The ballots have been tallied and the judges have spoken! The qualified design team at HalloweenCostumes.com selected the grand prize-winning costumes based on originality, acute attention to detail, construction quality and appeal. The grand-prize winners will receive cash prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500, and our honorable mention will receive a $100 credit to our online store.
Starting today, site visitors have the opportunity to win one of these unique costumes through a live auction on HalloweenCostumes.com October 12–19. All auctions will begin at $50 and close in 24 hours if there are no new bids, so be sure to check back regularly!
All proceeds minus a small handling fee go to the artist. The auction also provides site visitors with the opportunity to purchase an incredible one-of-a-kind costume for Halloween!
First Place: The Ghost of Marie Antoinette by Cierra Treloar
This stunning costume is detailed from head to toe. The ship in Marie Antoinette's hair is a nod to a portrait of her with a model of a French war ship in her hair. Cierra used similar seaming and techniques to those used in the 1700s. The red beaded necklace is a reference to her infamous beheading during the French Revolution. The bodice is beautifully detailed with lace and gold trim, tattered in all the right places. Underneath the skirt is a pannier structure, complete with a toy rat that may have accompanied Marie Antoinette as she decayed. Gold gloves, distressed fan, socks and hand-dyed shoes are also included with this elaborate costume.
Originally from South Dakota, Cierra studied fashion and costume design at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA. Cierra has designed costumes for an episode of "Funny or Die" with Margaret Cho and Ben Lee, "Altered Design" by Lunartick Films, has been a seamstress on "iCarly" and has been a production assistant in the costume departments for "The Hangover 2" and the pilot episode of "Family Album" for Fox.
(The Ghost of Marie Antoinette by Cierra Treloar)
Second Place: The Mermaid Queen by Christa Newman
The Mermaid Queen is feminine and ethereal. Featuring beautiful fabrics in purples and greens, this is the ultimate masquerade ball gown. The bolero features satins, coral design and ruffle trim. The bodice features purple, plastic shell cups with coral fabric around the edges and a green scale designed glitter fabric overlay and hip fins in green scales with coral overlay. The back is a lace-up, grommet adjustable corset lined with coral patterned fabric. The mermaid shape skirt features three fabrics overlapped to make a scaled tail with a full multi-colored tulle bottom underneath. The necklace features a clear resin nautilus shell with a metallic powder and glitter encased in the resin. This costume includes a blue and green curly wig by Arda Wigs.
Christa Newman attended Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Animation. She attended the Disney College Program in Walt Disney World as a Fairy-Godmother-in-Training at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. She attends many conventions doing costuming and photography. Christa has made more than 100 costumes since 2002.
(The Mermaid Queen by Christa Newman)
Third Place: The Monarch by Morgan Ditta
One of Morgan’s early childhood Halloween costumes was a Monarch butterfly. Morgan wanted to create an adult version of this costume and played word “Monarch”, giving the costume a royal presence. The costume includes a crown, fitted bodice with glitter accents and zipper closure, white satin underskirt and detachable wings.
Morgan is a recent Animation/Illustration graduate from Montclair State University. She has been crafting costumes for more than ten years, She, too attended the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World and played Fairy-Godmother-in-Training at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Morgan designed 28 costumes based on the Walt Disney World resort,as part of her senior presentation.
(The Monarch by Morgan Ditta)
Honorable Mention: The Unidentified Armored Man by James Gregory
James built this costume out of EVA Foam. The foam itself is ridged, but with added heat, it becomes very pliable. This costume is adjustable and fits small to large. Each piece of armor attaches with adjustable Velcro. The mask is adjustable and can be used as an actual respirator if filters are applied.
James Gregory is studying sculpture and illustration at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. James creates handmade, lifelike skulls and hopes to one day create props for haunted houses, movies and horror fanatics.
(The Unidentified Armored Man by James Gregory)