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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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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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Sorry for all the hidden comments at the top. I should know that the only way to deter internet trolls is to ignore their ramblings and not give them an audience.
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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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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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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 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 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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I was so lucky to shoot with both Leonard and Judy on the same day! This photo was taken by Judy outside the convention center. I really like the lighting the dreary background, to match the dark elements of the costume. Again, costume/wings made and modeled by me, microphone by Brian of www.bountyhardware.com [link]

The character is Oruha from "Clover".
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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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