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How to make a Cruella costume

Updated April 17, 2017

The infamous Cruella De Vil was made famous the Disney film "101 Dalmatians." Cruella, as the name implies, is cruel and evil, especially to animals. Every time she sees an animal, she sees fur. This wicked villain is known for her obsessive interest in the fur of the innocent Dalmatian puppies, which she aggressively pursues throughout the film. If you want to dress-up as Cruella De Vil for a fancy dress party, prepare to look and feel like a villainess for just one day!

Buy the Dalmatian-printed fur online or in a fabric or charity shop. The fur will be used to make your own Cruella-inspired fur scarf. Remember that the scarf is one of the most important parts of this costume.

Cut the fur into two strips. Each strip should be 12.5 cm (5 inches) wide and 1.25 metres (50 inches) long. You can trim the ends afterward if the scarf is too long. Attach the two strips back to back using a pin. Sew both sides of the fur together using an overcast stitch. Then trim the ends evenly and sew them together. The stitching will not be easily noticed when an overcast stitch is used.

Dress yourself in a sexy black dress and wrap your Cruella-inspired fur scarf on your neck. Don a Cruella wig, which is half black and half white. If you have black or dark hair, you can use a temporary white highlight hairspray to add white highlights to your hair.

Wear black stockings and a pair of black high-heeled shoes. Apply red lipstick and heavy make-up on your face. Make your face two shades whiter for a pale and pasty look. Line your eyelids and fill in your eyebrows with black eyeliner and apply a dark green eye shadow. Add false eyelashes to make your lashes match Cruella's long, thick black lashes.

Add long red gloves and accessorise with a cigarette holder and a white purse with a stuffed Dalmatian puppy in it to complete your Cruella De Vil costume.

Things You'll Need

  • 1.3 metres (1 1/2 yards) of Dalmatian-printed fur
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Black dress
  • Wig (half-black and half-white) or temporary white highlight spray
  • Black stockings
  • Black high-heeled shoes
  • Make-up
  • Long red gloves
  • Cigarette holder
  • White purse
  • Dalmatian puppy stuffed toy
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About the Author

Based in North Carolina, Rossana Coscolluela has been writing since 1997. She was editor of the University of the Philippines’ “UPV Information Manual” and has also been an editorial consultant for various custom publications. She currently enjoys freelance writing. Coscolluela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative literature from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas.