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Making History | Vintage Candy Butcher Costumes For A Halloween Ball

Making History | Vintage Candy Butcher Costumes For A Halloween Ball

When Matt from Glory Days first mentioned Candy Butchers I had no idea what he was talking about.

It turns out these slightly sinister sounding fellows were actually siblings of the iconic vintage cigarette girl. Working during the intermission at theaters and circuses, candy butchers sold candy and snacks, along with the occasional con. ( There’s no harm in using an audience plant to give people the impression there might actually be a gold watch in the next box of candy they buy, right?)

Armed with this new found knowledge my job was to make history, or more accurately remake history. Costuming promo staff as candy butchers for a vintage Halloween Ball.

 

Custom designed vintage candy butcher or cigarette girl costumes made for the Blood Moon Ball by NZ costumer Velvet DeCollete

 

THE BRIEF

A pair of candy butcher costumes, one male and one female. Our candy butchers would be handing out Vintage Town Guides and Sailor Jerry promotional material at the family friendly Very Vintage Day Out. But they’d also be delivering specially made Rum & Raisin ice cream to our very adult guests at the Blood Moon Ball. The costumes needed to switch from innocent daywear to naughtier evening attire, while remaining recognizable and vintage inspired.

Being in contact with ice cream, sticky fingered children and guests with drinks meant they had to be washable. Hot environments meant they had to be breathable fabrics so our performers didn’t overheat. The costumes also needed to be durable, eye catching and fit several fashion eras.

MY INSPIRATION

I wanted to design costumes that were almost timeless – useable for events themed around the 1920’s to the 1950’s – with a fun, vibrant feel and strong graphic appeal. Inspiration came from cigarette girls, circus performers and chorus lines from the likes of the Follies and Cotton Club. Here’s a tiny sample of my mood and style inspiration.

 

Custom designed vintage candy butcher or cigarette girl costumes made for the Blood Moon Ball by NZ costumer Velvet DeCollete
Custom designed vintage candy butcher or cigarette girl costumes made for the Blood Moon Ball by NZ costumer Velvet DeCollete

 

THE RESULT

Two absolutely adorable costumes!

 

Custom designed vintage candy butcher or cigarette girl costumes made for the Blood Moon Ball by NZ costumer Velvet DeCollete

 

To evoke a vintage carnival atmosphere, I chose a classic red and white colour scheme with a wide stripe. Both candy butcher costumes have pillbox style hats, striped bow ties, and rosettes featuring the limited edition Blood Moon Ball enamel pins. Made in sturdy cotton drill and cotton polyester blends the costumes are durable, machine washable ( hats and rosettes excluded ) and can breath.

Madam Rou looked stunning in her red halter playsuit with a low v neckline ( inspired by a 1920’s chorus line costume ). Her full circle skirt features panels pattern matched to create a chevron design. An oversized wired bow with a brooch back adorned the back waistband of the skirt, and then the derriere of the playsuit come evening time. Rou had the perfect B.A.I.T Footwear shoes to match the outfit!

 

Custom designed vintage candy butcher or cigarette girl costumes made for the Blood Moon Ball by NZ costumer Velvet DeCollete

 

Nathan was dapper in a tailored red waistcoat and white soda jerk inspired shorts, shirt and shoes. The buttons on his waistcoat and both the hats feature a rope and anchor motif to reflect the branding of our sponsor Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.

 

Custom designed vintage candy butcher or cigarette girl costumes made for the Blood Moon Ball by NZ costumer Velvet DeCollete

PHOTOS

David Watson
Reality Dysfunction
Dolly Up Photography

COSTUMES

Velvet DeCollete ( that’s me!)

With Style and Sass,

      Velvet DeCollete

 

 

 

 

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