Costume: GSTQ Fashions Photo: Bryan Humphrey Makeup: Jessie Pridemore and Jeff Smith
I've had this blue beehive wig ever since last year, and I thought instead of letting it go to waste, why not use it for a fun costume? Paired up with a gift of green silk dupioni from one of my clients, the answer to my costume dilemma was obvious: Sexy Marge Simpson!
Marge's regular outfit isn't terribly exciting, and if she was going to attend Dragon*Con at night, without Homer by her side, why not glam things up a bit?
The corset dress has a green silk dupioni exterior, coutil interior, and a loose cotton lining. All of the binding is hand cut and finished. You can't see it here, but there is a 2" gap at the back with a modesty panel, antique gold two part grommets, and bold red lacing (to match my necklace and shoes of course). I was a bit short on time so I used some (slightly short) flat steels I had laying around, but I hope to replace them with longer spiral ones in the future.
A lot of people ask me how I did the wig. It was very little effort, actually! The wig is from a company called Lacey Wigs. It arrives flat. The beehive part is hollow. I poofed out the beehive, stuffed some plastic bags inside for body, combed out the bangs, and voila! Instant Marge wig!
The necklace was made out of wooden beads (from Jo-Ann's) that I spray painted red and put on an elastic band.
The bodypaint was quite an adventure. I had planned to use Paradise AQ Yellow, but the coverage wasn't quite what I needed in the time I had to get ready. I noticed the yellow Mehron Creamstick foundation I used on my face covered pretty nicely, and applying it was going to be faster than the PAQ. So, my friends Jessie and Jeff were awesome enough to help me. The color still looked a bit uneven and shiny, so Jessie in a stroke of genius, grabbed some loose yellow Ben Nye eyeshadow I had and set the foundation with it. The difference was like night and day. The eyeshadow had a slight shimmer to it, so it caught the light really nicely in photos.
Jessie also suggested brown blush, which I was a bit skeptical of at first, but I trusted her and went with it. She also put a vibrant blue on my eyelids, which turned out a bit green because of the yellow base. I added a white hi-lite to my brow bone, some eyeliner, lashes, a neutral lipstick, then I was out the door!
I'm super thrilled with how the makeup turned out. But, next time, I'm definitely going to opt for an airbrush and some alcohol based yellow paint.
Me and Tyler as Marge and Ned at Dragon*Con this year!
Photo by Bryan Humphrey Makeup by Dustin Fletcher Corset dress by me
The dress is made out of green dupioni silk, a coutil foundation, and a silly cat print cotton lining. The Marge wig is from Lacey Wigs - it looks like that right out of the bag! I just combed it out a little and stuffed some plastic bags inside to help it keep shape. The necklace is just a bunch of wooden beads that I spraypainted red. All of Ned's stuff was from the Salvation Army, the mustache was a last minute grab from a local costume shop, and the Bible is from...the hotel room. Best impromptu prop ever.
This is the most ambitious hoop I’ve done to date. It took, like, a thousand hours to make but in the end it was totally worth it. Lisa Simpson has been a role model to me since I was 5 years old and I would like to think has been an inspiration to a generation of girls to embrace who they are and to pursue knowledge and truth. She will forever be my Queen.
(this hoop is going on my wall and is not for sale. sorry, guyz.)
This is Lisa Simpson from Konami's classic arcade brawler based on the very funny TV show. Just because Lisa is a mature, intelligent little girl doesn't mean she can't use a jump rope as a whip and kick some ass.
This was another challenging project because of the large protruding jump rope. I think it turned out quite well.
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Considering how big of a Simpsons fan I am, I decided to do a Halloween set based on the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror specials. I was hoping to have about 10 plush in the set, but after the accident, I didn't have as much time as I would have liked.
The Joy of Cooking Milhouse book- Treehouse of Horror V: Nightmare Cafeteria
King Snorky- Treehouse of Horror VI: The Night of the Dolphin
The Grand Pumpkin- Treehouse of Horror XIX: It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse
Kang (or Kodos)- From the majority of the Treehouse of Horror episodes
Treehouse of Horror and The Simpsons (c) Matt Groening