This costume has taken on a life of its own, in a way I never could have anticipated.
The decision to don Lady Two-Face stemmed from how much I enjoyed wearing my gender-bent Princess of Persia. Two-Face has always been one of my favorite Batman villains, right up there with Poison Ivy and the Joker. While I enjoy most Bat-flavored entertainment, Dini’s Batman: The Animated Series has always been at the top of my list. As such it seemed a good fit to opt for the comic styling from the TV-show, rather than the more realistic interpretation that came courtesy of the movies. It was also an attractive challenge to try something simultaneously glamorous and grotesque.
Honestly, the costume itself wasn’t that hard to pull together. In total I clocked in two or so weeks securing all the pieces. The majority of the time was consumed ferreting out similar cut double-breasted suits on eBay. The white one is Ralph Lauren surprisingly, and I nabbed it for only $30. I won the black pinstripe suit for $10. I ordered two of the same pair or shoes and two of the same corset – one in black and one in white.
I commissioned a professional tailor to stitch together the suit, knowing full well that I would butcher the job trying to rush in the limited time I had before SDCC. We took in the jacket to an exaggerated degree so to contrast the baggy slacks.
After ordering the coin replica and a plastic Tommy gun online, all the pieces were in order.
I didn’t tease the fact that I’d be wearing Lady Two-Face to SDCC, instead leaving it a surprise in case the makeup didn’t come together properly. Hydred – the amazingly talented makeup artist I hire every year for SDCC – and I discussed the execution in great detail for weeks, hashing through the construction and toying with different ideas. In the end I shouldn’t have worried, as Hydred knocked the look out of the park.
Makeup and hair in full took six and a half hours – twice as long as I wore the costume at the convention. Hydred began by painting my left side (face, neck, and even bust) with blue latex. For delicate areas around the eyes we instead used a saturated blue eye shadow. From there, Hydred built up the mouth with wax, using Spirit Gum to adhere it to my face. We filed and painted acrylic nails yellow to use as the teeth, which were carefully placed and secured within the wax structure. Next, gums were layered on and attached above the teeth, before being painted various shades of black, red, and blue.
We decided to exaggerate my features with animation-esq lines, drawn on with black eyeliner and shaded by a careful hand. Even my eyebrow on the right side was made to be a bit more angular, hinting at the inborn deviance of Two-Face. For hair we opted for flowing curls on one side, contrasted by a wild, white up-do on the other.
The final touch was the single yellow contact, which was a bit of a challenge to wear as I’d never successfully used one before. Somehow I lucked out and it stayed in for most of the convention without issue.
I finally made it out to the show floor around 2:00 PM Saturday of SDCC. Walking about was complete madness, and I’m still astonished by the reaction of fellow attendees. I’d hoped fans would appreciate the costume, but never expected to be stationary for hours inundated with photo requests. It was difficult to talk or smile, otherwise I’d have been grinning ear to ear.
Funny enough, I didn’t even name this character myself. The Internet sort of did. I was struggling to come up with a name for the character even as put on the suit – I vetoed Harley Dent early on for the obvious lack of originality. Someone dubbed me “Lady Two-Face” and it stuck.
It’s going to be hard to top this costume next year, as somehow a rumor got started that I “won the best costume of SDCC.” While I have no idea where it originated, I’m pleased by the sentiment. I’m also quite happy that the risk paid off, proving that fan service doesn’t always require an excess of skin. Not that I complain when it does. 😉
As with every SDCC, I shot a set of photos with LJinto and they turned out fantastic. Check out his work and a gallery of show floor snaps below. Enjoy!