It’s coming down to the final week before the “big night”…. and it looks like I’m just about ready! All the costuming is done, except for the few lil’ minor adjustments that always seem to wanna creep up on you at the last minute, and Sam and I finally let Carolyn in on our plan…. mostly because she’s been dying to know for the last few days…. although she’d never let on how much she’s excited about the whole thing. Far too grown up and mature a lady she is to admit it…. thankfully your Favorite Catgirl is around to tease her inner child into coming out to play once in a while.
We got together over the weekend for a “dress rehearsal” and final tweaking… and had a nice girls night in on Saturday evening together at the apartment. That was a great excuse for me to whip up a nice dinner for the three of us and then later on, all of us got into our costumes…. worked on our makeup, and took a peek at the results.
Wanna know how it went? Well you just know you wont find out unless you “Read On” silly….. Hehehehe!!
Having finished searching the Internet for inspiration, it got down to the point where decisions had to be made if we were actually gonna pull all this off. As you can see from the pictures, we’re not the first group of girls to try for this look…. and some of them did really amazing jobs too!! The more pictures I found, the more Sam and I were inspired to go with a brighter, flamboyant and baroque “eastern princess” approach than we first thought. Dracula was one rich nobleman… so why wouldn’t he choose to shower his “brides” with beautiful clothing and jewelry both to tempt them to his evil side as well as display to his enemies his status and power? Add a level of exotic sexuality and that elusive ghostly allure and you get the result most suited, I think, to the basic feeling of these characters. (Hehehe…. I know, I’m such a lil’ cosplay dweeb, but for me, wearing a costume is as much about getting into the vibe of the whole thing as what it just looks like…)
So, having decided to make our version of the Brides into evil eastern princesses, we searched about through costume shops, stores and the Internet till we found just the perfect gowns. All of our dresses finally came together early last week, mine and Sam’s arriving in the mail last Monday, and Carolyn’s a day or so later. And Boy, did I end up blowing most of the budget for the whole evening right there!! But… the dresses are just gorgeous…. and the whole look depends upon this main component to sell it to an audience (Hehehe…. and I’m particularly fond of mine, despite the cost, so I’ll probably want to find excuses to wear it more than just one day a year….). Other pieces showed up too… and we scoured the local thrift stores for jewelry and accessories to make it all come together perfectly.
Ahhh…. and fangs. Not those cheesy toy ones we all remember as kids, but the now readily available theatrical grade dental accessories that are comfortable to wear and look as real as they do in the movies….. thank goodness for the goth sub-culture and the hordes of “vampire wannabees” that made such stuff easy to find these days. Hehehehe…. I’ve always wanted to try these things out, but they hadn’t reached an affordable price waaaaay back when I cosplayed in High School and college.
Carolyn was reluctant to go quite as far as that at first…. but once she saw how easy it was to wear them…. and just how great Sam and I looked with them on, she was hooked and soon all three of us were “vamping” it up in the living room, practicing our best creepy, sexy poses…. hungry feral looks, and seductive gestures and generally getting all silly. Even Carolyn loosened up, getting playful and telling me it all reminded her of “that goofy lesbian vampire movie you made me watch…”, which meant, of course, she just had to try a quick kiss right then and there with our fangs on….. something that is going to take a bit of practice I’m here to tell you!! By now, it was well after dark, we were out of wine coolers and so Sam suggested we all pile in her car for a quick trip to the store. Naturally…. having gone to all of the trouble to get our costumes and makeup on, it would have been wasteful not to spring them on an unsuspecting world. So… one quick car trip later and three thirsty vampire temptresses were prowling the aisles of our local Walmart in search of liquid refreshment. By the reactions we got, I’d say we’ve nailed it, and it’s pretty clear this year’s costume party is gonna be a smashing success. So… darn… much… fun!!
You must think by now that Neko’s one crazy lady to waste her time on such frivolities like this, but honestly I haven’t enjoyed myself this much in a lot of years. But don’t worry… it not that I’ve become soooo absorbed by all this that I’ve given up on more reviews for the Litterbox this month…. No, no, no!! Later today I’m hoping to get “George Romero’s Survival of the Dead” up as promised, and maybe even one more if there’s time.
Ohhh!!! And it strikes me that I haven’t actually shown you our dresses!! Mine is a truly pretty period one originally intended as a pirate inspired wench’s dress in a lovely frilly, lacy white cotton, with a separate lace-up black bustier which I’m swapping out for a gypsy-styled one in embroidered gold lace. Carolyn’s is a white classically-looking one half way between a wedding gown and a medieval noblewoman’s dress and suits her slim athletic build wonderfully. Samantha got the most unusual one of all (and surprisingly the least expensive), a cosplay piece originally intended as a copy of Arwen’s costume from “Lord of the Rings” that amazingly works great as vampiress’ gown. All of them looked great once we added the extras…. and it’s unbelievable how good the overall effect came out. So… without further adieu, here they are just to hopefully get you in the mood for your own Halloween dress-up! Next up… the big day itself. Not to worry, Neko will let you know how it goes…. all the “Tricks”… and all the “Treats” too.
Till then, “Meow, meow for all!!”