WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY LABOR-ATORY?!
Just kidding, this is just my blog. And welcome.
By FAR one of my most popular cosplays is my genderbent Dexter’s Laboratory costume. I am a cliche 90’s nostalgia kind of girl and I take immense pride in it. The 1990s were the best decade and you can’t change my mind.
If you don’t already know what Dexter’s Laboratory is, I’ll include some fun facts down below. But essentially it was a pretty popular cartoon about a boy scientist and his annoying sister and it ran on Cartoon Network. The main character, Dexter, is obviously a boy, but after seeing the above genderbend artwork, I knew I had to recreate it (artist credit, anyone?).
And because I would absolutely love to see more of you in your own version of this cosplay, I’m going to show you where I got my materials. Yes, this is a fully purchased Dexter’s Laboratory costume. I didn’t make a single thing from it. I probably am going to do a DIY though because I found the perfect pattern (linked below) for it. The material of this costume shop dress is… no so good.
You’ll find links on where to get the materials below. I’ve also included some suggested materials if you’d rather do an actual DIY Dexter cosplay. Men, there are links for you in here as well!
Dexter’s Laboratory Costume Details
There are plenty of ways you can go about the genderbent Dexter cosplay. I personally saw a costume that I liked and instantly knew it would work for this Cartoon Network character. Someone once suggested to me that I could buy a chef’s coat and take it in to make it a dress. And other cosplayers may prefer to just make the dress from scratch. You do you.
I bought mine because it was a fly by the moment idea and I’m an amateur seamstress. The dress was only like $35 and it looked like it was made to be a Dexter’s Laboratory costume. I already had the boots and the wig, so it was kind of a no-brainer for me. Cosplay is expensive, guys.
What You’ll Need:
- Dexter Dress (I used this Halloween costume)
- Thigh High Boots (mine are from Wal-Mart, but I love this pair from Amazon)
- An orange curly wig
- A flask and green food coloring. Because science.
- Purple Cleaning Gloves
- Chef’s Coat (you can use this one and just take off the extra set of buttons)
- Orange Wig
- Pants (your own)
- Purple Cleaning Gloves
For DIY Dexter’s Laboratory Costume:
- A pattern (this one would be SO cute; just readjust the neckline and the buttons!)
- Black Buttons
- White Fabric
Dexter’s Laboratory Fun Facts:
- Dexter doesn’t have a last name.
- The superhero, Krunk, in an episode of Dexter’s Laboratory is a parody of Marvel’s Hulk (Krunk has purple skin and wears green pants).
- Dexter’s accent is a mix of Russian, French, and German. According to IMDb, “Dexter’s accent originated from Genndy Tartakovsky‘s CalArts roommate, Rob Renzetti, who left voicemails for Tartakovsky in a comedic French accent.”