How to Make Cleopatra Costumes

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How to Make Cleopatra Costumes
You can make a Cleopatra costume with a few basic materials. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Cleopatra was the famous queen of Egypt who had love affairs with powerful men like Marc Antony and Julius Caesar. She was known to be incredibly beautiful, wearing dark wigs, heavy eye make-up and column dresses similar to a toga look. You can recreate her style at home for Halloween or a costume party using a few basic materials. Putting this costume together yourself saves the cost of purchasing it, since such costumes can be expensive.

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Safety pins
  • Ribbon
  • Black wig
  • Make-up
  • Gold jewellery

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  1. 1

    Drape a few yards of fabric around your body in a column shape. Gather the fabric at the shoulders and secure in place with safety pins so the fabric hangs from your shoulders, similar to a toga. The fabric can be any colour you like.

  2. 2

    Attach a square of fabric in a jewel-tone to the back of the outfit using safety pins, so it hangs down like a cape.

  3. 3

    Tie a ribbon under your bust to make a sash and cinch in the dress.

  4. 4

    Wear a short, black wig. Cleopatra often had a lock of hair braided at each side of her face as well.

  5. 5

    Line each eye with thick black eye liner, drawing the liner out in a pointed fashion at the outside of each eye.

  6. 6

    Wear plenty of thick, chunky gold jewellery, including earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Jewellery shaped like a serpent is reminiscent of what Cleopatra would have worn. Add some sandals to complete the outfit.

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