The Dark Crystal, Gelfling Costume

Update* Be sure to read our new article about using Faun Ears for your Gelfling Costume!

With the new Netflix series, Dark Crystal Age of Resistance, we are all excited to get back into Jim Henson’s world of Gelflings and Skeksis! When I was a kid I was fascinated with the first movie. It scared me so much that I couldn’t sleep, but yet I kept watching that VHS tape over and over.

I loved the design work, and have seen a long lasting influence on my costuming and artwork. While the design was brilliant, it was also that it was all real. I knew that everything existed somewhere, those creepy castle rooms, the Gartham, and of course the Skeksis.

After drawing my designs for a Reaver in my world of Dark Return, I realized how much the Dark Crystal touches all of my creative endeavors.

Gelfling Cosplay

I am sure that with the new show coming out people will want to do some Dark Crystal gelfling costume. And Aradani is here to help!

Our friend Amanda did a great Kira cosplay at DragonCon in 2010. She made the whole costume herself except for the ears, which we made of course.

The ears you would want for a Gelfling would definitely be our Faun ears.


Brea Costume

Brea is the princess of the Vapra clan of gelflings. Her ears look a lot like our faun ears, they just stick straight out from the head. Her hair style is great, as it would hide the seams of our ears. 

To glue them on this way, we suggest putting spirit gum on the front flaps as well as the back edge so that you can angle the ears out a little more! 

Here is a video our friend Bethany did for us showing you how to do make-up for a Brea costume!

Rian Costume

Rian is a Gelfling guard of the Stonewood Clan.

If you are doing a Rian costume, you could also use our faun ears, though his ears have a wrinkle down the middle. I don’t believe anyone would notice it missing, but that is up to you. His ears are also up a bit higher than Brea’s, so to get a perfect match, you may have to attach the ears to a headband.


Deet, born Deethra, is a Gelfling of the Grottan Clan who cares for animals.

Her ears are also a little “ridged” but not as noticeably as Rian’s. Her ears are also from the center of her head. This means you can easily attach our faun ears to your own ears.

About the Show:

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” returns to the world of Thra, where three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power and set out to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

Gelfling costume Rian