Elphaba's Costume: Wicked In Every Way
Loathing. Unadultrated loathing. For your face, your voice, your clothing.
Now some might say that Elphaba's costume is simply the same as The Wicked Witch of the West from the MGM Musical. And while there are similarities, there are also stark differences. Such as the hat and the detail on the dress. Elphaba's costume has a bit more sex appeal without showing anymore skin than that of Margaret Hamilton's. However, finding a costume that's close to Elphaba's? Not so easy. But let's give it the old Shiz try.
The Distressed Elphaba Costume
This photograph shows Julia Murney in Elphaba's second act costume. Elphaba has been on the run from the Wizard's henchmen and, as a result, her costume has seen some wear and tear. This is one of Elphaba's more intricate costumes.
The dress is said to weigh around 40 lbs., is worth anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 and has a zipper down the back that can be easily replaced.
Another photo of the Act 2 dress with the incomparable Idina Menzel as Elphaba:
The dress is made from dark, patchworked fabrics. You can see a bit of sheen in the contrasting fabric at her waist.
Elphaba's Opening/Act 1 Costume
This is the first costume in which we see Elphaba (unless you're counting infant Elphie - and I'm not). This is a rather normal costume obviously giving the audience a taste of the very ordinary girl she was - save for the greenification that is.
This costume features a very modest cap, her spectacles and she wears her hair in a long braid. This costume and her ballroom wear are probably the most easily reproduced costumes.
Wicked: The Musical Tour Trailer
You can get a good feel for Elphaba's different costumes in the tour trailer. You can also see how the fabric moves with her. Her traditional dress has a lot of movement - allowing her to pick it up and cause it to flare.
Elphaba's Emerald City Costume
This is the costume worn by Elphaba when she visits The Emerald City for the first time with Glinda. In the first photo, she's wearing her green specs. This was a bit in the book that was omitted by the MGM film. When you came to The Emerald City, you had to be fitted with green specs.
Here you can see the bodice and hat a bit better.
A backstage photo of Elphaba which allows you to see the dress from the side:
Elphaba's OZ Dust Ballroom Costume
Elphaba wore this to the OZ Dust Ballroom. Sleeveless with a slanted waistline, a pleated skirt and detail on the bodice, this is probably the most understated of all Elphaba's costumes.
Elphaba actually wears this one under the coat of her school day outfit. She also wears a sweater under the dress when she wears it this way.
Elphaba's Shiz Costume
Elphaba's Shiz uniform isn't one I see talked about all that often.
Wicked CDs and Books
Wicked Witch Elite Collection Adult Costume
This picturesque full-length fully finished black gown comes with a tulle petticoat, witch hat with tulle sash and stick on black fingernails. Makeup and shoes sold separately.
The Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch Adult Costume
Another play on Elphaba's classic costume. While this one is described as "Wizard of OZ," implying that it might look more like Margaret Hamilton's than Wicked's Elphaba, I see quite a bit of influence of Wicked on this costume.
Wicked Witch Plus Elite Collection Adult
Plus size version of the Elite costume.
Proper Elphaba Shoes!
Shoes. Just a pair of shoes.
Click on any photo for more information.
Witch Adult Boots
In this backstage documentary, Shoshana Bean shows us what the Act 2 dress looks like. The video is a bit grainy, but as you can tell from the video, the dress is heavy, contains a number of different fabrics and is beaded.
Elphaba Costume Links
- Musical Schwartz - Susan Hilferty's Designs for Wicked
This site gives a bit of information about the costume designs for Wicked.
Purchase Wicked Witch of the East Costumes
Don't want to make your own? Use these or simply modify them.
Adult Wicked Witch of the East Costume
Costume includes a full length black polyester dress and cape trimmed in shades of green with jagged edges, and matching hat. Broom not included.
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Do you have any photos of the costume? - Have you made your own? Let me know!
anonymous on July 11, 2011:
As a costume designer myself this is what I loved so much about Wicked the musical really interesting techniques used and to great effect. As the reader below says, an ideal halloween costume!
anonymous on October 09, 2010:
@anonymous: no but i want some
anonymous on October 09, 2010:
@anonymous: i total agree i whent to london with my mum and was exactly like you absoloutley loved my mum asked me recentley what am i going to be for this years holoween and i said ELPHABA OF CORSE.
anonymous on September 13, 2010:
@anonymous: Because of Wicked I know what I am A.know what I am going to be for this halloween!
and B. I also know what I am going to sing for this years talent show.
anonymous on October 17, 2009:
I watched it a couple of nights ago. That was when I fell in love with the music, costumes and cast. I want to watch it again! I'm going as her for halloween!
anonymous on October 05, 2009:
I agree. I LOVE Wicked and am going with my school to see it for my second time. I wish to Elphie too. Im thinking of being her for Halloween if I can find a costume I can afford that is.
anonymous on October 03, 2009:
I tried making the Act II Elphaba costume for Halloween 2008. It turned out pretty good, I think, as people at the Henri David Ball in Philadelphia were pointing and saying, "Elphaba!"
