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Making A Carmen Miranda Costume

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Carmen Miranda was a popular singer, film star, and Broadway actress in the 40s and 50s known for her extravagant hats. This is a guide about making a Carmen Miranda costume.


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November 1, 2011

As soon as I found an old photo of Carmen Miranda, I knew her colorful style and punchy attitude would make a perfect Halloween costume project. I had the photo up in my bedroom for months and built the costume piece by piece for just as long.

Approximate Time: 12 hours



My favorite little DIY secret with this one is the black "sequins" on the top. For the life of me, I couldn't find any sequins for sale that were big enough or shiny enough to match the photo. To substitute, I got plain black photos printed up for under a buck and just cut them into sequins!


The makeup and the 'tude were just the sexy icing on the sassiest cake my Halloween party had ever seen.

By phooey40 from Kailua, HI

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November 1, 20110 found this helpful

You did an amazing job! You look just like her. I am very impressed to your attention to detail. : )

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November 2, 20110 found this helpful

Amazing job! I love it!

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October 14, 20130 found this helpful

Where are the actual directions for this costume? I can't find it anywhere on this website!

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