Suggestions for a costume?

  • MSUBioNerd

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    Oct 07, 2008 1:17 AM GMT
    One of my friends tends to have costume themed birthday parties. Last year was simple for me--I was assigned to be Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, so I just wore my suit and a lab coat over it. This year's theme is America's Next Top Model. Having done a quick google search, I've found out that the show is just for female contestants. I'm not going to go in drag, so that makes me think I'm going as a male model. As funny as it would be to just show up in my underwear, I'm not the sort to be comfortable doing so, and it looks like most images of male models involve them mostly in their underwear. So most likely that means I'm going to have to go hunting through thrift stores looking for weird clothes. Any suggestions for what I should be looking for?
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    Oct 07, 2008 1:49 AM GMT
    I hate "static" costumes, preferring a more dynamic "theatrical" approach (one of my degrees isn't in Theatre for nothing).

    One time I dressed as a derelict in an old Army trench-coat, didn't shave for days, and dirtied my face. I slumped down outside in my host's doorway, clutching a wine bottle in a brown paper sack, then thumped the door.

    "Oh, my God! Alex, come quick, there's a drunken wino outside!"

    "Is he OK? Get him up."

    "Oh, no! It's Tom!"

    "Tom, you bastard!"

    "Hi, Alex, here's some wine for your party!"

    "Hey, everybody! Come see Tom's costume! He's a wino."

    And when everyone had gathered, I ripped my trench-coat open and flashed them! Well, not a real flash, because I was wearing a Speedo, women being there. But otherwise naked under the trench-coat, except for cut-off pants legs held up by rubber bands at my knees.

    That was some years ago when I was still in shape, and for the rest of the night women, and men, kept coming up to me and requesting: "Tom, will you flash me, please?" LOL!!!

    Consider a theatrical approach for yourself. Will the venue allow for a runway presentation? How about starting with a layered costume, and then peeling off to reveal successive outfits underneath, until you reach a thong or something? Be as daring as you feel comfortable doing.

    But the basic idea is "dynamic" rather than static. Don't just walk in and stand there. Add some drama, some story, some prepared lines. Pair-up with someone else, perhaps, and devise some business between you. He or she is the designer, you the (possibly incompetent) model. Have fun!
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    Oct 07, 2008 2:06 AM GMT
    I have never seen this show, but it might work anyway. You know that part of the season in American Idol where they show all the horrible people who can't sing? Why not go as the contestant who is so unmodel-like it is hilarious.

    You could ugly yourself up with makeup and fake teeth. Or Get cloths that don't match (yes, you can get a green poka-dot shirt and yellow/baby blue seersucker pants at your local Salvation Army).
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    Oct 07, 2008 3:08 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidYou could ugly yourself up with makeup and fake teeth. Or Get cloths that don't match (yes, you can get a green poka-dot shirt and yellow/baby blue seersucker pants at your local Salvation Army).


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    Isn't that, like, considered, cruelty???
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    Oct 07, 2008 3:22 AM GMT
    speaking of cruelty. You could always go as a guy in half a horse costume.

    You know, you are standing there with the horse head mask, and off your back is this round stump where a torso used to be with guts falling out. A gory twist on a costume classic.
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    Oct 07, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidspeaking of cruelty. You could always go as a guy in half a horse costume.

    You know, you are standing there with the horse head mask, and off your back is this round stump where a torso used to be with guts falling out. A gory twist on a costume classic.


    That would not seem to fit the theme terribly well...
  • joggerva

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    Oct 07, 2008 5:35 AM GMT
    Well, if you don't want to try very hard, you could put on a nice shirt and coat and go as judge Nigel Barker (bring a camera - he's a photographer).

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    Or you could dye your hair white, put on a tight shirt, and go as photo shoot director Jay Manuel (bleh)

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    Or you could blend the gender lines and go as runway coach J Alexander (make sure you strut your stuff)

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    Oct 07, 2008 6:52 AM GMT
    lest we forget there is actually a pre-op transgender on antm this season. and NO, i don't mean tyra. her name is isis.
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    Oct 07, 2008 6:54 AM GMT
    i'd go as the doctor in the beyer ad that runs during the commercial breaks.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Oct 08, 2008 10:09 PM GMT
    So I've found a truly obnoxious vest as part of this costume, and continue the hunt for ridiculous pants--if I fail at those, I'll just wear a very tight pair of jeans. But now I'm thinking perhaps I should try a temporary hair color, something to either turn me blonde or give me light streaks for a night. Any suggestions for one that won't require weeks of washing to get out?
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    Oct 08, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    I've had good results with ICE Spiker Colorz

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    Oct 08, 2008 10:32 PM GMT
    Put a potato over your penis and be a "Dictator!" HAHA