When we heard Girl Meets World was going to have a Halloween special, we were too excited to see what kind of costumes Riley, Maya and the rest of the cast might wear. Well, costume designer Nicole Gorsuch made us seriously want to step up our Halloween costume game with the amazing steampunk circus looks that she created for the show. We wanted to get the behind-the-scenes story, so we talked with Nicole about how she went about creating these looks and got her advice for how to make your own one-of-a-kind costume this Halloween.
For Nicole, the inspiration for these costumes came from an interesting piece of art. “I have this painting of Mick Jagger that I really like. I had it on my computer and I kept looking at it and looking at it, and he had a big top hat on. I kept looking at Sabrina and her big, huge, beautiful, blonde hair, and I thought it would be really cool if we could dress her up like a lion tamer. So then, I just started to try to figure out a way where we could do the four kids’ costumes connected.”
Nicole decided to make Riley, Maya, Lucas, and Farkle’s costumes all have a circus theme. “But I didn’t want it to just be like a normal circus, I wanted it to be like a themed rock n’ roll kind of circus.”
Along with Sabrina’s lion tamer, Nicole imagined other circus roles for Maya, Lucas, and Farkle. “Rowan reminded me of that tightrope walker that you see when you go in the Haunted Mansion. I think of Lucas as a ringmaster. He was just kind of a rockstar with that cool vest. And then for the character Farkle, we were thinking of one of those people that gets shot out of a cannon, sort of an aviator.”
To put together each of the costumes, Nicole and her team searched their costume house for unique pieces. “For Rowan it was that sparkly dress. We just started changing it and adding things to it and putting stuff on it. Sabrina’s was kind of around the top hat, and then we found that cool striped vest, and then we sort of did everything around that.”
If you’re looking to create your unique costume this Halloween like the ones on Girl Meets World, we love the advice that Nicole gave to us. “I really start with one piece, the good eye-catching piece, and then I just start to add the background to it, almost like you’re doing a painting. You have the main part and the background. Then, you add in the main accessories, and the more detail you put into it the more kind of “wow” the costume is. I would say adding details, adding details, adding details, then taking a step back and look at it. You can hang it on a hanger like it’s an outfit, look at it, and just keep going back to it.”
Be sure to see the Halloween episode of Girl Meets World, airing this month as part of Monstober on Disney Channel! Here’s a clip of the costumes from the episode:
Which costume is your favorite from the episode? Tell us in the comments below!