Jean Claude Van Damme Costume
Get the Action Hero Physique!
Jean Claude is most well-known for his martial arts and muscle-toned appearance. In order to dress up as Jean Claude, you must therefore focus on these two aspects, starting with muscles. You’ll need either fake or real bulging arm muscles and bulging thigh muscles. If you do not have these naturally (which many of us do not!) you can create them by stuffing your clothing, or even buying some plastic or cloth “muscle” attachments you can wear! Even if you are a child, the results with these fake muscles are spectacular!
Van Damme Clothing
Simple is good. To be Van Damme, put on a tight TShirt which clings to your chest, or even a sleeveless shirt to show off your arm muscles (see above on physique!). Add some army green cargo pants and some tall boots to your look. You can even add a bandana around your head! Van Damme has short cropped hair, but if yours is long, no problem, just make it wet-looking and mussed up under the headband to make it look like you’ve been fighting!
If you don’t want to dress up as the “martial arts” Van Damme, you can be the every-day actor Van Damme by finding yourself a pair of red-lensed glasses to hide your eyes, and wearing all black – black tee, sports coat and pants! This is a look that Van Damme is often photographed in when out in real life and not in the movies!
Martial Arts Attitude
As mentioned before, Jean-Claude is not only an actor, but also a professional martial artist and kickboxer. Your attitude therefore will be about 50% of your costume. When you’re dressed up, you’ll want to get into character by doing kicks and karate chops (be sure not to hurt anyone!). Be sure to grunt and let out short yelps when you do your moves. You can further add to the realism by wetting your shirt with fake “sweat”!