Make Your Own Wonder Woman Costume - DIY Halloween Costume Ideas - Homemade How To
Meet Wonder Woman
In the cold December of 1941, DC comics introduced the fiery Amazon Princess Diana of Themysicra—though you probably know her, and affectionately refer to her, as Wonder Woman. She gained instant popularity and was featured on the cover of Sensation Comics issue #1 the very next year.
Wonder Woman's costume is a popular outfit to dress up in for Halloween and as you will see on this page, it has gone through many changes over the years. Many of these costume changes would make a great Halloween costume, but a few would leave Wonder Woman almost unrecognizable. Which outfit will you choose to make this year?
This page has quite a bit of costume history on it and near the bottom of the page you will find several costume tutorials that give how to directions for making your own Wonder Woman costume.
Super Human Abilities
Gifted with a slew of superhuman abilities, she was an instant success among DC disciples.
Since her debut, her skill set has remained basically the same:
- Like all Amazons, Diana was trained from a young age in the art of armed combat. She’s skilled with one-and-two handed swords and axes, as well as a talented archer.
- Her Amazonian blood also grants her enhanced senses—superhuman hearing, vision, strength and speed. Along with this comes incredible regeneration properties.
- Resistance to magic and physical attack—Wonder Woman was blessed by the gods with a high resistance to magic and blunt force attack.
- Wonder Woman is also able to communicate with animals, sometimes called Hunter’s Heart, a gift from the goddess Artemis.
What Style Wonder Woman Costume Will You Choose?
Wonder Woman Weapons
She has a collection of some of the most iconic weapons and gear of any superhero/heroine in the world.
- Lasso of Truth—sometimes called the Lariat of Hestia, was created from the golden girdle of Gaea by the god of the forge, Hephaestus. It forces any who come in contact with it to tell the absolute truth, and is essentially indestructible.
- In the 1950’s, Wonder Woman’s tiara was repurposed into a boomerang-like, razor-sharp throwing weapon. It also allows Wonder Woman to be impervious to attacks via telepathy, and contact her home world utilizing the power of the red star ruby that adorns it.
- Occasionally Wonder Woman wields a sword, also from Hephaestus, said to be capable of slicing the electrons from an atom.
- Winged sandals from the Greek god Hermes grant her the power of flight.
- Indestructible gauntlets—otherwise known as Bracelets of Submission, traditionally worn by Amazons, these gauntlets are capable of deflecting gunfire, energy blasts, and even absorbing the impact of a fall.
Any or all of these weapons are great accessories to a Wonder Woman Halloween costume. Keep your eyes open when you are shopping for anything that resembles these items.
Which Wonder Woman Costume Will You Make?
There are several styles of Wonder Woman costume ideas on this page, which one will you wear?
The Culottes/Skirt: You can wear a blue skirt or culottes if you have them, with white stars and a white belt, A red corset with some gold decorations and some red boots complete the outfit. Now for a few accessories you will need a tiara and arm gauntlets. I put a picture of Wonder Woman below, it's from 1941 and shows you her skirted costume look. Her gold emblem is that of an eagle and in later years is changed to a WW.
The Shorts: Blue shorts with the iconic white stars on them, the white belt, the red corset with the gold trim, the tiara and the arm gauntlets. You can keep the red boot look or go with a red sandal. In the picture you can also see Diana's (WW) Lasso of Truth hanging from her belt. Sometimes the shorts are very short and sometimes they are more like a corset.
The Jacket & Pants: This is the Cathy Lee Crosby costume from the Wonder Woman TV show in the 1970's. It consisted of a red jacket with blue sleeves. There were white stars on the sleeves too. Add a blue belt and a gold belt buckle. The pants were blue leggings and she wore black or blue boots. This is a pretty simple outfit to make at home.
Wonder Woman Costume Changes Through The Years
As costume goes, Wonder Woman has seen many changes since her original 1940’s spangled and patriotic getup. In the Golden Age of DC comics, Wonder Woman could even be seen looking more like a chorus-girl than an Amazon princess, with a blue, star-speckled skirt, perfectly-coiffed hair and knee-high red and white boots. Not super effective for crime-fighting, but it worked for her. (And it's an easy enough costume to make at home!)
The Silver Age rolled around in 1956 and Wonder Woman went through her first outfit revamp—that black mane was allowed to flow free, and the skirt changed to a more revealing set of short-shorts.
Then came the ’60s and ‘70s, a time of political and social upheaval in the United States. Writer/artist Mike Sekowsky took the reins of the popular monthly Wonder Woman comic and completely overhauled her…not exactly for the better, either. Often called "Wonder Woman’s Lost Decade”, the Amazonian Diana Prince found herself stripped of superpowers and classic gadgets and instead dressed in the popular getups of the day—we’re talking go-go boots, strange purple dresses…it was not okay. Sekowsky, thinking himself on the side of feminism, was attempting to inspire independence in women with his Wonder Woman, now superspy extraordinaire.
