Character: Yuuko - XXXholic Costume made and modeled by me Photos by Mario Vargas
I made this costume in March 2008 - as a long term CLAMP fan, I suppose it was only a matter of time before I cosplayed Yuuko XD. I loved this design specifically for the butterflies.
The photo location is a historical hotel in Mexico City, during my guest appearance at TNT 15.
Construction: I got a heavy black poly/wool blend for the kimono, and a beautiful burgundy silk for the lining and ruffles. After sewing the outer layer but before putting in the lining, I appliquéd about 14 or 15 butterfly shapes onto it. The pattern for the butterflies was just free drafted - I cut them out of a yellow fabric and after spending a few hours stitching down the edges neatly, I got to paint the details onto the appliqués for the next night and part of the morning lol. I remember watching a whole season of CSI while painting the butterflies, and it became quite the surreal experience. O_O As the butterflies dried, I made many yards of ruffles and also did my own gold trim for the costume. Stitched it all together with the lining and a big part of the costume was done. I love the fabrics I scored because they are almost wrinkle free, no matter how much I shove the costume into a suitcase. The waist cincher is made of a burgundy pleather and I plan on remaking it soon. The material was bought in a rush and is not very sturdy. The cincher has a fake lace up front. Lastly I worked on the wig, which took some engineering. The main problem was balancing the weight of the extension loops on my head, but in the end it worked out great and I can bend over and sway my head without things shifting. The bat crown and hairpieces are made of styrene plastic that's been heat formed.
Thanks, Kevin Green, for shooting with me! It was hard to find a suitable location for Daenerys, so we just looked for a secluded spot without people in the background.
What to say about this costume... the character is Daenerys of House Targaryen, from the book series "A Song of Ice and Fire", which the TV Show "Game of Thrones" is based off of. I've been a fan of the books for about a decade now, and have planned to make a Dany costume since the first time I read the series. She is and has always been the character I love the most, and relate to the most.
Those who haven't read the books may not get my costume, but this is simply my personal interpretation of the character Daenerys, and I tried to be as accurate to the major descriptions as possible, such as the golden silver hair, silver bells and braids, purple eyes, the colors of the dragon, and costume materials/elements.
To explain a bit about the costume:
I always knew that I wanted to dress in Dany's iconic Qartheen traditional dress from "A Clash of Kings", 2nd book in the series, but for a long time debated how to pull off the look without it being offensive. Women in Qarth wore airy silk and/or lavish samite dresses baring one breast proudly, which reminds me of the breast baring fashion of the ancient culture of Minoa. Literally, breasts (aka WOMEN) were a symbol of wealth and power, not just sexual objects. Daenerys in the books (Minor spoiler! Skip if you want!) loses just about everything and puts all her stakes into the city and people of Qarth, who crown her and acknowledge her sovereignty. To pay respect to them, she dresses in the traditional gowns - a young girl near alone in the world brave enough to expose herself to a city full of strangers, and she does it with dignity and pride. The feminist in me just loves that about her, and it's always left an impact on me. So no matter what, I wanted to make the Qartheen gown.
I pulled inspiration from the books (obviously), the wedding gown in the TV show, various artworks of Daenerys and my own fantasy artwork style and costuming taste. I thought lavender would really suit the silvery golden hair and the silver accessories, and I wanted the gown to flow because Qarth would have been a sweltering place to live in, and also because summer cons bear similar climates. So a slight color changing chiffon it was! I made the gown in 2 layers so it wasn't see-through bwaha, and there was a bit of a debate which chest strap to omit O_o. I truly think that there is no universal rule which side to expose, so I went the right side - in line with Valyrian Resin's licensed Daenerys statue [link] and the artwork of Dany on Wikipedia [link]
Also, I am right handed and holding the dragon was much easier with my primary hand.
So the dragon came about because I needed something to cover myself with, in order to be legal in public lol. I meant to sculpt a dragon but 2011 turned out to be INSANE so I bought a dragon statue and altered it with the help from Chris Donio and Brian Boling. Chris and Brian cut the beast apart and repositioned the legs and tail, re-sculpting the details and filling the piece for more durability. Thank you both for all the help! I painted the dragon and had to pick which of Daenerys' three to represent. Drogon, the black and red dragon, is the strongest of the three, but black shows every imperfection and would have looked odd on my very light costume. I thought green would complement the colors of the costume the best, so I made the dragon into Rhaegal!
I should add that the dragon was strapped onto me so I didn't have to use any hands to hold him, rather the cradling pose was for show. And as an extra extra precaution, I wore pasties.
As for the rest of the costume - I made a waist cincher after I found a silver dyed leather hide that still had the fur patches on it. I thought it was so interesting, luxurious yet raw looking that I had to spurge the $80 on the hide. Thank you, Kathy of God Save The Queen Fashions [link] for letting me use her industrial machine to sew the leather. I also wanted a belt and arm bands so I bought upholstery fabric and various trims and forced it all through my machine (breaking several needles along the way). I spent an evening decorating the pieces with beads and chains.
The wig was two wigs sewn together and it has a lace front for a more natural look. I braided a lattice work into it and sewed more beads and bells into it, so I jingle when I walk
The necklace is of Indian heritage because Daenerys as a newly crowned Queen received gifts from all different empires and cultures. Her accessories were diverse and I wanted something decorative on my neck.
