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Viola Davis and Soo Mbedu played the warrior Agojie in “Queen“based on the all-female army that defended the kingdom of Dahomey in West Africa in the 19th century. Created by Gersha Phillips and her wardrobe team, “The Woman King” outfits were inspired by research and tweaked to appeal to younger audiences, making them perfect. DIY Halloween costumes.
Every detail of the Agojie warrior outfit is sophisticated and purposeful. Instead of crafting the baggy shorts that are traditional in battle, Phillips opted for a loose fit to make the outfit feel contemporary. The layered palace tunics incorporate shades of turquoise and gold, woven by Barrydale Weavers in South Africa. Decorative cowhides had monetary value and were used for protection, and the gold jewelry they wore was believed to be a gift from the king. Leather belts function to hold their weapons while helping to create a striking silhouette.
With costumes that are so meaningful and iconic, it’s no wonder the cast wants to keep them as a memento. Phillips revealed that the director Gina Prince-Bythewood gave the actors playing Agojie weapons for them to store, wrapped in beautiful boxes after the film’s conclusion. “I think they might have exhibited them somewhere really unique,” Phillips said. “Viola even asked me to wear an armband [she wore], and I have it for her. I just haven’t given it to her yet. ”
Content creators and the cosplayers were awestruck by the costumes too – and they’ve been dreaming of wearing their own Agojie uniforms. See a few real life examples up front, then shop for the essentials you need – following Phillips’ instructions – to dress up as an Agojie warrior yourself Halloween.