Costume Ideas for Dead Famous Couples

Famous couples have captured the hearts and minds of new lovers for generations. Whether their love was doomed to fail, forbidden, or blossomed into lifelong bliss, some couples were true soul mates. Capture the electricity and romance of their timeless passion by making a costume modeled after one of these famous pairs for your next costume party or Halloween event.

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Cleopatra and Mark Antony

In arguably one of history’s most torrid love affairs, Cleopatra and Marc Antony plunged entire kingdoms into chaos. Instead of dressing up in traditional Cleopatra and Marc Antony costumes, create costumes that center around the tragedy of their deaths. Marc Antony committed suicide using his own sword, while Cleopatra, after learning of Marc Antony's death, provoked a cobra to bite her. Incorporating these elements with fake blood and a bloodied sword adds dimension to the costumes.

  • Mix glue with the fake blood to make it to stick more easily to a fake sword.
  • Find a fake cobra and bloody its fangs with fake blood to wrap around Cleopatra's neck. 
  • Spirit gum enhances the appearance of wounds. Apply some with a Q-tip and shape a slit for Antony's wound or raised bumps for Cleopatra's snakebite.

Tip

  • Adding a small amount of black, non-toxic, washable paint to store-bought fake blood makes wounds appear darker and more realistic.

Bonnie and Clyde

Lovesick outlaws from the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were struck and killed by 25 to 50 bullets each before they died in a violent ambush by the "law." For a costume twist, "riddle" 1930s-era outfits -- found at a thrift store or consignment shop -- with dozens of bullet holes. To create bullet holes in cloth, assemble these materials:

Things You'll Need

  • Permanent marker
  • Fake blood
  • 1930s-style cloth shirt, pants, dress or jacket
  • A paintbrush
  • Black paint
  • Body glue
  • Spirit gum (optional)
  • Q-tip
  1. Using a permanent marker, mark where you wish to place your bullet holes.
  2. Using fake blood and a paintbrush, fully cover over and around the marking. It doesn't need to be perfect; if anything, you want it to look a little messy. 
  3. Let the blood dry.
  4. Using scissors, fold the cloth in half at the marking and cut a small "half-moon" hole -- about 1/4 inch diameter to create a full 1/2-inch "bullet" hole. Repeat for all the markings.
  5. Put on your costume. 
  6. Using a clean brush, apply the body glue to the outsides of the bullet holes so they stay in place while you wear your costume.
  7. If desired, add spirit gum on the outsides of the bullet holes to give them a more realistic appearance. Let these dry for 30 minutes. 
  8. Clean the brush and add fake blood mixed with black paint to the outside and inside of the bullet holes. Let these dry for 30 minutes.

Tip

  • Bonnie was a chain smoker -- she smoked Camel cigarettes, so dangle a cigarette from your lips.

Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara

This contentious couple stole hearts in Gone With the Wind. For Scarlett, instead of the sweeping “belle of the ball” gowns that she typically wore, pay homage to the curtain scene by fashioning her dress out of curtains. You can even make Rhett’s costume entirely out of curtains in an amusing parody of Scarlett’s resourcefulness.

Sid and Nancy

Quite possibly one of the wildest couples in modern times, Sid Vicious from the Sex Pistols and his girlfriend “Nauseating” Nancy Spungen took the 1960s American punk rock scene by storm. Costume ideas for this couple should be over the top -- in a mix of both glam and grunge. Go through your own closet and find clothing you no longer wear and cut out sections, adding rips and tears, and use fabric paint to add Sex Pistol lyrics. Go heavy on the makeup, and do not shy away from fishnets or leather. Some accessories to consider include:

  • Bracelets with spikes
  • Leather chokers
  • Large, chandelier-style silver earrings
  • A blonde wig for Nancy and a spiked black wig for Sid
  • Handcuffs
  • Necklace with a miniature gun pendant
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