This is a costume that I had been wanting to do for a very long time. After the reaction my Phantom costume received at Monster Con in 2010, I decided it was time. So, here it is in all its scarlet glory.
The costume was designed to incorporate elements of the original novel, the 1925 silent film with Lon Chaney, and the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical (the heaviest influence). I blended several different patterns in order to make the costume with the most odd being probably the Wicked Witch of the West/Glinda from the Wizard of Oz.
The body of the costume is made of silk with a ribbed texture. The center of the bodice is velvet with a tablecloth cut to make the parts on either side. Every piece made of silk had to be interfaced in order to give it the stability necessary.
I lost count of the number of yards of trim in this thing.
The cape, in itself has about 4 1/2 yards in it. It is over 6 feet long; I am 5' 11" so it trains behind me.
The hat is actually two hats cut up and merged into one then reupholstered. There are 3 red ostrich feathers and one long pheasant feather.
The mask was imported from China and given a custom paint job.