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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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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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I giggle in delight everytime I see this photo, for our expressions are just... too perfect. Charlotte looks terrified and in despair (and she sat like that in a corset for a long time with me grabbing her arm at a weird angle, so - uncomfortable, too!) and Carmilla's hiss... well how would you describe it? LOL

Photo by Anna Fisher, taken at Anime USA 2009. The costumes are made by :iconbeautifully-twisted: and I respectively, for NYAF's Yume Cosplay contest. Character - Carmilla and Charlotte from Vampire Hunter D : Bloodlust". We re-wore them at AUSA on Sunday 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? We had a very hectic schedule all weekend. 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.

Construction note on my site: http:/www.yayahan.com

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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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Yaya Han as Carmilla.

These costumes were made for our entries in the NYAF 2009 Masquerade for the Yume Cosplay Contest. I spent about a month of my life using up most of my freetime on this costume. I don't want to make another costume until after the first of the year at this rate. Luckily, our hard work paid off and we were honoured to win the Yume prize.

Our skit can be found here, courtesy of our friend ChibiPlum: [link]

Visit :iconyayacosplay: for more details & shots.

Photography (c) ~GenericPhotoninja
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Yaya Han as Carmilla.

These costumes were made for our entries in the NYAF 2009 Masquerade for the Yume Cosplay Contest. I spent about a month of my life using up most of my freetime on this costume. I don't want to make another costume until after the first of the year at this rate. Luckily, our hard work paid off and we were honoured to win the Yume prize.

Our skit can be found here, courtesy of our friend ChibiPlum: [link]

Visit :iconyayacosplay: for more details & shots.

Photography (c) ~GenericPhotoninja
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AUSA 2010

Despite having previously made a version of Charlotte, I always preferred this outfit over the other. It captures the essence of the Gothic ingenue more so in my opinion, though honestly the film version of Charlotte does little for me and I much prefer her unnamed character in the novel. She actually has a purpose and a personality, whereas in the film she's left alone for five minutes and Carmilla kills her. Granted, women in vampire series tend to just be fodder or the catalyst.

This costume was a bit of a last minute decision & probably one of the fastest sewing projects to date -- seriously, sewn in about 3 hours two days before the con. Unfortunately, I had a bit of an issue where the fabric was concerned. Initially I had wanted to construct it entirely out of layers of ivory chiffon, however the chiffon I ordered online didn't arrive until the weekend of AUSA so I had to make a trip to G Street fabrics to procure an alternative. Courtesy of Halloween, the store was depleted of all ivory chiffon so I opted to use voile which turned into a disaster because it simply wouldn't drape correctly. Ran to JoAnn's the following day and bought yet another batch of ivory chiffon. Ultimately, ended up opting to simply line it with the remaining ivory silk crepe left over from Satine b/c obviously my life needs yet even more ivory silk crepe -- kill me now. So in the end 6 yards of ivory chiffon & 3 yards of ivory silk crepe went into this. Seams are finished w/ an overlock stich and sleeves & hem are rolled. Ribbons were hand sewn on and accented w/ freshwater pearls. The armlets are made from ivory mesh lace left over from Alucard. Corset was purchased b/c I really didn't feel like fooling around w/ steel boning another corset for this.

Photography (c) Darkain
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Here is Yaya in one of her amazing costumes I had a chance to do a photoshoot with her in this outfit. Its amazing. All hand made. I took many images of her in this and I couldn't decided which ones to upload. This wont be the last one

Photo taken at DragonCon 2005

Visit Yaya's website at : angelicstar.net
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Here is Yaya in one of her amazing costumes :love: I had a chance to do a photoshoot with her in this outfit. Its amazing. All hand made. I took many images of her in this and I couldn't decided which ones to upload. This wont be the last one =D

Photo taken at DragonCon 2005

Visit Yaya's website at : angelicstar.net =)
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Here is Yaya in one of her amazing costumes I had a chance to do a photoshoot with her in this outfit. Its amazing. All hand made. I took many images of her in this and I couldn't decided which ones to upload.

Photo taken at DragonCon 2005

Visit Yaya's website at : angelicstar.net
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The Masquerade Fairies Collection is made up of four fairies, Brittany as the Blue Masquerade Fairy, Vani as the Indigo Masquerade Fairy, Adella as the Lavender Masquerade Fairy, and myself as the Pink Masquerade Fairy. Every girl deserves to be treated like a princess. I derive so much joy from turning my friends into these mythical characters for a day, dressing them in beautiful gowns and placing them in an environment to match. This is a dream project in collaboration with Photographer Indigo ([link]). With the talent of Indigo, the beauty of these ladies, and help of my friends we have brought these fantasies to fruition!

