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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.

Betty Ross

Comics are almost infamous for giving one character so many variations that it can be hard to keep up and Betty Ross is no exception to the rule. Originally created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, she has become The Harpy and Red She-Hulk in multiple timelines and runs. Liv Tyler and Jennifer have both played her on the big screen, bringing to life the scientist Betty began her time as in Marvel. All the differences can make it hard to pick just one, but they have a few factors in common that makes it easier to choose!

If you’re going for Betty’s human look, the cosplay is pretty straightforward and uses pieces that you can either pull from your closet or reuse in other costumes. Start with a brown wig, then grab a button down shirt, a pair of jeans, and some heeled boots. You can also finish off the look with a white lab coat.

Red She-Hulk takes a different route. You’ll have to start with red body paint and a black wig with a red streak clipped in. The costume itself is a black zip up top, black pants, and the same black boots a before. There aren’t a lot of pieces but the red paint will take time to apply. Finish off her look with black lipstick and you are the mighty Red She-Hulk.

Sonny Corleone from The Godfather

Sonny Corleone from The Godfather

Santino “Sonny” Corleone (played by James Caan) might not be the most patient of men. But he is among the most loyal. Even to his death his first priority was to his family.

To get Sonny’s look you’ll need A white button down, white tank top, suspenders, and a light blue tie. A grey suit and black shoes give you Sonny’s final look. And of course Sonny wouldn’t be Sonny without the cross around his neck.

Mother Gothel from Tangled

Mother Gothel from Tangled

Mother Gothel (voiced by Donna Murphy) will do anything to get her hands on that magic flower. Including raising the princess whose hair holds that power. Okay, ‘raising’ is a bit of a stretch when Rapunzel lives her life locked in a tower. But that’s enough for Mother Gothel so long as she has access the power she needs.

Gothel’s magic might be complex but her costume is pretty straightforward. A long curly black wig and burgundy velvet gown make up the brunt of her costume. All you need after that is a black cloak, black shoes, and a brown cord belt. Finally, a basket with an ornate brush and comb set make for the perfect accessories.

Laszlo Cravensworth from What We Do In The Shadows

Laszlo Cravensworth from What We Do in the Shadows

Matt Berry knows how to make people laugh. And he takes it to a new level with his role in “What We Do in the Shadows”. Laszlo Cravensworth was known for his beauty and then for his musical prowess. Now, however is best known for two things. His love for his wife, Nadja, and “Bat!”.

Laszlo has several costumes but there are a two things that hold true throughout all of them: His thick hair and his meticulously shaped facial hair. A wig can get you close to his hairstyle while fake facial hair and extra adhesive can help you with his beard.

With those two elements in place you can’t go wrong with his general outfit. A black brocade coat over a black vest and white button down with a black jabot. Black slacks and black boots finish off the outfit while a nice set of fangs complete the whole look.

Holland March from The Nice Guys

He’s not the best P.I. out there. And, okay, he might not get the job done. But when it really matters, Holland March (played by Ryan Gosling) puts his all into the job. Even if that means cozying up to the guy hired to beat him up and keep him from asking questions.

Typical of a suave guy in the ’70s, March is prone to bright colors. A bright blue suit with a light patterned undershirt and a coordinating tie are his go-to work look. Add in a gold watch, a gold pinky ring, and a trim goatee and you’ve got an essential ’70s vibe. After that all you need to finish off the look is a brown leather belt and a pair of shoes to match. And, of course, March’s cigarette (go for a fake one).

Axel Foley from Beverly Hills Cop

Axel Foley from Beverly Hills Cop

Eddie Murphy has been a household name for decades. And one of the roles that cemented his status was Axel Foley in 1984’s Beverly Hills Cop. Murphy brought his usual charm and charisma to a character who could have easily been made bitter by everything he has to face. But when justice for his friend on the line, Murphy’s humor just keeps Foley going and made viewers everywhere root for him.

Because Foley knows his job is an active one, he tends to keep things casual. A pair of trainers, jeans, a grey pullover sweatshirt, a letterman’s jacket, watch, and a pair of sunglasses make up the bulk of his look. For Foley’s jacket you can either go for a generic Letterman’s coat or you can get a replica, depending on the investment you want to make. Then grab your badge, gun, and holster and you’re ready to solve your own case!

Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch

Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch

Florence Henderson is best known for portraying one of television’s most beloved mothers, Carol Brady. The matriarch of a large blended family that has more than its fair share of adventures, Carol is the cool and compassionate leader when things go astray. When, that is, her kids let her in on the mischief. After all it’s not easy keeping up with six kids with appetites for adventure like the Brady kids have!

Carol’s look straddles the split between the ’60s and the ’70s. She wears her hair short and usually opts for dresses over pants, though she can be found in pants when she’s got business to take care of. For a look close to period-accurate, go for a plaid dress with a Pater Pan collar and long sleeves. Accessorize with a white patent leather belt and matching boots over nylons as well as a headband over a wig that matches Carol’s bob. Finish the look off with Mrs. Brady’s wedding ring for the ultimate TV mom look.

Flint Marko from Spider-Man 3

Sandman from Spider-Man 3

Thomas Haden Church is no stranger to playing the bad guy. His iconic George of the Jungle role is proof enough of that. But his turn as Flint Marko (also known as Sandman) in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was definitely one of the highlights of the film. It introduced a whole new generation to the character and made him a fan favorite villain for people everywhere.

Flint’s cosplay is easy to pull together and, depending on your other characters, the pieces can serve in a variety of other costumes. The most difficult part is his shirt. Finding striped shirts in the right shade is a little tricky so you will be better off making your own. Start with a medium green t-shirt and add in the stripes using either black dye or black fabric paint. After that all you need is a brown belt, brown shoes, and a pair of olive cargo pants.

Knowsmore from Wreck-It Ralph 2

KnowsMore from Wreck-It Ralph 2

Have you ever wondered what happens when you send out a search request? Well in the world of Wreck-It Ralph, a little person in the computer searches up the answer and sends it back to you. And if you use the KnowsMore browser, that little person is KnowsMore himself. Voiced by Alan Tudyk, this studious fellow is as brave as he is smart. Though it takes him some time to figure that out!

KnowsMore is a great cosplay, so long as you don’t mind a little purple body paint. And while you can also use a bald cap to cope his domed head, you can also opt for purple hair dye or a purple wig to put your own little spin on his look.

Once you’ve got your purple preference locked in, you’ll need a white shirt, a vest, a bow tie, a dark blue suit, and loafers. His cap will take a little extra work, however. You’ll have to switch out the blue tassel with a gold one and remove the 2021 pendant which is easily done with a pair of snips or pliers. Grab a pair of spectacles and you’re now ready to answer the internet’s questions. Just keep an eye out for viruses!