2020's Chipper Cousin Costume
2020's Chipper Cousin
|Costume type:||Costumes for Women|
This homemade costume for women entered our 2020 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Stephanie, the '2020's Chipper Cousin' costume creator:
It's a tradition for me to make both my costume and my son's completely from scratch every year. (I will submit my son's separately) Each year I do a variation on a sugar skull for myself. (It's me in all the pictures) A sugar skull is associated with the Day of the Dead holiday. You find it most prevalent in Mexico, but it has variations all over the world.
The crown is made from various elements attached to a couple headbands- plastic skulls, bamboo skewers, small gemstones, netting fabric and gemstone-like geode fragments along with a lot of glitter and hot glue. Just the crown took approximately 60 hours to make.
2020 was a very dark year, so also wanted my costume to be dark. With the face skull makeup I decided that an inverted color scheme of black on white was what I wanted versus the normal white skull base. The face makeup is mostly blended eyeshadows with some theatre makeup for the finer details painted on with a small brush along with small gemstones that have been individually glued in place. The hair color is my own natural, undyed grey hair.
I found most of the items for the crown either on clearance at various craft stores like Joanne's and Michael's, at the dollar store or as found objects. Even so, the crown cost me approximately $60.00.
The clothing I've owned for years, except the shirt, which I purchased new from a friends business- Threads of Time, who sells her clothing in the Renaissance Faire circuit. I have also worked at the Sterling Renaissance Faire for over 20 years, so already owned the bodice and the chainmaille belt and hand flowers. I try to match my costume with clothing I already own so I don't have to purchase any and keep a minimal cost for dressing up.
With 2020 being such a terrible year, my outlet is creating things. I also do my costume more than once. I do a rough draft to wear out to various Haunted events (like hayrides) and then a final design, usually to wear to work and around town on Halloween. This year my employer put on a socially distanced Haunted Hallways in our building so I was able to hand out treat bags while in makeup and be a part of the kids Halloween experience.