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January 27, 2011 1:58 AM   Subscribe

Costume ideas for the Australian Discworld Convention 2011 Nullus Anxietas 3 ....

I am planning on attending the Australian Discworld Convention 2011 Nullus Anxietas 3 and I need costume ideas. I am female, fairly average size, and I have short brown hair. I have plenty of time till the convention and I can sew.

Now obviously there are some easy costumes but I want somthing a bit different, (I mean there will be plenty of nanny's and granny's), so the more complicated and obscure the better. So hivemind, hit with your best Discworld costume ideas.
posted by Lesium to Grab Bag (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
You can sew? Perhaps a member of the Seamstresses' Guild?
posted by doublehappy at 2:02 AM on January 27, 2011


You can sew? Perhaps a member of the Seamstresses' Guild?

You know the Seamstresses' Guild has nothing to do with sewing, right? I mean, you could dress as a seamstress but that might send out the wrong message to other convention goers.

Queen Molly, head of the Beggars' Guild? If you want to be in character you can go around asking people if they have a spare fifty for some caviar, or a penthouse suite for the night.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:29 AM on January 27, 2011


I am fond of Iodine Maccalariat myself.
posted by Mizu at 2:37 AM on January 27, 2011


Probably way over budget but... get some green scleral lenses and wear them with your normal clothes, then see how long it takes people to work out who you are.
posted by permafrost at 3:42 AM on January 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


You know the Seamstresses' Guild has nothing to do with sewing, right?

Yeah, cause I'm illiterate. I was obliquely referring to the guild having an actual seamstress on hand in Night Watch (I think) for men who really did just want their socks darned. Thinking about it, though, going scantily dressed with a basket of sewing gear would be great. I'm pretty sure people aren't stupid enough to think that someone attending a convention dressed up as an allusion to a particular job is actually someone with that particular job.

posted by doublehappy at 3:50 AM on January 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


what about abstractly referring to a fav character or book. for example lots of watches for the time one (obviously my discworld knowledge letting me down here - the exact details escape me).
posted by katelizabeth at 4:01 AM on January 27, 2011


Well, if you want to really meta, you could go as Molly Clapper, the fictional heroine of The Amorous Adventures of Molly Clapper.

Or, if you want to go really, really meta, you could go as Preserved J. Nightingale, the roundworld author of Watches Abroad.
posted by Kattullus at 4:47 AM on January 27, 2011


Since it's an Australian Con, and Nullus Anxietas loosely translates as "no wurries" (sic), how about the four-legged duck?
posted by arzakh at 5:03 AM on January 27, 2011


Make yourself a beautiful stola (or toga and tunic, as that might be more recognizable to modern eyes, even if period/gender inappropriate), and carry around a drawer full of badly matched kitchen utensils (including at least one oversized ladle).
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:10 AM on January 27, 2011 [5 favorites]


Is Ptraci too obvious?
posted by kuujjuarapik at 6:49 AM on January 27, 2011


(Yay, Discworld costumes! I've been Vimes and AE Pessimal in the past.)

If you want complicated (costume + makeup + props), go as Igorina from Monstrous Regiment.
posted by Wossname at 9:13 AM on January 27, 2011


Extremelia Mume? She would be reasonably complicated and obscure. Particularly in her well off golden spatula phase.
posted by yeolcoatl at 9:19 AM on January 27, 2011


Suppose you are too tall to wear a beard and go as a dwarf?

I think in-general if you want complicated you will have to go as a different species,
obscure, that's easy, (Jocasta Wiggs for example) but obscure and complicated/involved ...

so other possibilities:

Doreen Winkings might be fun, you could totally camp it up for her. Or, Myria LeJean post "breakdown" in her gaudy stage. Queen Ynci? Conina?

Peruse this list for other ideas
posted by edgeways at 9:47 AM on January 27, 2011


I suppose you could sew yourself a dog/wolf suit and go as Angua...
Get a grey hooded robe and go as an Auditor...
or be completely boring and dress normally and go as Susan.
posted by bluejayway at 11:53 AM on January 27, 2011


If granny is out.. How about Lilith?
I must admit I would also be partial to a Glenda with a crab bucket
Or maybe a jobbing tooth fairy?
posted by mce at 12:14 PM on January 27, 2011


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