Wonder Woman Museum
THE MANNEQUIN PROJECT - Lynda Carter as WONDER WOMAN
begun January 2004 - finished October 27, 2006

Wonder Woman Museum curator Andy Mangels has long wanted to have a life-size Wonder Woman replica in his office. His partner, Don Hood, is a tailor and costume maker, and 3-4 years of birthday presents and Christmas presents were saved up to get the intricate costume made. ;> To see more of Don Hood's work go to Creations by Pooh. Some reproduction items below are for sale!

Invaluable help referencing one of the ORIGINAL TV costumes came from Ken of Amazing-Amazon.com, who allowed the combination Lynda/stunt costume to be meticulously photographed by Jericho Wilson, and patterns traced from it by Andy Mangels and Anina Bennett.

This page is a chronicle of the making of the mannequin. Notes about each piece, how it matches the original costume, and how it was reconstructed, are below.


Below are pictures of the mannequin as it was finished on October 27,2006 just in time for its Wonder Woman Day debut!

THE MANNEQUIN BODY, FACE, AND HAIR:

The fantastic mannequin was provided by Bill of MacMannequin Studios. Bill first found an appropriate body, then added a new set of hands (fists) and skillfully put an alternate head on the mannequin, finishing it all with a resurfacing job and new paint job. What you see below is the unfinished version, followed by the complete painted and repaired version.

The glorious paint job on the face is the work of David from Dash N Dazzle. As you'll see below, David turned a flesh-colored blank face into a very close approximation of Lynda's visage.


The hair was a combination of two wigs, and was styled by Allen Fertuna of The Little Beauty Shop in Portland, based on photos of Lynda's hairstyle. The earrings were bought at Goodwill and painted the proper color with a shiny red lacquer by Don Hood.
THE TIARA AND BRACELETS:

The tiara is made from a pattern from Ken Yamada's original stunt costume. The front is gold leather, with two types of gold trim (the original had a trim no longer made). A red star was decorated with bugle beads and a centered rhinestone. There were multiple varieties of the tiara star used on the series, but this matches the most common style seen. The back of the original tiara was tan, but Don Hood used black felt instead, and added velcro fasteners. If you'd like your own tiara made, contact Don Hood here!

The bracelets are brass-covered belly-dancing bracelts purchased on EBay. Originally about 6 inches in length, they were cut down to 2 5/8" wide, and the interior corners rounded. The cutting was done by Cedric at Shmeer Sheet Metal Works in Portland. Don Hood then glued on cloth red stars to the center of the bracelet. Below, you can see before and after pictures of the bracelets.
THE BELT, LASSO, PANTIES, AND TIGHTS:

The belt is also made from a pattern from Ken Yamada's original stunt costume. The front is gold leather, with two types of gold trim (like the tiara, the original had a trim no longer made). The back hooks with two large hook and eye enclosures. There were multiple varieties of the belt used on the series, but this matches the most common style seen in the second and third season. The stunt costume belt was sewn to the panties and bustier, so Don Hood used black felt on the back for this detachable belt. The loop for the lasso is also made of gold leather, and snaps with a brass snap.
Note: Early pictures below show the belt loop incorrectly positioned further back on the hip, but it has since been corrected to exactly match placement on the original costume. The center pointer has also been extended to compensate for the mannequin's torso. The original TV costume had various belt pointer heights depending on which costume it was.
There are multiple types of lassos used on the series; for this lasso, we used a medium gold cording with gold bolo tips. If you'd like your own belt or lasso made, contact Don Hood here!

The panties are a blue satin material with two different sizes of stars sewn on them. Note that the center lowest star is actually half-velcroed on to help hide the seam-opening. The rest of the seam is closed with hook-and-eyes. The panties were very hard to fit to the mannequin because of her thin hips; the original pattern was for a larger Lynda and her stuntwomen. Pictured below is Don's second attempt at the panties; The FINAL version with some hip and butt padding is pictured above on the nearly-finished version!

