Just a few more days and it’s Halloween. It’s always been one of my favorite occassions because I love seeing everyone dressed in costumes. Since I enjoyed making last year’s Halloween blog entry (see Bellatrix Lestrange), I decided to write another one this year. For this year, I picked Morgana Pendragon from BBC One’s Merlin from my list of possible ideas. The premiere of season 5 of the show was really perfectly timed because it reminded me of how much I’ve been wanting to try and cosplay Morgana.
I never thought I would like Morgana. The story of Arthur and Merlin has been around for ages and it’s pretty much basic knowledge that Morgana is Arthur’s enemy. Of course, people usually side with the good guys at the start. I think it’s instinctive for us to root for the good guys and dislike the bad ones. The BBC adaptation of Merlin cast Morgana as good during the first few seasons though. This was a great move on their part because it shows how Morgana became The Morgana of the legends. After all, I don’t think bad guys are born that way. They turn out that way because of something they experienced.
Since the BBC adaptation of Merlin showed both Morgana’s good and evil sides, you can actually go have two looks for Morgana.
“Good” Morgana’s look is basically a princess look. Morgana’s makeup is usually light and natural looking with a bit of emphasis on the eyes and the lips. Her curly hair is usually kept down but she sometimes has them in a low side pony tail or in a bun. As for her clothes, flowing gowns with bright colours are perfect. She also sometimes wears velvet hooded cloaks.
I think “evil” Morgana’s look is very much like Bellatrix Lestrange’s look. The difference main difference I can see is with the makeup. While Bellatrix’s makeup is quite dark and heavy, Morgana’s is pale. The color comes from her eyes which are complemented by her eye makeup. Her hair and clothes though look very much alike: messy, unkempt hair, and a dark (preferably black) dress with lace details.
There are two bonus looks with Morgana. One is the in-between Morgana. There’s a part of the series where Morgana is pretending to be on Uther’s side but is actually against him. She’s not really “evil” yet but she’s not really good either. She’s somewhere in between by this time. The only difference from her “good” look is that her makeup is usually near pale with defined lips. Her eyes also look more deep-set as compared to her “good” look. Her wardrobe, of course, are still made up of gowns as she’s still living in the castle.
For the second bonus look, you can go for “warrior” Morgana. Morgana’s hair is braided to keep it from her face (and of course, so that it’s easier to fight) and her makeup is light with a bit of emphasis on the lips. For her clothes, go for a loose top or something like chain mail (the texture, not the cloth itself; real chain mail would be heavy), a wide belt, a pair of nicely fitting comfortable pants (not denim obviously), and a pair of boots. You can also go for a riding cloak.
One last thing, don’t forget to accessorize. Pick accessories fit for the character. Classy jewelry for “good” and in-between Morgana, something like arm guards and a sword for “warrior” Morgana, and you can actually skip the accessories for “evil” Morgana.
And there you have it. Four looks for one character, how cool is that? :) If you’re on a tight schedule and a tight budget, I think “warrior” Morgana would be the best look to emulate since it seems pretty easy to do. If you have a nice lace dress though, you could go as “evil” Morgana.
For more inspiration on her look, you can visit the Morgana’s Wardrobe section on the Merlin Wikia.
Anyway, time for me to go. Until next time dear readers. Give me a shout out in the comments on who you’re planning to go as on Halloween. Maybe others can get their Halloween costume ideas from you. :)