For Halloween last year I decided I wanted to go as a corpse bride since I had an awesome oh-so-eighties wedding dress at my disposal (left over from a previous theme party). The dress was so epic, any old dead bride just wouldn't do, so I started looking for inspiration.
I absolutely loved Love Bone's Headless Marie Antoinette costume, featured in Make Magazine, but I didn't have the materials or skills to sculpt it like she did.
What I did have was lots and lots of duct tape.
*For more info on me and the costume I'm currently working on, check out my blog http://modmischief.blogspot.com/
Step 1: What you'll need
- fabulous wedding dress you don't mind altering (when I was done the dress could easily have been restored to a normal wedding dress with a little work)
-crinoline or similar underskirt
-white opera gloves
-tight fitting shirt (you'll never get this back)
From the hardware store:
-metal wire or clothes hanger
-glue gun and hot glue (optional)
From your recycling bin:
-margarine container or similar round plastic object
-plastic bottle cap
From your social circle:
-a good friend you don't mind getting very close with (ladies, he or she is going to have to have their hands all over your chest while you're wrapped up like a mummy, choose your assistants wisely)
Step 2: Wrap it up
There are several good tutorials online for making duct tape dress forms:
and even on Instructables
Be very careful of how you wrap your breasts! If you don't want a flat chested bride be sure to work on the diagonal and support, not squish, your boobs.
Have your assistant carefully smooth down each strip of duct tape as he/she goes. This will make the next steps easier.
As you can see from the photo, I used a t-shirt. In hindsight, I think it would have been much easier had I worn long sleeves.