Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Women's costume inspiration for Halloween 2016...

If like me you're struggling with costume ideas for this year's Halloween festivities, maybe these costumes from the big and small screen that I've come across at exhibits in the past twelve months will help provide from inspiration. There have been so many strong women in movies and on television this past year from genres as diverse as comic books, sci-fi, fairytales, period dramas and history, that maybe these following ten outfits will spark some ideas.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman costume Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice
With 'Wonder Woman' soon coming to cinemas to headline her own solo adventures, here's Gal Gadot's iconic Amazonian costume from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (updated by Michael Wilkinson), where the 75-year-old comic book heroine truly stole the spotlight.

Plus for another classic look, be sure to check out Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman TV costume on display too and all these ladies at previous West Hollywood Halloween Carnavals.

Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn Suicide Squad movie costume
Wonder Woman isn't the only DC Comics character guaranteed to be a surefire hit at Halloween and conventions this year, as Suicide Squad's 'Harley Quinn' was also a cinematic scene stealer this Summer.

If you're planning your own costume inspired by the anti-hero this Halloween, make sure you click through to these detail shots of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn costume designed by Kate Hawley on display.

Imperator Furiosa
Imperator Furiosa Mad Max Fury Road costume
Earlier this year Jenny Beavan took home the Oscar for Best Costume Design for her futuristic wasteland looks, and Charlize Theron was another leading lady who owned the big screen in Mad Max: Fury Road as the one-armed 'Imperator Furiosa'.
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch movie costume Captain America Civil War
Another super-heroine kicking ass this Summer was Elizabeth Olsen as the Avenger's 'Scarlet Witch' in Captain America: Civil War.

And if you like her new sleek look designed by Judiana Makovsky, be sure to also check out Scarlet Witch's costume from Avengers: Age of Ultron by Alexandra Byrne.
Katani Girl 
Heroes Reborn Katana Girl costume
For a heroic ninja look this halloween, look no further than 'Miko Otomo' aka 'Katana Girl' from NBC's Heroes Reborn television series, played by Kiki Sukezane, who is a digital sword-wielding construct that can exist in the video gaming and real world. This costume was designed by Barbara Somerville.

Cate Blanchett Carol movie costume
Cate Blanchett may have played the 1950s New York high society lesbian in the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt romance novel, but it is Kate McKinnon's parody of Carol from 2016's Film Independent Spirit Awards that made me roar with laughter this past year, and makes me think that 'Carol's' glamorous fur-coated look (designed by Sandy Powell) would make for the perfect spoof costume this All Hallows' Eve.

Cinderella's Stepmother Lady Tremaine
Lady Tremaine Cinderella Stepmother movie costume
Speaking of the Australian actress and Cate Blanchett also got to wear more fabulous outfits in Disney's live-action version of the Cinderella fairytale. She played Cinderella's wicked stepmother, 'Lady Tremaine' and wore Oscar-nominated gowns designed by Sandy Powell.

This year I've had several costumers contact me for high res images of these costumes to help complete their own creations, so I know these are popular looks.

For another take on this classic fairytale, you can also enjoy Colleen Atwood's take on Cinderella's Stepmother and Stepsisters costumes from Into the Woods.
Helena Bonham Carter Suffragette movie costume
Meanwhile if you want to make a political statement this year, then maybe Helena Bonham Carter's turn of the century costume from Suffragette, designed by Jane Petrie, will provide some inspiration.

Daisy Domgergue
Hateful Eight Daisy Domgergue movie costume
Fans of the Wild West can also bring their crazy this Halloween as Jennifer Jason Leigh's scheming prisoner 'Daisy Domergue' from The Hateful Eight. This Western-themed costume was design by Courtney Hoffman.

Sherlock's Abominable Bride
Sherlock Abominable Bride costume
And finally, from America's frontier wilderness to Victorian England and the 'Abominable Bride' wedding dress worn by Catherine McCormack (and designed by Sarah Arthur) in the BBC's Sherlock series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the infamous detective.

I've seen many a veiled bride walking West Hollywood's Santa Monica Boulevard and you may even have seen me wear a zombie wedding gown in the past.

And don't forget, there's not just these ten costumes to provide inspiration, make sure to also search through hundreds of iconic costumes from your favourite movies and TV shows on this blog to help find your perfect Halloween outfit.

This year I predict there'll also be plenty of Hillary Clinton pantsuits and Ghostbusters coveralls and proton packs to go with all the usual assortment of witches wardrobes, catsuits and gowns, so be inventive and happy hauntings...

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