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This costume is the counterpart to :iconyayacosplay:'s lovely Carmilla. Please check out her work.

Photography (c) Anna Fischer
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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.

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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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Photo by Anna Fisher, taken at New York Anime Fest 2009 during the Yume Cosplay Contest.

Costume made by me, for the skit "Carmillas Bloodlust" (based on the anime "Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust) performed by Klytaemnestra and me.
You can see a video of the skit thanks to Chibiplum here:
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I'll post construction notes and in progress photos soon, until then, you can read about how these costumes/this skit came to be on here:
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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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Character: Wonder Woman -DC Comic Ame-Comi Collectible Figure design
Costume made and modeled by me
Photo by Benny Lee (EmanonDesign) :iconbenny-lee:

I have more Dragoncon photos to share but am too excited about getting Wonder Woman studio shots back to not share at least one of them. Thank you, Benny, for these great photos! I really liked the intensity in this shot - as a character Wonder Woman would never go out without a fight and the Ame-Comi design arms her with sword and shield so I wanted to create a fighting stance pose. Undefeated!


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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 :D

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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Another new image from the latex photoshoot I did with :iconemanondesign:

I got a chance to visit the warehouse and studio of the Latex Designer Polymorphe [link] in Montreal. It was an incredible experience and I really have a lot of respect for this design house and their work. They made the mistake of letting me into the stock room XD - and I promptly tried on and purchased this purple dress. I love this color!

Styling and makeup by me
model is me
Photography by Benny Lee :iconemanondesign:

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Character: C.C. - Code Geass (Artbook dress)
Costume made/modeled by Yaya
Photography by Silas of SAKS Photography [link]

Gaaaaaah such a gorgeous photo, I'm so happy with it! I need a Lelouch to take my hand!!! Or give me pizza.

This was shot in Copenhagen, Denmark, during J-Popcon where I was a Guest Judge! My first time working with Silas, who was wonderful and such a sweetheart, and got photos back to me in record time!!! There are more from this set, I will post some :)
Please check out his page and see his other amazing photos from the event and his fashion photography as well. So talented!!
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Costume construction notes:
I made the templates for the butterflies and trim by cutting up the actual CLAMP artwork and sizing it up on the computer to myself. My friends Jessica and Megan helped me trace out the templates to make patterns, and together we transferred all the patterns onto fabric which I already cut and sewed into the skirts. Then I cut out all the trim and butterflies with a soldering tool, which took many days of breathing fumes and sore/burnt fingers. I also made the bodice, sleeves, hair pieces, choker, shoulder straps, petticoat... everything to complete this costume.

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I dug out this photo somewhere in my computer so i decided to put it here because it was left half editted and i finally finished the editting T_T

I kept refreshing my gallery page and i found alot of sheryl nome pictures = = i shld clear some HAHA

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Bow made by Kamui Cosplay www.facebook.com/KamuiCos
Photography by N8e www.facebook.com/N8e.cosplay.p…
Debuted at Animecon Netherlands (June 2014)

Inspiration:
I'm so excited to share the first photo of Heartseeker Ashe!! It's the newest costume I made and I'm so happy with it! 
I based this costume off the splash art of this skin noobabble.files.wordpress.com/… - it is a beautiful illustration and I loved the colors and theme of it. The in-game skin looks a bit different, so I chose to stick closer to the splash art!

Construction:
I approach each costume as a translation of the design into a wearable garment, and often choose artistic interpretation over 100% accuracy. My goal for each costume is to get the feel and essence of the character across, and I aim to pay homage to the character, while injecting my own style and aesthetics into each costume.
So for Heartseeker Ashe, I used a variety of fabrics and mixed them together. I also tapered the jacket to be wider at the bottom and made a double circle skirt instead of the mini skirt in the game rendering. I thought the wider bottom would balance out the puffy sleeves and big hair and give me a more feminine silhouette.
I started collecting materials for this costume as soon as possible, and chose luxurious fabrics such as red silk, a lavender swirl patterned satin, a maroon brocade, and a matte metallic plum colored pvc. I made a red silk bodice and then tailored the jacket over it. The jacket is fully lined and custom patterned. The cape drapes almost like a flag in the game, so I made it t be stiff and heavy. The thigh high boot covers, garters, gloves, choker and shoe hearts rounded out the outfit.
All of the gold trimming on the costume is hand patterned and cut gold neoprene, sewn on. I discovered this technique by accident and was so thrilled with how easy it was to work with, and how sleek it looks. Definitely recommend others to try making trim with metallic neoprene!
I also made the heart shaped hair piece out of Worbla! The wig started off as a Matilda from Arda - I gradient dyed it from white to light blue, as a bridge between the splash art and the game render, and styled big barrel curls into it.

