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Make Your Own Catwoman Costume - DIY Halloween Costume Ideas - Homemade How To

Updated on January 1, 2017
The Catwoman costume history - changes made through the years
The Catwoman costume history - changes made through the years | Source

"I am Catwoman. Hear me roar." Catwoman

Am I seeing triple?  No, it's really 3 Catwoman together - Julie Newmar, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Halle Berry - If you want to wear a Catwoman costume for Halloween, you are in really great company!
Am I seeing triple? No, it's really 3 Catwoman together - Julie Newmar, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Halle Berry - If you want to wear a Catwoman costume for Halloween, you are in really great company! | Source

Looking for Catwoman costume ideas? Want to make your own Halloween outfit this year? Many beautiful women have worn this costume through the years, Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether, Michelle Pfeiffer, Anne Hathaway, and Gotham's latest antiheroine, Camron Bicondova are the fabulous company you will be in if you decide that the Catwoman costume is the one for you to wear on Halloween. It's a pretty easy costume to make yourself, it's a wonderful looking costume, and it's purr-fect to wear to a Halloween party. Is there going to be a costume contest?

Selina Kyle Is Catwoman

Selina Kyle is the woman under the cat suit. The idea behind Selina/Catwoman was a love interest for Batman, after all, everyone needs a little romance. This lady was supposed to be a character who women would like and she would add a bit of sex appeal to the comic. She wasn't evil like the other villains in the Batman comics, she was just a little bit bad. She never killed or hurt anyone. I wonder if the writers would be surprised at what a popular character Catwoman is today?

Catwoman—Over 75 Years of Sultry Spunk

From her first appearance in Batman #1 as a mysterious young woman known only as The Cat, this femme fatale has continued to captivate audiences with her style and grace. Introduced for the first time in 1940 as a villainous, whip-wielding thief, Catwoman was an instant success among fans of the Batman comics—but was M.I.A during the years of ’54 to ’66. Reason being? The Comics Code Authority had developed rules regulating the representation of female characters—rules that obviously have been tossed.

The Cat was back and better than ever—her popularity exploded with motion picture and television adaptations. 6 talented actresses over the years lent their voices, faces and flawless bodies to give the sultry bandit form.

Starting with, of course, the unforgettable Julie Newmar.

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Julie Newmar as Catwoman

Newmar stole hearts in ’66 and ’67 during two seasons of the television series Batman with Adam West and Burt Ward—during this time she appeared as a traditional super-villainess and antagonist to the boxer-brief-wearing, Batusi-dancing Adam West. This classic, curvaceous and statuesque beauty is considered the original classic Catwoman.

"Meow." Catwoman

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Lee Meriwether as Catwoman

Also during, 1966 the Lesli H. Martinson feature-film Batman, Catwoman was portrayed by the slender Lee Meriwether. Her Catwoman audition was less than orthodox, but it did the trick! “I raised my voice three registers, curled up in a chair, licked my hand and did the ‘meows’.” And less than 24 hours later, Meriwether got the part.

Lee Meriwether played Catwoman in the movie made in 1966 when Julie Newmar was not available to play the role.  Lee's costume is sparkly!
Lee Meriwether played Catwoman in the movie made in 1966 when Julie Newmar was not available to play the role. Lee's costume is sparkly! | Source

Back to the home television, in season three of Batman (after thirteen wonderful episodes) Newmar left the role of Catwoman (due to other work commitments) and was replaced with the adorable Eartha Kitt.

"How could you? I'm a woman." Catwoman

Catwoman Costume History In Pictures

Julie Newmar and Earth Kitt in their Catwoman Costumes - Julie Newman  was the first Catwoman on TV.  Eartha Kitt signed up for the Catwoman role on the TV show in 1968.
Julie Newmar and Earth Kitt in their Catwoman Costumes - Julie Newman was the first Catwoman on TV. Eartha Kitt signed up for the Catwoman role on the TV show in 1968. | Source

Eartha Kitt as Catwoman

Kitt’s Catwoman portrayal, while brief (5 episodes, ’67-’68), was nothing short of memorable. With the hair-raising bomb (a hilariously feminine weapon which destroyed the hairdo of any women in the area) and the dreaded cat’s whiskers (thin ropes used to bind and contract when in contact with body heat), and already catlike elegance and regality, Kitt worked flawlessly to fill the shoes left for her by Newmar and Meriwether both.

