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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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... and stalker victim! Poor girl.
I loved the movie and this was such an easy costume to make and to wear around.

Construction notes: This costume came together easily enough, but I had a hard time at first deciding what color scheme to go with. In some scenes, the dress looks light pink with hot pink layers, but that would have been way too pink, even for me O_O. Instead I went with the promotional pictures and made the costume white and pink, with hot pink bows/red shoes. The top of the dress is boned and tailored to me, and I hand-gathered the layers to ensure they ruffled evenly and as per reference. Instead of making the garters out of the same fabric as the dress, I opted for lace, to give it more a lingerie look. The wig was interesting, as Mima's hair is so choppy in the movie. I ended up cutting and styling the hell out of a random black layered wig I found locally. I already owned the shoes, gloves and thigh highs. I got lucky and found a $5 microphone which got cut up and repainted for Mima.

Photos taken at ikkicon 2010 by Pete Ortega. Thank you!
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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 somehow always end up cosplaying singing idols ^^; Looked through my gallery and saw that I hadn't uploaded Lenne yet. She is such a sweetie. I feel perdy when I'm in this costume. It helps that it is so awesomely comfortable and doesn't even require a wig!

No I don't have the mic, sorry. This whole costume was made in about 6 hours on a whim for a con where I was a Guest and they wanted me to wear a FF costume. I didn't feel like breaking out my more elaborate (read: uncomfortable) ones since I was in the middle of a 6 week in a row convention tour. Exhausted doesn't even begin to cover how I felt at that time. But planning and making new costumes tend to make me happy and I pulled an all nighter to make Lenne.

Character: Songstress Lenne - "Final Fantasy X-2"
Costume made and worn by me
Photography by Ng-Master
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Today is my last day in Tokyo - I woke up way too early as usual (damn time difference!) so have some more pics! It`s raining anyway so we will have to take it easy today... :(

Anyway, this is Omi Gibson as Julia and me as Faye Valentine, Cowboy Bebop.

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

Construction info: My costume was uber rushed, I made in about a day right before I left for Japan. The top and shorts were easy enough to sew but I had the hardest time hunting for boots! Seems white boots are entirely out of style at the tail end of winter/beginning of spring. I did not have time to order them online either. I ended up using a pair of old knee boots I`ve had for years and creatively turned and tucked until it looked ok. *dies*

I also had a *fun* time styling and cutting the wig in the hotel bathroom the morning of the event, where I rigged a wighead out of a towel wrapped ice bucket. LOL. The original wig I got for Faye completely sucked and did not work, so I actually bought a wig in Tokyo (Thank Goodness for cosplay shops) and cut it here. Because I had the extra blah wig, I sewed both together for extra volume so I had super big hair XD. The hairline was made using the same technique as my Carmilla hairline. I was scared it wouldn`t dry in time so I got up at 6am to make it and hit it for a long while with the hairdryer too.


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I loved the movie "Perfect Blue" and Mima was such an easy costume to make and to wear around.

Construction notes: This costume came together easily enough, but I had a hard time at first deciding what color scheme to go with. In some scenes, the dress looks light pink with hot pink layers, but that would have been way too pink, even for me O_O. Instead I went with the promotional pictures and made the costume white and pink, with hot pink bows/red shoes. The top of the dress is boned and tailored to me, and I hand-gathered the layers to ensure they ruffled evenly and as per reference. Instead of making the garters out of the same fabric as the dress, I opted for lace, to give it more a lingerie look. The wig was interesting, as Mima's hair is so choppy in the movie. I ended up cutting and styling the hell out of a random black layered wig I found locally. I already owned the shoes, gloves and thigh highs. I got lucky and found a $5 microphone which got cut up and repainted for Mima.

Photos taken at ikkicon 2010 by Pete Ortega. Thank you!
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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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Photo by Benny Lee :iconsekainoichitaka:

Model: Me

Outfit by Lip Service

Hair/makeup/styling: Me

I hosted a Lip Service fashion show over New Year's and had the opportunity to get a couple of outfits. I mainly wanted them for clubbing (love going to the Castle in Tampa) but when Benny Lee and I talked about doing a first photoshoot together, I decided to pull out this ensemble for a fun Cyber Samurai chick look. It was an excuse to play with kabuki-inspired makeup (see next Deviation for close-up).

I think this image could be a fun stock photo for creative artists.

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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. It was very very crowded so we looked for spots with great lighting instead of mood. I kinda like the busy carousel background actually...

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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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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