I would like to introduce you to Hawkgirl. She is a warrior from the DC Comics Universe and my costume inspiration for the longest time. I had been wanting to bring her to life for several years but was very intimidated about the project since I knew it would be a challenge. This year, I decided it was finally time.
It was the best decision! Wearing the Hawkgirl costume brings me so much confidence and I hope to wear it to future events around my city to bring confidence and inspire little girls as well. The reason why it brings me so much confidence is because I actually made 95% from scratch. I hope to also inspire creativity in other people. Letting people know I made it when they asked me where I bought it left them dumbfounded. It motivated my friends to make their costumes next year and that left me really excited for them.
One thing I loved about Hawkgirl was her wings. I wanted to create something that would make people gasp when they saw my costume. That is exactly the reaction I got from most people when they saw my wings go from closed to fully open with the click of a remote control. I really wish I could have uploaded a video of my wings going from closed to open within a matter of two seconds. That was one of the things that stood out about my costume. I couldn’t find any tutorials on how to create wings with one single actuator at the base of my back, so I had many trial and error days just trying to figure out the mechanics of the base of my wings (which was made out of aluminum bars). Once I finally got my base for wings figured out, I had to create all the big wings from scratch. I used cotton fabric, 14-gauge wire, and construction adhesive to make all the really long wings. The shorter feathers were turkey and goose feathers that I spray painted. The hardest part of my costume was getting the mechanics to work with the feathers all on since this added weight and I had to sew all the feathers together so they closed appropriately and didn’t get tangled. The wings alone took more than 100 hours to make.
For the armor, I wanted to create my own version of Hawkgirl that you see in comics. The body piece was a design I had sketched and created with EVA foam and spray paint. The wings also aren’t exactly the design you see Hawkgirl wearing in the comics, but I wanted to make anatomically correct hawk wings. I researched what hawk feathers look like and created my own version for Hawkgirl.
This Halloween was so much fun for me and one of the best experiences in my life. I am definitely looking forward to another creative Halloween next year.