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The Catwoman Costume - An Outfit That Is Not For The Timid

Updated on December 17, 2014

The Purr-fect Way To Express Your Inner Feline

Dressing up as Catwoman, Batman's favorite arch nemisis, is not for the timid. You will definitely be a focal point at whatever Halloween or other party you attend, and you may end up getting more attention than you ever wanted or expected.

The Catwoman costume is very sleek and sexy, and it makes a powerful statement, as in "Don't mess with me!" It is the purr-fect costume for women who exude confidence and feel very comfortable in their own skins. And no, you don't have to have a "perfect" body to pull it off.

This page shows you how to dress as the iconic feline super antiheroine from head to toe.

Image source: Photo of Eartha Kitt (with her adorable cat in the back seat) as Catwoman from the "Batman" TV series posted at wikipedia.org

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Catwoman Costume Basics

To dress as the original "Batman" TV series Catwoman from head to toe, at minimum, you will need

  1. a long-sleeved black body suit
  2. black cat ears
  3. a tail
  4. strappy black high heels or boots
Other items that complete this look are
  1. a mask or black cat goggles
  2. a belt
  3. black gloves with claws, or very long fingernails
Once you have put together your costume, the final step is to make up your face up to look like a cat (see the videos below).

Over the years, there have been many incarnations of Catwoman since she was first introduced in the late 1960s, and her overall look has undergone some significant changes with each passing decade. Depending on which Catwoman look you would like to imitate, you have a fair amount of leeway in assembling your costume, especially when it comes to your face. Early Catwomen such as Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt, who appeared in the original "Batman" TV series, wore cat makeup and only minimal face gear, whereas in the 1992 movie, "Batman Returns," Michelle Pfeiffer introduced the black Catwoman mask which almost entirely covers the upper face.

Other Catwoman costume changes include the black bra top as shown above, which was introduced by Halle Berry in the 2004 movie, "Catwoman."

The above image is available as a poster from allposters.com.

Catwoman Makeup Tutorials

These tutorials show you how to make up your face to look like Catwoman in all her various incarnations, whether you want to sport the more classic look from the "Batman" TV series (as worn by Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, and Eartha Kitt), or imitate the look of either Michelle Pfeiffer or Halle Berry from one of the later movies.

Leg Avenue Women's 3 Piece Frisky Feline Keyhole Catsuit With Attached Tail And Ear Headband

Of all the Catwoman costumes available at amazon.com, this one is my favorite because it looks very much like the outfit from the original "Batman" TV series and it comes with all the basics: black cat ears, a full-length black body suit, and a tail (shoes sold separately).

Leg Avenue Women's 3 Piece Frisky Feline Catsuit Costume
Leg Avenue Women's 3 Piece Frisky Feline Catsuit Costume

This outfit comes complete with a 90% Polyester/10% Spandex body-hugging black body suit, an attached tail, a belt, and a headband with black cat ears. Sizes: Small, Medium, Large

 

Catwoman Masks At Amazon.com

In the beginning, Catwoman was pretty much barefaced except for the occasional black cat goggles or half mask. The full-on black face mask was introduced by Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1992 movie, "Batman Returns."

Catwomen Over The Years

It is often said that cats have nine lives, and when it comes to Catwoman, it seems that she is no exception. To date, five actresses have played the feline antiheroine on both the large and small screens since the original "Batman" series first aired in 1966, and we can probably expect to see more in the future.

  • Julie Newmar ("Batman" TV series)
  • Lee Meriwether ("Batman" TV series)
  • Eartha Kitt ("Batman" TV series)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer ("Batman Returns," 1992 movie)
  • Halle Berry ("Catwoman," 2004 movie)

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