Easy Hollywood Costume Ideas

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Easy Hollywood Costume Ideas
Halloywood is full of characters you can dress like. (movie reel image by Maria Bell from Fotolia.com)

Hollywood, the place where dreams are made and broken, is as full of interesting people as any place on earth. There, the people can be as bizarre and unique as the characters they portray. It is also a place with an abundance of costume ideas for Halloween, an Oscar night party or a fancy dress ball. The easy part is, your local thrift store or your family's closet is likely to have everything you need.

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Marilyn Monroe

Scour the thrift stores for a close version of the white dress from "The Seven Year Itch." If you can't find a dress, you should be able to find a separate white skirt and halter top that ties behind the neck. Most costume shops have a Marilyn wig. Wear with strappy shoes and lots of fake diamonds. Go heavy on the make-up with false eyelashes and red lipstick. Draw the signature mole on your left cheek.

Joan Crawford

Add a couple more shoulder pads to a ladies suit jacket. Wear with a matching straight skirt, a white blouse and black shoes with ankle straps. Wear your hair curled in a 1940s style or pulled back in a bun with plenty of fullness around the face. Use dark red lipstick and strong eye make up. Carry a coat hanger.

Johnny Depp

Wear your hair parted in the middle with longer than average fringe. You'll need a moustache and close-cropped beard. Wear a dark suit, shirt and tie and a fedora. Finish up with a pair of horn rim glasses.

Hannah Montana

Wear a bright coloured cropped jacket over a long purple T-shirt with a low slung belt. Add straight leg jeans and cowboy boots. The long blond wig with straight fringe and a microphone from the toy store finishes your look.

Brad and Angelina

For Brad wear a black suit with a loose black tie. Hair should be a bit mussed and with a five o'clock shadow. Angeline can wear a long black dress and fake diamonds. Hair should be long straight and parted in the middle. Use plenty of lipstick to get her pout. So how do we know this is Brad and Angelina and not just any good looking Hollywood couple? Bring a pram and make sure there are at least four baby dolls in there.

Lucy and Ricky

Start with a full short sleeve dress with a petticoat. Add pearls, high-heeled pumps and an apron. You will need pale base make-up, red lipstick and heavy blush and eye make-up. You can get a good curly Lucy wig online or from a costume shop.

Ricky should wear a black suit, bow tie and a white straw boater hat. Try to find a set of bongo drums.

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