Costume DIY

DIY 80s Pop Icon Costume

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 3:30 AM

Can you believe that Halloween is in two days
 and then it will be November!?!?
Where is the time going?

So, every year my friend Jen has a Halloween house party. 
Last year she was renovating her house and was unable to host, so this year we were all super excited because we have been waiting two years for one of Jen's epic Halloween bashes!
  For months I had been planning costumes and trying out new makeup, etc. Cut to a wedding last month where Jen explained this year the theme was going to be 80's Pop Icons. 
I have to confess for about three seconds I was disappointed, as a makeup lover I was racking my brain as to what fun makeup I could possibly pull off.  I then remember I have always wanted to dress up like Madonna, specifically mid 80's Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan, and I NEEDED the jacket!

I searched and I searched. Most jackets I could not get in time for Halloween, and others were astronomically expensive at $900!  So I decided I would recreate and DIY it.

Metallic blazer


A.C. Moore
fabric paint pen

First things first, tune Spotify to a Madonna station, because inspo.
I started of with the metallic blazer. While looking at a photo of the original movie jacket, I drew free hand the design on the lapel and cuffs of the jacket. 
I then painted over the design on lapel and cuffs with gold metallic paint. 
Paint- Dry - Repeat x3

The illumanati design on the pillow was way too yellow.  I cut the pillow along the seem and first painted the yellow bricks metallic gold.  After it dried, I painted over with gold glitter paint.  Along the bricks, the scroll and three beams of light coming from the all knowing eye.  
Paint dry repeat glitter x2

And the finished product...

What do you think?

After all of that, my sister decided she wanted to be the Roberta to my Susan and I made a second jacket. Thankfully, the pillow was printed on both sides! 

The rest of costume all available on Amazon

xx, Elise

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  1. You did soooo good with this! I love it all! You and your sister look so much alike. I had to do a double take for a second.

  2. I'm obsessed with this!! You did a great job with the jacket! SO COOL! xo Jana |

  3. What a fun idea! You are so creative Elise. Kudos on such a beautiful jacket and costume. You look so good!

    Maureen |

  4. What an incredible DIY! Great job! I wish I was as creative as you!

  5. Oh wow! This turned out GREAT! I love it! You are quite resourceful. Now I want to see this movie again.

    Allie of

  6. This is such a cool look!

  7. Been 80s pop icon lover, I am over the moon for this! You did the most fantastic job re-creating an outfit of a popstar ever! I wish Madonna could see this, you are GORGEOUS


    I saw this on your Insta and was obsessed! You both were spot on and the costume is so creative!
    I love a good Halloween party!

  9. Oh my goodness this turned out so well! You could not buy a better costume even for $900! You did such a fabulous job with that jacket!

  10. Girl that jacket is just amazing! I cannot believe you did it yourself. It looks like you two had such a fun time!

  11. Gosh what a fabulous job you did! I love this!

  12. I love that movie! What a great costume idea! Your jacket turned out amazing!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  13. Love it - great costume!!

    Madi |

  14. Oh myyyyy God- you CRUSHED this costume, lady! So fab and spot on!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  15. You and your sister both looked very pretty as Susan (Madonna) and Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) in "Desperately Seeking Susan". I loved that movie. Your D.I.Y. rendition of Susan's (Madonna's) jacket looks excellent.

  16. This is such a fun costume idea! You're totally going to rock it!

  17. I love this costume idea, so much fun!

    Jessica |

  18. That is amazing! This costume took me back! I love hearing 80s music on th radio for so many memories!You did an awesome job on the jacket and you and sis look so good!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  19. Oh my word, Elise, this is brilliant! You did an amazing job recreating this look. I don’t think I could love it more! Thanks for linking up.


  20. What a great DIY you did! the blazer was such a great find and you made it meet the original outfit perfectly! :)

    Thank you so much for joining the #weekdayWearLinkUp :)

    Away From Blue

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