Dress Up Like Lisa Frankenstein

If you are looking for a good Lisa costume for Halloween or a big cosplay event, here’s the winning formula for creating the most exciting outfit of the party! Let’s see how to dress up as Lisa from Lisa Frankenstein.


In the 2024 comedy horror movie Lisa Frankenstein Director Zelda Williams and screenwriter Diablo Cody aimed for both box office success and enduring cult classic status. Crafting an iconic lead character is crucial for achieving cult fame, as fans often aspire to emulate them. Here, we’ll delve into how to create a Lisa Frankenstein Costume. Let’s get started.

Original trailer for Kathryn Newton’s 2024 comedy horror Lisa Frankenstein.  

Taking on the role of the titular Lisa Frankenstein, Kathryn Newton delivered a compelling performance as the misunderstood outsider. Through a captivating wardrobe evolution, her character underwent a transformation from sweet and shy to boldly rebellious. Costume designer Meagan McLaughlin Luster embarked on a mission to capture the essence of 1980s goth fashion, defining Newton’s character with meticulous attention to detail.

Costume designer Meagan McLaughlin Luster talks you through how she created the Lisa Frankenstein costumes. 

From understated autumnal tones to statement sexy lace dresses, each of Newton’s ensembles as Lisa drove the film’s darkly comic narrative forward. But it was the total look – signature heavy eyeliner, teased hair, band t-shirts and combat boots – that sealed Lisa Frankenstein’s place in horror herstory.

Luster’s immaculate attention to nailing every retro garment detail is sure to inspire legions of Halloween costumes and conventions cosplays for years to come. If cult status was the goal, the iconic Lisa Frankenstein costume may just achieve it for Williams and Cody’s modern horror classic.

How To Set Up The Lisa Frankenstein Costume

When paying homage to Kathryn Newton’s signature character Lisa Frankenstein, look no further than her bold ’80s goth aesthetic. With some key items, you can recreate her iconic darkly whimsical style.

Now that The Creature has empowered Lisa to express who she really is and strive for the things she really wants, it’s time for her to seek out revenge. Lisa Frankenstein, Focus Features. 
Polka Dot Mash Top worn by Lisa Swallows (Kathryn Newton) as seen in Lisa Frankenstein.  
Polka Dot Mash Top worn by Lisa Swallows (Kathryn Newton) as seen in Lisa Frankenstein.  
Gothic Bolero
Gothic Bolero – Half High Neck Ruffle Trim Slim FIt Cover Up Cardigan

Channel Lisa’s signature look with these essentials:

  • Long black tulle skirt
  • Polka dot mesh blouse
  • 80s black bow for teased hair
  • 80’s look sunglasses
  • Silver hoop earrings
  • Scarlet red lipstick and nails
  • Black corset with lace or mesh detail
  • Wide elastic waist belt
  • Combat boots
  • Gothic Bolero
  • And of course, her trusty axe!

With these pieces combined, you’ll perfectly capture Lisa’s rebellious spirit. Tease your hair high, strap on those combat boots, and you’re ready for a night of dancing with the undead!

Lisa Frankenstein Costume Tutorial

For full hair, makeup and costume tips, check out Pinup Palmer’s YouTube video below where she demonstrates how to achieve Lisa’s iconic vampy ’80s look:

Whether paying homage at a screening, Halloween party or Comic Con, show your love for this cult classic character with this gothic yet playful Lisa Frankenstein costume. With the right pieces, you’ll look just like the vengeful yetVision in black Kathryn Newton brings Lisa Frankenstein to life. Now go spark terror in suburbia…if you dare!

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