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This is one of my older costumes that I could definitely improve upon now if I made it, but a lot of great memories came with it and I still love FF 10 and Lulu so much!

Construction wise, I would like to note that I took the liberty to add a personal touch to the original design. While making something accurately down to the last detail can be fun, it leaves little to no room for your own creativity. You will find details on my costume that give the design a little more depth and character. I used an awesome soft upholstery leather for the skirt and sleeves, and chose fabrics for the corset that would create texture together. The skirt and belts were the most difficult parts to work on, but the jewelry and hair accessories took me the longest to make. I did a lot of beading for this costume, and also hand-painted the lace and sewed them individually on, creating a pattern inspired by the original design.

Photos by Kyle Johnsen
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I have had this Peacock costume idea for a long time before I saved enough money to buy the feathers and materials to make it in the summer of 2007.

I kept my eye out for any fabrics that could work with this theme and ended up going on a hunt in the LA fabric district for a two-toned taffeta. what I found was gorgeous, green on one side and purple on the other. In various light the fabric changed in the shades of green, cyan, blue and purple, matching the color scheme of a peacock eye feather perfectly.
I took some time sketching out silhouettes and where I wanted to used the feathers as embellishments. I ended up deciding sewing a custom patterned corset, a cropped jacket with wide sleeves and upstanding collar, and a fitted mermaid skirt that flared out at the knee. The skirt has a peacock tail attached to it in the back, in the folded up resting position. I went to a Nature Center to chase and photograph real life peacocks to gain the proper reference for how the feathers lay on the birds.
I used multiple kinds of peacock feathers for this costume - several hundreds of peacock tail feathers with eyes for my tail and throughout the outfit; a number of tail swords for the beaded belt and jacket collar; and multiple yards worth of thickly overlayed peacock herl for the fanned collar of my jacket and sleeves. Each eye feather was fitted with a green Swarowski crystal before attached as embellishments to the costume itself. I debated for a while what head-accessory to create, from a retro hat to crown to feather fan, and ended up sewing a tiny hat from a made-up pattern and adding feathers to it. My wig was an old wig that I restyled and curled... I hope to do something better in the future.

The photos are taken by David Ng, and you can see the full costume gallery here: [link]

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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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Theme: Tribute to Cleopatra
Photographer: Dan Santoni
Hair stylist: Michael Hall
makeup: Yaya
costume design and creation: Yaya

This was one of the most amazing photo shoot days... I shot with two photographer on the same day, from 10am to like 3am, and produced three of the best shots in my portfolio. It was everything from exciting, creative, exhausting, glamorous, painful and satisfying.
The shot above is by Dan Santoni, who is also responsible for the set. His lighting set up was insane - I stared into about 8 lights at the same time, it seemed.

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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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This costume was made in 2005, I wore it to Anime Expo, and again to CMJC, the big convention in Monterrey, Mexico, in March 2006. All these photos were taken by consplayers.com, thank you so much.

Construction notes: I have always loved creator Kosuke Fujishima's beautiful illustrations of Belldandy with the floating bow with sashes, delicate wings and fishtail dress, so I decided to combine my favorite elements into one outfit. I chose light pink instead of white because I didn't want my dress to end up looking too much like a wedding gown, and Belldandy is known to wear pink :P.
The dress has hand stitched pearls scattered all over the front, boning for support and laces in the back. White sheer layers accent the flare at it's bottom as well as the shoulders, with a matching massive bow and draping sashes in the back.
I also made some jewelry for this costume, such as the necklace and some bracelets that I forgot to wear >_< at the con.

To create Belldandy's signature hairstyle, I started off with a multi-toned wig and added an insane amount of hair extensions to it. To match the wig's beautiful streaks and colors, I chose about 4 differently colored extensions and blended them together, cutting and trimming here and there. I then sewed the various pieces into the wig, creating the long bangs and ponytail, finishing everything off with the sheer sashes and flowers.

