My BFF Sarah & I have talked about doing this cosplay for ages, & I’m SO FREAKIN’ HAPPY we finally did it at Costume College 2014!!! This is perhaps the most fun I’ve ever had in costume. She was Patsy, I was Eddie. We stumbled around, pretending to be drunk, acting bitchy (shush, we were acting!), with snarky British accents, unlit cigs hanging from our lips, making weird snide comments about everything & everyone. The people who got the joke loved it, & the people who didn’t probably thought we were insane, which made it even more funny.
I had watched a bunch of AbFab episodes in preparation & realized that Eddie’s humor is very physical. She’s all loose & floppy, to contrast with Patsy’s rigid, sneering stance. Eddie swings quickly between whining about herself & cajoling other people, with a dash of wanna-be hippie BS. We both stayed in character, plus our friend Karen played Bubble brilliantly, perfectly loopy. It made for a trifecta of performance art.
And then we did the busted, end-of-the-party scene in the hotel bathtub. SO MUCH FUN.
Oh, about the costume — it really is Lacroix, sweetie darling! I got a hideously garish, vintage Christian Lacroix T-shirt & skirt off eBay. The skirt was too tight so I added a black wool placket in the back. Appropriate that both were pretty tight, since Eddie is always complaining that she’s too fat (like me :-). The jacket was vintage ’80s from eBay with giant shoulder pads.
I added a blinged-up peace symbol necklace since she’s both New Agey & down with the hip-hop kids, plus some faux Chanel gold earrings. The brown curly wig was yet another eBay purchase, made more Eddie style with a headband. She wears very simple makeup in most series of the show, & I finished the look with tights & red boots for a suitably annoying pop of color. We bought a pack of fags on the drive down to CoCo & drank the champagne the night before, so I filled the bottle with water & swigged from it when wearing the costume. Check out my “Absolutely Fabulous” cosplay Pinterest board for my inspiration!