“It’s very unfair the way we spiders are treated .” – Miss Spider
If you grew up in the 90s, you should know about one of the many great animated movies, based off a book, James and the Giant Peach.
One of my favorite characters was the lovely Miss Spider, and not just because of her hilarious banter with Centipede during the entire movie – She also had killer fashion sense!
When I realized there weren’t a lot of costumes appreciating Miss Spider’s character, I knew I had to rectify it immediately! And thus was my inspiration to create a humanized version of her. Well, that and the fact that I already had her striped dress and boots. I also had a similar hat to hers in black, as well as a black scarf. But on closer inspection of the movie character, I realized they’re actually green. I ordered a more fitting scarf and beret online, but unfortunately, they weren’t the same green as each other. One was a muted olive green, and the other was a bright jungle green. Goes to show you can’t always trust images online to match up to the colors in real life.
Even though they didn’t match, I don’t feel like it threw things off too much. Hey, if you’re trying to use what you already have in your closet to make a costume, you just gotta roll with punches sometimes.
This also gave me the opportunity to use my very cool looking yellow contacts again (without the painting myself blue portion) for a costume! I will say, once those babies are in, it’s not so easy to put makeup on. Or see what you’re doing. It’s especially difficult to differentiate colors when applying eyeshadow as your peripheral view is all yellow!
Not too shabby though, if I do say so myself! I had even put up some “cobwebs” from the Halloween store to decorate the house. It ended up working perfectly as an accent for this costume.
Location, Lighting, and Lots of help
For the location, I knew shooting in our Victorian house would yield some interesting backdrops, but what I didn’t realize until we went to take the first picture was just how dark it gets once the sun sets in Fall. Cue strange arrangements of all spare lights we could find. Not to mention asking poor Sam to hold them at crazy angles and shoot simultaneously. HUGE thank you to Sam for helping me figure out lighting!