Except I’m (mostly) not talking dresses, high heels, and pearls. In my case, it’s uniforms, prosthetics, weapons, and other props.
I am a costumer. A sci-fi and fantasy fan who likes to make and wear costumes. I go to conventions. I host themed parties. And I have tons of fun doing it.
By now my closets are close to bursting with attires that span everything from renaissance faire garb and revolutionary war reenactment ensembles, to character costumes from cartoons and movies, to post-apocalyptic and gothic get-ups.
The process is actually very similar to what I do at work as a copywriter.
At first, you’re bursting with ideas, sketching and drafting all kinds of variations. You look at what others have done. You do a ton of research, especially if there’s something very particular you’re trying to recreate. Then you have to figure out what you can actually do—given the deadline and budget. And what works given the medium you’re working with (in this case, the medium being my body). And at some point, some things will go wrong, you will have to make compromises, and find other ways to do something. But in the end, there’s a huge amount of pride that comes from learning new skills and completing the project—and showing it off.
And there’s always the thrill of seeing something new that you want to make—and the challenge to outdo yourself.
Ladybug. The first costume I made (okay, I just helped make the hat, but come on, I was three years old).
Star Wars, Imperial Officer. Sewed, glued, and painted from scratch, and I’m looking forward to wearing the uniform to Star Wars: Episode VII.
The Matrix, Trinity. Let me just say that sewing vinyl isn’t easy. And, oh yeah, “Dodge this!”
The Addams Family, Morticia. You could say this one was a snap since I already had a lot of the accessories for the costume, just needed to make the skirt.
101 Dalmatians, Cruella DeVille. Great costume to wear when it’s cold. Isn’t (fake) fur maaaaarvelous?
Star Trek, Vulcan Communications Officer. This is not an on-screen character, but I think the existence of a Vulcan communications officer is a logical assumption.
Lord of the Rings, High Elf. I’ve been a fan of “Lord of the Rings” since I was a child. This one was definitely on my bucket list.