Ideas for Making Homemade Celebrity Costumes

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Ideas for Making Homemade Celebrity Costumes
Dress up like Marilyn Monroe for a costume party. (Plush Studios/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Dress up as your favourite, or your least favourite, celebrity for a Halloween party or a costume party any time of the year. Celebrity costumes let you play a part and get outside of yourself. Choose a celebrity who has distinctive fashion, or another distinguishing trait, so that everyone will know who you are. Many costumes can be made at home with items you already own, or things you can pick up at a thrift shop or party store.

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Marilyn Monroe

Dress up as Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe for the costume party you are attending. Most party stores have a platinum blonde Marilyn Monroe wig for sale. Once you have the wig, there are a variety of ways you can dress. Wear the white V-neck dress from the movie "The Seven Year Itch," for which Monroe is well-known. If you don't want to dress so glamorously, go with a pair of tapered leg trousers and a tight-fitting sweater. Complete the look with bright red lipstick and black liquid eye liner.

Angelina Jolie

For this costume, wear a long, black or dark brown wig and a tight fitting black dress. This costume is all about the accessories. Because Angelina Jolie is known for her large lips, use lip liner to make your lips larger than they are. She also often wears smoky eye make-up, so exaggerate your eyes. Jolie is known for her many children as much as her look, so carry several baby dolls. You could even buy a baby sling that is worn over your chest, or fashion one out of fabric, and place several baby dolls in it.

Bret Michaels

Wear tight jeans --- tight, ripped jeans are even better --- to start your Bret Michaels look. Pair the jeans with a Poison T-shirt; Michaels is known for his band and for several reality TV shows. Make your own with a plain white T-shirt and fabric markers or paint. Michaels' signature accessory is his long blond hair, always worn with a bandanna tied around his head. Add a cowboy hat, rock 'n' roll jewellery and temporary tattoos to complete the costume.

Flavour Flav

Wear an oversized T-shirt and baggy jeans low on your hips as the basis of your Flavor Flav costume. The rapper, known for being in the group Public Enemy and for several reality TV shows, almost always wears a clock around his neck. Make a fake clock out of cardboard and attach a chain to it. Or buy a large plastic wall clock and attach a chain to it. Wear a baseball cap sideways. If you want to go all out, buy a couple of fake gold teeth, or a whole grill, at the party store and add them to your look.

Other Ideas

Look to the news and current events for celebrity costume inspiration. Choose someone who is getting a lot of media attention at the moment. This could be an actor, musician, reality TV star, or athlete. During an election year, dressing up as a candidate is always popular.

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