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Michonne Walking Dead Costume and Makeup
How to Dress Like Michonne
Michonne is the fierce, katana-wielding apocalypse survivor from AMC's wildly popular hit show The Walking Dead.
Looking to create a Michonne costume for a Halloween party, convention or other cosplay event? This Walking Dead costume guide has you covered from multi-colored headband to studded leather boots. Here you'll find instructions and supplies for putting together an inexpensive-yet-authentic Michonne costume.
Although AMC has not yet released a pre-made Michonne costume, much of this zombie-killing gal's look can easily be found online or recreated with a little DIY.
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Brown Leather Vest, Purple Tank & Tight Pants
Throughout much of The Walking Dead's third and fourth seasons, Michonne wears a brown leather vest over a purple tank top and a skin-tight pair of dark gray or olive green cargo pants. These tight layers protect her during zombie fights while allowing her the flexibility she needs to wield her katana.
Although a similar tank top and pair of pants can easily be picked up online or in any department store, Michonne's vest may be more challenging to hunt down.
Often blood-splattered, the vest features a front zipper, two pockets and lace-up sides that guarantee a snug fit. While opting to shell out extra cash for real leather will certainly put your Michonne costume a step above the rest, simply choosing an inexpensive vest with side laces and a similar cut and color will also ensure that your costume is easily recognized at a Walking Dead viewing party or convention.
SPLURGE: This vest is a perfect replica of Michonne's Walking Dead wardrobe. Though somewhat pricey, this vest's color, cut, zipper, pockets and lace-up sides all match Michonne's. For the serious Michonne cosplay enthusiast, this vest is a must-have.
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No Michonne costume would be complete without a katana. Michonne's sword is her weapon of choice and an essential part of your Walking Dead look.
AMC released a katana replica after Michonne made her Walking Dead debut, which makes giving your costume that true-to-character detail easier than ever. If the actual show prop is out of your price range, choose a cheaper sword with a white and brown handle and a metallic pattern on its guard. Don't forget to give your sword a little post-apocalyptic grit by adding some zombie blood (and maybe even some guts, too!).
This katana, though expensive, is a true replica of the sword wielded by Michonne on the show.
Black Studded Boots & Belt
Michonne's studded black boots, always worn haphazardly, and black studded belt are a significant part of her look. These items transform what could have been a girlish look (purple tank top, tight pants) into a fierce outfit fit for a battle-ready babe like Michonne.
If you can't find the perfect studded boots, snag a cheap black pair of plain boots at a local thrift store and order some studs online. Adding them to the shoes yourself might be a pain but it's the littlest details that make costumes look authentic.
Dreads & Headband
Michonne's signature hairstyle — shoulder-length dreads held back by a multi-colored fabric headband — is easy to achieve with the right wig and accessories.
To achieve a truly Walking Dead-worthy look, style your tribal headband so that it covers the majority of your forehead, fray it with a sharp blade and stain it with coffee and/or dark red paint. Dust your squeaky clean wig with dirt after dousing it with hair spray.