As for the wings, I made them in a similar way as the "Midnight Wings" black pair, but sticking fairly closely to the signature AMG style angel wings. I also needed these to be smaller, lighter and thus easier to transport. They fold together for transport and are fairly bouncy and adjustable, and the dress laces right over them.
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This costume was made in 2005, I wore it to Anime Expo, and again to CMJC, the big convention in Monterrey, Mexico, in March 2006. All these photos were taken by consplayers.com, thank you so much.

Construction notes: I have always loved creator Kosuke Fujishima's beautiful illustrations of Belldandy with the floating bow with sashes, delicate wings and fishtail dress, so I decided to combine my favorite elements into one outfit. I chose light pink instead of white because I didn't want my dress to end up looking too much like a wedding gown, and Belldandy is known to wear pink :P.
The dress has hand stitched pearls scattered all over the front, boning for support and laces in the back. White sheer layers accent the flare at it's bottom as well as the shoulders, with a matching massive bow and draping sashes in the back.
I also made some jewelry for this costume, such as the necklace and some bracelets that I forgot to wear >_< at the con.

To create Belldandy's signature hairstyle, I started off with a multi-toned wig and added an insane amount of hair extensions to it. To match the wig's beautiful streaks and colors, I chose about 4 differently colored extensions and blended them together, cutting and trimming here and there. I then sewed the various pieces into the wig, creating the long bangs and ponytail, finishing everything off with the sheer sashes and flowers.

As for the wings, I made them in a similar way as the "Midnight Wings" black pair, but sticking fairly closely to the signature AMG style angel wings. I also needed these to be smaller, lighter and thus easier to transport. They fold together for transport and are fairly bouncy and adjustable, and the dress laces right over them.
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* Me cosplaying as Princess Belle from Disney's "Beauty And The Beast" <3

* PHOTOGRAPHER: Paolo Cellammare

* COSTUME & MAKEUP: JoEllen Elam (AKA Lillyxandra on DeviantArt)

* WIG: Kristen Carr

* LOCATION: University Of Southern California (USC) campus in Los Angeles

* ABOUT THIS COSTUME: I commissioned this Belle costume from my talented & lovely friend JoEllen "Lillyxandra" Elam. The dress is custom made & I cherish it. A huge hoop & petticoat must be worn to give the skirt proper fullness. Sorry, but this costume is not for sale ~ as a Disney's "Beauty & The Beast" fan, it's very special to me. Any other questions about the dress or custom costume commissions can be answered by Lillyxandra at her official site Firefly Path. Thank you so much for all of your kind words & inquiries! <3
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This costume is based on one of Nene Tomas' [link] paintings. Since I befriended her a few years ago, we've always talked about constructing costumes based on her elaborate designs.
I went for Midnight Wings [link] mainly because I wanted to make those wings.

I chose a lavish black sparkly fabric for the steel boned corset, which I created with a lace inset in the front, trimmed in powder blue. The overskirt was made of multiple layers of sheers and same sparkly fabric, hand tattered and ripped. I luckily found a bridal fabric with the same floral design as the painting for the creme underskirt. The bows, bonnet and lace choker were fun accessories to make. I once again combined two wigs to achieve the full hair for the character.
As for the feather wings, I used the same method as my smaller pairs, made with individually shaped turkey feathers. The shape of the wings differs deliberately from the Painting, they are tucked in so I could maneuver through the crowded halls at Dragoncon (it was still a pain). I also wanted them to look somewhat realistic, and yet manga-ish with the long hanging feathers. Because my shoulders are uncovered in this outfit, I had to rig the wings to the corset, and use clear bra-straps to support them at the top.

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I read the Ranma 1/2 mangas when I was like 13 years old! This is and will always be one of my most loved series. Shampoo is my favorite and I wanted to cosplay her for ages. Finally my friends and I were able to organize a group at Anime Expo 2008 so I chose this cute red outfit to make, keeping the July heat in mind.

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I chose a red brocade for the main dress and lined it with a lavender poly blend. The butterfly is embroidered on, and the sash is made out of silk essence. The frog closures are fully functional. This was a super easy costume to put together and I had the most fun with the wig. I did totally burn my leg with hot glue while making the hair balls. :( I added some flowers to the wig since Shampoo often wears them in the series. The shoes and sword were bought.

The Mousse with me is Shaun, one of the coolest guys I know!
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