Caitlin's Costume Closet
Hairspray Dancer
I first saw the movie version of the musical Hairspray in spring 2008, and I absolutely fell in love-- the story, the songs, the costumes, everything was completely awesome. (I mean, giant production numbers. What's not to love?) I especially adored the last number in the show, "You Can't Stop the Beat," and the gorgeous dresses the dancers were wearing. Oh man, did I ever want one of those pretty pastel dresses with their big twirly skirts!

I got my chance when my friend Cordelia suggested a Hairspray-themed skit for the San Diego Comic-Con 2008 Masquerade. Her idea was to have a bunch of sci-fi characters with big hair do a song-and-dance skit to the title song, "Hairspray." I thought it sounded like great fun, but I couldn't think of any character I wanted to be, so I asked if it would be okay if I just made a dress from Hairspray. Cordelia, bless her dear heart, said sure, she'd figure out a way to work it in. Instead of being a specific character and trying to match one of the dresses exactly, I decided I'd just be a generic dancer and use whatever fabrics I could most easily find.

There were six of us altogether in the skit; two "regular" Hairspray characters (Cordelia as "Corny" and myself) and four sci-fi characters:

Yeoman Rand (Star Trek original series)
Londo Mollari (Babylon 5)
Syndrome (The Incredibles)
Bride of Frankenstein (Bride of Frankenstein)

We had a great time with the skit, got a fantastic audience reaction, and to top it all off, we won Judges' Choice, which we were *not* expecting at all! There's a video of our skit on YouTube here. This has also become my new favorite party dress-- I've worn it several times since I made it, including to the wedding of a fellow costumer!


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