'Tis the season for tricks and treats! I love Halloween (clearly, from the photos above), and have been thinking about my costume since February (not an exaggeration), wanting to craft the perfect one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

    This year I was Medusa, a Gorgon from the Greek myth of the hero Perseus. I went to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for some inspiration, and found this amazing Door knocker in the form of Medusa’s head by Emile Antoine Bourdelle (1925. Bronze).  I bought bronze snakeskin suede for the dress, and a loosely woven metallic sheer for the draped himation (my historic costume class being put to good use!).

     I made the dress with a corset structure on the bodice, with draping to the waist. I draped the skirt across the front to create fullness, and the himation was draped cross-body.

     The headpiece was definitely the most challenging, using wire an one bulk shipment of rubber snakes (that was a fun text notification – “Your bulk shipment of rubber snakes has arrived.” I could only tell my co-workers, “Don’t ask.”). I created a wireframe that fit my head, and wired the snakes to that. It looked like a medieval torture device. I wove my curled hair around the frame, covering up the wires, and pinned everything into place.

     After about 3 hours of getting ready, I was pretty pleased with myself, and glad all of the preparations had paid off. I had a great night with my friends Jaclyn (from BAM!) and Laura (Cruella!).

    What are you going as this year?

    Love, Laura

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