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Photo by Anna Fisher, taken at Anime USA 2009. The costume is made by me, for NYAF's Yume Cosplay contest. Character - Carmilla from Vampire Hunter D : Bloodlust". I re-wore it at AUSA for sole photo purposes. My skit partner and I got dressed on the Sunday of the con and snuck off with three amazing photographers in tow to take pictures for a couple of hours. Why didn't we stick around during the con? I had a very hectic schedule all weekend, and so did Anna :iconbeautifully-twisted:, my Charlotte. It takes three hours (down from four, ha!) to get me into Carmilla, and on a crowded Friday or Saturday it would have been tough to do private photoshoots.

I love this shot by Anna, it sums up Carmilla's character at one glance. She will do anything to get a virgin's blood and preserve her youth!

Construction note on my site: [link]

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This is one of my favorite photos of Carmilla, taken by :iconthedreamerworld:

Simply by asking me to kneel down in front of a patch of reeds, Judy found an intense background for a portrait in midst a modern office building area. The lighting and colors in this shot are fantastic as well.

I really like how disturbing and not "pretty" I look in this shot. I thought that my makeup at NYAF, where this costume was debuted, was too "glamorous/pretty/sexy" and not "unappealing" enough. So for Anime USA, I went over the limit of what I personally find attractive in order to really sink into the villainous character of Carmilla.

Costume construction note on my site: [link]

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EDIT: Here is the reference collage I compiled for Carmilla, for those not familiar with the character.
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Photo by Anna Fisher, taken at New York Anime Fest 2009 during the Yume Cosplay Contest.

Costume made by me, for the skit "Carmillas Bloodlust" (based on the anime "Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust) performed by Klytaemnestra and me.
You can see a video of the skit thanks to Chibiplum here:
[link]

I'll post construction notes and in progress photos soon, until then, you can read about how these costumes/this skit came to be on here:
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EDIT: Here is the reference collage I compiled for Carmilla, for those not familiar with the character.
[link]
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Photo by Anna Fisher, taken at New York Anime Fest 2009 during the Yume Cosplay Contest.

Costume made by me, for the skit "Carmilla's Bloodlust" (based on the anime "Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust) performed by Klytaemnestra and me.
You can see a video of the skit thanks to Chibiplum here:
[link]

I'll post construction notes and in progress photos soon, until then, you can read about how these costumes/this skit came to be on here:
[link]

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I competed in another contest lol! Truly, I did NOT mean to make two costumes in 5 weeks and enter two giant contests within 3 weeks.... but with how full my work schedule has been all year, there was only a 1 and 1/2 month break available to me where I could work on my own costumes. And all the contests I would consider entering are usually at the height of summer during my busy season, so there is no way for me to prepare anything for them.

So New York Anime Fest came at a great time and the Yume Cosplay Contest was an event with a thoughtful and generous prize from the organizers. No other US convention has been that generous to cosplayers before, and in my opinion, valued our community enough to want to put such an award forth (more often than not, costume contest winners get a certificate, that's it. Maybe sometimes donated items from dealers... I sometimes feel like certain cons don't understand HOW much work all the contestants put into their entries, and don't value Cosplay as an entity enough to put more effort/budget into their contests.) The Yume Prize however means a paid vacation to Japan, Invitation to attend Tokyo Anime Faire and $1000 shopping spree in Tokyo.

I hadn't competed at an anime con for 7 years prior to this past weekend but I was intrigued and welcomed the challenge of creating something worthy of such a contest.

My friend Klytaemnestra (Anna) and I chose Vampire Hunter D and we made our respective Carmilla and Charlotte costumes within a month and a half. Amazingly, we were chosen as the winners of the Yume contest.

I am off to another con right now (Realmscon, Corpus Christy, TX) so I don't have time to make a real construction report right now, but I answered a lot of questions for www.girlsentertainmentnetwork.com and they put up an article of our NYAF Yume experience. It has lots of info and more photos/videos from the contest.
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Also, for those interested in seeing our skit, check this link, thanks!
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Lastly, thank you, Dressdragn (Anna Fisher), for the lovely (and fast) photos!!!

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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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Uploading another super old costume (from 2002) to round out my DA gallery.

Yuna's Wedding Dress from Final Fantasy X!

I made this right after I made Lulu, from the same game. Definitely very into FF10 back then lol...

Truly, I thought this was a very elegant and beautiful wedding dress, and the wings and feathers especially called out to me, so I took on the project.
This costume was far more time-consuming and expensive than I had originally planned, mostly because I added details and original ements to give it more depth. The dress is fully lined, serged, topstitched, and has a swirl patterned silvery sheer layer over multiple panels, to break up the monotone mass of white bridal satin. The front panel has scattered rhinestones attached for extra glamor, and every feather used for the wings and trim (over 600) is individually clipped and shaped by me. I put over a hundred hours into this dress, making everything from scratch and not taking any shortcuts, not even with the bouquet. I wanted this costume to be an actual usable wedding dress. Because I was also entering this costume in the Katsucon 2002 Masquerade contest, I went one step further and built lighting into the dress and wings for stage presence. Brian helped me install rope lighting into the entire perimeter of the feather-trim, and I also attached fiber-optic strands into the wings so they would glow in different colors.

Photos by Kyle Johnsen
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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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EDIT: Here is the reference collage I compiled for Carmilla, for those not familiar with the character.
[link]
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I competed in another contest lol! Truly, I did NOT mean to make two costumes in 5 weeks and enter two giant contests within 3 weeks.... but with how full my work schedule has been all year, there was only a 1 and 1/2 month break available to me where I could work on my own costumes. And all the contests I would consider entering are usually at the height of summer during my busy season, so there is no way for me to prepare anything for them.

So New York Anime Fest came at a great time and the Yume Cosplay Contest was an event with a thoughtful and generous prize from the organizers. No other US convention has been that generous to cosplayers before, and in my opinion, valued our community enough to want to put such an award forth (more often than not, costume contest winners get a certificate, that's it. Maybe sometimes donated items from dealers... I sometimes feel like certain cons don't understand HOW much work all the contestants put into their entries, and don't value Cosplay as an entity enough to put more effort/budget into their contests.) The Yume Prize however means a paid vacation to Japan, Invitation to attend Tokyo Anime Faire and $1000 shopping spree in Tokyo.

I hadn't competed at an anime con for 7 years prior to this past weekend but I was intrigued and welcomed the challenge of creating something worthy of such a contest.

My friend Klytaemnestra (Anna) and I chose Vampire Hunter D and we made our respective Carmilla and Charlotte costumes within a month and a half. Amazingly, we were chosen as the winners of the Yume contest.

I am off to another con right now (Realmscon, Corpus Christy, TX) so I don't have time to make a real construction report right now, but I answered a lot of questions for www.girlsentertainmentnetwork.com and they put up an article of our NYAF Yume experience. It has lots of info and more photos/videos from the contest.
[link]
[link]
[link]

Also, for those interested in seeing our skit, check this link, thanks!
[link]
[link]
[link]

Lastly, thank you, Dressdragn (Anna Fisher), for the lovely (and fast) photos!!!


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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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