Labyrinth Movie Costumes

Labyrinth Movie Costumes - finished scenePhoenix and Gryphon are dressed as characters from the classic Jim Henson movieLabyrinth, in a tribute to the late great David Bowie. Gryphon is dressed as David Bowie's character Jareth, the Goblin King. Phoenix is wearing an illusion costume so that he is taking on the role of two of the characters, both the girl Sarah and the baby Toby.


Total Time: Several weeks

Yield: One Jareth King of the Goblins costume and one Sarah/baby Toby costume

Source: The movie "Labyrinth"



  1. Sarah's Head and Torso: To make it appear as though the dog Phoenix is a baby being held by the character Sarah, we had to make an artificial head and torso for Sarah. We got a female mannequin head. This head had a nice face with makeup on it, but no hair. We attached a brown wig, using straight pins to hold it in place. The straight pins went nicely into the Styrofoam inside of the mannequin head. We styled the hair, trying to make it look like the style of Sarah in the movie. We added white flower hair clips, like she wore. We also bought cheap imitation pearl drop earrings. We poked a hole through the mannequin's ears, and then poked the earrings through. We also got a mannequin torso, which was a half body torso. We attached the head to the torso by digging out some of the Styrofoam from the head with the knife, so that there would be room to insert the neck of the torso into it, and glued it together with hot glue.
  2. Labyrinth Movie Costumes - removing Styrofoam from the head
    Labyrinth Movie Costumes - Sarah's head and torso

  3. Sarah's Dress: We wanted to try to recreate the outfit Sarah wore during the ballroom dream sequence in the movie. We bought a long white satin dress. We then glued on small yellow flowers and jewels to look like Sarah's dress. We also got a white blouse with puffy sleeves, and attached it under the dress, to make it look more like the dress Sarah has in the movie. We stuffed cream colored gloves for the hands, which we attached to the ends of the sleeves. We also glued on artificial nails to the tips of each finger.
  4. Labyrinth Movie Costumes - Sarah's dress
    Labyrinth Movie Costumes - stuffed gloves for arms and hands
  5. Baby Toby Outfit: For the baby Toby part of Phoenix's costume, we got a red and white striped onesie, like the one he wears in the movie. We stuffed the whole thing with stuffing. We also got doll hands, and glued these on to the ends of the sleeves, using hot glue. We finished off the outfit with a matching red and white cap, which we attached to a short blonde wig. We also got a pacifier, which Phoenix could hold in his mouth.
  6. Labyrinth Movie Costumes - stuffing onesie
    Labyrinth Movie Costumes - doll hands
    Labyrinth Movie Costumes - glueing hands inside the sleeves of the onesie
    Labyrinth Movie Costumes - sewing wig to cap

  7. Attaching Sarah and Toby Together: To create the illusion part of the double costume, we cut a hole in the white dress big enough for Phoenix to put his head through when he wore the dress. We then attached the onesie directly underneath the hole, so that it would hang down below Phoenix's neck. We also attached the hands of Sarah onto the baby arms, so that it looked like she was holding him. This created one double character illusion costume for Phoenix to wear.
  8. Labyrinth Movie Costumes - hole for dog's head cut in dress
    Labyrinth Movie Costumes - Sarah and Toby part of the costume
  9. Goblin King Shirt and Gloves: For Jareth the Goblin King, we got a white blousey shirt, similar to the one he wore in the movie. We stuffed the arms of the shirt, and then stuffed black gloves and attached them to the ends of the sleeves. We added a special necklace in the design he wore. We also attached a clear plastic Christmas ornament ball onto one of the gloves with hot glue. This looked like the magic crystals Jareth showed Sarah in the movie which would show her all her dreams.
  10. Labyrinth Movie Costumes - stuffing black gloves

  11. Goblin King Pants and Boots: For Jareth's pants, we used light gray leggings. We stuffed the leggings and then tied brown boot covers on top of them. We attached the legs and boots to the front of the shirt, so they would hang down in front of the dog's legs.
  12. Labyrinth Movie Costumes - legs with boot covers
  13. Goblin King's Other Accessories: To complete the Jareth outfit, we got a blond punk rock wig in the style of Jareth's hair in the movie. We also used pet-safe makeup to try to recreate the classic make-up look the Goblin King is known for.
  14. Labyrinth Movie Costumes - applying makeup to the dog's face

  15. Goblin King Throne: To create Jareth's throne, we covered a big roundish brown armchair with a brown shower curtain. We let it drape over it. To create the top arch of the throne, we used foamboard. We cut the shape out of foamboard, and then painted it with a wood grain look. We then painted rope gold and glued pieces of it onto the foamboard, to look like the ties of the throne. We then glued the top arch onto the top of the brown shower curtain. Gryphon was then able to sit in this throne while wearing his costume.
  16. Labyrinth Movie Costumes - cutting foamboard
    Labyrinth Movie Costumes - painting foamboard with a woodgrain finish
    Labyrinth Movie Costumes - attaching rope ties
    Labyrinth Movie Costumes - arch glued in place
  17. Little Goblins: To create the little goblins that Jareth rules over, we started with little green dolls. We got tiny doll shirts and put them on the dolls. We colored their nails black with permanent markers. We added eyes that popped by gluing on plastic doll eyes. We also added hair, which was made from doll hair and glued on. We made a little armored hat for one of the goblins. To do this, we painted a paper bowl silver. We then glued silver posterboard into spike shapes, and glued this onto the bowl.
  18. Labyrinth Movie Costumes - adding hair to create goblin doll
    Labyrinth Movie Costumes - painting a paper bowl silver
    Labyrinth Movie Costumes - making silver paper spikes
    Labyrinth Movie Costumes - attaching spiked to the bowl

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