How to Make the Victoria Costume From "Cats"

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How to Make the Victoria Costume From "Cats"
The Victoria costume combines the appearance of a white cat with traditional ballet fashion. (white cat image by Elsehsah from Fotolia.com)

Victoria the White Cat is a character from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats," based on the poems of T.S. Eliot. Victoria is one of the younger cats making her first appearance at the Jellicle Ball. Like all the costumes in "Cats," Victoria's is a mixture of ballet and dance fashion with an added feline flair.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • White leotard
  • White tights
  • White shoes
  • Fake white fur
  • Fabric glue
  • Pink ribbon
  • Tan fabric paint
  • White arm warmers
  • White leg warmers
  • White wig with white cat ears
  • White rope
  • Stick-on Velcro strips
  • White base make-up
  • Black base make-up
  • Black liquid eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Pink base make-up

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Start with an all-white leotard. Victoria is an all-white cat, so the basis of her costume is a shiny, long-sleeved leotard with opaque white tights. If you are not comfortable in such a tight costume, white sweats or leggings and a long-sleeve T-shirt can be used.

  2. 2

    Add fake white fur to the shoulders of the leotard or T-shirt using fabric glue.

  3. 3

    Use fabric paint to add soft brown or tan lines to the sides and arms of the leotard or T-shirt. These lines will add depth and simulate fur on the "Cats" costumes.

  4. 4

    Add white arm warmers and leg warmers. If arm warmers are hard to find, you can use child-size leg warmers on your arms. Thick, white socks with the feet cut off can also do in a pinch.

  5. 5

    Add all-white shoes. One of Victoria's most famous parts in the musical "Cats" is her ballet dance to open the Jellicle Ball. If you are making the costume to wear in a production of "Cats," use a pair of white ballet shoes. If you are wearing the costume for a party or Halloween and will be walking a lot, substitute white sneakers or flats.

  6. 6

    Add a short-haired white wig. If you can't find a short white wig, cut a circle out of the fake white fur that you can use as a cap. Add white, pointy cat ears to either the wig or the cap.

  7. 7

    Attach a long white tail. You can create your own with a long strip of furry, white fabric or a short white boa stitched to the leotard.

  8. 8

    Tie a length of white rope around your waist. The Victoria costume includes a length of thin, white rope wrapped twice around her waist and tied. You can also use this rope to attach your tail.

  9. 9

    Cut a length of pink ribbon that will fit snugly around your neck. Add strips of Velcro to each end of the ribbon to make a closure for the collar.

  1. 1

    Spread white base make-up over all of your face and neck. Theatrical face make-up is available at most Halloween or costume stores.

  2. 2

    Add pink make-up to the bottom of your nose and lips and line each with black make-up. Victoria's nose can also be black. Wing the black outline at the corners of your mouth upwards to create the illusion of a cat's snout. Draw a few black dots above your lips on either side of your nose to give the appearance of whiskers.

  3. 3

    Add tan make-up from the eyelids to the eyebrows and around the hairline, if desired.

  4. 4

    Line your eyes with liquid black eyeliner and apply mascara. All the costumes in "Cats" feature dramatic black eye make-up.

  5. 5

    Draw on dramatic winged eyebrows with the black liner. Victoria has soft, arching brows drawn above her natural brow line to give her a young, naive look. Hide your own brows with white or tan make-up and draw a soft arch above them using short, winged strokes on the outside edge.

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