Japan and continues to be exhibited throughout the world.

You can actually commission Isabelle to make a party dress for you…but I don’t think you’ll like the price of the paper!

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High Heels for Tiny Tots


Babies are channeling their inner grown-up with a pair of stilettos…even before they’re out of the crib.

babyinhighheels.png Heelarious creators have fashioned soft crib booties designed to look like high heels. Now baby will be ready for high fashion shopping trips, charity events, breakfast at Tiffany’s and red carpet events.

Apparently, these little spikes are selling like crazy in 22 states and overseas.

The tiny novelty high heals aren’t for walking, obviously, but they’re soft, funny and fashionable.

crib-shoes.jpgHeelarious crib booties come in leopard satin print, hot pink patent, black satin, zebra satin, black patent, and hot pink satin.

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Cosplay: Naija from Aquaria

Naija from Aquaria Costume

Here we have Naija from the popular game Aquaria. She’s even got her song wheel.

Midna CosplayVery beautiful, I especially like her flipper feet. This gal (who’s name is Aleze) is a master of cosplay, and it turns out we’ve posted about her before.

Last year, she got famous posing as Midna from the Zelda series.

Great work!

For anyone interested, here’s a closer look at the game Aquaria.

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