I’m still hard at work on my Halloween costume for this year, but here is one more costume from last year. Yes, I do tend to wear several Halloween costumes in a year. This was from a vampire LARP event last year, which makes the costume amusingly multi-layered – dressing as my character Valkyrie, who is dressing as an angel.
The dress started its life as a store bought Roman Goddess costume. I very rarely buy costumes, and when I do I buy high quality ones with the intent that I will wear them multiple times. I wanted a white and gold angel, so I dressed up the Roman dress with bits of gold fabric at the shoulders. I also added a gold belt with attached short sheer overskirt. The gold fabric actually serves two purposes – my belt has pockets for my character sheet, and the belt and shoulder fabrics hide the wing harness.
The wings are of course what makes this costume. There is a belt and shoulder harness under the dress, so the weight is around my middle instead of on my shoulders. The wing skeleton is PVC pipes, and there is a pivot point just above my shoulders so they fold. To raise the wings, cables are attached just above the pivot. Pull on the cables and (with practice) voila – unfurled angel wings.
Over the pipe skeleton is poster board, then white fabric, then a lot of feathers. The longer feathers were hand painted with gold paint to tip the wings the way I wanted. White boas help hide the pivot joints in the back, and gold lace smooths out the upper edge of the wings. These wings are definitely attention getting.