When my husband (then fiancé) Seann proclaimed he wanted to put together a Captain Jack costume, my heart got all fluttery. Having not seen Torchwood at the time, I immediately jumped to “You get to wear a uniform! And an ascot!” – and though originally he had planned to do the Torchwood Jack, after a tiny bit of peer pressure, and my mentioning that “everyone does Torchwood Jack”, he/we agreed on doing the costume from Jack’s first appearance in The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. My comment on this: “We’d be from the same episode!”
Once we started talking about the costume more, I decided I also wanted to do a Femme version of Jack (Jacqueline? Jackie?) myself. Many of the pieces for Seann’s costume could pull double-duty for mine, and a Femme Jack seemed like GREAT fun! I’m going to smash both Seann’s “traditional” Jack and my Femme Jack into this post, since the process of both happened together, and we share some of the pieces, but I will separate the final cost tallies and some of the “putting it together” details.
Part 1: The Character
Part 2: Sources of Info & Inspiration
Some of the other folks who’ve done this costume… especially in a Femme version.
This breakdown of Captain Jack Harkness costume is fantastically detailed and helpful. It’s of the “Torchwood” Jack, and NOT “The Empty Child”/”The Doctor Dances” Jack we are going for, but the details here about the coat and other pieces are super helpful. There’s also this simpler “How to Dress Like Jack Harkness” piece on BBC.
To make the femme version of the costume even more fun, I decided I wanted to go with a “pinup” Femme Jack, sporting some 40s glam hair, stockings with seams, T-strap heels, bright red lipstick, and a pose to match! I think Jack would approve. Continue reading