Of course during this time, Catwoman (like most Batman villains) was armed with themed equipment; the Cat-illac being one of the less cringe-worthy puns. Costume during this time was comically and theatrically cat-themed, though not always the signature black, slinky bodysuits. During the ‘60’s it wasn’t unusual to find Catwoman in green or purple.

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Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman

Fast forward to 1992, to Catwoman’s return to the silver screen with Batman Returns. The beautiful blonde bombshell Michelle Pfeiffer starred alongside some unforgettable talent (Michael Keaton/Batman, Danny DeVito/Penguin, Christopher Walken/Max Shreck, etc…). She took up the gauntlet of Selina Kyle, Catwoman’s most popular alter-ego, a young woman who suffered a crippling mental breakdown, designs a cat-suit and turns to a life of crime. To prep for the role of Catwoman, Pfeiffer trained tirelessly in martial arts and kickboxing. Her depiction of the slinky villainess has received universal acclaim, and by the most devoted fans has been called “the greatest portrayal of Selina Kyle/Catwoman of all time.”

Me-wow. (I had to throw one in there…sorry.)

It was the Pfeiffer era that brought sexuality to a previously (hilariously) G-rated franchise, and really gave shape to her love-hate relationship with the cowl-clad hero, which had been hinted at in the comics, but was ultimately shut down by writers.

MIchelle Pfeiffer looks beautiful dressed up in her Catwoman costume for "Batman Returns" in 1992.
MIchelle Pfeiffer looks beautiful dressed up in her Catwoman costume for "Batman Returns" in 1992. | Source

"You're catnip to a girl like me. Handsome, dazed, and to die for." Catwoman.

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The purrr-fect catsuit for Halloween
The purrr-fect catsuit for Halloween | Source

Arkham City Catsuit

The Arkham City Catwoman costume was a full body suit in black and it was made from latex. This costume also had a hood with cat ears on it. If you can find this in your closet or attic you are totally set for Halloween. Just add black gloves and some sexy black boots. That would be so purrr-fect.

Halle Berry as Catwoman

In 2004 Catwoman, the stand-alone feature film starring Halle Berry exploded onto the scene. Writers took the movie in a whole new direction, and Selina Kyle was replaced with Patience Philips, a meek graphic designer finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and in a shark-jumping plot twist, Philips drowns and washes back up on the shore and is revived by an Egyptian cat.

Yikes.

Berry’s performance was passable, but on the whole Catwoman ultimately flopped, and Warner Brothers lost eighteen million dollars on the project. Most DC fans have disowned this movie altogether.

Nobody blames Berry though…she’s still a goddess in our book.

Halle Berry is the Cat's Meow in her Catwoman costume from the 2004 movie named after the feline antihero character.   This Catwoman costume has a much smaller top and is more damaged than the other ones we have seen.
Halle Berry is the Cat's Meow in her Catwoman costume from the 2004 movie named after the feline antihero character. This Catwoman costume has a much smaller top and is more damaged than the other ones we have seen. | Source

"Let's put something straight: Catwoman is top dog around here, and let's not forget it, Eenie!" Catwoman

Clothing & Accessories To Make Your Own Catwoman Costume

There are several different looks you can go for with a Catwoman costume as you can see from all the different pictures on this page. It's an easy look, you need a lot of black. So first check out your closets and drawers for tight black leather pants, a black spandex top, some black boots. If you don't have any success finding those items check the attic, go through some old clothes...you never know where something Purr-fect is hiding.

If you still don't have all the clothing articles you need after all that searching, go find a thrift shop or a consignment store. These places are chock full of great costume accessories and they are usually pretty reasonably priced, in fact, they are down right cheap.

Be on the lookout for:

  • A Black Matte or PVC Jumpsuit OR
  • Black Pants - tight ones, leather is the best
  • Black Shirt - spandex or something tight fitting
  • Black Boots With A Heel or Black High Heels
  • Whip

A Cat Mask and Cat Ears - both of which you can make yourself. See the easy directions right below.

