5.11.2011

zombielicious.

I'm not one to delight in zombie movies.

Or gore. 

Or death + destruction.

Or anything that leaves me cowering in my little apartment, alone and frightened once the sun goes down. But somehow on Monday, I found myself dressed like this:


Blame it on my classes. This semester I'm carrying several art history classes, one of which focuses on Art and the Plague. It sounds like a real downer...but in truth, it's been rather intriguing. However, my professor decided that the perfect ending to a semester of death...was an End of Year Zombie Party. Those who came dressed as zombies received extra credit...and those who didn't would be jeered. 

Ever the people-pleaser, I went all out with my zombie bride theme. After turning up my nose at Goodwill's $150 USED 80's bridal gown (seriously, Goodwill...put down crack pipe, then start pricing items), I hit a local church thrift store and got this 80's nightmare for a mere $7:


What were they thinking with the sleeves? How does that flatter any body? Regardless...I sort of loved the train and sweetheart neckline. The rest was a hot mess...AKA: Zombie Bride Perfection. The dress, a veil, a borrowed wig, a handful of skeleton necklaces and half an hour with some face paint made for a pretty perfect costume.

The crowning achievement was my rat bouquet, and given the history of the plague, it was rather fitting. With DIY bridal bouquet-starter in hand, I sculpted and weaved together seven rats...with a lil' help from my hot glue gun and some metal wire. For the finishing touch, I rigged up a few extra rats on a belt so that they followed me as I moved about the room.

All told, it was pretty hot. And, I won three Zombie Awards: Judges' Favorite, Best Zombie Pallor,  Best Zombie Accessories (I think...I cannot remember the title of that one). I forgot to snap a full-look photo before leaving for the day, but my friend Sonja grabbed a photo before we left class:


I know, it's a good look for me. ;)

17 comments:

  1. Wow! I wondered what you were talking about on Facebook the other day. Now I know! That is one amazing costume. You deserved the glory... and the extra credits!

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  2. Great job with the costume!! All those awards were definitely well deserved, and all in all it sounds like a fun class! I'm glad you enjoyed doing it!
    <3 Kiersten

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  3. Clearly it was the rat bouquet that put you over the top. Love it.

    I want to go to a zombie party-- how fun is that??

    LB

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  4. wow b you make an intensely amazing zombie!!

    um, that veil is the absolute bomb.

    and seriously goodwill--i'm pretty sure i can get a waaay more appealing dress than that off the rack from david's bridal for cheaper.

    you totally deserved all 3!!! and the pallor award cracks me up!!

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  5. So incredibly awesome!!! Your bouquet had me both amazed and grossed out!

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  6. THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!!!! I can't believe how awesome your costume is (and your professor for the brilliant idea). You deserved to win, duh!

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  7. That first picture was downright scary! It doesn't even look like you! Congratulations on all your awards...Judges's favorite, now that would be the one I'd cherish most! You're amazing!
    Blessings!

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  8. hahahaha this is why I love you, your willingness to go full costume in broad daylight. Balls to the wall. Ha, I like that saying. But that first picture is totally creepy, your expression is so blank. You totes deserved a billion awards.

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  9. Hahahah, how could you still be beautiful as a zombie?! Not fair! Looks so fun :)

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  10. That's utterly amazing! You went all out and deserved those awards. You could be a costume designer or at least someone that helps out with it :)

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  11. Wow--who knew that art professors could be so fun?! That first picture is so eerie. You do the blank stare so well!

    And I agree with the others, well-deserved awards my dear!

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