Ah, SpringAutumn – when a young man’s fancy turns to lovecostuming.
If you are planning to dress up for Halloween (or any other costuming occasion), but haven’t yet made a decision on the costume itself, here are some guidelines that I use to help narrow the possibilities:
Public Recognition: Is this going to be easily recognizable to my audience?
Fun Quotes: Does this character have some well-known / funny dialogue I can memorize & recite?
Fun Poses / Actions: Does this character have any recognizable poses / gestures / actions that I can imitate? Funny quotes won’t show up in photos, but a pose or expression, or gesture will.
Cost: Approximately how much will this cost to assemble? Can I amortize that cost over time? Can I defray that by using materials I already have, or by purchasing used components, or making my own?
Appearance: How closely do I physically resemble this character? How can I increase that resemblance; by dieting, exercise, adding a wig, cutting my hair, dying my hair, applying make-up, wearing contact lenses, adding padding, etc?
Comfort: How comfortable will this be when and where I plan to wear it? Will it be too warm or too cold? Will it be heavy? Can I easily move / walk? How well can I see and hear? Can I sit and stand? Climb stairs? Go through doors? Use the bathroom?
Re-use: Can I re-use this costume, in whole or in part, on other occasions or for other purposes? Can I find components that I already have and re-use them to make this costume?
Easy to Make: How easy will this be to make, or how easy will it be to find the necessary parts? How much time, labor and materials will be required?
Timeliness: Is this character in the public mind right now? Is it current or trending? Is there a significant anniversary or date that I can take advantage of (movie release, birthday, etc)?
These are just some simple criteria, in no particular order. I hope they’ve helped you decide.
Assembling a Captain America: The First Avenger POW / Bucky Rescue Costume Using Purchased Parts
As you may have guessed, I’m going to be the Cap this year for Halloween; it’s the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Captain America (in March of ’41) and it will be the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of the Red Skull in October. Since we also had Civil War come out this year, it seemed apropos, though my chosen costume is probably not going to be the first one you think of when you think of the current Cap / Marvel movie series.
Why the “Rescue” Suit?
Cost and fit. Rather than buy one of the cheap off-the-rack printed polyester jumpsuit type costumes, I wanted something that would appear more impressive than a $40 trip to Wal-Mart. This particular outfit is composed mostly of ‘real,’ period components with slight modifications. Additionally, it should be a bit more forgiving for persons without the body of a super soldier. Because this suit is designed to appear to have been made from what was available to Rogers in mid-war, many of the ‘real’ parts can be purchased online, today, as modern repros designed for WWII reenactors. Aside from painting the helmet & acquiring a ‘heater’ shield, next to no modifications need to be done if you do not wish to.
The following is my analysis of the filming costume & suitable replica components: