Every protagonist needs a foil and, for Josie McCoy of the eponymous group Josie and the Pussycats, we have the pot-stirring, skunk-haired Alexandra Cabot and her ne’er-do-well pet, Sebastian the Cat.
Referring back to my previous article about the new direction of Character Makeover, I’m delving into the 1920s for inspiration to give Alexandra and the Pussycat gang a flapper-era-influenced look!
From glamorous, silent film vamps like Theda Bara (most of her films were in the mid 19-teens, and she retired from film in 1927) and the fictional Robot Maria (portrayed by Brigitte Helm) of Metropolis (1927) fame, to serious, dark-haired, doe-eyed beauties like Louise Brooks, there are an entire host of women from the first couple decades of the 20th century to choose from to help develop a new look for Alexandra.
As in previous installments of Character Makeover, I have a Pinterest board dedicated to my research for Alexandra. It’s full of sleek-looking, extant garments and accessories, photographs, and illustrations. Personally, Alexandra is always trying to be slick, so I think that dressing her in something that’s just a bit on the flashy side would suit her well.
Even though Josie, Valerie, and Melody are typically clad in some sort of cheetah-print body suit, Alexandra’s red, black, and white minidress from the animated series is an eye-catching, attention-grabbing color. Her clothing is flashy by nature of the fact that it’s red, so I’ll definitely maintain that aspect about her original outfit.
I love, love, love sleek bobbed hair, and I think that a Louis Brook’s-type haircut would look keen with Alexandra’s white streak in it.
The ‘typical’ silhouette of the 1920s— boxy dresses with ‘short’ skirts— weren’t actually de rigueur until the middle of the decade. This website has a handy illustration of the various silhouettes and hemlines of the decade. At any rate, if Alexandra Cabot were a gal from the 20s, I say she’d wear something on the brief side, given that 1960s/70s-era Alexandra wore a minidress.
Add some jewelry, perhaps a circlet and a lavalier (one of those long necklaces with a fancy pendant at the end), among a couple other pieces, and I’d say we have a pretty convincing 1920s-era Alexandra!
Do you have characters you’ve personalized through a unique redesign? Any sketches, drawings or actual costumes? Feel free to share your pictures or drawings down in the comments section!