Yesterday we had a Fairy Tale themed party at Lush to help drive sales and to give my boss a chance to bust out her Snow White costume once again. I borrowed a costume from Kathleen, the same lovely lady who provided me with a Renaissance costume back in September. I picked it up late Friday night, and didn't have a chance to try it on before the party, so I hoped it would fit OK! I put it on briefly when we went to the Renn. Fair, but I didn't walk around in it or wear it outside. When I got to work (late, because I had to cover an extra-long shift at RHA in the morning) the party at Lush had been going all day. I should clarify: parties are 'special occasions' during which sales associates dress up and we give away goodie bags with purchase. Depending on the party, there might be special contests or facial demos or something. So what fairy tale characters did we have?
Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Little Red Riding Hood (sans hood)
The Queen of Hearts and Rapunzel!
Quick side rant: Stupid Disney. You can't dress up as any fairy tale princesses anymore, because the only acceptable version of their costume is the Disney version. Cinderella's dress has to be blue with those puffy sleeves, the merchant's daughter from Beauty & The Beast always wears gold, etc. Now that they've done 'The Princess & The Frog' I'd have to hunt down some sort of lilypad dress like Tiana wears in that movie. Le sigh. ANYWAY. So I dressed up as Rapunzel. I tried to figure out a way to make my hair appear longer, but I didn't come up with any satisfactory methods. All the super-long wigs were blonde, which I don't want, and hair extensions would have been waaaaaaay too time-consuming. A yarn wig wouldn't look authentic. So my Rapunzel was apparently imprisoned in a very short tower.
The sleeves on the costume are super-long, so we had a lot of fun playing with them :D A real medieval noblewoman wouldn't have needed to use her hands, so such sleeves would have been a mark of status. In the 21st century, they tend to get in the way of a soap seller, so most of the night they were rolled up.