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Photo by Leonard, at Anime Central

This cosplay is of Oruha from Clamp's "Clover". The costume and wings were made by me, the microphone was made by Brian of [link] [link]

Thank you for snapping some photos of me, Leonard!

This one was against a window and sheer white curtains, and I love the blown out light!
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Photo by Brian Boling
costume/wings/egg made by me
construction info: [link]


This shoot has been planned since Dragoncon, we were just looking for the chance to push the giant egg into the woods lol.
We took advantage of a beautiful warm day in late October and set up the egg prop in between these awesome ivy vine overgrown trees in the North GA mountains. Realizing again how immobile I am in this costume *headdesk*, and how many bugs were flying around us O_o;, we did a fairly quick photoshoot in under an hour. I put on the horns at the last minute because I felt like my head was so bare. They were just stock from my store laying around.
I am very excited about the ivy on the trees as it matched the egg's decoration wonderfully. Got my skirt dirty tromping around in the dirt but it's well worth it.

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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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I got to cosplay in Tokyo yesterday! There was a cosplay event at the Toshimaen Amusement Park and I participated in a new outfit I made - Faye Valentine, Cowbow Bebop.

I have wanted to cosplay Faye for a long time but waited until I could do it right and be in the right shape for it. Ended up, I did rush sewing this costume for the Japan trip, because a friend pointed out that Tokyo would be perfect for Faye photos, and it is a simple and small costume to transport. So yeah, with Megacon stress and Japan planning, I knocked this out in a day and styled/cut the wig, which was almost waist length, the morning of the shoot in the hotel room. Without a wig head. LOL

Of course we did NOT get to take city scape photos because the cosplay event was in a remote amusement park lol, but I had a huge amazing surprise waiting for me there so it more than made up for that.

The lovely Julia with me in the photo is Omi Gibson, my favorite Japanese Cosplayer. I have followed her work for many years and was lucky enough to meet and cosplay with her. We were supposed to meet earlier this week but the fates were against it. I am sooo happy that we managed to get together yesterday. She also completely surprised me by showing up in a Julia costume! She had asked what I was bringing but I did not know it was to coordinate with me!

It was raining for a few days this week and we got really lucky with the weather yesterday. While it was brisk and windy, the sun was out and the lighting was beautiful. We did a lot of photos with multiple photographer friends of Omis and I hope to be able to share some of them in the near future, too.

Thank you to Brian for this shot!


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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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Photo by Oscar Chang [link]

Huge Thank You to Oscar for shooting the Steampunk costume (with the alluring Jaina Solo, will post more pics later). I never think to get close ups! Thank you for getting this shot <3

Costume made and modeled by me
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Omi Gibson as Julia and me as Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop while we were cosplaying at the Toshimaen park on Saturday. I love this shot because the lighting is so nice and we look so in character!

First of all, I`ll just say that anyone looking for boobilicious Faye will not find her here. When I changed into the costume at the Toshimaen park and the adorable cross-playing changing room girl saw me, she immediately stopped me and let me know that I was wearing too little clothing. Especially the *breasts* had to go away lol. Naturally I had to come to Japan and cosplay in something too scandalous for the public *facepalm*. Thank Goodness they were able to compromise with me and let me walk around and take photos still. I just had to cover up with the red shirt and my long overcoat and flip my collar up so there was no more cleavage.

For an American con, I will re-style the costume to have more accurate T & A. lol

These images were taken by Brian Boling, however we had 5 other photographers shooting photos at the same time. Trying to pose for 5 cameras and not being able to communicate at all due to the language barrier was fun lol. Omi is such a fantastic and natural model that I just tried to play off of her poses and she did the same thing with me. The worst was not knowing which camera to look at lol, but we still managed to pull off some great shots I think.

What really blew my mind about Japanese cosplay is that most of the cosplayers were there to do private photoshoots of each other and many had tripods and used the self-timer to do photos. How they can get the angles right is beyond me. The non-cosplay folk are not fazed in the least by us and no one really took photos of another group. You just stuck with your own little crowd. That being said, I totally gawked at all these beautiful costumes and cosplayers all day. They were all gorgeous and perfectly made up!!!

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I forgot that I haven't uploaded these photos from Carroll Kong yet! Thank you, Carroll, for these!

Costume: Oruha - "Clover"

This cosplay is made and worn by me at Anime Central 2009.
You can see more Deviations of Oruha here:
Blinding Light [link]
Oruha Photoshoot with Judy [link]
The Sultry Songstress [link]

You can also see the full gallery on my website with construction info here: [link]
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I forgot that I haven't uploaded these photos from Carroll Kong yet! Thank you, Carroll, for these!

Costume: Oruha - "Clover"

This cosplay is made and worn by me at Anime Central 2009. You can see more Deviations of Oruha here:
Blinding Light [link]
Oruha Photoshoot with Judy [link]
The Sultry Songstress [link]

You can also see the full gallery on my website with construction info here: [link]
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Thank you to FireflyFan on Flickr for this photo, taking during the Dawn Look-A-Like contest at Dragoncon 2009.

Here is my entry - "Birth of the Goddess". I was awarded Third Place!

For my full construction notes, click here: [link]

To abbreviate, I designed the costume based on Linsner's art style, and the theme. I wanted it to be white, to symbolize the purity of new birth. I made the costume from scratch and also the wings and the egg. Thank you again to the contest staff and everyone who helped me get around in this cumbersome costume.

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