The “Stranger Issues” prosthetics staff and Jamie Campbell Bower, the actor behind season 4‘s new villain Vecna, deserve props for pulling off such an intricate costume. With a face that appears like an illustration out of a biology textbook, the supernatural entity is eerie, to say the least, with a humanoid form, a cranium face, and tentacles. For some viewers, Vecna is already a supply of inspiration for Halloween costume concepts.
“I’ve learn fairly a number of feedback about Vecna attending the Met Gala sporting this, and I might truthfully like to see it.”
Take Elien, aka Lie, for instance. A full-time costume creator and cosplayer from Germany, Lie determined to create an Upside Down-themed gown match for an avant-garde runway. After ending the primary half of season 4 and recognizing a video of Bower entering into full costume on Twitter, Lie, who’s been stitching since she was 14, rapidly set to work piecing collectively bubble wrap and recycled plastic to assemble an equally haunting look.
“[The show’s writers] shared a behind-the-scenes picture and stated they constructed giant components of the Upside Down set utilizing pool noodles, bubble wrap, and the like,” Lie tells POPSUGAR. “A pal of mine had simply moved and had a bunch of leftover plastic and bubble wrap, so I assumed, ‘Wait, I may flip this right into a gown.'”
To get began, Lie constructed the bodice out of a thermoplastic modeling materials known as Worbla. She then used numerous plastic sheets, bubble wrap, wire, and copious quantities of sizzling glue to create the “vines” operating alongside the skirt of the robe.
“Portray the gown was positively probably the most tough and most annoying half, just because the gown is so large,” she says, including that she used acrylic paint and wooden glue to show the robe its shades of rusty crimson, plum, and magenta. “I could not use any spray paint, so I needed to paint all of it by hand utilizing solely brushes.”
Picture Supply: Sebastian Weißbach
After solely two weeks of development, Lie completed the gown — and a pair of matching sneakers — forward of the second installment of season 4, incomes excessive reward from fellow “Stranger Issues” followers, a few of whom have commissioned requests to position their very own orders. “I’ve learn fairly a number of feedback about Vecna attending the Met Gala sporting this, and I might truthfully like to see it,” Lie says.
Whereas the design is pretty comfy, Lie says the bodice is notably stiff, making it not possible to take a seat whereas sporting the garment. For now, she’s glad to maintain the gown in her closet, including that it will be tough to deliver it to a cosplay conference anyway. “It is extra like an enormous, wearable sculpture, and I am unable to fold it or put it in a suitcase, so I have not found out a great way to correctly transport it but,” she explains.
As 1000’s of followers marvel over the intricate particulars of the robe, Lie is already planning her subsequent undertaking influenced by “Lord of the Rings”: an Eye of Sauron-inspired high fashion gown with a flame chiffon practice.
Whereas we await her subsequent design, take a look at the step-by-step course of of creating this “Stranger Issues”-themed Upside Down gown forward.