She's Mad, Simply Mad!!!

Costumes

This is one of my favourite places because it is a place where I can be who I want to be. I can create a look I want to achieve, and I don’t just stop at the makeup.

She's Mad, Simply Mad!!!

She's Mad, Simply Mad!!!

With the Mad Hatter, for instance, I used a crazy yellow top I had. It was still stylish, but not many people would wear this colour. It screams zany, which is why I added a purple tie. The two just don’t go together; they scream “she’s simply mad!” I also added the pre-made hat, added some khaki green tight pants, a short red wig and a belt across my shoulders with spools of thread hanging off of it. That’s what I love. I can “BE” whatever I want to be and really grasp the character in as complete a form as possible. My friends and I had an actual tea party, with teas and cakes. Alice, Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts each had the responsibility to create their own costume.

Aye Aye, Capitana!

Aye Aye, Capitana!

With the Captain America costume, the challenge was to use a piece of a uniform in my Air Force closet to create an Avenger costume. I happened to be on the Captain America team. I sewed up the stripes individually and added my own version of what a superhero could look like wearing his or her own style of clothing and accessories in an affordable way, in a short amount of time (here, only two weeks’ warning). I used stripes from the uniform, fancy laced gloves to add to the feminine touch of the costume, plastic goggles, a belt from when I was on the Honour Guard, and finally, an actual Captain America symbol for the belt buckle. The greatest touch, people stated, were the bright red sneakers. Because the costume was so original and great work was put in, our team won the award presented at our Combat Dining Out event.

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