Clockwork Orange Costume Trial Run Part II (plus how to do it)
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So, here’s the picture I promised two posts ago , along with sort of instructions for how to make your own and some funny little notes about reactions to the costume >: D
BY FAR the best resource for all Clockwork Orange costumes is this site, the most comprehensive fansite for the movie, book, and Malcolm McDowell. If you want to make your own costume, DEFINITELY look there first. It’s on geocities and tends to break down a lot, but check back later if it doesn’t work.
Here’s the deal with my costume –
So, I didn’t have a cane. I do own a cane-like umbrella. I used that.
I bought the white suit from Target 2 or 3 years ago. It has a nice standing-up collar and everything. I tucked in the jacket. The skirt was very short when I pulled it up with the suspenders so I wore gray bike shorts under it.
The light grey suspenders came from a thrift store.
Bowler hat from the hat store (wool). I would suggest getting a cheap costume one (non-wool) if you live in a warm climate.
Boots are Harley-Davidson womens’ motorcycle boots. The socks are not the right color (sort of off-white) but it was the closest thing to white I own.
MAKEUP – Okay, first you need a fake eyelash set. When I went to the drugstore all they had were super-fake looking ones (with like pink and glitter) and real-looking human hair ones. I went for human hair eyelashes (they are re-usable, safe, and the glue you buy for them is very strong) in black, and trimmed one so that it wouldn’t stick me in the eye and so that it looked like a bottom eyelash. The brand I bought is called Modlash.
If you already have dark eyelashes, you should use a fake eyelash that stands out more. And don’t use mascara.
If you have lighter eyelashes, use a lighter black or brown mascara on your top lashes. Get a gray or black eyeliner and use it all the way around the eye with the fake eyelash, and only on the top lid of the other eye. This is what I did, and I thought it looked reasonably good. I believe Alex actually wears 2 fake eyelashes on one eye, but my top lashes are pretty long so I didn’t do this.
I was missing the bloody-eyeball cufflinks, I just didn’t get the time to go get supplies to make them.
IN COSTUME – just some funny little side-notes…
People will ask you stupid questions or not know who you are. You should be prepared to deal with this. Yes, this happened to me, and to a friend’s friend, getting every kind of guess from Sweeney Todd to Charlie Chaplin.
DO NOT pick at your eyelash. Yes, it’s annoying, but it will either fall off or poke you in the eye and that is not fun.
The movie seems to carry a less-than-savory reputation already and don’t be surprised if people give you odd looks, scared looks, etc.