Each gown was designed to be something that encompasses my vision of what fairies would wear to a Masquerade Ball. When designing the four fairies I sketched out the things that first come to mind when you think of the classic fairy princess: butterfly-shaped wings, flowing gowns, and long, wind-swept hair. These are the creature you find in castle courtyards, hedge mazes, and royal gardens. Pruned and proper, elegant and refined, every gem, every flower, was thoughtfully placed to work in harmony creating the visage of a fairy princess in full regalia.

- The Indigo Masquerade Fairy
The fabric that makes up the center front of the skirt and corset was the inspiration fabric for the entire gown. I wanted something dramatic without coming across as “sinister”. I designed her headdress after the paintings of Alphonse Mucha. The round medallions mimic the appliqué that is on her corset. Her spindly wings match the shape of the top of her sleeves. I made a small train at the back of the skirt, and I love the way it billows while she's seated.

Both the Indigo Fairy and Lavender Fairy were shot at Balboa Park in San Diego, California. There are so many beautiful backgrounds to choose from, we found a wishing well, lake, and grassy meadow that were ideal!


- The Lavender Masquerade Fairy
This dress I found in a thrift store. It was hanging above the racks in a corner of the store. I asked the the woman who worked there if she would show it to me. She said she had worked at that store for four years and had never realized that it was even there! Once she showed me the train, I instantly imagined turning this wedding dress into a fairy gown.
I dyed the gown and stitched on little flowers through out. I also made larger organza flowers to place through out the bottom of the skirt. It looks at though she was wading through a lily pond and when we walked out the flowers stuck to her train. The lace on the sleeves might be one of my favorite parts, it reminds me of the way wisteria drapes from lattice archways.
For her hair I curled it and piled half of it in a bun. I made a flower hair band styled like ones you see in Grecian art. Her wings are a very sweet and classic butterfly shape with large silver dewdrops. This is first time I have not made an entire fairy costume from scratch, I'm very pleased with the over all feel of this costume. It's very sweet & angelic.

For more photos, info, and videos of these costumes visit www.firefly-path.net
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My princess Aurora costume was created for the 2009 Southern California Cosplay Picnic [link] Everyone on the staff picked a Disney character mine was Princess Aurora ^^ I only had a few days to make it using left over fabric I had on hand. You can see a lot of the pink fairy costume in this one ^_~ I plan on making a new crown and necklace out of metal seeing that my foam ones were crushed in my luggage haha.

I wore it at a cosplay.com cosplay event [link] in Dusseldorf Germany. I had the pleasure of shooting with German Cosplay Photographer Robin. Be sure to check out is gallery here on DA [link]
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My princess Aurora costume was created for the 2009 Southern California Cosplay Picnic [link] Everyone on the staff picked a Disney character mine was Princess Aurora ^^ I only had a few days to make it using left over fabric I had on hand. You can see a lot of the pink fairy costume in this one ^_~ I plan on making a new crown and necklace out of metal seeing that my foam ones were crushed in my luggage haha.

I wore it at a cosplay.com cosplay event [link] in Dusseldorf Germany. I had the pleasure of shooting with German Cosplay Photographer Robin. Be sure to check out is gallery here on DA [link]
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slave_to_anime sent me a few photos ahead of time to post. He is so talented, sweet, and so awesome to work with...i really can't even express my gratitude for these photos. I can't wait to get more from him and the other photographers, but i was DYING to post a few.

I know Shamanic Princess was one of those anime people either loved or hated, but i was way on the side of loved (though i find it best watched in chronological order, with the last 2 episodes FIRST). The details they drew in the hair, eyes, spells, clothes....they can't even produce stuff this detailed in most of the computer animated anime these days. And i have my amazing friends to thank for making these costumes and agreeing to join me. They all did an AMAZING job, and i hope we get together here at my house for more pics down the road!

We had a Tiara (Ambrosia), Shamanic Tiara (myself), Lena (Mel), Shamanic Lena (Lina, who will join us for more pics later!), Kagetsu (Kev), Graham (Matt), Sarah (Angie), Shamanic Tiara/Sarah (Maggie), and Leon (Trevor)!

I'll post my favorite shots as I get them back, and thank you SO MUCH JASON for giving me these ones!
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Another infamous scene from Perfect Blue!

This was :iconsadira-pookie: 's idea, and i loved it! These were ridiculous to make and so fun to wear!



Pic taken by :iconbuckrogersbarker:
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slave_to_anime sent me a few photos ahead of time to post. He is so talented, sweet, and so awesome to work with...i really can't even express my gratitude for these photos. I can't wait to get more from him and the other photographers, but i was DYING to post a few.