I did the entire thing by hand and it took a month and a half to construct. Crazy amazing! I'm wearing it again this year for Halloween when we go to a Ren. Fest near Houston, TX
anonymous on September 30, 2009:
i'm met idina menzel an seen the play an here's the weird part i'm re lated 2 a real witch.
anonymous on September 16, 2009:
Hey do u nowhere to buy those things?
anonymous on September 15, 2009:
When i went to go see wicked i thought it would be boring but it was fantastic i am going to be elphba for halloween it was that great
anonymous on August 02, 2009:
I've ALWAYS dreamed of playing Elphaba on Brodway!!!!!!!! I'm trying to find out how to sign up for America's Got Talent so someome from Brodway might see me! Even if they do, I have a few years to wait until I'm old enough, but still!
anonymous on July 25, 2009:
I have seen wicked six times in my life. If any one wants to see a kids version go to Australia Victoria. but we haven't done the play yet though we are just organizing it. the kids including me well we all have the lungs to sing. I am just so exited but one more thing were is the ozmopolitan. Any way I am Jewish
anonymous on June 27, 2009:
This is mint! I am in a production of Wicked and I LOVE IT!!
anonymous on June 17, 2009:
OH MY GOSH! I'm in love with Wicked, and the costumes are SO COOL! One of my dreams is to be Elphaba in a play. It would be so awesome if I had costumes like those ones to wear. SO COOL!!!
anonymous on June 06, 2009:
I wish they had more similar Elphaba costumes...Im a boy and I would never dream of getting on, but it would be cool to see one. I could be like, "Hey mom look at this! It looks just like the one in the play!" lol! I can only dream! haha
anonymous on June 05, 2009:
this was the first musical i ever saw and wow.. mindblowing..
x3xsolxdierx3x lm on April 21, 2009:
I have yet to see Wicked.......but, definitely want to one day! Great use of pictures to complement this lens :) 5 stars
anonymous on April 08, 2009:
[in reply to lisasboutique]
Wicked is a wonderful show. From what I know, the show's said to be making the same amount of money as Phantom of the Opera did in it's hay day -- and that's saying something! Considering Phantom is the longest running show in Broadway History, and likely, the biggest money-earner too. Wicked is a powerful story. YOu should see it if you get the chance. :)
anonymous on March 19, 2009:
YAY WICKED!!! I soooooooo want to own those costumes someday!!! I wonder how much they would cost, out the door. Hmmmm...
jessicahoward on March 16, 2009:
wicked...great lens....amazing.....thanx for sharing it...have a look for latest gadgets ...thanx
lisasboutique on February 06, 2009:
wow check out those costumes...just amazing.. I have not see Wicked but gee it looks very interesting. Thanks for the photos....they are great
RyanRE LM on January 06, 2009:
Great lens Kelly. I have actually never seen Wicked, but several of my friends have and rave that it is their favorite musical.
anonymous on December 27, 2008:
Elphaba's second shiz uniforn is just the ozdust ballroom dress under a white jacket.
anonymous on December 26, 2008:
omg! i luv WICKED! after i saw it i was all like omg! that's what i want to do! so im goin to a special school to learn about the show business. so make suer you come and see me!!!:) lol
anonymous on December 15, 2008:
Wicked is totally awesome!!! So are Elphaba's costumes. I want to own them some day!!!
anonymous on December 09, 2008:
I LOVE WICKED SOOO MUCH DEFINING GRAVITY IS MY FAVORITE SONG
EelKat13 on March 29, 2008:
I just made a new group, for CosPlay-Anime-Manga type lenses. Sending along an invitation to come join it! https://hubpages.com/entertainment/groups-CosPlay
anonymous on February 24, 2008:
hi i need all of the cotsumes on wicked because
all of my family and i are doing wicked for a theme
anonymous on December 28, 2007:
Buy a navy fabric for her opening codtume and fishnets for the cap buy a wig and braid it
blondeheroine (author) on October 12, 2007:
Thanks everyone for your comments. I'll be adding more ASAP. Halloween has been taking up a fair amount of time, but I'm working on it! :) Thanks for all your awesome comments.
anonymous on October 09, 2007:
Are they any groups or societies out there that get together (in costume?) regarding WICKED? (Y'know, like the Society for Creative Anachronisms, like that.) Or at the very least, are their folks out ther who have patterns (or actually MAKE) costumes?! We want outfits like the stageplay!
anonymous on October 03, 2007:
do you have a description of the costumes? iam creating a site in my scholl with other people and i am in charge og getting info about the costumes
anonymous on October 02, 2007:
i love wicked the play it is so thrilling and interesting tou can learn a lot from mthis play . this is one of my most favorite play. iiiii llllllloooooovvvvveeeeeeee thiis pppppllllllllllaaaaaaayyy
anonymous on August 26, 2007:
I love wicked me and my aunt sit in her car and listen to ot all the time!