Photo by Elvis Thompson Shoot date was January 2006
I made this costume just for fun. I grew up on reading Chinese myth novels, and am a big fan of Chinese and Hong Kong Martial Art movies and TV shows. The women always look so beautiful, feminine yet could kick ass in a second! And their outfits were always so glam. This shoot was inspired by all of the above... I even tried to do my make up based on the movies I've seen. You can see the rest of the photos here:[link]
"I want so much more than they've got plaaaanned!" etc etc.
XD!! Finally took pictures of this costume. It's been finished for months and months but I never had the opportunity to take pictures ^_^!! I wore this to the So-Cal cosplay gathering, and on the way home we drove past this field of yellow flowers and I squealed for Kyle to stop the car so that I could dash out of it and run up the field dramatic-Belle style. It was fun ^-^!!!
I was looking through my galleries for Halloween costume ideas and remembered that I made this PVC Kimono 5 years ago! I was invited to perform at a goth industrial club in Atlanta on New Year's Eve and the theme was Asian for the night. I had a ton of black PVC vinyl and red brocade at home so I designed and made this Kimono. The underbust corset replacing a traditional Obi was also already around, so I altered it and added the tassles and strings.
This is a simple but cute outfit that I have used for multiple promotions and events. At least 4 different models have worn this at one point. I love kimono sleeves and their double function as giant pockets.
This is a picture of my Belle costume from Beauty and the Beast.
The costume was made by me, the hair was styled by me, and the person in the photo is me.
Before my skirt was all blahh and weird looking at the bottom because I'm too tall and the petticoat I wore was too short X_X; so I did some altering of the petticoat and I think it came out looking a little better this time. Also I decided to corset myself so that I could have a little "umph" up top!
-yellow satin-back polyester shantung
-yellow satin acetate (bodice)
-wonderflex (hair accessory!)
-brown contact lenses
-gloves were hand dyed to match (kinda got them the right color!)
Photography was done by Kyle Johnsen from Cosplay.com. Photoshoot was in Balboa Park, San Diego.
I made a Heavy Metal/Luis Royo inspired fantasy costume for a river shoot with Kevin Stewart and Brian Boling. We were channeling the Greek War Goddess Enyo. In Atlanta in late October it was already freezing and I braved waist deep water this skin bearing outfit lol.
I really like this portrait Brian snapped at the end... maybe I look so pissed because I was frozen and ready to change XD?
The collar was made by Brian also, while I hand crafted the accessories like the hair pieces and gauntlets.
I have finally a new costume! I'm so happy! ;o; I dressed as Belle and took photos on Saturday. My cousin ~Jess30 took me and my friend Cinda to the place of the photoshoot. She brought her cool camera and snapped many photos. Cinda also took many photos! I have lots of photos to look at. x-x
I feel so proud of this dress. ;_; It was such, but such a pleasure to dress as Belle. She's my favorite Disney princess and it was my first Disney costume. Everyone who saw me in the street liked my dress and that made me feel truly happy. ♥
I didn't used wig this time, because me and Belle have both chestnut brown hair, so i was scared to style my own hair in the exact day of the photoshoot, but everything ended up looking good. I felt so relieved and happy with the result. The back part of my hair was done by my friend Cinda. It was impossible for me to do it alone correctly. ;__;
There's so many pictures of this photoshoot that i like! It's going to be hard to pick more. x___X
Surprise! I made a Jasmine costume in order to go to disney's princess and pirates party (and get harassed by staff the entire time because my friends and I looked "too official")
****You are allowed to wear costumes to the park during this themed event. it is a costume party.
The fabric is my favorite part.. it has a netting layer over it with SPARKLES heehee.. so I leave them everywhere I go basically. I LOVE sparkling! I'm really happy with my earrings and (albeit ghetto) necklace, and I LOVE the flower.
I do want to remake the head gem to make it larger and I want to actually style the wig (I just styled it when I put it on my head and it was a total rush job so it sucks!
Expect more photos!
Yes, I edited this photo and used smart blur on it to give it a kind of cartoony look! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Check out this beautiful rendition of this photo by vshjaar! [link]
EDIT: Here is the reference collage I compiled for Carmilla, for those not familiar with the character. [link] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I competed in another contest lol! Truly, I did NOT mean to make two costumes in 5 weeks and enter two giant contests within 3 weeks.... but with how full my work schedule has been all year, there was only a 1 and 1/2 month break available to me where I could work on my own costumes. And all the contests I would consider entering are usually at the height of summer during my busy season, so there is no way for me to prepare anything for them.
So New York Anime Fest came at a great time and the Yume Cosplay Contest was an event with a thoughtful and generous prize from the organizers. No other US convention has been that generous to cosplayers before, and in my opinion, valued our community enough to want to put such an award forth (more often than not, costume contest winners get a certificate, that's it. Maybe sometimes donated items from dealers... I sometimes feel like certain cons don't understand HOW much work all the contestants put into their entries, and don't value Cosplay as an entity enough to put more effort/budget into their contests.) The Yume Prize however means a paid vacation to Japan, Invitation to attend Tokyo Anime Faire and $1000 shopping spree in Tokyo.
I hadn't competed at an anime con for 7 years prior to this past weekend but I was intrigued and welcomed the challenge of creating something worthy of such a contest.
My friend Klytaemnestra (Anna) and I chose Vampire Hunter D and we made our respective Carmilla and Charlotte costumes within a month and a half. Amazingly, we were chosen as the winners of the Yume contest.
I am off to another con right now (Realmscon, Corpus Christy, TX) so I don't have time to make a real construction report right now, but I answered a lot of questions for www.girlsentertainmentnetwork.com and they put up an article of our NYAF Yume experience. It has lots of info and more photos/videos from the contest. [link] [link] [link]
Also, for those interested in seeing our skit, check this link, thanks! [link] [link] [link]
Lastly, thank you, Dressdragn (Anna Fisher), for the lovely (and fast) photos!!!
Another shot of the Belle costume that I made. This time from the back.
Costume: by me Hair: By me Makeup: By me Photography: Kyle Johnsen
Edit: THIS COSTUME IS FOR SALE. PLEASE NOTE ME FOR PRICING AND SIZING!
I am now available for custom bridal gowns and cosplay costumes! Please send me a note if you are interested in a price quote. Bear in mind the costumes that I make are the highest quality I can provide, and I am only one person with bills to pay, so my prices are not low.
Cosplay cousin Tranquility cosplaying as Pocahontas: When I was little, Pocahontas was the Disney princess who I related with the most. I made this costume myself as usual. The dress is mostly microsuede and I sculpted the necklace out of Super Sculpey. I made the shoes from scratch too because I couldn't walk around the con barefoot. I'm going to bead them or decorate them somehow for next time. Now I just need an 18 inch waist. Lol.