Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Ultimate Dr. Decker Costume

A dream project of mine has finally been completed: to construct a screen accurate Dr. Decker costume from Nightbreed! I say dream project because prior to one year ago I did not have the necessary skills to build this costume. The thing I wanted to avoid most was "settling" for a run-of-the-mill costume. I have never done that with any of my costumes before and wasn't about to start now. I wanted this to be the best Dr. Decker costume that had ever been assembled by a fan. When I began this journey I knew it would be difficult but I wasn't prepared for just how many obstacles I would run into. I won't go on and on but the problems I encountered did not dissuade me. This costume took me almost an entire year to construct, with the mask being the most involved and difficult part by far. I was not familiar with certain molding techniques needed to make the mask so I had to learn them.
I tracked down many of the wardrobe items while perusing Ebay and visiting local thrift stores. There were several pieces that I could not find that had to be custom made, such as the mask and necktie. I will be making a separate post on how I made the mask. The hard work paid off and I am very proud of how it turned out. Many thanks to my wife Ames for her wonderful photography and assisting me with numerous costume changes. Because of how the mask laces up I need assistance every time I put it on. Also thanks go out to Julie for being a willing victim in one of our photo shoots.

On with the pics...



We did a few re-enactments from the movie...



  1. Wondeful stuff here, man. Always look forward to seeing your creations.

  2. Hey man its Jimmy from a while back. Just wanted to congratulate you on your Decker costume. Turned out fantastico.

    Was curious if you'd still be down to make resin replicas of the Khyber knives like we were talking about. Could really use twin knives for my costume