You can recognize this iconic girl on any box of Sun-Maid raisins. She’s been wearing her iconic red bonnet and holding a tray of grapes since 1916! The Sun-Maid girl wasn’t randomly drawn by an artist but was a commissioned portrait of a real young lady named Lorraine Collett. The new branding image was so successful in promoting raisins that Sun-Maid tripled the consumption of raisins by the end of the 1920s. Get the same look as well-known raisin girl with this Sun-Maid Raisin Girl costume guide.
To cosplay the look of the Sun-Maid Raisin Girl you will need a Red Women’s Colonial Bonnet and a White Casual Peasant Blouse. This is what Lorraine was wearing when for the original portrait! Add a High Waist Skirt to your outfit that would have typically been worn back in the early 1900’s. Finally, grab a Fruit Basket and fill it up with Artificial Grapes and boxes of Sun-Maid California Raisins to get her complete look!
The Sun-Maid girl is a perfect costume if you want to dress up as a unique character not many others would think of! Dress like the classic raisin girl for Halloween or for any cosplay event. Unless you dress up at cosplay events quite frequently, you will want to head over to a costume shop for a red bonnet and peasant blouse. Drop by a thrift store as another option to find classic clothing items like the high waisted skirt. The best place to find the fruit basket and artificial grapes is going to be online. Don’t forget to stop by the grocery store to grab some essential boxes of Sun-Maid raisins!
Since the Sun-Maid raisin girl runs the show on her own, the best way to turn this look into a group cosplay is to have some friends dress up as a bunch of raisins! Send in a picture of your costume to be featured in the cosplay gallery!
Lorraine Collett had no idea what an iconic figure she would become when she attended an expo for the California Associated Raisin Company. She was simply handing samples to people passing by. Originally dressed in a white blouse and blue bonnet, she and the rest of the girls eventually changed into the iconic red bonnet she was pictured in. This was how Lorraine was noticed by Fanny Scafford and was later painted as the Sun-Maid Raisin girl!
Since 1916, Lorraine’s image has remained on the Sun-Maid raisin boxes. Though slightly updated in 1956 and again in 1970, very little has been changed from the classic image. Even in the newest version of the Sun-Maid girl, a new model was used, but it’s hardly noticeable that a different girl from Lorraine Collett is in the picture. It’s unlikely that the image will ever change because Lorraine was the beginning of a huge movement and business venture for the Sun-Maid company and family!