Last year I wanted to go as Emma Frost from X-men for Halloween. For those of you who aren’t familiar, she’s a pretty amazing character in the comic books, but was kind of dumbed down a bit for the X-men: First Class movie. One of her special powers was the ability to turn into diamond. Here are a couple of pictures of her:
The challenge for my costume was that I didn’t want to just dress up in white lingerie and do a crystal tattoo; it would take too long to apply, and I wanted something I could reuse. So I decided to go with a white bustier and cover it in Swarovski crystals. I started with this one by Felina from Norstrom and tons and tons of crystals.
I took pictures of my progress to share with friends, and I thought I’d put them up here in case any of you we’re thinking about crystallizing a costume this year!
That’s the last picture I seem to have before I finished the costume. I don’t seem to have any good pictures of the finished costume, so I’ll see if any of my friends captured it.
I will offer a few notes to those of you who are considering doing a similar costume:
1. The bra was the hardest part because it was rounded, so the crystals would slide around on the surface, plus the surface area is actually much larger than it seems.
2. I can’t tell you how long this took. I do know that I watched three seasons of breaking bad on Netflix while I was working. This is not a quick project.
3. The stretchiness of the material really worked against me on this. I really wish I had used a corset, because the surface is flat and not stretchy. It would have been a lot easier.
If anyone has any questions about how I made this, or would like tips on their own projects, leave me a comment and I’ll see if I can help!
Update: one of my friends sent me a picture!