From the origins of the ‘classic’ Harley Quinn costume and how it has evolved through time to become the edgy street look that Margot Robbie wears in the movie Suicide Squad.
The name Harley Quinn is a play on words harking back to harlequins and DC Comics aren’t the first to make this reference – Agatha Christie features the Mysterious Mr Harley Quinn in some of her stories.
Harley Quinn Classic Costume
Harley Quinn Cosplay Costumes
The Harley Quinn Arkham Costumes
In Batman: Arkham Asylum (the 2009 video game), the colors are changed from red and black to red and purple. The traditional outfit is also changed to a an asylum nurse's outfit......mind you I don't think you'd see a nurse dressed quite like this in any hospital I've ever visited!
We also see the jester hat retired and Harley's blonde hair is worn in two pony tails. The hat hasn't, as yet, made a re-appearance and I quite like that because the jaunty, blonde two pig tails are a great look on Harley.
As we can see Harley Quinn is no longer looking like court jester, but is developing into a comic book sex symbol!
In the sequel game, Batman: Arkham City, released in 2011, Harley reverts back to the black and red color scheme we all love.
The blonde ponytails remain, but the tips of them are dyed - one side red and the other black in a fun homage to her old jester hat.
She's no longer masquerading as a nurse, but has put a much grittier spin on the traditional harlequin costume. In keeping with her sex symbol status her midriff is showing and the top looks rather like an under-bust corset and bra combo.
Check out the officially licensed Arkham City Harley Quinn costume below. The outfit has a leather look about it that is designed to show some attitude. In reality this costume is a mix of polyester, vinyl and latex.
Yet another video game sequel was Batman: Arkham Knight which saw the next outfit change for our Harley.
She kept her trademark red and black colors and wore her blonde hair in pony tails with the black and red tips, but her actual costume resembled that of a french maid gone bad!
The skirt is in the style of a french maid, but is black, her black corset actually covers her midriff now. Out of the video game reincarnations I think this is probably my favorite. I love the leather look choker and the fact that the midriff is covered - I think it's a very edgy costume and does justice to Harley's attitude.
Yet another rebirth of the DC characters occurred in 2016 which included changing Harley Quinn's costume once more. This time the familiar red and black was changed to red and blue and Harley Quinn along with members of the Suicide Squad were to star in their own movie as anti-heroes saving the day.
Harley Quinn Suicide Squad Costume
I must admit that I loved the Suicide Squad Halloween costumes and Harley Quinn really did get a great look that is proving very popular with fans. No more court jester, Harley Quinn just got a punk inspired, edgy street look that I predict will be extremely popular this Halloween.
Brought to life on the big screen by Australian actress Margot Robbie Harley Quinn still has her blonde pigtails, but the ends are dyed pink and blue instead of the black and red. She's wearing the type of hot pants that fellow Australian Kylie Minogue made famous, although Harley is sporting hers over the top of fishnets!
High heeled sneakers, smudged make up and a jacket thrown over a t-shirt gives Harley a real 'don't mess with me' look.............or that could be the bat she's wielding!
Harley Quinn's outfits have certainly come a long way when you look at the original and the latest next to each other, but they do say that we have to evolve and she's certainly done that.
|Harley Quinn Costumes through her various incarnations|
The images above are from a range of photographs of Harley Quinn costumes in the public domain that have been modified, if you want to check them all out individually we have -
Classic Harley Quinn, Harley Quinn Nurse, Arkham City Harley Quin, Arkham Knight Harley Quinn & Suicide Squad Harley Quinn.
Do you have a favorite Harley Quinn Halloween Costume?
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