The votes are in, the back-room meetings are concluded, and we have a winner for the Jane Austen Fancy-Dress Costume Contest!
Actually, that’s a lie. We have two winners. WHAT. You wanna make something of it? We like you, okay?
In the category of Outstanding Performance by a Costume Made from Kitchen Accessories, we have:
The Tin Man on the yellow sponge road! Ta-da! The judges were especially impressed by the heart personally chewed into shape by the artist, as well as the thoughtful use of the Emerald City in the background. Points for completeness and adorability. Congratulations, Miss Tarango!
In the category of Outstanding Use of a Scene That Is Really More of a Diorama Than A Costume, we present…
…Jane in 127 Hours! The judges commented specifically on the use of a slightly maimed Action Jane for artistic purposes, as well as the thoughtful recreation of southern Utah behind the main subject. Well played, Mr. Lim and Mr. Yoo! Appropriate prizes will be distributed in a timely manner.
Thank you to all our entrants, and congratulations to the winners!
So, it’s exactly twelve days until Halloween–and no, I don’t think there’s a song about birds in trees or golden rings for that one–and while I KNOW you have your OWN costume squared away, I’ve gotta ask you: What’s Jane going to be?
You…you ARE dressing up your Action Jane, aren’t you?
All I’m saying is, that green bodice/”here’s my feather and writing desk” thing has got to get soooo oooold for our dear Action Jane, and a change of thematic/sartorial scenery can’t hurt. So here’s what we’re going to do: We’re going to have an Action Jane costume contest. (Excuse me: a “fancy dress” contest.) Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to:
1) dress up your Action Jane in the Halloween costume of your choice,
2) take a picture of your handiwork, and
3) send the photo and a description of your Jane’s costume to missb at austenacious dot com by 6 PM PST, Sunday, October 30.
See? Like taking candy corn from a tiny trick-or-treater.
Don’t have an Action Jane? Don’t panic; just know that creative interpretations of the instructions may be rewarded.
The winner and her Action Jane get a prize, and by “prize,” I actually don’t just mean “bragging rights for having successfully clothed a six-inch plastic doll.”
Get on it, people! And spread the news!