""D: Your time is coming to an end. Your kind must face extinction. You cannot survive, you must die. That is the rule of nature.
Carmila: Ah. Very strong words for a dunpeal, but you seem to forget. Our spirits... are eternal.
D: No, Carmilla. Nothing lasts forever. "
Wow, it was such a journey to get to this outfit! I never thought when I started cosplay that I would ever stand on a stage in Nagoya, Japan, representing my country against some of the greatest cosplayers in the world.
Let alone win the Brother Award for Best Costumes!
It was like a dream come true.
I can still hardly believe it happened.
and I jointly achieved this honour after far too many hours and dollars spent into creating what we believed would be outstanding stage outfits! We planned long and hard the fabrics we would use that would be most effective at making our costumes really stand out on stage against all the other competitors.
The D outfit is based off Amano's original artwork for D, and it has a zillion different parts to it:
Hat - Made from leather, cardboard and foam.
Gauntlets - Made from leather
Boots - Modified with extra leather panel at front
Body suit - Made from stretch pleather
Scarves - Three in total, one brocade and beading, one two kinds of crepe satin and sequins, and one hand dyed silk.
Belt - Leather, Scuply and Buttons
Jewelery - Three necklaces, all handmade and three braclet/chains for the belt all handmade. Also one strand of beading for the sword decoration
Capes - Two, the inner cape made from beading, crepe satin, gaze and beading. The other made from four different types of velvet.
Armour - Made from foam with leather covering.
Sword - Made from pine and Apoxie Sculpt.
The gauntlets, hat, collar, armour and boots all have hand cut and glued hold designs made from gold jersey. They all have at least eight jewels boarded by 3d glitter putty and all the designs have been edged with gold glitter glue.
I won't go into huge detail over how it was all made, it would take me forever! But if you do have any questions or want to know step for step how something was done just drop me a note and I'll be happy to tell you
It was all terribly expensive, so the only thing I won't reveal was how much it all cost to make -___-' Let's just say it was far too much money!!! XD
Japan was an amazing experience and one I'll carry with me for the rest of my life. I got to meet so many amazing people, all the other teams who competed were phenomenal, and all such lovely, friendly people. Congratulations to everyone for their achievements, I was so proud and awed to share the stage with you all! Special congratulations to Team Netherlands (Best Wigs) Team China (Third Place) Team Italy (Second Place) and the Grand Champions Team Brazil (First Place). We as Team Australia placed equal fourth with Team Korea, and achieved the Brother Award for Best Costumes.
Jess and I have done our joint thank you's multiple times, but I would like to do my personal thanks here. This is to all the people who supported and assisted me in the lead up to and on the trip! I love you all, thank you:
Billy Tea, Widya Santoso, Squee Club (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ALL ARE
) and my family!
And to everyone who sent messages of support and love and encouragement and congratulations, I love you all as well! There is too many to count, and I was so overwhelmed by your support! Thank you from the bottom of my heart C:
D - VAMPIRE HUNTER D -
With thanks to
for makeup assist!
Location: Sweets Castle, Japan
Post Processing: Myself
Brother Award for Best Costumes, World Cosplay Summit Championship, Nagoya, Japan, 2011.
Joint award with