How to Make a Jimi Hendrix Costume

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How to Make a Jimi Hendrix Costume
"Purple Haze" is one of Jimi Hendrix's best-known recordings. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Jimi Hendrix found international superstardom in the late 1960s with the formation of a group called "The Jimi Hendrix Experience," whose hits included "Hey Joe," "Purple Haze" and " The Wind Cries Mary." He was renowned for his astonishing guitar playing, combined with a great songwriting and singing talent that captured worldwide attention, but his career was tragically cut short by his untimely death in 1970.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Flowing, retro shirt
  • Satin vest
  • Flared jeans or trousers
  • Black wig
  • Black kohl eyeliner or fake moustache
  • Headband
  • Scarves
  • Gold medallions
  • Electric guitar

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    Jimi Hendrix's style captured the spirit of the age but was also very individual. Search thrift stores to find a colourful retro-style shirt to wear. Hendrix often wore shirts with long, flowing sleeves made from light chiffon-type fabrics. Add a satin vest over the top of the shirt.

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    Team the shirt with flared jeans or dark trousers -- anything with a retro feel. Hendrix sometimes wore trousers made from psychedelic patterned fabric to match or coordinate with his shirts.

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    Buy a suitable wig to wear. Hendrix had dark, Afro-type hair that he wore long and unkempt. He also sported a thin, close-trimmed moustache that went across his upper lip and down the sides of his mouth. Draw on a moustache with black kohl pencil or buy one to stick on.

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    Accessorise your outfit with scarves and a headband. Hendrix often wore a headband tied around the front of his head. Use a long chiffon scarf to recreate this look. He also wore scarves tied at his waist as belts.

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    Complete the outfit with lots of gold jewellery. Hendrix wore large, ornate medallions. Sling an electric guitar around your neck to finish.

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