It didn’t go well.
So when the ‘80s arrived, it was back to basics for Wonder Woman—spangly shorts and all. With her powers restored, Wonder Woman was back, much to the delight of her devoted and adoring fans. Only one small change could be seen, appearing first in 1982—the golden eagle on her costume was replaced with a stylized WW, which could be then trademarked and marketed, just like Superman’s “S”.
Enter the 1990’s—Diana found herself in yet another career slump, having been fired from the role of Wonder Woman by her Amazonian sisters, and having to adopt a whole new look to continue her vigilante justice—so artists gave her a jacket.
The new modern take of pants/jacket combo for Diana was carried through the 2000’s and in 2011 DC rebooted their universe, bringing Diana back to basics. Her gold bling was changed to silver, and the cutsey star-spangled Daisy Dukes were back. Also in this reboot, Wonder Woman could be spotted sporting a silverWWchoker.
Wonder Woman 2016
Now here we are—2016. DC fans are eagerly waiting for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (set to be released in theatres the 25th of March). Already it has raised some eyebrows in the way of casting (Ben Affleck as Batman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, etc…)
Fans were ultimately dismayed by the choice to cast Gal Gadot—a classic beauty, yes, though most thought her stature was all wrong for an Amazonian Princess. Forums filled with laments that Gina Carano was passed up for the part, stating that casting opted for sex appeal rather than authenticity.
The new, updated costume features the same red-silver-and-blue color scheme, though takes on an appearance looking much more like Greek armor…if it were paired with shining thigh-high boots.
What will this film adaptation mean for the future of Wonder Woman? We’ll have to wait till the 25th to find out. We may need some new costume ideas!
Actresses Who Played Wonder Woman
The list of actresses who have dressed up in the Wonder Woman costume through the years is longer than you might realize. Whenever I think of this Amazonian Princess it is the statuesque Lynda Carter comes to mind. I bet that's the same for you too. But look at these other names on this list and then be honest with the poll below.
Wonder Woman has been played by: ((In Chronological Order)
- 1967 - Ellie Wood Walker (Who's Afraid Of Diana Prince)
- 1974 - Cathy Lee Crosby (Wonder Woman)
- 1975 - Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman)
- 1991 - Dawn Zulueta (Alias Batman & Robin)
- 2013 - Rileah Vanderbilt (Wonder Woman)
- 2016 - Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
- 2017 - Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman)
Wonder Woman's Powers
So Many Wonder Women To Choose From
Who Is Your Favorite Wonder Woman?
Cosplay Wonder Woman Costumes
Some people don't wait for Halloween to dress up as their favorite comic book heroine. These folks go to comic-cons. These comic conventions are held all over the country and thousands of fans get all dressed up and have with other like-minded creative people. These are great fun - if you haven't gone to one yet, fit one into your schedule. You won't regret it, in fact, you may find a new passion. Take a look at some of the great costumes you might see there.
Three Easy Wonder Woman Costume Ideas
Wonder Woman Costume 1
Wonder Woman Costume 2
Wonder Woman Costume 3
Red Sleeveless Fitted Top
Red Bathing Suit
Blue Cheering Pants & White Stars
Blue Shorts & White Stars
Gold Tiara & Bracelets
Lasso of Truth
Lasso & Sword
Lasso & Gauntlets
How To Make The Lasso Of Truth
I found a great Lasso of Truth...it's a drapery cord with a tassel, in gold. Perfect, I don't have to do anything to it except carry it and perhaps lasso a few bad guys! Check out the curtain department in your local Walmart, Target, or Penney's, to find a cheap one. Or you can look in your local material store and they might have something similar...and last, but not least, you can check online at Amazon or anyone of your favorite online stores.
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How To Make A Homemade Wonder Woman Costume
Here's What You Will Need To Make The DIY Wonder Woman Costume Up Above
You will need the following supplies to make the costume up above:
- A Red Corset
- Metallic Fabric Paint
- Paint Brush
- Water & Cotton Swabs To Erase Mistakes
- Blue Panty Bottom
- Red Paper
- Glitter Paper
- Craft Glue (Elmer's is Good)
- Ribbon That Matches Your Hair Color
- Red Boots Or Red Boot Covers (Black Or White Boots Would Work Too)
Another Simple Wonder Woman Costume Tutorial
What You Will Need To Make The Wonder Woman Costume Up Above This
You will need:
- 1/2 Yard Silver Metallic Fabric
- 1 Yard Gold Metallic Fabric
- 1 Yard Red Satin Fabric
- Blue Leotard
- Strapless Bra
- Gold Cord
- Felt Stars
- Craft Foam
- 10" Or Longer Zipper
- Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Sewing Needle
- Red Thread
- Tape Measure
Wonder Woman Free Printable Coloring Pages
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