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This is also an older set (5 years old?) but I still love it!

The concept is a Cat Burglar, in full gear rappelling down in Bond film fashion to go after a priceless object. We did the set outdoors with the safe (see previous Deviation [link]), and then moved indoors for the diamond sequence. We had a smoke machine and my gun actually has a laser that made red lines of light through the smoke. The images on the bottom were shot through a ring light that Kevin cleverly used as a "keyhole".

This is shot by Kevin Stewart of Black Eye Photography on film.

Brian had a full rappelling gear and we put this outfit together with things we had at home and pieces from costumes I had already made.

It was harder than you'd image to hold a pose upside down hanging by a rope lol.
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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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Presenting "The Tale of the Raven" photoshoot, which was a conceptual collaboration with Kevin Stewart and Brian Boling.

Set in a beautiful park in downtown Orlando, we explored the story of a girl, dressed for a night out, who gets lost (in the woods so to speak) and encounters a raven. A magical raven. With it's song, the bird enchants the girl and consumes her. Possess her. Becomes her...

This is the first part of the shoot - before the transformation. We shot in Black and White instead of color, as the real world is as dull as Black and White compared to the vivid colors of a fantasy world ^_~.

I made three collages from the photos of the shoot, and this is the last of them. See the other two for a complete tale :)

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Last Deviation... [link]

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Photographer: Kevin Stewart
Model: Yaya (me)
Makeup and Styling: Yaya (me)
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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.

Photos by Robert Matta
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Presenting "The Tale of the Raven" photoshoot, which was a conceptual collaboration with Kevin Stewart and Brian Boling.

Set in a beautiful park in downtown Orlando, we explored the story of a girl, dressed for a night out, who gets lost (in the woods so to speak) and encounters a raven. A magical raven. With it's song, the bird enchants the girl and consumes her. Possess her. Becomes her...

When I was putting together the outfit for this shoot, I tried to envision what a human raven would look like. The bird has a distinct strong look with silky jet black feathers and a sleek and beautiful silhouette.
My outfit is put together from parts of my Clover cosplay, vintage pieces and a corset from my favorite lingerie line, Agent Provocateur. I styled this look specifically to enhance the female form as much as possible, to exude sexuality and sensuality. I also wore bright blue contacts to make my eyes look more alien and bird-like.

I made three collages from the photos of the shoot, and this is the second of them. See the other two for a complete tale :)

First Deviantion... [link]

Last Deviation... [link]

Credit:
Photographers: Kevin Stewart and Brian Boling
Model: Yaya (me)
Makeup and Styling: Yaya (me)
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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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Costume made and modeled by me
Photography by Stewart Townsend

Construction notes:
Since I became a fan of the game Dead or Alive and Lei Fang, I have wanted to make one of her regular Chinese dresses. When it came to deciding which color dress to choose, well, I have not seen the blue dress cosplayed personally, and thought that blue and gold would be a wonderful color combination.
Plus, I can not believe I had all the materials needed for this costume! All I had to get were the gold closures and bias tape for the trim.

I made the dress using a rich blue brocade and pale yellow bridal satin for the lining.
I created two Phoenix designs for this costume and they are painstakingly appliquéd on the front and back. With gold thread I satin stitched the outlines and all the feathers over the period of two days.
I also added hundreds of iridescent and gold sequins as well as rhinestones for glamor and depth.
The dress is fully lined and boned for structure, and was tailored to fit me like a glove. The high cut slits made me a little nervous at first but they really are necessary for those crouching poses lol.
The arm cuffs snap on and I already styled a Lei Fang wig for another version of her. I plan on sharing the wig between the costumes so the hair ties will remain gold to match!
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Presenting "The Tale of the Raven" photoshoot, which was a conceptual collaboration with Kevin Stewart and Brian Boling.

Set in a beautiful park in downtown Orlando, we explored the story of a girl, dressed for a night out, who gets lost (in the woods so to speak) and encounters a raven. A magical raven. With it's song, the bird enchants the girl and consumes her. Possess her. Becomes her...

When I was putting together the outfit for this shoot, I tried to envision what a human raven would look like. The bird has a distinct strong look with silky jet black feathers and a sleek and beautiful silhouette.
My outfit is put together from parts of my Clover cosplay, vintage pieces and a corset from my favorite lingerie line, Agent Provocateur. I styled this look specifically to enhance the female form as much as possible, to exude sexuality and sensuality. I also wore bright blue contacts to make my eyes look more alien and bird-like.

I made three collages from the photos of the shoot, and this is the LAST of them. See the first two for a complete tale :)

First Deviantion... [link]

Second Devation... [link]

Credit:
Photographers: Kevin Stewart and Brian Boling
Model: Yaya (me)
Makeup and Styling: Yaya (me)
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Costume made and modeled by me
Photography by Stewart Townsend

Construction notes:
Since I became a fan of the game Dead or Alive and Lei Fang, I have wanted to make one of her regular Chinese dresses. When it came to deciding which color dress to choose, well, I have not seen the blue dress cosplayed personally, and thought that blue and gold would be a wonderful color combination.
Plus, I can not believe I had all the materials needed for this costume! All I had to get were the gold closures and bias tape for the trim.

I made the dress using a rich blue brocade and pale yellow bridal satin for the lining.
I created two Phoenix designs for this costume and they are painstakingly appliquéd on the front and back. With gold thread I satin stitched the outlines and all the feathers over the period of two days.
I also added hundreds of iridescent and gold sequins as well as rhinestones for glamor and depth.
The dress is fully lined and boned for structure, and was tailored to fit me like a glove. The high cut slits made me a little nervous at first but they really are necessary for those crouching poses lol.
The arm cuffs snap on and I already styled a Lei Fang wig for another version of her. I plan on sharing the wig between the costumes so the hair ties will remain gold to match!
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I am very fond of Macross Plus, and Sharon Apple has to be one of my all-time favorite anime characters. This cosplay is from the concert scene during the song "Idol Talk". Sharon Apple has multiple versions of herself through out the series, and I chose to portrait the "young" version of her.

This is a re-make of a costume I did several years ago. I lost parts of my original Sharon Apple costume and the wig got ruined during transport, so summer 2006 I remade the (very simple) outfit for a photoshoot (haha I know, also ages ago).

I made the little black dress and arm warmers out of this awesome stretchy wet look material. The hovering rings this time were neon orange tubing which are attached with clear string. I styled a Bob wig into Sharon's signature cut, and used pipe cleaners for the eyebrows. I was going to make her jewel but found the same button that I used the first time so I just painted it and used spirit gum to attach it to my forehead. The pumps are 5 inches tall with no front platform support, and a pain to walk in lol.

Photos by Brian Boling (these were just candid shots after the scheduled photoshoot but I like the contrasting metal background actually).
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