You can see some progress of the costume here:
Heartseeker Ashe cosplay in progress by yayacosplay

BOW - I want to thank my dear friend Kamui Cosplay (www.facebook.com/KamuiCos) for making the stunning bow for me. This costume really came to be because we were chatting about potential future cosplays, and I asked her for advice on how to make the bow. Kamui replied that she needs to make a variety of props for documentation for her new Prop Making book, including a bow, so she suggested for us to collaborate together on this project. 
You can read all about how Kamui made the bow in her new book here: kamuicosplay.storenvy.com/coll…
A digital version of the book can be downloaded here: kamuicosplay.storenvy.com/coll…

Conclusion:
I have always wanted to make a Valentine's themed costume, and now I have!  It's such a chic outfit and I love wearing it. I'll bring it to Anime Expo next, for Saturday. I'll be hanging out at my booth 920/922 as Ashe, so come by and say hello!

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I love this portrait of Ashe, you can see the wig and craftsmanship on the top, and my makeup!

Costume made by Yaya Han
Photography by SAKS Photography: www.facebook.com/saksphotograp…
Shot at Dreamhack Summer in Sweden!

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New costume yay! I made this costume in time for Comic Con and had a blast wearing it!

Character: Phoenix Force Jean Grey
Game: Marvel Avengers Alliance
costume made/modeled by Yaya Han
photographed by Patrick Calilung www.facebook.com/patrick.calil…

Construction notes:
I loved that Phoenix finally got some armor! The design for this costume looks like this: i.annihil.us/u/prod/marvel/i/m…

I concentrated on the armor first. I made a pattern for the chest piece by measuring and drawing out pieces on paper, then fitting and altering them until I was happy with the pattern. Same for the shoulder pauldrons. Using the paper patterns, I made the pieces out of Worbla with foam in between each base layer. Using the Phoenix bird theme as inspiration, I added stylized design details to the armor for more texture and depth. You can see progress on the armor pieces here:
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I painted the pieces after filler priming them. fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net…

I sewed the bodysuit from 2 different types of stretch pleather, made all the straps with buckles, sash & accessories.
The wig came from Arda arda-wigs.com!

More photos coming soon, as I receive them!

BTW - The amount of spam now on dA is abhorring! I'm really very shocked by how much of this is getting through the security filter.
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Faye cosplay made instantly 1000 times better by having Ein in the photo.
Faye costume made/modeled by Yaya Han
Ein cosplayed by Radar from Brooklyn Bark! ([link])
Photography by Anna Fisher! [link]

I've always wanted to cosplay Faye Velntine, not just because Cowboy Bebop was such an influential and iconic Japnese animation series, between the storyline, animation quality, MUSIC BY YOKO KANNO, character development... but also because Faye is one of anime's all time coolest female characters.
The costume itself was fairly easy to put together, I sewed the top and booty shorts, cut and sewed two wigs together to create the signature Faye hairstyle, and altered the remaining pieces such as boots and red shirt.

Having an Ein to pose with was the bestest ever!

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Costume: Fiora - Nightraven skin - League of Legends
Made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photography: LJinto
Photo Edit: :iconpyro911: [link]

I love this photo manip!!!! *_*
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Character: Cc - Code Geass (Artbook dress)
Costume made/modeled by Yaya
Photography by Paul Tien

This is the other costume I killed myself on for Katsucon 2013. I bought a 15 yard roll of this heavyweight dark red satin months ago and was just wanting for enough time to make this costume. Katsu was a perfect excuse to make a cupcake dress because I wanted something pretty to host the World Cosplay Summit in!