I know Shamanic Princess was one of those anime people either loved or hated, but i was way on the side of loved (though i find it best watched in chronological order, with the last 2 episodes FIRST). The details they drew in the hair, eyes, spells, clothes....they can't even produce stuff this detailed in most of the computer animated anime these days. And i have my amazing friends to thank for making these costumes and agreeing to join me. They all did an AMAZING job, and i hope we get together here at my house for more pics down the road!

We had a Tiara (Ambrosia), Shamanic Tiara (myself), Lena (Mel), Shamanic Lena (Lina, who will join us for more pics later!), Kagetsu (Kev), Graham (Matt), Sarah (Angie), Shamanic Tiara/Sarah (Maggie), and Leon (Trevor)!

I'll post my favorite shots as I get them back, and thank you SO MUCH JASON for giving me these ones!
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Yaya modeling another of her amazing costumes! This costume was designs to be much like a moulin rouge type oufit...the skirt is tear-away!

As for the shoot, again, such vivid and stunning greens. That's nature for you! :) I love the fresh spring colors and the blues ofher outfit stand out very strongly aginst them...did I mention I love color? I'm thinking that's obvious now. XD

OUTFIT: Designed andmade by Yaya Han [link]

BORDER: Brush work by mel [link]
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A shoot with Yaya Han in her originally designed costume based on the manga character Miyoubi from the series Aluchino...

I really love how this one turned out! All the light treatments are from the acctual photo, not from my tinkering. :) Yay!

This image was taken at the Ravinia in the autumn of 2001 using an Cannon digital camera...

OUTFIT: The costume & wings were designed & made by Yaya Han of [link]

DIGITAL: I used the 'curves' option to brighten the photo a little bit.

BORDER: Detailed with brushes by Mel from, [link]
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One of Yaya's original designs, a J-Rock style fox...The skit was wicked amazing but you can't see it well in this shot.

In this image, I love the angle and pose but I feel the composition could've been stronger. ^^;

OUTFIT: Designed and made by Yaya Han [link]

BORDER: Brushes from nocturna.net (now closed)
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= Vampire Hunter D =

:iconyayacosplay: as Carmilla
:iconnightmaren-cosplay: as Leila
Chris as D


Photography by :iconbenny-lee: of emanonDesign.com

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= Vampire Hunter D =

:iconyayacosplay: as Carmilla
:iconnightmaren-cosplay: as Leila
Chris as D


Photography by :iconbenny-lee: of emanonDesign.com

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= Vampire Hunter D =

:iconyayacosplay: as Carmilla

Photography by :iconbenny-lee: of emanonDesign.com

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Myself as Tsunade from Naruto. Photo taken by Kevin Chan [Solar Tempest] as Katsucon 2008. I cannot express how much I adore these woodsy shots. [Those mushrooms were too neat.] Who would have known we were in downtown DC? ^__^ Again, I chose the artbook colours for my costume, so some slight variation there. All aspects of the costume were constructed by myself.

Please no critiques/criticism. I'd like to keep this gallery happy! <3
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Myself as Terra Branford from Final Fantasy VI. Photo taken by Ollie [Orobouros.net] at T-Mode 2007. I feel that this costume is probably one of my most inspired creations, and I am still incredibly relieved that all of the clashing ideas in my head somehow coelesced into a coherent design! I based this largely off of the CG renderings from the PSX version of the game, as well as rarer Amano illustrations. I even went so far as to incorporate elements from various fanarts that I enjoyed! This was a very fun, if stressful and time-consuming, project, and I'm still nowhere near finished. DDX Maybe one day I'll get back to working on poor Terra! The entire costume [including the custom-dyed wig and armor] was constructed by me.

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Myself as Karin Koenig from Shadow Hearts: Covenant. Photo taken by Claire [Final_Memories] at Anime Expo 2006. This costume was one of my favourites to construct [I REALLY love her costume design], though I never managed to finish the boot covers for it. Shadow Hearts is such an under-appreciated series, and Covenant in particular really grabbed my attention. If you love intelligent, turn-based RPGs and have a particular interest in history and folklore, I highly, highly recommend them! This entire costume was constructed by myself, though the sword was made by John Kalpowsky.

Please no critiques/criticism. I'd like to keep this gallery happy! <3
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Yaya Han selling her cosplay accessories and cosplay/modeling prints at Otakon 2009

Taken by ~leftyflip86 (me)

Yaya's deviantART:
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Her website:
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These are the dresses I made for Hello Dolly, the dresses are pretty much the same (some small differences in trimming and such)

I had about 4 days to complete both dresses. I did all the sewing on the Red dress and about 75% of it on the white.
This was such a fun show to do and Monica made such a fantastic Dolly.
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I'm usually better with naming but there will be a lot of these.

I just got a whole batch from my photographer and they are <3
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Here's a shot of my Emily Costume from the Corpse bride. This costume is about 3 years old now and it's still one of my favorite things I've ever made.
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