The tights/panty hose were very difficult to find for several reasons: they had to match the skin-tone and be almost invisible, but with a sligth sheen; they had to help cover the leg joint; but most of all, they had to be panty-less control tops so that the high French cut of the panties wouldn't show. This latter proved to be the worst problem, since it appears that very few hose are panty-less control tops! I went to 6-7 stores to shop, carrying the mannequin arm to match the color (and tell me THAT didn't get weird looks!) and finally found the right pair with Danskin Women's Footed Tights: UltraShimmery Style 1331 in "Light Toast." Few people know that Lynda wore tights, but she did, and now the mannequin does, too!
THE BUSTIER:

The bustier (pictured at the top) has been the hardest piece to fit together. Costumer Cindy Morgan made the main bustier from red satin, with boning in appropriate spots, and sewn-in bra cups. The back is fitted with hook-and-eye tape with a slight flap to fit together.

Fitting the bustier on was difficult, as this is not a live woman, and the mannequin has a waist and bust size much thinner than Lynda Carter's. Don and Andy wrapped the waist and belly with batting (usually used for quilts) to thicken it out some. They then added further cup padding to the breasts to make them larger. After hunting all around Hollywood Avenue on a trip to LA, Andy only found one store selling fake foam breast padding (who would have thought buying fake boobs in Hollywood would be so tough?), but after all that looking, the falsies didn't work well with the mannequin.

The Eagle is made of about 40 separate pieces of gold leather, the same as the belt and tiara. Sewing it on required precise placement, and three different sewing machines; sewing over boning and bra cups — through leather — was more than most machines could handle, and the pieces were small. A thin stream of wire was sewn into the top wing portion to help mold and shape the wing to the breast and padding (since they didn't swell or breathe as a real breast would). The top wing came out too tall, so it was trimmed down and resewn and rewired.

The eagle was then completely beaded with about a thousand individually-attached glass beads, like the original! Don glued them on one by one, following Andy's pattern. This was actually the next-to-final step in completing the costume (prior to the boots being done) and was finished in late October 2006.
THE CAPE:

The cape was constructed from satin. The original was unlined, and flipped depending on whether the directors and photographers wanted the stars on the inside or outside. In some photos (most clearly those on the puzzle boxes) the interior seams can be seen. Instead of letting the seems be seen, Don Hood instead constructed our cape with a matching lining. It's heavier, but looks nicer!

There was only ever one original cape (used for all three Wonder Woman seasons), and no pattern for it existed to make more. Sadly, the original cape mildewed and rotted while in storage, and was thrown away long ago. So, factoring in Lynda's height and other measurements, Don created a very large pattern for the cape (seen below).

Don Hood (NOT Andy) models the cape below, prior to the stars being put on. The stars were mapped from almost a hundred photos as well as TV scenes. There are three sizes of white stars, plus red and blue stars, totalling over 100 in all! Each star features colored sequins and seed beads hand sewn into them! If you'd like your own cape made, contact Don Hood here, but be aware that they take a long time, and are expensive!
THE BOOTS:

The red suede boots were bought off EBay, and are extraordinarily close to the original boots. The TV boots were made by DiFabrizio Shoes. The EBay set is made by the Portugal company She's Sassy and are "Yves A 49 41 3."

The boots were then taken to the talented Dorain of Dorian's Shoe Repair in Portland, Oregon. He added the proper white zipper, as well as the white leather stripe and pointed top. A replica of Lynda's boots, these fit the mannequin like a glove!

THE MANNEQUIN PROJECT is finished!

The "Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman" mannequin now resides in the dining room/office of Andy Mangels, watching over him as he writes best-selling novels, produces and scripts DVD documentaries, pens articles for magazines (sometimes on the theme of Wonder Woman) and occasionally produces comic book scripts.

The mannequin publicly debuted at October 2006's sensationally successful charity fundraiser Wonder Woman Day, and will make her own television debut in 2007 on the Canadian TV series FANatical!

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