#L21Halloween: Last Minute Dorothy Dandridge Costume
Loop21 has tips on how you can become Hollywood icon Dorothy Dandridge this Halloween.
With celebrations occurring non-stop leading up to October 31st, Halloween has taken over most of October. If you aren’t paying attention, all of those costumes for those parties can put a dent in your wallet. The question is, why waste hard-earned money on a fancy costume you’ll only wear once when creating a custom DIY costume can get the job done just as well?
All this week, Loop21 will help you put your DIY can-do attitude to the ultimate test by showing how you can create three different costumes using the same red skirt. By taking advantage of what is already in your wardrobe, Loop21 will demonstrate how everyone can have a Happy Halloween without breaking the bank.
Going with a “Black Iconic Women in Hollywood” theme, we're looking to Dorothy Dandridge as Carmen Jones, Eartha Kitt as Miss Kitt to You and Phylicia Rashad as Clair Huxtable for the inspirations behind the looks.
Dorothy Dandridge as Carmen Jones
Beautiful, talented and oozing with sex appeal, Dorothy Dandridge exuded all of the glitz and glamour of the standard Hollywood movie star, she just happened to be black. Her role as Carmen Jones made her a star, and is the perfect character from which to mimic Dorothy's look.
What You'll Need:
--To create the look, start with a sleek, sexy red pencil skirt like the one seen here.
--Next, add an off-the-shoulder black top that helps you show off your curves like Dorothy/Carmen. Try this, if you don't have one already.
--Grab any classic pumps laying around in your closet for footwear.
--For accessories, add a rose hair clip or place an artificial flower firmly behind your ear.
--The most entertaining part of the costume is the wig, as it’s the component that transforms you into the character the most. Here's one we found.
--Finish the look with any red lipstick that suits your skin tone.
Now that you're dressed the part, it’s time to play the part so bat those lashes, flash those pearly whites and get into full Dorothy Dandridge/Carmen Jones mode.
What famous film star would you want to dress up as for Halloween?