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Sheryl Nome cosplay, from the anime "Macross Frontier". I made this costume based on Sheryl's concert outfit in episode 6. The dress has over 20 yards of fabric and chiffon. I also styled the wig, made the hair piece containing hand painted roses, as well as the earring.
I used this costume at the Grand International Cosplay Ball in London this November for my stage performance. The over dress is removable via Velcro, and underneath I wore the Lion Opening outfit, which I changed into 1/3 into singing the song "Diamond Crevasse".

Photo by Pat Lyttle
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I have been wanting to cosplay from Saint Seiya since I understood the term COSPLAY. T_T
It was the first anime series I watched on TV, back in China when I was about 8 years old. And it is also the first manga series I ever read, and I own every single volume of it.

For this Athena costume I used a semi-shiney crinkled/pleated white fabric in order to achieve the classic Greek pleated dress look.
For practical reasons, I decided to make the dress into a full skirt and top. The top closes with loops and ribbons in the back because I thought it would look more natural than a zipper.
The skirt has a second layer of bridal satin, and I wear it with a hoopskirt underneath.
The waist cincher was made with multiple layers of materials and appliques which I created based on the character design. It is about as accurate as I could get without using a metal cincher, and it is sturdy enough to support the wings.
I made the necklace with blue and clear glass beads, and created the armband, choker, and hair piece with remnant Wonderflex pieces and hotglue. I plan on remaking those pieces in the future in plastic.
I cut bangs into the wig and styled it accordingly.
For the gold angel wings, I created a new design and shape, made the wings, and sized them to be folded up and fit into a specific travel friendly box. I wish I could have made the pair bigger, but I haven't found a larger box for wing transport so far!
I finished the staff in time for Anime Expo 2007 - the gold bird shaped round staff end was first sculpted entirely out of clay, then I made a mold for it and cast it out of plastic. I then painted it and attached it to the black staff itself which is a butchered curtain rod lol.

The lovely photos are taken by the talented Laura Vasillion
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I love this image that Pat took. It's so whimsical and applies to the words in Sheryl Nome's songs so well.

Costume made by me

Photography by Pat Lyttle

Location is the Clapham Grand in London, England
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This is one of my favorite photos by Brian.

The costume is Myoubi from the manga series "Alichino", and I made this back in 2002!
Myoubi wears way too many gorgeous outfits to choose a favorite from, so I decided to take elements from various designs and combine them into one single costume. Inspired by the melancholy premise of the story, I made a burgundy/gold gothic Lolita doll dress and bird wings. Most of the costume required working without a pattern, and I learned a lot about gathering ruffles, making feather wings, and working with different textures. The main dress is made of an incredible two-sided French Shantung, for the complimenting parts I used Casa Lace and Crepe back gold Satin. My favorite element would have to be the lace-up sleeves.
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Felicia is awesome! I made the white fur suit and styled two wigs for her - blue and pink. These photos were taken in LA (yeah, there were stares) in the summer of 2008, where I wore the pink wig and red contacts.

The suit: I altered the strategically placed fur bits in the design to bra and panties for more coverage and modesty. After doing so think I like the result more than the strips of random fur XD. Quite a bit of hand sewing was required for the fuzzy parts, especially around the fingers and feet.

The paw gloves and feet, like everything else, were created from my own pattern, built over a pair of clear boots. The clear heel gave the illusion that I was standing on the balls of my feet like a real cat! It was the fundamental element I based this entire costume around.
I sculpted three sizes of claws and Brian from Bountyhardware.com [link] cast them in plastic. They have holes drilled into them so I simply sewed them onto the gloves.

The wig: This pink wig started out as my Bubblegum Angel wig, as layered mid length wig. but I spent a couple of hours teasing the hell out of it until it was nice and poofy. I also added a ton of extensions to the back so the wig would be waist/butt length.

Photos by Geoffrey Nicholson
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Image created for J. Corsentino's Time of The Faeries Project [link]

Photography by J. Corsentino
Photo Manipulation by J. Corsentino

Model - Yaya

Costume and wings created by Yaya

Hair by Michael Hall

Makeup by Yaya

Special Effects makeup by Eddie Inda


This was one of the most elaborate shoots I have been a part of. It took over 3 hours to get ready, with the hair design Michael came up with and Eddie's meticulous latex prosthetic work (the wounds have wires and metal bits sticking out of them)... J. Corsentino then shot with me for several hours, and based on the images from the studio shoot created a multitude of vivid, dark and post apocalyptic images for his visionary world.

Before someone goes off about it - yes I realize I have fanciful heels on that might not befit the warrior angel character. I put this costume together in a couple of days and literally ran out of time before I could get matching shoes. A friend of mine graciously let me borrow a pair of silver heels from her and the photographer liked the added sex appeal.
So why not! An all powerful battle angel should be allowed to look her best while destroying the world.
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I made this costume in March 2008 - as a long term CLAMP fan, I suppose it was only a matter of time before I cosplayed Yuuko XD. I loved this design specifically for the butterflies.

Construction:
I got a heavy black poly/wool blend for the kimono, and a beautiful burgundy silk for the lining and ruffles. After sewing the outer layer but before putting in the lining, I appliquéd about 14 or 15 butterfly shapes onto it. The pattern for the butterflies was just free drafted - I cut them out of a yellow fabric and after spending a few hours stitching down the edges neatly, I got to paint the details onto the appliqués for the next night and part of the morning lol. I remember watching a whole season of CSI while painting the butterflies, and it became quite the surreal experience. O_O
As the butterflies dried, I made many yards of ruffles and also did my own gold trim for the costume. Stitched it all together with the lining and a big part of the costume was done. I love the fabrics I scored because they are almost wrinkle free, no matter how much I shove the costume into a suitcase.
The waist cincher is made of a burgundy pleather and I plan on remaking it soon. The material was bought in a rush and is not very sturdy. The cincher has a fake lace up front.
Lastly I worked on the wig, which took some engineering. The main problem was balancing the weight of the extension loops on my head, but in the end it worked out great and I can bend over and sway my head without things shifting. The bat crown and hairpieces are made of styrene plastic that's been heat formed.

Photo by Paul Tien

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Costume designed and made by me.

I really love how these photos turned out. I thought it would be cool to do a classic old film damsel in distress shot, with harsh shadows and ominous lighting.
In under a minute, Oscar rigged up this set up and it was perfect! I was all ready to shoot some Aliens!

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The shoot itself was totally inspired by Barbarella! I created the costume as a pin up style outfit based on the designs of old space hunter movies and posters, of course with pink accents because I am just a sucker for pink. We shot at Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas, which has scenery that look like the surface of Mars. It was perfect!

Photography by Brian Boling [link]
costume, styling and makeup by Yaya
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... and stalker victim! Poor girl.
I loved the movie and this was such an easy costume to make and to wear around.

Construction notes: This costume came together easily enough, but I had a hard time at first deciding what color scheme to go with. In some scenes, the dress looks light pink with hot pink layers, but that would have been way too pink, even for me O_O. Instead I went with the promotional pictures and made the costume white and pink, with hot pink bows/red shoes. The top of the dress is boned and tailored to me, and I hand-gathered the layers to ensure they ruffled evenly and as per reference. Instead of making the garters out of the same fabric as the dress, I opted for lace, to give it more a lingerie look. The wig was interesting, as Mima's hair is so choppy in the movie. I ended up cutting and styling the hell out of a random black layered wig I found locally. I already owned the shoes, gloves and thigh highs. I got lucky and found a $5 microphone which got cut up and repainted for Mima.

Photos taken at ikkicon 2010 by Pete Ortega. Thank you!
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