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Photography by Benny Lee :iconsekainoichitaka:

Model: Me

Styling/Makeup: Me

Outfit by Lip Service

Shoes by bebe

This fashion look was a warm up set for my studio shoot with Benny Lee last month. I haven't done the goth thing for a while lol
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After shooting at the Grand Cosplay Ball last year with Pat Lyttle, he and I have been talking about doing a fashion shoot, so when I returned to London this time, we met up at the British Museum and took advantage of the stunning architecture within.

In a perfect world I would have wanted to shoot outdoors as I just adore the buildings, streets and alleys there. But it was absolutely freezing and we had to opt for an indoor location. I've visited the British Museum twice over 10 years ago and have always loved this museum. It is gigantic and houses some of the world's most precious artifacts.
We had to be semi-sneaky about our shoot, and it was a difficult one due to the insane amount of tourists and visitors present that day. All of these photos had to be snapped between long waits for the background to clear of people lol.

As usual, I did my hair/makeup and put together the outfit. Pat provided the lovely heels! He also had this amazing vintage Victorian bodice which we used as a jacket. It is from the 1880's and made of silk. The boning is still whale bone!

Photographer: Pat Lyttle
Model: 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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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.


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Finally I have good studio shots of this costume after making it 5 and a half years ago!

I love Marvel and X Men, and the 2nd live action movie was my favorite out of the bunch. Plus I totally dig Kelly Hu's outfit, especially the black jacket/corset hybrid and the adamantium claws.

I made the jacket, which was interesting to say the least, what with the leather ribbing and quilting and full grommet lace back. Brian of BountyHardware.com [link] made the adamantium claws for me, they attach straight to my fingers and are sized to each of my nails.

I also finally thought to wear contacts for this shoot, oii! Makes so much of a difference in the creepy factor.

You can see more info and photos of this costume on my website: [link]

Photo by Benny Lee

Other Deviations of this costume:
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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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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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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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Photo by LJinto

Costume: Scarlet Witch (Marvel)
Based on Mark Brooks` artwork: [link]

Made and modeled by Yaya Han (moi)

Debuted at Megacon 2010
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Edit: Despite multiple comments clearly missing the point of this photoshoot, I will not spell it out till the other images are posted. But FYI, through out my modeling and costume making history you will see galleries of photos that tell a story, have a concept behind it. This is one of such....
HINT: My eyes are... bird... like....
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Sneak peek of a recent photoshoot with Kevin Stewart and Brian Boling...

..."It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels named Lenore
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels named Lenore?"
Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."...

(By Edgar Allen Poe)


Photography: Brian Boling
Model: Yaya Han (me)
Makeup/hair: Yaya Han (me)
Styling/Props: Yaya Han (me)
Corset: Agent Provocateur
Hat: vintage

More photos to follow as I get them back from both photographers!
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