Hello there intergalactic friends of the universe!
Today we are going to get crafty as I will tell you all about my BXL COMIC CON outfit and how I hand made it from scratch. Soon the result will be visible on my Instagram (instagram.com/eveliendelgouffe) and Snapchat ‘evdelgouffe’ but here I am going to take you through every step of the making so you can create your own DIY LEELOO FROM LUC BESSON’S THE FIFTH ELEMENT KICK ASS SUSPENDER ENSEMBLE.
For a total cost of: 39,2 euros
WITHOUT ANY SEWING INVOLVED.
Okay first off you need to :
- Browse the internet.
Picture the character and how you can attain the look. You don’t want to start with a super chick dream image
…and end up looking like this.
Get a good grasp of what the outfit consists off and what you already have in your closet that looks like the outfit and what stuff you still need to buy. Make a shopping list.
2. Visit your local crafts or carnival store and see what you can find.
Since I already owned:
- black boots
- white crop top
- golden leggings
- orange hair chalk
- 1 meter of orange felt fabric for the suspenders
- black tape
3. GET STARTED
Start with the most important thing first. The centerpiece of your look.
I figured if all the rest would fail, there was one thing that would be indispensable to the whole Leeloo look & feel and that is …
It’s an identification card/credit card/money card/etc all rolled into one. Pronounced as ‘Mooooltiee paaass’. You can find templates on the internet.
Just print one out in the appropriate size. If you have a lot of time on your hands you can even photoshop your own picture in there to make it that more real.
(Remember: nothing is real, it’s cosplay. But it feels damn good to walk this earth as a supreme being for one day.)
A) Multipass necessities:
- a printer
- a crayon
- two pieces of cardboard
- colored paper
- an x-acto knife
You can find a basic stencil on the net to make the cut out.
Re-use the stencil to add the more detailed elements.
Borrow your father’s medication packages and use them as a button or a switch of some sort to add extra dimension.
Congrats! You got yourself a Multipass! Looking at it from a distance (as in: from another planet) you will barely see the difference with the real one!
Total cost: 0 euro since I found everything I needed around the house.
=> On to the next challenge: THE ORANGE SUSPENDERS
B) Suspender necessities:
- a tape-measure
- orange material (I used orange felt. If you can’t find this, find another bendy fabric that you can spray paint)
- an x-acto knife or a pair of scissors
- a clear printed out picture of the lay out of the suspenders
- a ruler and a ball point pen
First off: you need to measure yourself. Take measurements of your shoulders, waist and torso.
Take a sheet of paper to draw your exact outlines.
Then draw the suspenders onto the paper using your measurements.
Draw round circles where the wholes should be using a roll of sewing thread or any other round object.
Cut out the front piece. And use the same measurements to create the back.
Try it on for size without tearing the paper.
See where it needs adjusting. As with me, the back part should be more narrow and elegant.
Use your pattern to cut it out on the fabric. I decided to do everything practically in one piece so you can just pull it over your head and attach the crotch with velcro tape. After all even supreme beings need to go to the toilet at one point.
Cut out the wholes. Velcro tape it together.
Congrats! You got yourself a pair of LEELOO SUSPENDERS!
Total cost: 8 euros for 1 meter of fabric, 1 euro worth of velcro tape.
=> Next step: THE LEELOO LEGGINGS!
C) Legging necessities:
- a pair of light brown, beige or golden leggings
- thin black tape
- wide black tape
Chances you will find ‘pret à porter’ leggings like these are slim but with a minimum of effort you can create a great pair of Leeloo leggings.
Put your leggings on for size and keep the thin black tape in reach.
Start from the bottom of your legs and pull the tape all the way up your hip bone. Contour your knees. Take the leggings off and use glue (preferably a hot glue gun) to keep the tape in place at all times.
Now take the wider piece of black tape to create a belt.
Done & Done
Congrats! You got yourself a pair of Leeloo leggings.
Total cost: 12,10 euros for the leggings and 10 euros for the black tape.
And now for the finishing touch: HAIR AND MAKE UP
I decided to go with my real hair because wigs tend to degrade the outfit and just look too fake. I cut my hair a couple of weeks prior to this event to generate a similar look.
Wash your hair, towel dry it roughly, comb it. Take multiple locks and run through it from top to end using the orange hair chalk which only cost me 2 euros/piece. Repeat this all over.
Then blow dry your hair to see the result.
Create dread like locks using gel and hairspray. I also used neon orange hair paste (4,10 euros) to highlight some of the locks.
The make up should be relatively ‘au naturel’. Don’t over powder yourself. Keep your skin light and pale. Use eyeliner, mascara and maybe a set of fake eye lashes. Keep the lips in a natural shade of apricot or pink. Don’t forget to keep the eyebrows as light as possible. I decided to use some orange fake eyelashes to give my overall look that extra supreme-ness.
You can add cuts and blood if you want to go for the more ‘battered and bruised Leeloo’.
Or you can even go for the non-waterproof mascara autowash Leeloo.
With a brown ball point pen or marker you can also add a tattoo on your right wrist containing the four elements: earth, air, fire, water.
Now all there’s left to do is catch up on the Leeloo lingo and you’re good to go!
°°°A little trivia to the Divine Language:
The “Divine Language” spoken by Leeloo was invented by director Luc Besson and further refined by Milla Jovovich, who had little trouble learning and developing it, as she was already fluent in 4 languages. The language had only 400 words. He and Milla held conversations and wrote letters to each other in the language as practice. By the end of filming they were able to have full conversations in this language.
Before we move over to some useful catch phrases, it wouldn’t hurt to remember your entire name which is:
Now all together:
Leeloominaï Lekatariba Lamina-Tchaï Ekbat De Sebat.
Got it? Good. Then now you’re ready for the final step: The Supreme being glossary:
‘Big ba-dah big boom’: to make a splashing entrance
‘Eto akta gamat’: Never without my permission -> which could come in handy with all those gropey pervs at comic cons.
‘San agamat chay bet envolet’: The case was stolen
‘Cornelius, ikset-kiba. Me imanetaba oum dalat’: Don’t worry, I know exactly where they (the stones) are.
‘Danko’: Thank you.
‘Domo danko’: Thank you very much.
Domo danko for reading and sharing !
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