On the Subject of Costumes

Thursday, September 17, 2009



I’m such a fan of a good Halloween costume, and generally the more macabre the better. The following tribute to Tippi Hedren’s performance in the Hitchcock classic The Birds is one of my favorites. It’s rather popular but I’m still crazy about the idea and seems easy to imitate:



•••• WHAT YOU’LL NEED ••••
A simple grey or light green women's business suit,
a blonde wig, craft birds, fake blood, a sewing kit and scissors.

•••• HOW TO ••••
Step 1, begin by putting on the suit, take out your birds and position them on the suit to see where they might look the best. Usually one on the shoulder, one on a sleeve and one on the back works the best. Step 2, once you know where you want the birds, you can start attaching them to the jacket. The craft birds should come with wires that stick out of the base of the bird. Stick those wires through the jacket and then spread them apart. Sew the wire to the jacket with your sewing kit. Step 3, once the birds are attached, you can start adding some details. With your scissors, cut some rips in the fabric to make it look like the birds attacked. Put some fake blood on the cuts and on the birds' beaks. Step 4, the final touch is to put your hair, or wig, into a french twist. Then place your final bird in your hair. Secure with bobby pins if needed. Put a drop of fake blood on the bird's beak and then put a drip of blood on your forehead dripping down your face. Make-up looks best in a 60's style of red lips and smoky eyes.







SOURCES: Costume tips courtesy of eHow.com, poster from MovieFan1014, film frames courtesy of 1000 Frames of Hitchcock and costumes by (clockwise) PlushInvaders, GoJake, Petalefty, Squid and below Scarlett Johansson photographed by Tim Walker as Tippi Hedren in ‘The Birds’ found via DirtyPrettyThings.

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PS. Computer is still broken...
slowly visiting and commenting in borrowed computers.
Will be around soon!!

37 comments:

Maddie said...

oh this is fantastic! i was trying to think of a good halloween costume! you've inspired me to look more into old horror flicks :)
and p.s., if you do ever need a photographer, i'd come do it in a heart beat! i'd love to meet you! i bet you're even more fabulous in real life! :)

Mondo said...

I feel such a Philistine - I've never seen a single Hitchcock film

Ps you can grab my last year Halloween mix Mondo Mania right here if you fancy an early doors blast Gabbi

Leah said...

When you mentioned birds, I remember the birdlady in Central park in the movie Home Alone (New York).

thereddeer said...

Those are some awesome costumes - I really wish Australians actually did something for halloween. We are boring!

Clorivak said...

Oh Awesome!! Great Costume! I love that movie. I adore birds but I do admit that would be FREAKY!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Such creativity on those costumes!
Those movie stills are hauntingly so beautiful!! ~Happy Friday Gabbi*

_nina_malvada_ said...

nice theme for a photoshoot..hmmm...(you gave me tones of ideas..jejeje)

hope you'll be back soon!!!

smouats!

Amelia said...

What a great costume idea! I can't believe I still haven't seen that whole movie. I've just randomly seen bits and pieces of it.

muchlove said...

How cool! The Birds makes such a fun halloween costumer idea. great selection of pictures!

PS. and yes, I did have a nice trip home! thank you :) The only bad thing about being home is the slow internet, so I hope you don't mind if I won't be commenting as frequently as I used to. I promise I'll catch up with all your posts when I can!

have a great weekend (well, it's almost the weekend , right?)

xx

natalie said...

Love this costume!! So cool, I have to try it some day!

Sam said...

Marvellous!! I was first introduced to the American Halloween fancy dress tradition by two American gals I work with (they came to work as Pipi longstocking and a pirate) - I had no idea you could dress up as anything - thought it was just ghosts and witches etc...I think these are the best fancy dress costumes I've seen hands down Gabbi!! Have a lovely Friday sweetie! :) P.S. Fingers crossed your computer recovers soon!!

Rebecca said...

This is such an awesome idea - I love that movie!! Best costume ever... I totally need to find a reason to dress up for Halloween this year. :)

miriam said...

ooh, these bird women are beautiful. the perfect halloween theme : )

Keith said...

Hey Gabbi. I love The Birds. These are all great. I love that idea. Sorry about the computer situation. I hope you get it sorted out soon. Take care.

Sang said...

computer trouble is one of the worst things that can happen these days. haha. glad to see new posts:]
ooh. i like 60's style. cherry red lips!

Hanako66 said...

that is such a fabulous costume idea!

Emily said...

Hehe, this is a fantastic idea! If I make any plans for Halloween this year I might have to consider this as my costume.

I'll be sending your necklace out tomorrow! Yay :)

Iva said...

WOW!! Great costumes Gabbi!!!


Have a great weekend! :)

Rita P. said...

Amazing ideia!! :D
I love halloween.. i'm completly mad about it! I think is the most funny holiday ever :)
I think taht me and my friend are the only portuguese girls who celebrate haloween! ahah
I heard about that film before but i never saw it!!
From Hotchcock I just saw "Psycho" ahah

xxxxxxx

Stephanie said...

Hey, Gabbi. This idea of using Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is awesome. How cool would it be to decorate your house up in this more non-traditional style. Great concept. :)

drollgirl said...

FAN-FARKING-TASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey Harriet said...

Firstly congrats to Drollgirl for winning the super giveaway below!

That's a very cool costume idea! We don't really celebrate Halloween over here. Wish we did because it sonds like so much fun! I must watch that movie again to see if it freaks me out as much as it did the first time I saw it! Happy weekend to you Gabbi. Hope your computer troubles will be over soon!

Abbie said...

We are already entering the month of September. In less than two months from now, it's already Halloween! Very inspirational post..

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous post, darling! Hitchcock's women are always so well-heeled!

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend, G!

xoxox,
CC

Diana said...

I adore Tippi, además ahora tiene un yerno fantástico.

Emmy said...

this is SUCH a brilliant costume idea. i've been trying to brainstorm a good halloween costume for the past few weeks and this is definitely an appealing concept.

Alice said...

I love that idea! I'm tired of showing up in the same Hermione Granger or Bunny costume that everyone else is wearing.
Love your blog, I'm following.

sealaura said...

hola! I am so behing on y blog visits too, just wanted to say hi to you and george! I remember back in the day when they used to show this movie on channel 5 KTLA and it was so creepy yet I dug it, and had to watch. Hope your computer gets fixed soon. feliz domingo!

beckyxoxo said...

wow that last photo of the costume is so scary ! aha . so cool !

down and out chic said...

my first experience of this movie was at epcot center for the 3-d viewing. it was pretty wild to say the least.
oh and thanks for the good costume idea, my creative juices are sapped this halloween.

Certain Creatures said...

Fun fun.. I remember watching that movie! I really enjoy Hitchcock - especially Psycho :)
Hope your computer gets better soon!
have a lovely week

Fran
x

Certain Creatures said...

Fun fun.. I remember watching that movie! I really enjoy Hitchcock - especially Psycho :)
Hope your computer gets better soon!
have a lovely week

Fran
x

Sarah said...

I love this! What a brilliant idea. THe birds is a great film. I watched it again recently and loved the clothes, the colours, everything. I had forgotten the really gruesome bits and they were all the more shocking for it. I love that image of the birds gathering on the climbing frame. I might get my stuffed birds out and have a go at this costume!

Crystal Ball said...

Ah, Gabbi, these are amazing! This definitely helps get me more ramped up for Halloween.

ana b. said...

I love your Halloween spirit! Any excuse to get into costume, I say. And this is one of the more creative ones.

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