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Red Riding Hood Movie Costume

Updated on August 29, 2014

Stunning Costumes for the Red Riding Hood Movie Costume

Costume designer for the 2011 film Cindy Evans created an amazing costume for Amanda Seyfreid's character Valerie. The medieval girl wears a beautiful long red cloak and a simple light blue dress.

This long cloak helped to set some of the visually stunning scenes in the movie, as the cape is featured against the white snow of British Columbia where it was filmed. (We won't get into the symbolism of the cape on this page, that is better left for other discussions).

Fans of the film, of Amanda Seyfreid and of Twilight can easily recreate the look for Halloween or any other party, by pulling together a red cape or cloak or spending a bit more time to create their own customized version.

To see the costume information, scroll past the information about the movie.

Beware the Wolf

Believe the Legend Beware the Wolf
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A Twist on the Classic Tale

From the director of Twilight, this fantasy, horror, mystery and romance was designed to appeal to Twilight fans.

In this 2011 Red Riding Hood Tale, we get several unexpected twists on the classic fairy tale Le Petit Chaperon Rouge by Charles Perrault who became Rotkäppchen for the Brother's Grimm. You may recognize this tale best by it's more familiar name, Little Red Riding Hood.

In the classic tale the young girl meets the wolf on her way to her grandmother's house. In this version, set in a medieval village the young girl (and the village) is terrorized by a werewolf, who kills her older sister.

The villagers must figure out who the werewolf is, who has an affinity to Valerie, before s/he kills again.

There is an unexpected twist to this tale, not quite as dramatic as with Red on "Once Upon a Time," but I didn't see it coming.

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Red Riding Hood (2011)
Red Riding Hood (2011)

From the director of Twilight a new twist on a fairybook tale.


Reviews of the Movie

The 2011 movie was pretty much panned by the critics, who weren't in the target age group that the film was being made, namely young teenaged girls who were also Twilight fans.

The New York Times describe it as a "goofily amusing screen fairy tale includes bloodshed, but it’s generally tamer than its often-gruesome source."

Common Sense Media (one of the reviewers that I use to decide whether to let my kids see a film) gave the movie two out of 5 stars noted that "a romance-and-horror mix that's not for young kids."

The movie is Rated PG-13 for violence and creature terror, and some sensuality. In addition it is not recommended by Common Sense Media for anyone under 14.

Even with all of those negative reviews I actually enjoyed the movie, mostly for the visual effects and the costume designs. It was way less gory and gruesome than Sweeny Todd, but I watched it by myself, without the kids.

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Dress Up as Red Riding Hood from the Movie

Making your own Red Hooded Costume, to look like Amanda Seyfried character Valerie can be pretty simple.

To recreate the costume you need a long hooded cloak or cape, a blue medieval styled basic, every-day dress, a leather belt and boots, a wolf tooth necklace. If you aren't normally blonde then you need a long blonde wig.

You'll also want to carry a basket. Some of the costume baskets come with a wolf's head, but to be true to the film [SPOILER ALERT] you'll want to put in a hand.

The simplest costume version is just wearing a long red cape or cloak and carrying a basket. If you keep the cloak closed, you can have a plain dress underneath.

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Items for the Costume

Materials needed to create this simple red hooded costume include:

  • Cape
  • Basket
  • Dress
  • Belt
  • Wolf (Shark) tooth necklace
  • *Spoiler* hand or Wolf Head

Start with a Red Hooded Cloak or Cape

There are several ways to go with the red cloak, you can make one, you can buy one or if you are lucky you can find one in a thrift shop.

Buying one on Amazon on on eBay is the fastest way to make your costume (unless you happen to have one already stashed away somewhere in a closet or an attic.)

Another option is to get one from a thrift shop or if you are lucky enough to borrow one from a costume shop.

Velvet Red Cloak

Artemisia Designs Renaissance Medieval Lined Velvet Cloak Red One Size
Artemisia Designs Renaissance Medieval Lined Velvet Cloak Red One Size

This lined velvet cloak with a hood will help your pull off the character look quickly.

The Artemisia Designs are among my favorite cloak to use for Halloween costumes.


How to Make a Flee Red Hooded Cape Video Tutorial

Cloak Pattern

McCall's Patterns M4698 Misses' Capes, Size Z (LRG-XLG)
McCall's Patterns M4698 Misses' Capes, Size Z (LRG-XLG)

One of the many different cape patterns that can be used to make your bright red version.

If you want something longer, you will need to extend out the length of the patterns.


Making a Red Cape or Cloak

Making one is another good option if you have the time and the skills, because often you can make a better quality cape that will last for several years by sewing your own.

The fabric for this stunning movie cape looks to be a textured silk or linen that is lined.

The cloak pattern from Simplicity 5794 or McCall's M5957. McCall's M4698 to the right may be the closest with the volume or fullness of the cloak. There are also a few good video tutorial on YouTube that I've included here.

In the movie, there are a couple different versions of the cloak, some longer than others.

The cloak worn in the panning shots when she is walking up the snowy mountain side is much longer.

How to Make a Red Hooded Cape Video Tutorial

Valerie and Her Basket

On her way to Grandmother's House
On her way to Grandmother's House | Source

Wicker Basket

Wald Imports Brown Willow 19.5" Decorative Storage Basket
Wald Imports Brown Willow 19.5" Decorative Storage Basket

This dark willow basket is very similar to the one that Valerie takes into the woods.


Add a Basket

To complete the simplest version of this costume, just add a dark willow basket to the red cloak.

Put some french bread in the basked and cover it up with a white linen napkin.

Of course if you want to be true to this story, add in [SPOILER ALERT] a fake severed hand.

Red Cape, Dress and belt

Walking through the Woods
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Adding the Dress, Belt and Boots

Underneath her Red Cape, Valerie wears a light blue peasant dress with a wide belt and leather boots.

A light blue old-style nightgown would work well for this costume style.

Over the blue gown she wears a wide leather hip belt.

She also wears flat leather boots for walking through the snow.

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A Tattered Cloak - Promotional Still

Valerie's Tattered Cloak
Valerie's Tattered Cloak | Source

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    • HealthfulMD profile imageAUTHOR

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      4 years ago from Northern California

      Definitely more fun. Not sure about the economical. Many of the cosplay costumes are *very* expensive.

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      4 years ago from Harrisburg Pa

      It's more fun and economical to do a DIY costume. No 2 real hobos or clowns are alike,

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      4 years ago from Northern California

      I think so too. We always had more fun as kids making our costumes than going out and buying them. It is wonderful to see more people making their own costumes.

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      4 years ago from Kansas

      That should be one that will work for DIY people for sure.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      4 years ago from Northern California

      Capes are great. I've got an old Squidoo lens about capes and ways to cloak your identity. It may eventually make it over here.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      For sure!! I have two grandkids, boy, 10, girl, 7, so I know your challenge. Love the cape idea!! ;-)

    • HealthfulMD profile imageAUTHOR

      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      4 years ago from Northern California

      Thank Dr. Bill. With a teenage and tweenage daughters, I have to be thinking about costumes a lot, so I try to find ways to do them for less. I like costumes where you can wear a cape and instantly be a character.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Interesting concept. I'm a bit beyond costumes, but, fascinating to think about, for sure. Thanks for sharing!! ;-)


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