Glenn Close recreates iconic Cruella de Vil costume with homemade outfit

The actor was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance as Cruella de Vil in the 1996 film 101 Dalmatians

Sabrina Barr
Tuesday 06 October 2020 09:00 BST
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Glenn Close has paid homage to her show-stealing performance as Cruella de Vil in the 1996 film 101 Dalmatians by creating a homemade version of her costume.

While Halloween is still a few weeks off, for many people, the arrival of October marks the official start of the spooky season.

One person getting into the spine-chilling spirit is Close, who shared a picture on Instagram of a head-to-toe Cruella de Vil costume she put together, having been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of the character.

In the caption, the actor explained that she was preparing for Bette Midler’s virtual “Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover”, a fundraiser taking place on Friday 30 October in aid of non-profit organisation the New York Restoration Project.

To create her homemade Cruella de Vil look, the 73-year-old ordered a black and white wig online and bought Dalmatian puppy ears from a local Halloween store, she said.

Cruella de Vil’s signature red cigarette holder was created by painting a chopstick red, and her red and black gloves were made by cutting the fingertips off a pair of red gloves and placing them on top of a pair of black gloves with long black nails attached.

Close used silk long johns for her leopard print scarf and put on a black coat that she had previously worn while filming 2017 drama The Wife.

As for her make-up, the actor explained that she used an unconventional method to try and achieve Cruella de Vil’s pale, gaunt visage.

“Didn’t have a really pale base so I tried baby powder,” she said.

“Looks weird on the side of my face. Not a rousing success. Also needed a liquid eyeliner… next time.”

Several Instagram users commended Close on her innovative costume making skills.

“This may be the best thing on Instagram... EVER!” one person commented.

“I meannn this is why you’re simply the best!” someone else wrote.

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