This Hallowe'en, I took on Maleficent. As one of the baddest of the Disney Villains, I wanted to pay fashionable homage without perfectly replicating her look. It was, if you will, what I imagine Maleficent would wear if she were young and among us today.
As a deep believer in homemade costumes, I created most of the pieces of for this look. The basis for my outfit was a black cotton dress with a lace panel and a peak shouldered blazer. I paired these with some basic black leggings and vintage monkey boots.
Beyond that, I had three major DIY components to tackle: her staff, her headpiece with horns, and her collar.
One of my crowning achievements of the look is the fact that the staff doubles as a "purse" of sorts. Crafted from a large plastic screw-together candy ball, a length of PVC pipe, a craft store raven, and some gold spray paint, every person oohed and ahhed each time I retrieved my cellphone or ID.
The collar was cut from some scrap leather pieces, punched with holes to lace up in the front with several black feathers hot glued inside to create an elegant, neck-lengthening collar. The pattern was drawn echoing Victorian style laced collars.
Finally, the headpiece and horns was an experiment gone perfectly right, the process of which I documented in a video tutorial here: youtube.com/watch?v=JtYmYwJK5b8
The look was finished with green food colouring (it dyes so much more even than cream makeups and doesn't flake off) and makeup.