How to make a Mulan costume

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How to make a Mulan costume
Create a Mulan costume. (Courtesy of Disney)

Mulan wore many outfits in her eponymous Disney film, but her most glamourous and distinctive was the outfit she wore to the Matchmaker's when trying to prove herself fit for marriage. Traditional oriental clothing is beautiful, but buying the real thing can be incredibly expensive. However, by layering up clothes you have around the house you can create a similar effect. Finish the outfit with the right makeup and capture all the dignity and beauty of one of Disney's feistiest princesses.

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Things you need

  • White floor length skirt
  • White blouse
  • Dark red skirt or material
  • Safety pins
  • Pink cardigan or summer dressing gown
  • Blue corset or tight vest top
  • Face paints
  • Pink blusher
  • Dark eyeshadow
  • Red lipstick or gloss
  • Flower hair grip

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    Start with the under layers of the outfit. Wear a floor length white skirt and a blouse with a collar. You are going to be layering a lot of clothes on top of this, so try to choose light materials. A blouse with short sleeves would be better than a long sleeved one.

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    Wear a dark red skirt over the top. It should come to about knee level and should be reasonably form fitting. If you don't have a skirt of the appropriate colour or style, you could make one by wrapping a cut of material around yourself. Cut the material a little longer in both length and width so it sits just above your waist and still reaches down to your knees. When wrapped around, the material should overlap enough that the white under layer won't be seen when you move. Pin the material together using safety pins at the top, where they will be covered by the next layer of clothes, and arrange it so the overlap is at the back.

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    Wear a pink cardigan. Alternatively, you could use a summer dressing gown. For extra authenticity, you could get a silk dressing gown and try to find one with long sleeves. Remove the tie before you put it on, overlap the sides so the neckline is v-shaped and fix in place with a safety pin if necessary. If the dressing gown is a bit long, tuck the ends inside the skirt/red material layer.

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    Finish the layers with a blue corset. If you do not have one, a tight blue tank top with the straps tucked in is a good alternative. Using your dressing gown tie, or a scarf, tie a belt around the smallest point of your waist.

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    Cover your face with white face paint. Using face paint or regular make up, add pink to your cheeks and dark eye shadow. Apply red lipstick or gloss.

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    Style your hair. Either wear it in a bun high on your head and finish with a flower grip, or use the flower grip to pin your loose hair back off your face. Mulan wears both styles, so choose whichever suits your hair best.

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    Complete the outfit by draping a purple scarf around your back, hooking it in the crooks of your elbows. Hold an oriental fan or tuck it into your belt. For jewellery, wear a blue bead necklace and gold earrings.

Tips and warnings

  • Carry a toy chinese dragon or lucky cricket to imitate Mulan's faithful companions.
  • Be aware of your temperature -- this outfit has a lot of layers and in a hot party you may find yourself overheating.

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