I've always liked Disney's Sleeping Beauty, because it was made before kids' movies had to be "kid-friendly" and is genuinely a bit dark and creepy. (And obviously as a Kindergarten teacher I approve of kids' movies that leave the children just that little bit traumatized after-- it builds character.) Another thing that makes Sleeping Beauty a classic to me is Maleficent, the evil witch who is one of Disney's more memorable villains.
I've had the idea for my own version of a Maleficent costume in the back of my head for awhile, so that was my choice for this year's Halloween. I was pretty excited about the chance to celebrate here in Tokyo, and the weekend definitely lived up to expectations.
Here's a quick break-down of how I made Maleficent. The skirt and bodice are pretty simple, I think you can see how I drafted the patterns for them and pieced them together. The magic staff was made using some plumbing materials (pipe, connecter, cap), clay, and the round plastic ball from a toilet-bowl scent thing. (Which just shows what a resourceful cosplayer can do with weird household items.) Inside the pipe I hid a small flashlight, so the "crystal" on top would glow.
The most challenging part of the costume was the wig. While in the original design Maleficent wore a skull-cap with horns, I had the idea that it'd be cool if the whole thing was just her hair. So I got a long black wig, cut off the lower portions and styled the top. Using the long pieces I cut off, I made wefts. Next I made the horns using expanding plumbing foam which I attached to pieces of black fabric, carved and then covered in a layer of clay to smooth it out and form the tip of the horns. When this was finished I wrapped the wefts around the horns using hot glue and hair spray. It was a very tedious process (no doubt because I should've been using more hair spray), taking about 3 hours per horn. Finally I sewed the horns onto the wig.
|Green stuff = expanding foam, adhered to black fabric, carved into a horn (left is finished)|
|The foam was covered in light Hearty clay and the point was formed|
|Attaching the wefts via hot glue. You need: glue, wefts, hair spray, patience and lots of beer.|
The next day we got a half-day pass to Disneyland (3pm to 10pm, ~4,000 yen). Everyone was allowed to come in costume for Halloween, so the park was full of a wide variety Disney characters. The decorations were awesome and despite the rainy weather we had a great time!
See the rest of my Halloween photos here!