Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Compulsory Costumes


Back in August 2008, a discussion went on on the
International Costumers' Guild's Yahoo group to list the costumes that all costumers should make at least once in their life. I've gone through the archives and this is the list (in no particular order) that was suggested.

  • Ren Faire Garb
  • Barbarian / Warrior (with or without martial arts display)
  • Pirate
  • King/Queen
  • Armour
  • Anime
  • Diva
  • Wizard/Sorceress

Snow Queen by Yerina

  • Snow / Ice Queen
  • Alien
  • Elizabethan (16th century)
  • Georgian (18th century)
  • Regency (early 19th century)
  • Victorian (second half of 19th century)

Black & White Steampunk, Dragonfly Designs by Alisa

  • Steampunk
  • Goth
  • Peacock themed
  • Night/Day
  • Four Seasons
  • Gods
  • Something with an over sized headdress
  • Something with high heels, stilts or extra limbs
  • Something with wings
  • Something with lights / Something that glows and rotates! (Robot?)
  • Something that no one "gets" but you
  • Some version / variety of Ninja
  • Reptile/Insect/Arachnid
  • Furry or other non-human body type

Horta, "The Devil in the Dark" Star Trek (1966)

  • Some form of rock: say rutilated quartz, or such as Grignak (Galaxy Quest - 1999), an Easter Island Statue, a Horta, Rockbiter (Neverending Story), etc.
  • Creature not even remotely human-shaped (may require more than one person in the costume and/or remote puppeteer); a Horta would count here too
  • And of course, something Dead: Zombie, Evil Spirit, Vampire, etc...

Of course some of the compulsory elements can be combined. Some suggestions included a Vampire Pirate Wench with Wings (which probably also qualifies as Goth), or a Polar Bear (furry) Snow Queen with lights. Take your pick!


  1. Cool ideas! I'm flattered you used one of my pictures! :)

  2. Great list. And I'm flattered, too :)