For people who are in theatre or film, finding affordable costumes can be one of the most challenging parts of the job. Cosplayers also have this problem but are frequently making costumes only for themselves rather than an entire cast of people. There are some ways to make sure you’ll be able to find the appropriate costume for less cost by following some tips and tricks. Here are some of the best ways to make a great impression without spending a fortune.
One of the best ways to clothe an entire cast in a period drama is to look at Chinese producers on ebay. They will be able to make costumes to your specifications for very little money and the product is often beautiful at a distance. That’s all you really need for stage work. The actual materials and makeup of the outfits might not be up to standard but it’s only the look that counts when your actors are onstage or in film. Occasionally, you’ll find that an outfit might not look wonderful upon arrival but with a few changes here and there it can serve as the perfect costume to recreate Dickensian London or 18th-century France.
20’s – Modern Day
If you’re looking to recreate the Roaring 20’s, the greaser look from the 50’s or the free love of the 60’s, your best bet is always going to be thrift stores. The clothes are inexpensive and they’re often authentic vintage outfits from those time periods. The only problem with these stores is that you don’t always know if the costumes you need will be in the right sizes to fit your actors. If in doubt, you can always sew your own costumes. It’s also possible to have a seamstress take in clothing or help shape it to fit your actors.
These are a little more difficult to come by because you need specific things to make the costume work. Fake teeth, wigs and other monster paraphernalia will usually be available at a local costume shop. If not, there are multiple online sources that offer very realistic props and accoutrements for a low price. Sites like cosplayhouse.com and ebay will also have a variety of things on offer to help make your creature creation stand out. If it’s something for film or theatre, making sure you have quality items is a must. The camera doesn’t lie and it often picks up on fake-looking materials.
There are several options available when you are looking to build costumes for yourself or for a cast of people. There’s no need to break the bank to find the correct outfits for everyone and have a successful show. Even if it’s just for Halloween or a cosplay competition, you’ll want to look your best. It’s tempting to spend a lot of money to make sure you or your cast looks authentic, but with a little ingenuity and hard work you’ll find that you don’t need to splash out to make a splash.