Donna Meagle from Parks and Recreation

Donna Meagle is a character in the NBC sitcom, Parks and Recreation. She is the office manager of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department. Out of everyone in the show, Donna has the most active dating life with a variety of suitors. She is sociable yet strong-willed, with a taste for luxury and culture. Played by stand-up comedian and actress Retta, the character became a regular in the third season. This costume guide includes a standard outfit from the earlier seasons, as well as the outfit from the iconic “Treat Yo Self” segment.

Sisu from Raya and the Last Dragon

Goofy and lovable with a penchant for rhyming, Sisu the dragon (voiced by Awkwafina) has numerous magical abilities, including transforming into a human. Her outfit seems like it was practically designed with us cosplayers in mind! Sisu and her newfound friend Raya embark on a quest to unite the fragments of a powerful dragon orb that protects the five divided kingdoms of Kumandra from evil spirits.

agnes jurati from picard

Agnes Jurati from Picard

Alison Pill plays Agnes Jurati, a human cyberneticist on the television sci-fi drama Star Trek: Picard.  She is the leading expert on Earth when it comes to the science of synthetic life forms, which makes her a useful addition to Picard’s crew.  Agne’s outfit changes throughout the show’s episodes, but she can often be found wearing a cozy-looking sweater under a white lab coat.

Marianne from Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Marianne from Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Marianne (played by Noémie Merlant) had one job. She had to observe Héloïse during the day and the paint the reluctant bride’s wedding portrait at night. It is a fairly straight forward if unusual approach to a painting. Until the two fall in love, knowing that Héloïse is destined for a wedding she does not want and cannot escape. It’s heartbreaking in the way only art can be.

You may not paint like Marianne but you can mimic the gorgeous style of the 1770s. Historically accurate costumes are expensive so the options listed above are meant to get close but won’t be perfectly accurate to the movie. Or history.

One option is a custom gown such as the one on the top left. The Etsy listing has a few fabrics to choose from and though none of the fabrics are identical to the movie you might be able to get close. You can also opt for a more affordable gown from Amazon such as the one just below the custom gown and to the right

Another option is to pair a skirt with a long chemise and a corset similar to the stays women at that time wore. The skirt isn’t the same dark red as Marianne’s gown in the movie but you might get close by experimenting with combinations of bright red and dark blue dye. The dye has to be DyeMore when working with Rit since the skirt listed above is mostly made of a synthetic material. If you already have a cotton skirt in mind you can just grab a bottle wine-colored Rit dye instead.

All three options can be finished off with a brown wig styled into a bun, boots, and a long brown coat. And of course no artist would be complete without her brush holder.

Aunt Vivian from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Vivian Banks is a main character in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. As Will‘s maternal aunt, she is no-nonsense and nurturing, yet she is also vivacious and valiant. She is extremely career-driven, having earned her PhD at UCLA, where she met her future husband, Phillip Banks. Together they had four children: Nicky, Ashley, Carlton, and Hillary. In the beginning of the series, Janet Hubert played Vivian, yet Daphne Reid took over in the latter half of the third season. This came with changes to the character as well, moving from an astute aunt to one with a less fiery demeanor. Nonetheless there have been several jokes in the show that poke fun at the recast.

barry kripke from big bang theory

Barry Kripke from The Big Bang Theory

On The Big Bang Theory, Barry Kripke (played by John Ross Bowie) is a co-worker of Sheldon and Leonard.  A former plasma physicist, he eventually changes focus to explore string theory and works with Sheldon at one point.  Kripke, as he is usually called by his colleagues, has rhotacism and is quite sarcastic.  Kripke often wears colorful flannels and button downs layered over a white t-shirt.  His red jacket makes a few appearances, though his outfits change often throughout the series.

kaede kayano from assassination classroom

Kaede Kayano from Assassination Classroom

Kaede Kayano (voiced by Aya Suzaki and Monica Rial) is a student in class 3-E at Kunugigaoka High School in the manga and anime series Assassination Classroom.  Formerly known as Akari Yukimura, Kaede has dyed green hair and is close friends with Nagisa Shiota, for whom she has romantic feelings.  Kaede wears a grey sailor uniform and knee high socks with black shoes.

Marnie from Pokemon Sword and Shield

Marnie is a rival character in the game Pokemon Sword and Shield. Eventually she replaces her older brother Piers as the Spikemuth Gym Leader. She specializes in Dark type Pokemon and only gives the Dark Badge to trainers who defeat her.

Captain Melonhead from Ed Edd and Eddy

Captain Melonhead from Ed Edd and Eddy

You don’t want to mess with Captain Watermelon. Beloved hero that he is, you’ll have the whole neighborhood after you. And that’s if Captain Watermelon doesn’t take care of you himself. Though he sounds like Johnny 2×4 (voiced by David Avalon), don’t get confused. He’s way tougher and is not afraid to take you on.

Getting Captain Watermelon’s swagger is a little hard to do but getting his look is pretty straight-forward. Start with a fake watermelon, the kind used for decorating. Cut that in half, hollow it out, and add in some eye holes and you’re ready to go! Or you can go for the watermelon helmet option.

With your trusty watermelon helmet ready, finish off the outfit with a white sandals, white pants, and a yellow shirt. A bleach pen will make it easy to draw in the lines on the shirt for a closer screen match. And of course you don’t want to forget plank. Blue paint for his mouth and a white banana decorated with eyes turns him into a great sidekick for the courageous Captain Watermelon!