80s Jem Costume

What could be more fun than the hair and makeup associated with this classic 80s cartoon character? Jem and the Holograms ran from 1985 to 1988 and centered around music company owner Jerrica Benton and her band the Holograms. Of course, Jem was her alter-ego (using her holographic computer, Synergy) and a cool one at that! BTW, does anyone else think that the whole Hannah Montana thing might be just a smidge derivative?

Jem and the Holograms

Jem is a fun and easy costume to pull together. All you need is the dress, wig and makeup. The makeup is a snap with this how-to video (watch below).

Jem Costume

Photo Credit: Sandra Cosimano

If you’d like to add even more fun (or make it a group costume), you can go as Jem’s rival, Pizzazz, the rich girl leader of The Misfits. Here’s a great example of the Pizzazz costume. For this one, you’ll need a green wig.

80s Jem costume           80s Pizzazz costume

User Submitted Costumes Photos

Check out these awesome Jem & Pizzazz costume photos submitted by our site readers. Do you have a great 80s costume? Send us your pics!

Jem Costume

Pizzazz Costume

 The 80s Version of the Jem Costume

We don’t advocate taking this approach with the costume.  If you grew up wearing these masked costumes in the 70s and 80s, you remember well that fundamental life functions like breathing and seeing were seriously impaired by these masks, to say nothing of the noxious chemical smell of the inside of these.  Yuck.  But, it’s fun to look back on what the Jem costume looked like the 80s if only to see how far we’ve come.

Vintage 80s Jem Costume

A vintage 80s Jem costume with the standard-issue, creepy-as-all-get-out mask. It’s the stuff of nightmares.

Author: Alli Denning

As the Owner / Editor of Like Totally 80s, Alli is just a little obsessed with all things 80s (well, not ALL things, but most). Alli still has her Swatch, her cassette tape collection, and her Converse Chucks. When not making friendship pins or listening to Depeche Mode, she can be found at denning e-solutions, LLC, her web design business.

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