There are quite a few vintage-y ideas out there on the web, but my party was a dance party, so the costume would need to withstand constant rapid movement and sweat, not ideal for make-up heavy solutions or full body suits.
A day before the party, I still could not pull an outfit together from my closet that would satisfy my expectations, so we went to a party supply store. Little did I know which wonderland awaited me there!
Rows over rows of the most wonderful kitsch and crap, party decorations grouped in themes, stationary, artificial flowers and then the costume section - this was probably the first store with every single item made in China. Bloody plastic limbs in orderly arranged on a shelf, tombstones, styro foam skulls and all such wonderful things.