Make a crepe paper costume

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It’s a popular material for making crafts, but crepe paper, with its famous crinkle, is a fabulous medium for costumes and paper dresses. Look at this gorgeous fancy dress costume, above, made out of crepe paper (credit: FIDM Museum), dated between 1920 and 1925.

Using crepe paper to make costumes was such a thing back in the day, that booklets were printed by the crepe paper makers themselves to show the public how to make their own party outfits. You can find the below 1925 booklet online here (in a free digital format).

The vintage costume, below, was published in The Mercury in 1936, together with instructions on how to make it.

Or how about Lia Griffith’s magnificent crepe paper dress. Just stunning. Read more about it here.

A-maz-ing!! Love this green ensemble.

The dress below is made out of tulle but there is no reason why you can’t make something similar out of crepe paper.

If you’re feeling particularly creative, try this vintage bird cage dress, below.

Here is a very cute vintage crepe paper pierrot clown costume (credit: Ruby Lane).

Another vintage crepe paper costume, over at Ruby Lane.

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