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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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