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Red Dragon Costume

A picture of the red dragon costume I made in 1996, with its mouth open and wings spread out.

In 1996, I made what I would consider to be my first reasonably successful costume.

The mask still has that same cardboard/papier mache base that I used on the raptor and black dragon, but I deliberately made the mask much less heavy. Most of the detailing was done using pieces of felt.

I treated this costume more like an art project, and I think the overall design was better for it. It was quite simple, really... a long-sleeved t-shirt and leggings, a cloth "tube" of a tail. The scales were all either painted or pieces of attached felt. The claws were just felt hardened with glue, and the three-fingered gloves were crocheted, as I was doing a lot of that at the time. The wings were just cloth contained dowels that I could brace against my hands to hold the wings spread out, as you see in the photos.

While there are still a number of things I would do differently today, I still love the look of the mask. And judging by the number of people I still get commenting on this one, I'm not the only one!

More pictures:

A picture of the red dragon costume I made in 1996, facing forward with the wings folded. A picture of the red dragon costume I made in 1996, facing to the side with the wings folded. A close-up picture of the red dragon mask from my 1996 costume. A close-up picture of the red dragon mask from my 1996 costume from below showing how the eyes follow the viewer.

© 1996 Costume by Sarrah Wilkinson

Completion date: 10/31/1996 - Page last updated: 4/7/2013

Keywords: costume, dragon, red, 1996, wyvern, wings, mask, tail

Categories: Costuming, Older Costumes