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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 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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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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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 photo was taken by Judy [link] outside the convention center at Anime Central. I really like the lighting the dreary background, to match the dark elements of the costume.

Construction notes:
The character is Oruha from "Clover". I chose Oruha's signature black stage outfit, because that is her most memorable image to me. I made the corset, skirt, garter and arm warmers with PVC vinyl, but looking at the artwork her billowy overskirt seemed matte to me so I used matte bridal satin with a underlayer of organza for it. I made a mini hoop skirt to go under the satin skirt, and the corset has steel boning in it which help hold the wings on yay.
The wings are alright for being made in such a hurry - I cut out the "blades" in vinyl sheets and sprayed them black, and made a wire frame covered in Wonderflex. I used Barb's Suu wings as a loose size and design reference since I wanted my very very different outfit to match hers in some small ways. The wings separate and fold together and I especially made them small enough to fit inside my suitcase for the plane trip.The wing breast covers are heat formed plastic sheets cut out and glued together, and they velcro onto the corset. For the first two time I wore this costume, I had the vine tattoos all over my neck, but for ACen, there just wasn't time, so I only drew Oruha's clover on my chest.
The beautiful microphone was made by Brian of Bountyhardware.com [link] as a birthday gift. I told him he could pick between the wings or the microphone lol. I am not sure how he made the mic, but it definitely included sculpting, molding and casting and butchering some found parts. The whole thing is plastic and metal, and the base/rod swivels!
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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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This is the Dawn costume (based on Joseph Michael Linsner's artwork) I've been working on for a few weeks, for the debut at Dragoncon 2009. I made the costume from scratch, as well as the wings, and that large egg prop I am sitting in. A huge Thank You to the Dawn Lookalike contest staff for allowing me to bring that near 7 foot tall egg on a rolling platform into the competition.

Construction notes: Well, until I do a real photo shoot with this costume, you won't be able to really see the details, so just take my word for it lol. I decided to enter the Dawn contest this year because I had the idea for a concept, a theme if you will, and because I had the time/money to actually make everything. Also, since I am local to Dragoncon this year, I was able to make multiple trips from/to home in order to bring the prop/costume/wings.
My concept was "The Birth of the Goddess", and I really wanted to make this ancient fantastical looking egg which could fit a person + wings. Three awesome friends of mine helped me with the construction of the egg - Brian, Tigger, and Tise. We built a wooden 3-D form first and then painstakingly cast a shell over it with fiberglass and plastic. After cutting and sanding the edges, I covered the egg in felt on both sides and hand painted it for shading and texture. Tise and I spent hours gluing vines and leaves and all sorts of adornments on it, making the shell look all sparkly and magical. Brian and Tigger devised a platform which has a Lazy Susan built in so that the egg could be turned around and rolled, even with me in it. I helped cutting the wood and covering it in green velveteen.

The costume was based around the theme, and I thought a newly born Goddess would be pure and white, with no discernable armor or weapons. I made a steel boned corset with white faux leather, with a bust line that was inspired by many of Linsner's drawings. The trims and lace were all hand sewn on, and dyed/cut/embellished. I drafted patterns for the front tier pieces, choker and arm bands, all of which were made with the matching faux leather. I also draped the skirt. I cast ornament pieces in plastic and painted them silver, antiqued them, and attached them to various pieces on the costume, such as the corset, front 3-tier pieces, choker and arm bands. Much of the time went into attaching matching lengths of chains to the skirts, choker, arm bands and wristlet. I used 4 different sizes of chains. In keeping with classic Dawn imagery, I also used o-rings and o-ring chains. Even my shoes have o-rings on them, lol.
I made my wings based on how Linsner often drew Dawn's wings, with the defined arch, spread position, but long trailing feathers at the bottom as well.
Lastly, I also created the signature rose on Dawn's right arm.
For the day of, I used puffy paint to make the tears, and as usual, I did my own makeup/wig styling for this costume.

It was definitely interesting to try and move in this outfit. The wings had quite a wing span and I felt so bad for taking up space as well as accidentally brushing into people. I also could hardly see anything due to double staked contacts and the hair over my right eye. Not to mention the tight corset and wing harness shoved underneath. But the contest ran so smoothly and I am so grateful for all the help I received backstage. I ended up winning Third Place, thank you, Judges, and congratulations to all the winners. I really loved seeing the different beautiful costumes backstage and only wish that I had been mobile enough to chat more with the girls.
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While we're on Halloween and PVC.... another blast from the past!

These two images are from a modeling shoot in 2005! The photographer is Kevin Stewart of Black Eye Photography, my mentor and eye-opening force in artistic and out of the box thinking when it came to photography.

For this theme, I built an outfit around a skull/cross bone corset I owned - making the gloves, shorts, skirt etc. and I used the wings I had made already for Midnight Wings. We went to a remote location in GA on a cold and windy autumn day and shot this theme on film, which is Kevin's usual choice of photography. There is a depth in film photography that can rarely be matched by digital, though digital can be so sharp and clear. I love both styles!

On, one last thing I should mention. THE GREEN TINT/SATURATION IN THESE PHOTOS IS ACHIEVED BY CROSS PROCESSING, NOT IN PHOTOSHOP. This is how the film came out.
Before comments pop up about over saturation or photoshopping - please look up cross-processing and understand that this is a look the photographer was going for. Thank you thank you.
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I am such a huge Lodoss fan T_T.. why don't they make shows like that anymore?

This costume is actually NOT made by me. It was created by my friend Cat of sewinggoddess.com [link] as a commission for one of her customers. She asked me to pose in the costume for her portfolio.
The dress itself is made of silk and she painstakingly made and painted each piece that made up the neck collar. The whole costume was gorgeous and I felt honored to model in it.

The only things in the photo made by me were the plastic elf ears :)

Thank you to Maboroshi [link] for the photos!
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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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