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This Rita Repulsa Costume Is Just the Right Amount of Over the Top

Rita Repulsa Costume 1

You can’t make a Rita Repulsa costume without going over the top. It’s not possible. The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers villain is ridiculous in the best kind of way and in a way fitting for the television series. She has disproportionately gigantic hair cones and also armored breastplate cones — the combo of her outfit and weapon means it’s hard not to recognize her even if you didn’t watch the Power Rangers. Costumer Teresa Dietzinger re-created the character’s elaborate hair, staff, and well, everything. She said the wig was especially a challenge:

The most difficult part of this costume was the wig, which I had to build over a structure of foam. I covered the foam with gray hair extensions and hot glued them down. The dress I made out of a cottony material (and the gold trim I had to hand-sew onto the surface.) The collar I made from foam core board which I covered with vinyl and gold colored braid. (The blue parts of the collar I made from curled laminated cardboard.) The staff I made using foam core board decorated with foam and cardboard, PVC pipe, and a large plastic Christmas ornament, which I painted red.

Rita Repulsa Costume 2

Photos via Teresa Dietzinger


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