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Steampunk Catwoman

 Wow!  It's been a while since I've posted, even been on the community page.  Oh, how time flies!  Life gets in the way and such.  Anyway, I could use your help again.  I have plans to go to Dragon*Con this year (yay d*con!).  I planned to do a couple of steampunk version of comic-book characters.  One of which is Catwoman.  I decided on this because; one: I have a tight costume budget, two: my cousin gave me a bodice that she didn't have much use for.  I was thinking of having a bustle skirt and some goggles.  But, I need more ideas.  Can you help me out?


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Jul. 5th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
is it red? it looks purple on my screen, but my resolution has always been a bit weird.
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Jul. 5th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Re: lol sorry huge catwoman fan
"I see Catwoman as the classic jewel thief - so something practical in a sense...no excess fabric to catch on pesky alarms."

Absolutely—nothing excessive on the body; therefore, I would parrot the suggestion of a set of breeches—perhaps use the corset, find a nice pair of knickers in an appropriate color, and use a short skirt and apron to give the bustled look without the bulk and inconvenience of a full skirt.

Alternatively, look to the bicycling fashion of the Victorian era, perhaps. The bloomers would be a little wider than a tight-to-the-body knicker style but might be more your style, depending.
Jul. 5th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
Re: lol sorry huge catwoman fan
^___^ i've seen the same images on my screen and on public computers, so it wouldn't surprise me if it were more red.

I'm seconding Irene Adler. there's something very sexy about a strong independent woman, who still comes across as feminine, and it suits catwoman very well. and yes on the catgoggles. definitely my fave cawoman accessory.
Jul. 5th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
It's purple on my screen, albeit a reddish, magentaish sort of purple. :)

I love the idea of cat's eye goggles! Perhaps the metal ear attachments could have some kind of gadgetry attached.
Jul. 5th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
How about metal cat's ears that function as listening devices, with an earbud or something that goes from the fake ears to your real ones? You could use them to listen at doors or for safecracking.
Jul. 5th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
So? a Steamed Catwoman can't have a magenta bodice?!?
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Jul. 5th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
looking good
I think that this color would be great for a Catwoman outfit if you imagine her as a master thief then she could blend in with the crowd until she wants to make her move and break out the goggles and whip (hidden by or used as a belt maybe), with a bag of tools and gadgets (could also contain her hood/mask??? If you wanted to take it off)
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Jul. 5th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Good ideas so far. But, am I lame for want to wear a bustle skirt? In one of her origin stories she was a prostitute. 'Lady of the night' theme perhaps?
Jul. 5th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
It's not lame to want what you want for your own costume! :) I think people are suggesting the streamlined look because we associate Catwoman with the cat suit. But we also associate steampunk with bustle skirts, so steampunk Catwoman in a bustle skirt should work too. Just make sure you've got some clearly cat-like features going on so you're not just another woman in a pretty corset and skirt combo.
Jul. 5th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
Absolutely—the costume is yours, so make what you want to make.
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Jul. 5th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
I'm doing a steampunk Harley Quinn costume for Comic-Con and I'm definitely going with the bustle skirt! While I was designing mine, I did some steamy Catwoman concept sketches. A few of her incarnations actually wear goggles, which is great for steampunking reasons.

I don't know how crafty and metally you want to get, but you could do all sorts of cool things with claws. Retractable, brass, etc. I saw a tutorial online somewhere for making little semi-retractable claws with mechanical pencil springs. Even if making something mechanized is scary (as it is for me) just having brass claws on gloves could be a nifty visual.
Jul. 5th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the ideas, guys. It's slowly coming together (finger pyramid of evil). For a mask I was thinking a lace domino mask. Also I have a pair of black goggles I bought from a con. They might work, I just need to find cat eye lens. That's a toughie.
Jul. 6th, 2010 08:13 am (UTC)
I have some advice on the gloves, actually. My boyfriend and I made a replica of the catwoman suit in "Batman Returns", and the key feature was the gloves. Like in the movie, they were made out of sewing gear. We attached zipper foots and banjo finger-picks to thimbles (we left out the sewing needles, though... don't want to actually claw anyone!).
Personally, I see the claws as a key feature of catwoman's costume, being dangerous, sexy and of course, catlike. Attaching some sewing machine parts to some leather gloves sounds pretty steamy to me :).
I'll post some pictures soon, just have to wait for my bf to e-mail them to me. (Just wiped this computer today, haha.)
Jul. 14th, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
a suggestion on footwear
Rather than going with high-heeled boots (or, perhaps, bringing as back-up to the heeled), you might consider getting some lace-up split-sole jazz boots. Comfortable, quiet, and still appropriate for the genre.
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