20th century, balls, Bella Donna, events

Mae West Costume Result!

Remember this plan to make Mae West’s costume from I’m No Angel? Well here’s how it turned out!

I took the sleeves off the maxi dress; made a back-and-sleeves only kimono from the spiderweb mesh, leaving off the train for practicality; cut and styled the wig into a 1930s-esque style; and wore about 50 pounds of makeup (including gluesticking out my natural eyebrows) to make me work as a blonde! Specifically, I adapted the 1920s pincurl style from the Vintage Hairstyling book, and did a slightly-more-eye-makeup version of the Jean Harlow from the Vintage Makeup book. I highly recommend both books!

Here’s how it all turned out, including a Fun With Photoshop B&W:

(C) Sarah Lorraine

Bella Donna did a 1930s Hollywood theme for the event, and Sarah posted a good write-up about all our costumes over at Frock Flicks.

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  • Reply Lylassandra November 6, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Wow, you nailed it!

  • Reply Eleonora November 10, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Oh goodness, this is so awesome! Such a brilliant idea! Did you walk the Mae West way as well? :D

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