How to Make a Captain Cook Costume

Written by melinda taylor
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Captain James Cook was an accomplished British navigator who sailed extensively in the South Pacific. If you want to dress up like this famous explorer and captain, a few key clothing pieces will transform you into a master of the seas.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • White, colonial-style wig
  • Dark, three-cornered hat with gold trim
  • White jabot (button-down, ruffled shirt)
  • Long, heavy, dark-coloured jacket with high collar and brass buttons
  • White jeans or trousers
  • Black sash OR 4-inch strip of black vinyl long enough to cross your body from shoulder to hip
  • Tall, black boots
  • Sword
  • Telescope

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  1. 1

    Buy a colonial-style, white wig. Look for one with a curly ponytail. Most of this will be covered by your captain's hat, so it's not necessary for the wig to be perfect.

  2. 2

    Select a three-cornered hat. A fancy one with gold trim will add pizazz to your costume.

  3. 3

    Buy a white, ruffled shirt, known as a jabot, and white vest that work well together.

  4. 4

    Shop for a long, heavy, dark-coloured jacket with a high collar and brass buttons. According to Clockwork Couture, a fashion house that works to bring back styles from the Neo-Victorian era, the jacket is a key piece for your Captain Cook costume.

  5. 5

    Find some white jeans or trousers. These should be fairly tight.

  6. 6

    Buy a black sash or make one from a 4-inch wide strip of black vinyl long enough to wrap around your body from shoulder to hip.

  7. 7

    Wear tall, black boots to look as if you're ready for exploration.

  8. 8

    Assemble your props. A toy sword and telescope will make your costume complete.

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