Winnipeg woman shocks with elaborate Halloween costumes
By day she works as a multimedia developer and videographer. By night she makes costumes. Not just any costumes. Masterpieces.
Nicole Magne was recently featured in Make Magazine for her annual costume exploits. Make is a popular American magazine that showcases do it yourself projects.
She refers to her costumes as her sculptures. "I use clay model, then cast it in plaster." Then she uses a liquid foam that is poured into the mold, creating a nerf-like material. "It's lightweight, it's flexible and great for costumes."
It usually takes her one month to create her costume, from concept to creation. She says she figures out what she wants to do on paper, then works backwards to figure out how to do it. "There's definitely some trial and error involved but I think my fine arts background helps me problem-solve," she explained.
This year's costume is based on the Orange is the New Black Netflix show. "I'm a three person dancing chain gang, using mannequins that I built....It's a lot of fun to wear," she said, clearly delighted with herself.
To learn more about Nicole Magne's Halloween creations, listen to Information Radio on Tuesday October 29 after 7 a.m.