It’s #BatWeek & Halloween involves costumes, so here’s a thread of vintage women’s bat costumes, ranging from the late-1800s to the mid-1900s, that have frustratingly little information! We shall have to settle for admiring.

The Batbershop Quartet welcomes you! Come! 🦇✨ Image
The pattern is easy to identify Image
Bat on the head Image
Wings under the arms Image
The occasional bat on the chest (this is less of a costume and more of an elegant gown, but who’s complaining?) Image
Here we have this proto-Batgirl and I can’t help but wonder if it inspired the Batsuit design? Image
Bat but make it sultry Image
Bat but make it child Image
Okay, back to sultry bat Image
The ✨elegance✨ Image
This was for a ballet (I’m sure some of the others likely are as well) or a BATllet

…why do I do this? Image
Yes I deserve that glare, Flapper Bat. I accept. Image
Let’s round this thread out with some vintage instructions on how to make your own bat costume!

Got an old bumbershoot just lying about? Chop it up, whip out the long underwear and sewing kit, Fred’s your uncle and BAM

Bat costume. You’re welcome.

Happy #BatWeek!! 🦇 Image

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