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It is an annual occurrence in the crafts department to develop a costume with Martha for the cover of our Halloween Special Issue. Martha loves Halloween, so she always brings a great enthusiasm to the project. In this year's issue, Blake developed a B-movie-themed costume story. Martha opens the story, so we proposed several ideas and Martha chose "Motha." We pulled inspiration from a variety of places. A vintage illustration and some great images from Alexander McQueen really helped us to visualize the concept. Have a look at the photo gallery to see how the costume came together.

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Image from Alexander McQueen's Fall/Winter 2006 show

1 Image from Alexander McQueen's Fall/Winter 2006 show

Image from Alexander McQueen's spring 2011 show

2 Image from Alexander McQueen's spring 2011 show

Vintage Illustration inspiration

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Many of the costume ideas came from this image of a gypsy moth—specifically the patterning and the fur collar.

4 Many of the costume ideas came from this image of a gypsy moth—specifically the patterning and the fur collar.

We also look for makeup inspiration as well—we thought these eyelashes were fun.

5 We also look for makeup inspiration as well—we thought these eyelashes were fun.

An early idea for eyes and antenna.

6 An early idea for eyes and antenna.

The Initial cape sketch was in a heavier weight fabric. Martha asked for something a bit lighter and softer.

7 The Initial cape sketch was in a heavier weight fabric. Martha asked for something a bit lighter and softer.

Shane wearing the first pass at the moth wings for Martha's eyes.

8 Shane wearing the first pass at the moth wings for Martha's eyes.

Makeup artist Kristopher Buckle getting Martha ready for the shoot.

9 Makeup artist Kristopher Buckle getting Martha ready for the shoot.

Art director Stephen Johnson modeling an early version of the lighter cape.

10 Art director Stephen Johnson modeling an early version of the lighter cape.

Steph steaming the final cape on the shoot.

11 Steph steaming the final cape on the shoot.

Comments (5)

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  • Brilliant! I'm will substitute the cape and collar with a faux fur shawl and some gauzy fabric. Thanks so much.

  • where can i get those lashes? Please!!!

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi karla L,

    Motha's eyes were detailed with false eyelashes (found in costume shops or most drug stores), embellished with pheasant feathers (found at crafts stores), and the wing clip art found at the back of the Halloween Special Issue.

  • I LOVE this costume ...
    My husband will be a flame ;)
    Thanks!!

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