Provincetown Carnival 2017 Costume Inspiration

Ptown Carnival Costume Inspiration

No Sheets Allowed!

This year’s theme, Gods & Goddess, provides endless opportunities for creativity.

We’ve have some “no-sew’ costume ‘how-to’s” to take your Carnival costume up a level! We’ve also rounded up information about a few deities with accompanying sketches.


“No-Sew” Costume Ideas

We’ve started a ‘No-Sew” series for Ptown Carnival 2017 theme of Gods & Goddesses.  We’ll walk you through what you need and how to create this goddess costume from materials you can easily obtain online or local stores. We’ll be adding more ‘no-sew’ ideas so check back!

Fertility Goddess

Celtic Goddess, Morrigan

Ptown Carnival Costume: No Sew Burlesque Celtic Goddess Pasties

African God

Order a Custom Costume

Amy Starr is available to create custom costumes and accessories for Carnival! Amy has a MFA in Costume Theater Design from University of Hawaii.

Email Amy today for to set up a consultation!

Cultural Deities

Here are a few profiles and sketches of gods and goddesses from various cultures to help you on your way to creating your own costume.

We’ll be adding to this page throughout the spring and summer.

Aztec God – Huitzilopochtli

Huitzilopochtli is the Aztec god of the sun. His name translates to “hummingbird of the left” and is often depicted as wearing blue and green colored garments.

He wears Aztec warrior gear that also resembles the hummingbird’s likeness. Blue and green feathers would be an excellent addition to your costume.

The Aztecs believed that this needed human blood to strengthen this god. So if you’re feeling really gory, you could subtly incorporate blood into your look. A snake shaped spear is sometimes seen in his hand, representing the serpent of fire (sun rays) he used to destroy his evil siblings.

Hindu God – Shiva

Shiva is the 3rd god in the Hindu triumvirate. His role is to destroy the universe in order to recreate it.

He is characterized by his extreme behaviors caused by his unbridled passion. He is often depicted as wearing snakes around his body, representing his control of sensuality and desire. Shiva has the power to control and transform animal nature.

Let your wild side show by donning an animal print. He is said to have drank a powerful poison in order to save the world, which he kept in his throat and thus it turned blue. You could paint your neck a shade of blue or your whole body if you feel so inclined, as some artistic renditions show Shiva.

Other versions of Shiva show him wearing a skull necklace, representing his destructive side. Perhaps your version of Shiva will carry a trident, which is symbolic of the three gods that make the triumvirate.

Gods like Shiva are shown with multiple arms to demonstrate their control and power over many things. Put on an extra set of arms if you can get your “hands” on some.

Hawaiian Goddess – Pele

Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning, wind, dance and volcanoes. Your look should reflect the elements of fire and ash associated with the firey goddess, with flashes of reds and oranges.

This goddess is also known as “ka wahine ai honua”, the woman who devours the land. You may even call her a man-eater, as she is known for her many passionate love affairs.

Legend has it, a man once rejected her for the love of another woman. She killed them both! Guilt over her actions led her to turn the woman into a shrub filled with delicate flowers.

Your look could incorporate flowers for this legend and to represent the beautiful flora found in Hawaii. Her home is said to be Halemaumau crater at the summit of Kilauea. Perhaps you create some lava rock jewelry.

It is said Pele curses anyone who removes lava rocks from her home island. A smoldering eye and a bright red lip would amp of the fierceness that is Pele!