The Faceless Effect

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#1 Ozymandias on 8 years ago

Hello everybody, I did a search on this particular subject but I found nothing that would help me, so I figured that maybe you guys would have a few suggestions.

You see, I'm hoping to cosplay this obscure little lady from Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away":


For the most part, it looks like a fairly simple cosplay. However, does anybody have any suggestions on how to create the faceless loook without utterly blocking my vision?

I was thinking something along the lines of this, which these actors wore in the play "The Insanity of Mary Girard" at my school.


What kind of fabric would you recommend for the face covering, if I was to go this route?

Edit: If the Facebook iimage is not showing, let me know and I'll try to find some other way to show you guys what the facial coverings look like.

#2 grimpirate on 8 years ago

I recall a past Halloween where I was gifted a grim reaper cowl/hood. It had no face though. Just a black fabric that extended through the opening in the hood. No one could see into my face but I could see out of it. Not with the greatest clarity of course, but enough where if the room had normal lighting I wouldn't collide into anything and I could discern people's faces and whatnot.

Once upon a time I made a chipboard knight helmet and wanted to reproduce the effect. However, I couldn't find what that particular fabric was called and the reaper masks were fairly expensive (or I'm just cheap). So I bought a generous amount of nylon netted fabric and then placed 6 to 7 layers of it together and hot glued it into place. As you should be able to see from these pictures my face is entirely nonvisible. I could see fairly well out of it though.

#3 Ozymandias on 8 years ago

Thank you very much for the help! Nylon netted fabric, you say? Does it come in black? How easy is if to breathe through?

I was thinking that if I could see through the nylon net wrapping that I could wrap several layers around my head and tuck the lower loose ends in my collar, and my wig would hade the rest.

#4 grimpirate on 8 years ago

Yes the one I used is black in color as you can see in the pics. It's not only dark because of the layers it's just also black as well. Yeah you could wrap it just as you describe, use it as sort of a scarf. The only issue is that the nylon is stiffer than regular fabric so it may not conform as easily/nicely as you might want it to. I purchased it at JoAnn's fabrics if that helps.

Hmm... breathability was ok, but due to the fact that it was a helmet and the fabric was somewhat near my face it did become fairly hot fairly fast. I imagine though that if you have your head wrapped in it, since it's fairly porous you won't run into the same problem. There's more exposed surface area for air to enter and leave in other words.

#5 Ozymandias on 8 years ago

[QUOTE=grimpirate;3971924] I purchased it at JoAnn's fabrics if that helps.[/QUOTE]

Aww phooey, I don't think my city has a Joann. Come to think of it, does Canada even have Joann? *runs off to Google*

Edit: Phooey it appears that it doesn't. The closest thing Canadians have to that is Fabricland, and the nearest one is 4 hours drive away from my town. :lost: If I am correct, I believe that the only store that sells fabric in my city is Wal-mart. Hmm...does Joann's take orders and ship internationally?

#6 jasiones on 8 years ago

[QUOTE=Ozymandias;3971981]does Joann's take orders and ship internationally?[/QUOTE]

if you're willing to shop online for the fabric there's probably cheaper and overall better places out there than joann's

#7 mylilpazuzu on 8 years ago

You might try lycra. There are [URL=""]these things[/URL], zentai suits or morph suits or whatever you want to call them, and you're able to see and even drink through the material that covers your face. Since the suits are 100% lycra, if you were to use lycra for your face covering, I would assume it would do the same thing. It's also pleasantly stretchy and won't make your face too warm.

Not saying you should buy a bodysuit, just that there's a material out there that will hide your features while allowing you to see, and that material is Lycra.

#8 mechafaux on 8 years ago

You can buy lycra at
It comes in different thicknesses and levels of sheen, you want matte and fairly thin. They'll send you swatch cards if you call them.