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:

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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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Halloween Costume 2017: Rachael from Blade Runner

I’m slightly overdue for a How I Spent My Money post and really overdue for a lately post, but first!!! I was really happy with how my Halloween costume turned out this year, so I wanted to share this while it’s still somewhat relevant.

I didn’t have a new Halloween costume planned this year (for the one party I attended, I re-wore my Mathilda costume from The Professional, with my boyfriend as Léon), but exactly 11 days before Halloween, I decided to see if I could put together a costume for Rachael from Blade Runner.

I actually only watched the 1982 Blade Runner for the first time in August, in preparation for the release of Blade Runner 2049 in October. I was pretty psyched to finally see it, in part because my partner is a fan of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, but mostly because over the years, I’ve seen so many visually stunning GIFs and edits of the original movie that I was sure I was missing out.

I was not wrong. (I also didn’t know there was a scene of Extremely Dubious Consent, which, like, does not read well in 2017, but I get what was trying to be conveyed… I just don’t think it was executed well.)

ANYWAY, I spent the 11 nights leading up to Halloween making Amazon Prime orders and practicing victory rolls and bumper bangs and pinning and sewing and cutting and gluing and this is what I came up with:

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Not bad, amirite?! Yeah, I’ve got a chunk of stray hair flying away, and my nail polish is too dark a shade of red, but aside from not finding a feathered owl prop in time for Halloween, I’m pretty damn pleased with myself.

I plan to post a costume guide eventually (hopefully before next Halloween, ha-ha.. ha….), and I hope I’ll be able to get a Deckard costume together for my boyfriend next year, but until then, I’ve got a pile of laundry and Sunday night to-do items to knock off my list.

Have a good one, y’all.

[EDIT: Here’s the costume guide for Rachael from Blade Runner, 4 WHOLE DAYS before Halloween!]

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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Halloween Costume Throwback: Léon: The Professional

A few weeks ago, I was incorrectly informed that nobody at my office would be dressing up for Halloween, so I put away all thoughts of dressing up with my boo* as Jacobim Mugatu and Derek Zoolander, or as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, or as any other partnerrific pop culture reference.

A few days ago, I was informed by our office manager that we would be having a costume contest, complete with photos and voting and prizes. I had given up all hope of coming up with a good costume for this year, but my coworker Rory came up with the brilliant idea of everyone in our block of cubicles dressing as each other, but off-by-one, clockwise. (So Rory will dress as David, David will dress as Bernardo, Bernardo will dress as me, and I will dress as Rory.)

It is a great idea, and I think it will be really, really funny.

But as much fun as it will be to figure out how to style my waist-length hair into a faux undercut worthy of Rory’s real undercut, dressing as a normal person doesn’t really satisfy my theatrical, costume-loving, bargain-hunting, cheapskate ass on Halloween…

And so, allow me to reminisce about Halloween 2015, when my boo and I dressed up as Mathilda and Léon, from Léon: The Professional (which is a GREAT movie that you should watch if you haven’t already seen it, and if you have, you should watch it again).

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

Here we are in our fully costumed glory, standing by the women’s restroom.

I am still suuuper proud of this costume (not least of all because I still wear the bomber jacket, choker, and t-shirt on a regular basis) and would love to find an excuse to wear it again (and take a billion photos, instead of, like, three).

I had a hard time finding useful resources when I was putting our costumes together, so I’ll have a post up soon with a detailed rundown of how I did it, in case anyone else wants to dress as Mathilda and Léon!

(You know who wants to dress as Mathilda and Léon? Everyone. EVERYONE!!!)

Gary Oldman screaming EVERYONE from Leon: The Professional

*I don’t usually refer to my boyfriend as my boo, but I’m trying to be festive and spooky.

[EDIT: The costume guide is finally live! Check it out here: Mathilda from Léon: The Professional Halloween Costume]