For Dragoncon I plan to add more details to the costume, now that I've worn it once and see what's missing. It was an amazing experience to meet GRRM himself as well as the cast of "Game of Thrones" at SDCC. I will make a separate blog soon about the experience, but leave you for now with a shot of Emilia Clarke and me - Dany x 2! [link] She was so kind and gracious to her fans and I really appreciated the opportunity to show her my costume. <3
More photos coming soon, sorry for the mega long description. XD
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Character: Amber - "Sucker Punch" Costume made by - Yaya Han Photography by Kevin Knight Model - Yaya Han
Thank you, Kevin Knight, for taking these shots at SDCC!
You can see the costume pretty well in these pics - I made it the same way they did it in the movie, which is by cutting up a Vietnam era pressure flight suit and altering it HEAVILY. If you look at the images of the actual costume on display here: [link] On the right side of the hip there is a finished hole, through which an air hose is attached to the plane and on the inside of the flight suit there are rubber air bags sewn in that expand with air and compress the pilot's body parts so they won't pass out from all the flight maneuvers. Brian was able to get his hands on such a flight suit for me and I spent hours seam ripping the inside air bags and the pressure tubes that followed the length of the arms, legs and back of the suit. Then I chopped it in half and replaced the zipper, made the pants into chaps, lined them, and used the left over matching fabric to make the hat. I had to make my own pattern for the hat. The gun/magazine holster and belt were the next to tackle, and I give many thanks to Kathy of GodSaveTheQueenFashions for helping me pick out the leathers and tools and showing me leather working techniques. I used a heavy veg tan leather hide and made my own pattern for the pieces, cut them out and punched stitching holes for hours. Then heavy duty snaps were added as well as D-rings. After making all the pieces, I hand dyed them black and shined them up. It took about a day and a half to make and assemble the whole get-up. The gloves are neoprene and leather. Last pieces to make were the panties, bra and choker, and thank God I found the right pleated trim. I altered a bra by adding the zipper and the trim, same with the panties. Add some fishnets and a lollipop and I was ready to kill zombie nazis!
I'll say that by the end of SDCC, I had eaten 6 lollipops and was pretty sick of them. Thinking of casting a fake lollipop, but then I'd have to put plastic in my mouth ugh.
Looking forward to more Sucker Punch timez with my ladies at Dragoncon!
Sorry, I have not uploaded new pictures for ages, just working on new project (а secret one).
So, this how I visited winter convention in our city, short version of my original Queen of Hearts x) Now you can see my stockings ^^ (bought from ebay) I tried new make-up and new wig, so I look a bit different.
Photo by PROCOSPLAY
It was a strange day, but in a good way, some of my good friends became winners. For example have got her first prize fo Lydia cosplay!
And there's also one thing, have done an amazing video about the convention, and cosplayers, and the city!
Please, take a look if you'd like to know more about Russian conventions, and you can also leave your nice comments there ^_^
One more Corpse bride picture! This was one of the last shots of the photoshoot, I was extremely freezing and my eyes were almost killed by contacts. I saw nothing and every flash of light hurt my eyes unbearably. I wish I could make such a shot with the skeleton hand, unfortunatelly that was impossible
We held this photoshoot at the wood after the midnight. It was about 0 C and I really was dead with cold x)
Flash-lights used during the photoshoot, otherwise there was a complite darkness.
Thanks for all crazy people who helped me.
Costume and make-up by me Photo by Kifir
Oh wow!!!! Another DD with my Corpse bride! *0* I'm so honored! Thank you so much!
Very much thanks to *Ellamenopea for suggesting and ^pullingcandy for featuring this for a DD!! This is one of my favorite photo I've shot from that year, and it definitely makes me happy to get a DD for something I like a lot!
Ever since seeing the concept art for Super Streetfighter 4 on Juri Han in 2010, I knew she'd be one of my top favorite girl Capcom characters to date. She's evil, owns up to being a badass, and isn't too cute which I love. Gotta thank Ono San for bringing her onto SSF4!
About the cosplay:
Studying the design and also trying to find the right fabrics for this cosplay was definitely a journey in itself.
A brief blog from top to bottom will be on my site this week.
Nothing about this was shiny, or should have been, only the top. A closer look into the wig also harnessed the hardest part of making the cosplay. Each piece was designed and color matched to actual Capcom concept art. Nothing about the cosplay was skimped. I wore this cosplay as the official cosplayer for SDCC next to incredible producer Ono San so it had to be done right, or else my Street Fighter fandom would implode on itself XD I been watching a ton of Waynes World and I gotta admit, I kept on wanting to say, "IM NOT WORTHY!!!" to Ono San, he's a cool guy for sure....! more info soon! Thanks for coming by <3
I finally got around to shooting my White Phoenix cosplay last week, with artist Long Vo.
For this picture we wanted the comic book feel for Jean, (which I HAD to do right, White Phoenix of the Crown to be exact, take that fake Magneto!) and went for it with the use of digital backgrounds and Fire of course. There was no photoshopping done to my face, hair, or body, luckily the red lighting was fun to play around with and even the sash was held up by wire.
makeup/hair/costume design : Vampy (Linda Le) my lonesome self
I am really-really happy that I can take photos of pili cosplay. Few years ago I only look on awesome pili cosplays, but I even cant imagine that one day I will made photo shoot with them =3= Its like a small miracle, I want to cry when I think about all this stuff... ;_; (I am sensitive person, lol)
First shoot in Ukraine. I was bit nervous about, cause too much time I was havent taken European cosplayers photos xDDDD But it was much fun =v= I thought about water photos for a long time, and I finally I took them. Yep, that magic water in her hands is absolutely real, its not a PS =w= Also DAO is my favorite game, so it helps a lot xDDD