To Make Your Own Catwoman Ears you will need:

  • Wire
  • A Hard Headband
  • Glue
  • Lace

You can make cat ears using a headband, some wire, glue, and lace. Form the triangular ear shape with the wire. Twist the wire around the headband, glue the lace on the wire and you've got Catwoman ears.

To Make Your Own Catwoman Mask you will need:

  • Black Elastic
  • Black Lace
  • Sewing Needle and Thread
  • Scissors

You can make a lace mask using the same lace you used for your ears. Tie or sew the ends of some lace to a black piece of elastic (you can find this at Walmart, a sewing shop, or a craft store) Measure the circumference of your head. Cut about half that size in lace and a little less than half that size in elastic. Sew the ends of the lace to the elastic, and you've got a mask. It shouldn't be too tight or too loose. Cut out two eye holes in lace and you are done.

Easy and pretty cute too!

You can also check out the how to video below. It shows you how to make a Catwoman mask using makeup. Easy to do and it looks pretty cool, so take a look.

"If I were to kiss you, would you think I was a... bad girl?" Catwoman

Anne Hathaway As Catwoman

The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s final Dark Knight installment, introduced Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/The Cat, homage to the original 1940 appearance of the villainess. While Christian Bale continued his laughable portrayal of the Caped Crusader, Hathaway shined as the cunning and morally ambiguous addition to the film franchise. Fans were enthralled by her performance and took to the internet to rave about her updated gear. The time of useless cat-ears was over (thank the DC gods). Also, Hathaway was considerably more utilitarian and less overtly sexual, as the overall demand for strong female leads was growing.

We thought she was purrfect. Sorry again.

Anne Hathaway in her Catwoman Costume for "The Dark Knight Rises" movie released in 2012.  It's back to the basics with her costume look, history is repeating itself with this style.
Anne Hathaway in her Catwoman Costume for "The Dark Knight Rises" movie released in 2012. It's back to the basics with her costume look, history is repeating itself with this style. | Source

"No hero worth his salt would let a lady expire. It's foolproof I tell you - purrrfectly foolproof." Catwoman

Carmen Bicondova as Selina "Cat" Kyle

Most recently (2014), Catwoman has returned to the small screen in the action drama television series Gotham. The pouty-lipped, curly-haired wunderkind Carmen Bicondova is a take on a teen Selina “Cat” Kyle. Now, at 16, Bicondova has acted in all 44 dark and gritty episodes, and her overall performance has been wildly popular. The pilot episode was strong and compelling, and after a few wobbly episodes finally found solid footing in drama.

Camren Bicondova in her Catwoman Costume, she doesn't have cat ears and she is in a leather jacket.  This is the character from the TV series "Gotham"
Camren Bicondova in her Catwoman Costume, she doesn't have cat ears and she is in a leather jacket. This is the character from the TV series "Gotham" | Source

Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Eartha Kitt, Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Camren Bicondova...Catwoman. Through it all, this line of lovely ladies have carried the Catwoman legacy beautifully—all that’s left is to ask what’s coming around the bend for this beloved character.

Catwoman Costume Ideas

Pants
Top
Accessories
Black Latex Pants
Tight Spandex Top
Black Boots
Black Leather Pants
Black Long Sleeved T-Shirt
Gloves
Tight Black Leggings
Leather Bra In Black
Mask & Ears

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How To Make Catwoman's Whip

I've added a video that will show you how to make a bullwhip - purr-fect for your Catwoman costume. I would wrap it in black tape rather than the white he uses. Be careful with this thing - it looks like it could hurt someone!

How To Make A Bull Whip

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Catwoman Halloween Costume D.I.Y

This great how to video is a makeup tutorial for Catwoman and it also puts together the easiest Catwoman costume and it looks great. It's a pair of spandex pants or leggings, a black tank top, a black lace overshirt, black gloves and a sexy pair of heels...and a cat mask she bought at Target. Wait until you see how good this outfit looks. You probably have most of those things hanging in your closet right now.

Catwoman Mask Made With Makeup

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