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The Masque of the Red Death by ZacharyRyanCostumes The Masque of the Red Death by ZacharyRyanCostumes
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.
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool costume!
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KagoSama Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
awesome...and one od my favourite Poe stories:)
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Asrath Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Finally, FINALLY someone who cosplays the Red Death from the stage show, instead of the movie (the movie Red Death is just... kinda daft compared to THIS if you ask me!)
I love it, it looks very professional and awesome! I think I'd die a friggin' fangirl attack if I saw someone wearing this <3
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ZacharyRyanCostumes Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I totally agree that the movie rendition was just a little lackluster in comparison to Maria Bjornson's original stage design. I'm glad you think I did it justice!
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Asrath Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome, you truly did. You made it simpler in detail it seems, but yet did not compromise for it's awesomeness. In fact I think I might even like this one a bit more, as it isn't so cluttered with tiny details but goes like 'straight to the point'.
But anyway, it's too hard to properly choose... one moment I like this one more, the other moment the other XD but it's awesome for sure!
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KivaChan8 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O.O.....:iconyayzplz::iconyayzplz::iconyayzplz: *fangirl:faint:* :glomp: I LOVE IT!
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ZacharyRyanCostumes Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thanks.
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KivaChan8 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem, i absolutly adore The Phantom of the Opera!
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aemiliuslives Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome look. Really neat costume. The skull is just perfect! And I actually prefer this hat. While in some stage productions it sort of looks like a friggin' mariachi hat or something =P
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ZacharyRyanCostumes Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I do agree that some hats get ridiculous. I kept searching and searching and finally decided to cannibalize two different hats, reupholster, and embellish. The mask was also a point of contention. There are so many skull masks available...but so few are decent. I didn't want to harm the effectiveness of the costume by pairing it with a cheap mask!
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aemiliuslives Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Something else I like is that you didn't have all those golden tassels the Red Deaths around the globe have nowadays.
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ZacharyRyanCostumes Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, I know! Those things are atrocious! Some productions are even turning to over-sized beads (like Mardis Gras); I just can't stand them.
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aemiliuslives Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL =P So true. Why do they have to mess with such good designs? If it ain't broke...
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ZacharyRyanCostumes Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I've never understood why people fiddle with the designs. I mean, I can understand adjusting the cut of an outfit, wig, makeup, etc. to suit a specific actor, but to change it altogether is odd. The outfit was conceived as a grand Edwardian outfit but has turned into a tacky Mardis Gras reject. Also, have you seen the 25th Anniversary production? I was disappointed with the Red Death Mask in the version.
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aemiliuslives Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the 25th anniversary skull mask reminded me of one from the 1989 movie, the "Freddy Krueger Phantom" =P It doesn't really look good, you can see more of Ramin... maybe that was the whole point, to "free" him from having to simply having to animate the skull with his jaw and being able to sing that part for real? Dunno. But what I still hate the most about the POTO25th's Red Death is the friggin' tassels! LOL!

Going back to the hat, for a long time I've been thinking of making a digital painting of the Red Death, haven't really started it because I don't know what to do with the hat =P I DO know I don't want it to look like a mariachi, or Napoleon, or Jack Sparrow =P
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ZacharyRyanCostumes Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, if it helps, I can take some reference photos of mine for you.
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aemiliuslives Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, you nailed it :) Kudos.
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MakeupGoddess Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
You did a wonderful job incorporating all the important elements here: the color, cut and finishing of the piece, down to all the details like hat and mask, are impeccable! I applaud a wonderful cosplay : )
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ZacharyRyanCostumes Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for your kind words. There was a lot of research involved in this costume. I compiled reference photos from movies, stage productions (Broadway, tour, London, foreign, etc.), illustrations from the novel, Edwardian fashion, fan arts, etc. I do have to give credit to an artist friend who helped me to "blend" my favorite elements into a cohesive piece. I must also thank her for dealing with my anal retentiveness...including 2+ hour trips to fabric stores where I would haggle over fabric, match swatches, scrutinize colors, etc., etc.
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Cookiedough41 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
me gusta :I
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nickmandl Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so if you gad to name what kind of hat it is, what would you say? sombrero maybe?
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AlAlNe Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
well done!
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ProtectorKorii Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
I don't think I can express how amazed I am with this costume.
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ZacharyRyanCostumes Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you like it!
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DevonBell Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's wonderful!!!!!
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Roboti Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My god, it's beautiful.
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YUCK365 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
nice
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thepurpah Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
WOW!!!
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ZacharyRyanCostumes Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the comments, guys (and gals)!
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Graywolf22 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
I... I love you... e.e
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optimusprime050995 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Ooooooo OwO This looks awesome! Hopefully I do The Red Death as much justice when I recreate I.G.'s RM Alex and Erik Red Death Costumes(Friends want it for a masquade were trying to get for school prom or homecomeing -.-")
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Mylene2511 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
That's fantastic!!
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AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student Writer
I agree.
P.S. Cool icon. I wish I had one like it.
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shadow4everandaday Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks absolutely awesome. The costume is stunning and you did an incredible job at designing it. Very nice.
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