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Full view of the costume, plus a detail shot.
Photos by Stuart Townsley

Costume made by me, based on Nene Thomas's artwork [link]

Construction info:
I used a thick red brocade intended for home decor and set it off against a lightweight black brocade in a tighter matte pattern. The corset I made is strong enough to support the wings without me having to use any shoulder straps which was yay. I hand cut black venetian floral lace into the right width and shape and stitched them onto the corset as trim. I also sewed the creamy white floral trim onto the bottom hem according to the reference. Then I began hand-beading fire polished glass beads and white pearls all over the trims on the corset, the billowy sleeves which I patterned myself, and the skirt. I also hand made venetian lace gauntlets and spent quite a long while sewing scattered beads onto them. I think I love those the most!
I made the necklace by centering it around a red jewel, stringing many rows of black and fire polished beads together.
I made the black wings out of turkey and coque feathers - originally I thought about doing fabric style bat wings, but the feathers gave them so much more texture and created the tattered effect beautifully.
The wig in these photos is from China, and I styled it in a partial up-do.
I created the headpiece by butchering two fabric roses and combining them into one big flower, and adding multiple strands of hand-beaded pearls. The feathers are pheasant. They are one of the signature elements of Nene's paintings, and one of my favorites.

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This is an older costume of mine, but still one of my favorites. I am a huge fan of the manga "X 1999" and Hinoto was a fascinating character especially.
I remember using over 20 yards of fabric on this costume, and making a lot of button holes lol. Back then I hadn't begun wearing colored contacts yet, so I do not have the correct eye color in these photos :(
The wonderful Yuzuriha guarding Hinoto is Hanime, who modeled the costume made by Cat Robinson of SewingGoddess.com [link]

Thank you for Maboroshi of Rising Sun for the photos. [link]
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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 am posting photos from this set for the first time ever! Taken back in March 2007, the concept of this shoot is a tribute to the movie "Mad Max". I totally love the world of Mad Max, especially "Beyond The Thunder Dome"!

The costume was designed and created by me, between altering pieces from my wardrobe, making accessories like the shoulder pad, and throwing props on to my body last minute, like the gas mask.
The makeup is a scary but still glamorous look (I am wearing a white out contact in my right eye, but you can't see it that well in this shot). It's like, you're surviving in a desolate savage world, but still gotta look good. Lol.

Photo taken by Brian Boling [link] in Las Vegas, NV

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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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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 is probably my favorite image resulting from the shoot. I added a close-up at the bottom where you can see some of the details on the costume and makeup better. I will post a non-manip close-up soon, too.
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Photo by Brian Boling [link]

Shoot date October 26th 2008

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.
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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.

Thanks to Maboroshi [link] for the lovely autumn photos
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A closer shot of the Mad Max inspired costume, made and put together by me. We found some nice cliffs for me to "scale" ^_~.

You can see the makeup and details better in this photo, as well as my survival gadgets.

Photography by Brian Boling
Location is Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, NV

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Shot by Stuart Townsley, this costume is based on a piece of artwork by fantasy artist Nene Thomas [link]

Nene asked me to model for "Gothic Princess", and after I saw the beautiful costume she painted, I had to make it.

This is one of my favorite photos of the outfit, and I am submitting it as Artisan Craft>Accessories because it showcases all the detail work and pieces I created, such as the necklace, beaded lace wrist cuffs, hair piece and tattered wings.
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