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  1. formerly TD4513 Tk-Devo's Avatar
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    Nov 15, 2009, 7:48 PM - Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #1

    A good friend of mine is looking to do the Gene Wilder version of Willy Wonka for the upcoming 2010 con season. So I'm on here looking for any help from anyone who may have done this costume or may know any information on it!

    Thanks!



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    Nov 15, 2009, 7:55 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #2

    The easiest parts are probably going to be the white shirt, the dress pants, and maybe even the shoes.

    The coat, vest, bow tie, top hat and cane are a different story though.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated guys, thanks!
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    Nov 16, 2009, 2:12 AM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #3

    I was Willy Wonka for Halloween once. (When I was six. ) My costume wasn't very accurate and I remember being pissed off I couldn't find a purple coat or a brown hat. I was a picky thing, even then.
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    Nov 16, 2009, 7:07 AM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #4

    The bow tie would actuly be easy to make! It looks like it is made out of tan silk. You might get good results using chiffon (think prom dress matrial).
    I might have a tut on makeing bow ties some where...I'll check if you like.
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    Nov 16, 2009, 12:59 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #5

    Eradicator said: View Post
    You might get good results using chiffon (think prom dress matrial)..
    I was thinking the same thing! Looks real similar!
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    Nov 16, 2009, 1:09 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #6

    The vest is a small scale purple floral of some sort with a squared off bottom. It looks like a jewel neckline too.
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    Nov 16, 2009, 1:24 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #7

    Start out at Gentlemen's emporium. They have alot of Victorian style clothing in which you may be able to find parts and pieces. If you are going for screen accuracy I am sure you can find some ready made Victorian clothing pieces out there.

    http://www.gentlemansemporium.com/gentlemans.php

    Just change the hat band to a more skinnier version.

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    Nov 16, 2009, 3:20 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #8

    "Drink my beer......"

    oops....That's Family Guy.

    Wonkas unite!
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    Nov 16, 2009, 4:07 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #9

    The Hat from Gentleman's Emporium ends up being the wrong color. I bought a cheaper Black Topper and took off the ribbon band and painted it with Red Auto Primer. It turned out perfect. Replaced the band with the correct ribbon.
    Here are some great shoes for him. I love mine and found them really cheap. The Taupe color is the least expensive to find, and easy to dye the exact color of your hat which is what the originals do:
    http://www.stacyadams.com/shop-sa/me...prod00015.html

    My coat is Real Velvet and if I had to do it again I'd use Velveteen. Velvet is a damn pain and really expensive and hot. I wasn't able to do the lapel piping as the Velvet was hard to keep from crushing.

    The Vest material is Impossible to find I looked forever and settled with something pretty close. Here's the pattern for it:
    http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/sto...91&page=2&js=n

    You want the top vest, minus shawl collar, plus straight bottom.

    I can post the tie and the cane I made, and other pics to if you want.

    Laffo.
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    Nov 17, 2009, 8:02 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #10

    Could you post some pics of everything Laffo?
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    Nov 17, 2009, 8:53 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #11

    Awesome thread! I want his penny whistle he uses to summon the Oompa Loompas!
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    Nov 17, 2009, 10:18 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #12

    The-Clayster said: View Post
    Could you post some pics of everything Laffo?
    Everything but the hat and shoes. They were used on a shoot and disappeared. Those are easy enough to imagine though. Like I said I'd have preferred my coat to be closer and my vest to be more accurate - Pattern and Fabric wise, but it was 10 years ago and the leaps and bounds in being able to source stuff is obvious. I'll find pictures of the whole thing on and what remains of the suit.

    The pants might be hard to find in the Warehouse as well, I'll look. I found some awesome Cream/Dun colored Flannel Trousers that were perfect at a Vintage Store for $20. What's not perfect is what I do to a pair of light colored pants.

    I may have tossed them, I'll have to see.

    Laffo.
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    Nov 17, 2009, 10:54 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #13

    The original hat used to be on display at the DC Planet Hollywood.
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    Nov 17, 2009, 11:11 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #14

    In regaurds to Wonka's purple coat:

    All of the Six Flags theme parks have actors portraying the Joker, who also wears a purple coat that is VERY VERY similar to your picture of Wonka. The only discrepancy is the piping along the pockets.

    Six Flags sells and holds auctions for a lot of costumes and often puts them on E-Bay throughout the year, so keep your eyes pealed for that. Or you can just find their phone number, talk to the Wardrobe Manager and ask to buy it.

    I think the company Six Flags goes through is called "Alex in Wonderland" so maybe check their site for other costumes.

    Hope this helped! >.<
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    Nov 17, 2009, 11:42 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #15

    I was thinking about this costume just the other day while watching it on TV. Good luck. I look forward to seeing your progress.
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    Nov 17, 2009, 11:56 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #16

    Also, if you have friends/relatives in Texas, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds is a costume shop in Austin where I've actually seen purple velvet tophats.
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    Nov 18, 2009, 12:23 AM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #17

    Digging for the stuff. Might be a bit.
    Laffo.
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    Dec 25, 2009, 6:08 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #18

    Anyone? Anyone?
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    Dec 25, 2009, 7:52 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #19

    Still pulling stuff out for a Move. I'll post it when it comes up.
    Laffo.
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    Jun 8, 2010, 10:10 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #20

    Yeah, this thread ain't dead!
    I really want to do this costume still, and have just started research on it again.
    Anyone want to chime in with some help? If you can, please do!
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    Jun 8, 2010, 11:23 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #21

    I don't have anything to add beyond the fact that I would love to see folks dressed as this version of Willy Wonka. I loved that movie as a kid, and still do.
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    Jun 9, 2010, 12:06 AM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #22

    I thought I would interject that His vest is made from a metallic floral Brocade, when I did this costume a while back I used a tiny floral broadcloth that I pinstriped with metallic gold thread that achieved the look almost perfectly. As far as the Hat goes, I wouldn't go with a wool top hat personally, just because all the ones on the market are those obnoxious coachmen hats that haven't got the correct brim. I suggest e-mailing the proprieter at www.tophatlady.com, as she provided mine and it was screen accurate to a T.
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    Jun 9, 2010, 2:47 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #23

    I clicked that link of yours Chadrificus, and it came up with a website suggestion page, rather than an actual website.

    As for the vest, I'm googling "metallic floral brocade" as I type this.
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    Jun 9, 2010, 4:03 PM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #24

    If you're willing to sacrifice texture, you could make up a repeating image for the vest pattern and have it printed at www.spoonflower.com, as I am doing for my Sherlock Holmes vest.
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    Jun 10, 2010, 1:24 AM - Re: Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Research Thread #25

    That's a great idea!
    I'm going to have to watch the film again in order to get a better idea of the vest, as the reference pictures I have are low quality.

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