This Halloween, I put on my rose-tinted spectacles and entered The Grand Budapest Hotel.
If you have yet to watch this film or any other movie by the incredibly talented Wes Anderson, you need to run to your nearest movie store, click to your favorite online site, or purchase it as a download — I don’t care how you do it (as long as it’s legal), but do it now!
I love the way Wes Anderson creates technicolor worlds, not just stories, for the viewer to become completely immersed in. I emerge feeling bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and inspired.
After viewing The Grand Budapest Hotel earlier this month, it hit me: Agatha & Zero!
Anderson’s characters are so unique and iconic that they make great costumes. For those unfamiliar with The Grand Budapest Hotel, Agatha is a professional pastry chef at Mendl’s Bakery and Zero Moustafa is a lobby boy (and the eventual owner) of the Grand Budapest. They become friends, fall in love, and Agatha assists Zero in helping M. Gustave, the hotel’s concierge, after is he arrested for murder.
Agatha’s most striking feature is the large birth mark on her face in the shape of Mexico. She’s most often seen in a dress and apron, baking treats in the Mendl’s kitchen or hand-delivering boxes of desserts.
For my Agatha costume, I wore a super cheap dress I purchased from a thrift store, and an apron I made from a length of blue fabric purchased at a craft store. I made her Society of the Crossed Keys necklace from a wooden circle (craft store), leftover apron fabric, white paint, and black permanent marker. I covered a small, white cake box in pink paper and pasted a Mendl’s logo on one side. I braided my hair on each side and used a brown eyebrow liner to add Agatha’s birthmark to my cheek.
Zero Moustafa is the Grand Budapest’s dedicated lobby boy, as indicated by his hat. Zero’s work uniform is a head-to-toe purple suit. He draws on a thin mustache each morning to begin his day at work.
For Austin’s Zero costume, he wore a purple silk shirt we found from a local antique store. We cut off excessive fabric and the collar to match Zero’s. For his “Lobby Boy” hat, we used card stock to create the basic hat shape. He covered it in leftover fabric from the shirt (you can use purple vinyl), and added the letters with gold pen.
Listen up fellas — you need a freshly shaved face to pull off Zero’s look. Don’t forget to pencil in your mustache!
We nixed the purple pants because we couldn’t find a pair that was less than $30, and we wanted costumes on a budget. In total, my costume was around $12.
We were so excited to dive into Wes Anderson’s world and share our Agatha and Zero looks for Halloween. While not many people recognized the costumes (I was asked if I was a Girl Scout), we loved every bit of it and thought we looked fantastic.
How do you think we did? Are you dressing up for Halloween? Share with us in the comments below!