Rachael from Blade Runner: Replicant Halloween Costume

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Left photo of Sean Young as Rachael the replicant in Blade Runner (1982) from Pret-a-Reporter

Last October, I decided 11 days before Halloween that I wanted to dress as Rachael, the android/replicant and love interest played by Sean Young in Blade Runner (1982), for the office costume contest at work. I was trying to be hip and topical, given the release of Blade Runner 2049 earlier in the month. It took a lot of last-minute scrambling to assemble a reasonably convincing outfit, but I’m pretty proud of the end result.

As was the case when I was putting together a Halloween costume for Mathilda, as played by Natalie Portman in Léon: The Professional, I had trouble finding good, accessible resources for how to put together a Rachael costume, so I decided to write a blog post about it, so that you, too, can dress like a sexy sad robot.

Three notes in advance:

  1. Rachael has a few looks in the film, but the most recognizable one is from her introduction scene with Deckard, where she takes the Voight-Kampff test to determine if she’s a replicant or a human. This guide tackles the costume from that scene.
  2. Screencaps are from movie-screencaps.com. Polaroids are originally from Sean Young’s personal website, reposted to this Weebly site, and discovered through Dangerous Minds. All other reference images are captioned and link to their sources.
  3. This is NOT a cosplay guide. This is a Halloween costume guide for enthusiastic amateurs.

Here’s what you’ll need to dress as Rachael the replicant, as played by Sean Young in Blade Runner (1982):

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Halloween Costume Cheat Sheet:

RACHAEL, THE REPLICANT

FROM BLADE RUNNER

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CLOTHING:

  • black blazer with exaggerated shoulders and nipped waist
  • black below-the-knee pencil skirt
  • black closed-toe pumps
  • black snakeskin-textured craft felt, fabric glue

HAIR & MAKEUP:

  • long black/dark brown hair OR long black/dark brown wig that can be styled, OR a black/dark brown wig with pre-styled bumper bangs and victory rolls (it probably won’t look quite right unless you DIY the styling, though)
  • hairspray, hair rat (or hair donut and minor sewing skills), lots and lots of bobby pins (skip all of these if using a pre-styled wig)
  • true red nail polish
  • black eyeliner that can be smudged
  • matte or satin-finish eyeshadow (dark gray, mid-gray, & light gray), eyeshadow brushes
  • false eyelashes, eyelash glue
  • dark eyebrow pencil/powder, dark brow gel
  • matte or satin-finish red blush, blush brush
  • silver- or gold-toned highlighter
  • true red lipstick, true red or clear lip gloss

PROPS & ACCESSORIES:

  • cigarette (optional)
  • feathered brown horned owl (optional)

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Here’s the look from the movie we’re trying to recreate:

blade runner - rachael replicant sean young - costume 1940s suit - movie screencap

blade runner - rachael replicant sean young - costume 1940s suit - movie screencap

Here they are zoomed in a bit:

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blade runner - rachael replicant sean young - costume 1940s suit - movie screencap

Essentially, we’re going for a 1940s-inspired silhouette with 1940s-inspired hair and makeup, but with 1980s contour and Brooke Shields eyebrows.

Let’s start with Rachael’s clothing.

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Mathilda from Léon: The Professional Halloween Costume

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Leon and Mathilda from Leon: The Professional Halloween couples' costume

Two Halloweens ago, my longtime #goals to dress as Mathilda from Luc Besson’s 1994 film Léon: The Professional finally came to fruition, after much daydreaming and last-minute scrambling. I had trouble finding good resources online for how to put together a Mathilda costume, so I decided to write a blog post about how I did it, so that you, too, can dress like a little girl assassin.

Two notes in advance:

  1. Instead of faithfully reproducing specific outfits à la cosplaying, I decided to pull together iconic elements of the character’s looks, for maximum recognizability.
  2. All screencaps are from movie-screencaps.com.

Without further ado…

Here’s what you’ll need to dress as Mathilda, as played by Natalie Portman in Léon: The Professional:

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Halloween Costume Cheat Sheet:

MATHILDA

FROM LÉON: THE PROFESSIONAL

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CLOTHING:

  • a black lace-up top OR a striped crop top OR a black scoop neck top
  • a black or light blue denim miniskirt or short shorts
  • an oversized army green bomber jacket
  • off-white socks you can scrunch down
  • black or brown flat booties

PROPS & ACCESSORIES:

  • a red beanie
  • round-frame sunglasses
  • a black velvet choker with a silver sun charm
  • a potted plant
  • a brown paper bag

HAIR & MAKEUP:

  • a super short dark brown bob with stringy bangs
  • contouring/highlighting eyeshadow (and/or other skin makeup)

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Basically we’re going for a mix of these two iconic outfits:

Leon: The Professional (1994) dir. Luc Besson - Natalie Portman - Mathilda - Halloween costume - striped top, choker

Leon: The Professional (1994) dir. Luc Besson - Natalie Portman - Mathilda - Halloween costume - green bomber jacket, red beanie

We’re gonna be taking the top outfit and layering on the appropriate accessories and outerwear from the bottom outfit for an iconic Mathilda Looque™.

Now for a detailed breakdown!

Let’s start with Mathilda’s clothing.

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lately (07.09.17)

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I realized after making my last substantial post (let’s talk about money, part iii: long-term financial goals and plans) that the only topic that’s taking up so much space in my brain that I need to capture it in words and let it loose on the internet is … money.

Which is all well and good ’cause, like, sometimes my head runs out of room and I need to put my extra thoughts somewhere, like a Pensieve, but also! It is important to remind myself that there is more to life than being afraid of not acquiring enough money to support my family.

For example, this SICK mashup of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” with The Phantom of the Opera:

This is up there with “Call Me A Hole” (“Call Me Maybe” x “Head Like A Hole” by Nine Inch Nails) as one of my favorite mashups of all time.

Hang on to your butts, ’cause this is a long one. Here are some other things I’ve been up to lately other than jamming to unlikely musical combinations:

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winter makeup vibes

My holiday party aesthetic this year consisted of glitter cat-eyes and metallic lips, but now that I’ve had my last work day of 2016, I’m back at home in Extreme Nesting (and Media Consumption*) Mode, and damn am I feeling these #looks by Korean makeup artist Joonyoul Seung:

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I saw this first photo on /r/AsianBeauty back in early November, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head ever since. Here’s a more wearable version:

joonyoul seung makeup artist rosy cheeks and lips

Doe eyes, flushed cheeks, and rosy lips! It’s all very modern-day Snow White, but bakery AU! Or, like, katerspie.

(It’d take me a few weeks of religiously applying Vitamin C serum to get my skin bright/even enough to apply such heavy blush, but honestly the biggest deterrent for me is the fact that this makeup looks best with clean, barely-styled hair, which means I’d actually have to wash my hair more than once a week. One can dream…)

*A non-exhaustive list of my current media consumption: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Check, Please!, Yuri on Ice, Jessica Jones, Talk DirectionHermione Granger’s Hogwarts Crammer for Delinquents on the Run. An exhaustive list of media I await so eagerly that I’m yelling about it: BBC’s Sherlock.