Thursday, October 2, 2014

Rose Tyler Costume Write-Up

Hello all! I wanted to do a quick post on my Rose Tyler costume

I present to you the best companion on Doctor Who!
(Oh, yes I did.)

This is the outfit Rose wears in the Season 4 two-parter finale, "Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End", and is one of the most iconic and memorable looks for her.

After doing some research, one of the most helpful websites was the Doctor Who Cosplay and Costuming Livejournal, which has a very detailed costume breakdown, along with an interview with the BBC costume designer Louise Page.

Rose Tyler's outfit is made up of the following pieces:

I made this Polyvore set as part of a collection to help me break down Rose Tyler's outfits in different episodes. You can see the rest of the collection here.

Her most distinctive item is her Oasis bomber jacket. While the jacket is technically purple, it looks blue in most lights, and is commonly cosplayed as blue. This is also one of the rarest Rose items out there, so keep an eye on online sellers and big brands (like Forever 21) making similar styles. (One ambitious cosplayer made Rose's jacket here!)

Fun story: I had been looking in every thrift store I had ever come across for this jacket for about a year, with no luck. I then went shopping with a friend and was describing what the jacket looked like and how hard it was to find, etc, when she looked at me and said, "Like this one?" and held up an amazing replica. After hugging her for a good five minutes straight, I bought it for $15!! So they're hard to find, but not impossible!

Mine is on the left (with a sonic screwdriver), the official screen version is on the right


The other clothes are fairly straightforward. I bought a maroon scoop-neck shirt, flared black pants, and combat boots, also at thrift stores. If you're trying to be super screen-accurate, the pants are technically dark blue J Brand jeans, and the shoes are brown Hobbs boots. Again, black trousers and boots would work perfectly for cosplay (and be much cheaper!)

Rose Tyler's costume from The Stolen Earth Doctor Who Cosplay and Costuming - Rose Tyler Breakdown - Series 4 and 50th Special

She wears medium-sized hoop earrings with minimal make-up, and her other main accessory is her GIANT GUN.

D'ya like my gun?

My brother had a Nerf Longshot gun that he graciously gave to me, and I had a friend who does amazing paint work modify it for me, adding the detail work and the SP-132 (anyone know that what means?). One can also use a Nerf rifle like the Stampede or Vulcan as well, but as long as it's big enough to get your point across, any prop gun will do.

Rose Tyler gun - can modify a Nerf Stampede or Nerf Vulcan 

My own version with a spare camera strap (Thank you Ian!!)

So, I finally had my Rose Tyler costume ready to go in time for the Denver Comic Con. I straightened my hair (which was far too long for Rose, but c'est la vie), and had a fabulous time!

The Denver Comic Con had an 'Action Figure package' booth, so I couldn't resist posing like Rose Tyler was ready to kick some Dalek butt!

What do you think?