How to Make Zoozoo Fancy Dress Costume At Home

Zoozoos fancy dress costumeZoozoos were characters created by Ogilvy and Mather for the promotion of Vodaphone. The characters became hugely popular in a very short period of time, and kids especially love them.

Thankfully, since they are people in costume and not animation, it is easy to make a zoozoo fancy dress costume at home.

The fact that the zoozoos are in fact people in zoozoo costume is a large part of what has made them so popular. They are usually played by petite women dressed in all-white zoozoo costumes. The sets and the frame rate of the shoot is what gives them the jerky, oversized animated quality.

The zoozoo look is quite distinctive. They are completely white, with thin legs and arms. Their torsos are fuller, with a big belly. The cuteness factor is amped up by the large, child-like heads, with minimalist features. In fact, the head is the biggest challenge you will face when you make a zoozoo fancy dress costume at home.

What You Will Need To Make Zoozoo Fancy Dress Costume At Home

  • White leggings, stockings, or skinny jeans
  • White full-sleeved t-shirt, preferably oversized
  • Old sheets or towels
  • White socks
  • White shoes, preferably plain
  • An old full-face motorbike helmet
  • White spray paint
  • Black paint and a paint brush

Step 1: The Body

zoozoo fancy dress t-shirtZoozoos are completely white, so to make a zoozoo fancy dress costume at home for your little zoozoo, you need to dress him up in all whites.

The bottoms should be fitted and close to the legs. White stockings, leggings, or skinny jeans should give the effect that you need for the perfect zoozoo legs.

The zoozoo body needs a little more work. Since the full-sleeved t-shirt needs to be oversized, you might need to stitch the sleeves along the seams to make them fit better.

Then, after your little zoozoo has put on the t-shirt, and before you tuck it into the bottoms, you need to stuff it up. The zoozoo body is plumper than the limbs, so the shirt needs to be stuffed.

Use old sheets, towels, or even old clothes to fill up the tummy area, and add some padding to the chest and back as well. The shape you need to achieve on the torso is that of a pear, big at the bottom and narrow on top. Once the desired shape has been achieved, tuck the t-shirt into the bottom with the tummy hanging over the waistband.

Step 2: The Footwear

The footwear required to make the zoozoo fancy dress costume at home is quite basic. All you need is white socks and plain white shoes. You can do away with the socks if you used stockings for the bottoms.

Step 3: The Head

shoesThe head is the trickiest part of the exercise when you make a zoozoo fancy dress costume at home. It is supposed to be oversized and round, which is not the easiest shape to achieve.

The easiest way around it is to take a full face motorcycle helmet and spray-paint it white. A helmet already has the comfort and safety features required for long wear.

It will also cover the neck and part of the shoulders of a small child, so you don’t have to worry about painting the neck white. All you need to complete the look of the little zoozoo is to paint the eyes and mouth on the front of the painted helmet!

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