I’m a little late posting this, but in edition to my Link cosplay, my friends and I did a group costume inspired by Teen Titans. Instead of going representational, we did a mashup with the classic film noir aesthetic and tropes – that means 1940s fashion!
I cosplayed as a ’40s Starfire. She’s always been my favorite from the show from the early 2000s. She’s cute, smart and strong, a combination I don’t always see and feel like culture says doesn’t exist (woman are usually portrayed as pretty and weak or strong and not traditionally feminine). Her character showed me I could be intelligent and strong, whether it was obvious on the outside or not.
I didn’t capture much of the construction for this cosplay (sorry, gang), but here’s what I do have:
I purchased a vintage-inspired pattern to use for my costume. I liked this pattern because the collar area is a separate piece, allowing me to use two different fabrics: purple and silver. Starfire’s show outfit has a purple crop top, gloves, boots and skirt with a metal collar.
The pattern also had a spot to attach a green brooch, which replicated Starfire’s green gems.
It took me a while to find a fabric I liked. I wanted a muted, dusty purple, since fabrics in the ’40s weren’t very saturated, I finally found a good match at a fabric warehouse sale. Of course, that meant I needed to buy the entire bolt, so I have a ton of leftover fabric. I’ll probably use it for a fashion project later.
I purchased vintage fashion/driving gloves from Etsy. They’re a dusty purple that matched the fabric I purchased.
I stitched on green brooches to act as the gems on Starfire’s gloves. They were a smaller version of the brooch on the dress.
I looked for purple pumps to stand in for Star’s boots, but everything I found cost more than I wanted to spend. So, I painted a pair of black dance shoes I already had. The paint only cost about $10. My research suggested using fabric paint because it’s flexible and won’t crack – that later proved to be true.
It took about four layers of paint to get the saturation I wanted. I mixed purple, white and silver to get the correct color. I also painted the heel and base silver. Overall, it worked out great – and was cheap!
This wig is my new favorite wig. It’s a lace front from Arda Wigs (Matilda in Crimson), and it’s style beautifully! I didn’t have to do anything except move the part. It’s basically what I wish my hair looked like naturally.
I wanted a hairstyle like Veronica Lake’s. She’s a classic film start with that iconic sultry, vintage look. I think the Matilda delivered!