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.
I made this Dawn costume based on Joseph Michael Linsner's "Cry for Dawn" comic book series for Dragoncon 2009, and only had the chance to wear it a couple of times so far. Since I spent so much time creating this costumes, I thought it would be nice to wear it to Anime USA 2010 just to get another wear out of it. Of course most people didn't recognize me since Dawn is an American series and I was at an Anime con, but I had fun taking photos in it anyway! LJinto has a unique style of composition and lighting and I really loved these two shots by him.
For more info on the costume and how I made it, visit this link. [link]
If you're interested in ordering feather wings like the ones in the photos, visit this link. [link]
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'm trying to round out my DA with costumes I haven't uploaded yet...
I made this costume back in March 2006. It's based on Ayumi Hamasaki's music video "Ladies' Night" which I absolutely loved. You can read about how I made it and see more photos at my website here [link]
These are a pair of wings I finished this week, for a customer. I built them to his size and height (over 6 feet tall) and they turned out so big that I could not wear them myself. I also gave up trying to put them on a mannequin as it would just fall over in a slight wind. These had to me put on a live model, and thank you Brian for putting them on for the photos.
Pardon the ugly watermark right in the center, but people tend to take/steal/post my wing photos a lot.
I designed a newer shape this time, with more wing span and a very defined arch. Kind of like my smaller gold wings for Athena. They are very lightweight and can be taken apart and "folded" on top of each other for travel/shipping.
Every year I take a limited number of angel wing commissions. If you're interested, go to this page for more info: [link]
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]
Ame-Comi Wonder Woman costume made by me for Dragoncon 2010. I had some help with handling power tools in making the sword, the rest of the costume including armor was made by me. I used the figure as reference, which really came in handy when sizing pieces and figuring out details.
This shoot was done at New York Comic Con 2010 with Judith Stephens [link]
Thank you Brian for grabbing some shots during the Atlanta Fight Club event, celebrating the new game Marvel vs Capcom 3. I was one of the five hired costumers for the night, we stood on podiums and posed as the characters, as well as took pictures with the fans.
After that night, my Felicia costume is retired, but only because I am making a new one! I'll probably only re-use the wigs (I have the blue and pink wigs) and the base shoes for which I made the furry bootcovers. Everything else will be brand new. She is one the most fun characters to cosplay and I definitely am not ready to hang it up for good yet.
A full gallery of the event coming soon on my website! [link]
This is a new product I just finished for Katsucon 2010. Everyone seemed to like them and I hope you do as well!
You can buy the wings in my Etsy store here: [link]
Product Description: These eye-catching Steampunk wings are designed by Yaya and lovingly crafted out of lightweight and flexible industrial foam. The expressive multi-layered wings are hand crafted and fully 3-dimensional, with layers of foam on both sides of each wing. Each pair of wings are hand painted in metallic shades and sealed for extra durability. They are suited for guys and girls and are resistant to bumping into people, objects and walls, making them perfect for Cosplay, Conventions, Steampunk events, Parties and Clubbing. The wings are attached to a sturdy wire frame covered in soft felt for comfort. Because they are so light, they can be worn like a backpack with elastic loops already attached. The wire frame allows for easy adjustments and positioning.
Available color choices (please specify in payment note): Brassy Gold, Brassy Gold with Silver tips, Silver, Silver with Gold tips, Gunmetal, Bronze, Black
I finally got around to making a photo collage of this pair of wings I made for a customer at the beginning of the year. The customer specifically asked for this shape, and of course the color. I sized the wings to him (over 6 foot tall) and they span well over 7 feet. I also had to devise a harness system that was comfortable as well as easy to conceal, and the wings fold over each other for easy transportation and shipping. You can also easily put them back together ready for wear in a minute.
The box I shipped them in weighed only 8 pounds, and the cardboard alone is more than 1 pound. However, the box was bigger than me and I got many funny looks when I went into the store to send them.
I take limited commissions on these oversized wings, and shipping within the US is under $100, and to Canada is only $150. Please check out my wing commission page [link] if you're interested. Slots do fill up so give me at least two months notice in advance.