Posts by A.C. Rodgers

Hester from The School for Good and Evil

Hester is the daughter of a distinguished witch. Perhaps one of the most distinguished witches, specifically the one who lived in a gingerbread house. After losing her mother and arriving at the School for Evil, however, Hester begins to build her own legacy and set herself up as a distinguished student in her own right.

In the first book of the series Hester is describes as ” a tall girl with greasy black hair streaked red, black lipstick, a ring in her nose, and a terrifying tattoo of a buck-horned, red-skulled demon around her neck”. She is also said to have black eyes and dress in the black robes the students wear in the School for Evil.

The nose ring is easily replicated with a fake that pinches your nose and black lipstick is a must for the costume. Her black eyes, however, should only be replicated using contacts from a certified opthometrist as the low-cost versions off the internet carry serious risks to your eyes. To replicate her hair you’ll want to get a wig and some clip-in red extensions. Pomade can replicate a greasy look or you can leave that part out.

The robes aren’t described in great detail so a fairly plain witch’s costume is suggested. They range from witches robes to the kind of dark dress and collar that someone with Hester’s style might prefer.

Finally you’ll need body paint to recreate her tattoo. Then you’re ready to go off and take your own classes at the School for Evil.

Elizabeth Swann from Pirates of the Caribbean

Keira Knightley is radiant in just about any role. But her time as Elizabeth Swann marked one of her best-known characters. Her performance brought an entire generation of woman into the world of pirates. And that’s before she ever became Pirate King!

Elizabeth’s style is somewhat hard to replicate because the fashions of the time were so ornate and specific. You can get close with a rococo gown, hoops to fill it out, thigh high white socks, and white slippers dyed yellow (just be sure to get the dye that works with the material). The wig listed above works as-is but you can also style it using this tutorial. Finally you’ll want your doubloon. That’s not the sort of thing you want to leave behind on your pirate adventure.

Star from The Lost Boys

Star from The Lost Boys

The movie might have been titled The Lost Boys but Jami Gertz stole every scene as the vampire coven’s one woman, Star. She looks after Laddie and is supposed to be with David. That is until Michael comes along and changes everything.

Star’s look is one that was popular with certain groups in the ’80s. She wears her long dark curls loose and opts for a flowing maxi skirt and simple tank top to combat the California heat. Her sandals aren’t ideal for the motorcycle rides her coven is fond of but she makes them work. With her shawl, jingling belt, and stack of bracelets, she is a lowkey beauty on the boardwalk.

Academy D.Va

Academy D.Va from Overwatch

Announced in 2019, the Academy skin for D.Va (voiced by Carlet Chung in the English version) was a new spin on the character’s look. Prior to that most of D.Va’s looks were spins on her usual pilot’s jumpsuit.

The skin puts her into a college uniform complete with headphones, blazer, plaid skirt, blue socks, and white sneakers with pink laces. Getting the exact jacket is a little tricky, though, since there are so many small details. Soft touch fabric paint lets you add in the details without creating stiff areas on your coat. Start with a white base to make the colors pop, then edge the lapels and hem in yellow while add pocket lines with pink. Black pig tails, pink headphones, a white undershirt and pink tie finish off the look.

Dandy Mott from American Horror Story: Freak Show

Dandy Mott from American Horror Story: Freak Show

Finn Wittrock is a master character actor. He’s been in five seasons of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story”, each time as a uniquely memorable character. And it all started with the role of Dandy Mott in “American Horror Story: Freak Show”. Dandy is the heir of a wealthy family, one housing a dark secret that explains part of Dandy’s obsession with the odd and that he feels explains his own violent nature.

As the heir to a wealthy family in the ’50s, Dandy has a specific sense of style. Casual clothing consists of white slacks and a blue polo sweater over a white button down shirt, his belt and shoes a matching tan leather. When he wants to be a bit more dashing he opts for a white suit with an orange vest and orange ascot. The same white button down shirt can be used, though he opts for white dress shoes for his suit. In both cases you will either need pomade or a black wig to emulate his slicked-back hairstyle.

Tombstone

Tombstone

If you need someone assassinated in New York — and you’re in good with Kingpin — then you want Tombstone.  Anyone who remembers him as Lonnie Thompson Lincoln knows better than to call him by his real name. He’s spent his life becoming one of the most feared men in the city and it’s a reputation he’s all too happy to reinforce over and over again.

