Surprisingly, I have never shot a Black Cat cosplay.. ever. That was the striking motivation for this shoot since Katie approached me to do a shoot with her.
People have called her the Anne Hathaway look alike.. and I won't argue that for a second... and honestly, it has begun talk of a big project this year with Katie which is all a surprise
This shoot was pretty cool.. and quite easy. Why, you say? Because it is done in my basement/storage area of my condo. I didn't have to lug my gear to some place that needed a permit or a place where I couldn't control light.. It was perfect.
Katie was a blast to work with. We collaborated the shots together and her eye and style was very welcomed to the final images.
This was shot with 3 lights - all 3 are CTO gelled since the basement was cluttered with incandescent bulbs.
I was looking forward to shooting with Adam at NYCC... pretty sure you can see why!
Fabric shopping was the biggest battle for this costume, matching the blues in fabric was a big pain. I would find a fabric I like, move it to the cutting table next to another blue only to realize it was purple!
The dress is made from a two way stretch silk knit jersey. I made a custom pattern for the dress which has a halter style neckline and side slits up to my waist. The 'arm warmers' are made from a combination to dark blue suede and silk knit jersey. I added details of suede strapping, gold buckets and gold studs for more visual interest (inspired by the Ame-Comi statue).
My cape is a modified Simplicity (5794) cape pattern. My favorite fabric to use for capes is a matte satin, I love the weight and the slight shine it has. I heat sealed the bottom of the cape to allow for optimum cape movement.
My belt is custom made and resin cast by me. I use Castin Craft for my resin pieces, it stinks to high heaven and takes 3 hours to set... but the pieces come out flawless. The circular pieces are made using a per-existing mold whereas my raven center piece is custom sculpted, molded and cast by me. The belt is painted using Krylon gold metallic spray paint. All the cast belt pieces are mounded on a dark blue pleather belt made by me.
Photo by: SuperHero Photography by Adam Jay [link]
Photo taken by: BGZ Studios Helmet, Mace, and Chest Logo created by: Skylow Studio
Costume made/modeled by: Kira Kouture, featuring: - custom drape/ pattern drafted top and legging pants - custom altered leather boots and belt - custom built wings
Personal Note: This was my 1st cosplaying costume, created for Dragon Con 2012. It took me a little over a year to make this costume. The wings are the heaviest and most difficult to construct. They weigh about 40 lbs. The quills are hand stitched so they will not fall/break off if someone bumps into them. The rest of the feathers were meticulously glued to make the wings look as real as possible. I lost count after 800 feathers used on the wings. The wings can also move back and forward by the way my upper body is positioned. So if I lean forward, the wings come forward and if I lean back the wings move back. This was part of the construction of the wings so I can move around in tight spaces, like an elevator.
So pretty much, every picture that ~pireze took on this shoot is BADASS so why deny it by not uploading more pictures XD
And the famous last words that I uttered in my previous Steph submission "I'LL NEVER TOUCH PLEATHER AGAIN"... are currently being eaten since I made another pleather bodysuit a few months after this was completed, and I'm planning another next year lol