Every year the pressure is on to create a fresh look for Martha’s Halloween costume that graces the cover of the Halloween Handbook, which is currently available at your local newsstand. This year I started with a few concepts that were inspired by various themes. Together with Martha, we narrowed the ideas down to a glamorous “Spellbinding Sorceress.” This was not to be the usually purple sorceress in a cone-shaped hat and a wand. We wanted to push that idea to be more surprising and magical.
I had some imagery from the couture shows that are held in Europe twice a year. These shows are a wealth of inspiration for Halloween costume creations. The makeup and hair are often over-the-top and theatrical. Check out the haute couture shows on websites such as style.com.
Stephanie Hung is our resident sewing queen. She and I worked together to create the shape of Martha’s golden tulle wrap. We wanted her to have a sense of air and movement around her, like a swirling, sparkling spell. Stephanie patiently cut and sewed each strip of golden tulle onto another base of tulle. The technique is quite simple, but the result is lush and spectacular.
We felt strongly that the hair needed to be big and beautiful. We enlisted the help of Martha’s hairdresser, Anthony Sorensen, who worked with his team to create the enormous hairdo. It was constructed of real and fake hair in different pieces that were assembled into one wig.
Other pieces of the costume came from Martha’s own wardrobe. Look around your closet for pieces you can layer with others to create something new. A costume for Halloween does not need to be made completely from hand. Best to add some handmade details to what you may already have. For instance, I made Martha’s necklace out of glittered star ornaments and inexpensive acrylic crystals. Also look for fun costume jewelry in your local thrift shops.
Our final touch was the star motif tattoo placed on Martha’s forehead and neck. Small touches like this make the costume feel quite special. Have a look behind the scenes at our photo shoot and see how it all came together.
Don't forget to check out our gallery of Martha's best costumes over the years. Which one's your favorite?