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!]