Tombstone’s look is, thankfully, easy to achieve than his reputation. Because Tombstone’s pale skin and white hair are a result of albinism, it may be offensive to recreate them with makeup. Instead you can get his look with a sharp suit, colorful shirt, dark tie and matching shoes. Then all you need is a set of sharp fake teeth to recreate the points Tombstone filed his into and you are ready to take our Kingpin’s enemies. Just watch out for those pesky heroes.

Anne Boleyn from The Tudors

Anne Boleyn from The Tudors

Anne Boleyn – both the character and the actual woman – was cunning and clever. She knew how life at court worked and did all she could to make the best life for herself in a world that seemed stacked against her. Natalie Dormer’s portrayal of her is a fan favorite from The Tudors and brought new attention to the tragic life lived by the mother of Queen Elizabeth the First.

Though Anne wears several gowns on the show one of her most popular is the yellow gown she wears to Catherine’s funeral. Given the intricate styles of the Tudor era it is hard to easily replicate the dress. Etsy sellers have a few listed, one of which is pictured to the left in the image above. The option to the right is from Amazon. With either option you’ll want a hoop to fill out the skirt, a brunette wig, and a Boleyn necklace. A pair of thigh high socks and white ballet slippers dyed yellow finish the look.

Head Pixie from Fairly OddParents

Head Pixie from The Fairly OddParents

Some might know him best as Ferris Bueller’s unimpressed teacher. But a whole generation of children grew up knowing Ben Stein as the voice of the ever unimpressed Head Pixie. If it’s not dull, bland, and boring, he isn’t happy. And when that happens it’s bad news for Wanda, Cosmo, and Timmy.

H.P.’s look is pretty easy to get (and, as an added bonus, full of pieces that can be used for daily wear or with other cosplays) with the exception of his hat. Because it’s so unique you will have to DIY it. Cut a two grey stars out of softer, lightweight felt. Glue them together with a thin, piece of clear plastic between them. Then take flexible grey foam and shape it into a cone large enough to wear as a hat. Glue the edges down with hot glue, making sure to leave a small hole at the top of the cone. Stick the end of the plastic rod into the hole and adjust the height of the star over the hat. Trim off most of the excess inside but leave a small amount to anchor with hot glue. Fill the remaining space around the plastic rod with hot glue. Finally, take a dark grey marker and draw on the swirls around the bottom of his cap.

Once you’ve got the hat, the rest of his costume is fairly straight forward. Fake eyebrows give you something close to the white bars that H.P. sports while small wings, fake glasses and white hair spray take care of your hair and accessories. Finish off the look with a grey suit, white button down, black tie, and black shoes. If you want purple contacts to really go all-in, make sure that you get them through an eye doctor. If they’re not properly fitted to your eye shape, cosmetic contacts can do serious damage.

Debra Morgan from Dexter

Debra Morgan from Dexter

Debra Morgan (played by Jennifer Carpenter) is the snarky and foul-mouthed adopted sister of Dexter’s titular serial killer. She spends most of the show oblivious to her brother’s true nature. Once she finds out she has to grapple with her own morals and how the contrast with her love for her brother.

Most of Debra’s screen time is when she is at work and that means cosplaying as her is fairly easy and might use pieces you already have in your closet. Sensible but dressy shoes that you can run in (since she’s a police officer) as well as black slacks and a sturdy black leather belt. Debra favors somewhat loose button ups in breathable fabrics and simple, bold patterns. She also wears a belt holster for her weapon and prefers to wear her badge around her neck. A brown ombre wig completes the look, though you can wear the hair long or short depending on which season you’re pulling her looks from.

Catherine Howard from The Tudors

Catherine Howard from The Tudors

Catherine Howard (played by Tamzin Merchant) was the youngest of Henry VIII’s wives, marrying him and 17 and dying by his order between the ages of 18 and 19. The reason was adultery, though some argue that the charges were false. But even if they were true, it’s hard to blame the young queen for looking for love when her husband was 49 to her 17, a 32 year age gap.

Catherine’s story is one of tragedy and heartache, ending in her execution. It is the scene that sticks most with fans, closely followed by the way she danced both for the king and for herself. A specific request came in for her execution gown and that is what we focused on for this write up.

A simple white gown dyed black serves as the basis for the costume, one with a black slip underneath. A long black coat with attached goes over the top. And the costume would not be complete without a long blonde wig and a white cap.