I made the templates for the butterflies and trim by cutting up the actual CLAMP artwork and sizing it up on the computer to myself. My friends Jessica and Megan helped me trace out the templates to make patterns, and together we transferred all the patterns onto fabric which I already cut and sewed into the skirts. Then I cut out all the trim and butterflies with a soldering tool, which took many days of breathing fumes and sore/burnt fingers. I also made the bodice, sleeves, hair pieces, choker, shoulder straps, petticoat... everything to complete this costume. I'll wear it again at Emerald City Comic Con next weekend! Yay!

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I got another amazing photograph of Fiora back!! Mega Epic-ness! The statue in the background is called The Awakening.

You guys must check out Elysiam Entertainment's page for more Katsucon images! [link]

Costume: Fiora - Nightraven skin - League of Legends
Made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photographed by Elysiam Entertainment [link]

For my first armor project, I guess it could have gone worse lol. This was DEFINITELY a trial run, lots of things to tweak and fix and improve upon. Also, ouch, wearing armor hurts. But it didn't fall off or apart, and the paint held up really well, too. Material used is Worbla Thermoplastic, which you can purchase at my online store at: [link]
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Character: Fujiko Mine from Lupin III!
Photograph by Paul Tien
Cosplayed by Yaya Han
Latex catsuit made by Polymorphe [link]
Wig by Arda-Wigs [link]
Gun borrowed from :iconbeautifullytwisted:

This is a closet cosplay in the truest sense of the word. But I had to pay respect to one of anime's original cat burglars/grifters! You know how much I love those....

Also. Gold bars are hard to hold onto when you're wearing slippery latex.

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Boom! First Fiora image from Katsucon as I still sit at DCA awaiting my flight home.
Costume made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photography by Joseph Chi Lin

For my first armor project, I guess it could have gone worse lol. This was DEFINITELY a trial run, lots of things to tweak and fix and improve upon. Also, ouch, wearing armor hurts. But it didn't fall off or apart, and the paint held up really well, too. Material used is Worbla Thermoplastic, which you can purchase at my online store at: [link]
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Although I have already posted a number of Chun Li photos, I can't not share these beautiful images captured by LJinto! We found a wall that matched me haha!

Character: Art Nouveau Chun Li cosplay (designed by :iconrazvan-sedekiah:)
Costume made and modeled by me
Photo by LJinto ([link])
Chun Li gallery is up on my website!!
Head over to my site to read the full construction notes on how I made this costume and check out my favorite photos of Chun Li.

Costume thoughts: I absolutely loved the design by :iconrazvan-sedekiah: and thought it was a great stylish translation of an Iconic character. I created the full costume, using luxurious fabrics such as dupioni silk and silk taffeta. All the trims and swirls are embroidered on, free hand. I had a lot of fun making the charms, hair buns and spike wristlets. I read the spikes in the design artwork as ivory or marble instead of metal, and in keeping with the turn of the century art nouveau style, my spikes are an opalescent ivory color. Some people remarked that it looks like I'm not wearing underwear - well, I am wearing 3 pairs of tights so I am decent lol. Again, it's to follow the art design accurately.
I also cut up a pair of white pleather boots and embroidered the gold swirls on that. The charms and the boots might be my favorite part on this costume!

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Since I have been majorly supplying My Little Pony cosplayers all over the world this year with accessories to complete their costumes, it was a no-brainer to cosplay Rarity at some point myself. She is literally me in the pony-verse lol.

You can see group photos in my DA as well. Each girl created their costumes and I made the appropriate pony accessories for all of us.
Pony ears
Pony ears & Unicorns
Pony ears & wings
Wings only

Construction notes:
My Rarity dress was designed by me - inspired by the character and the show of course! I always thought of Rarity as the fashionista of the group, elegant with a sweet flair. I made a fully lined and boned halter dress and used a purple stretch velvet to make the trim and inserts. I handmade 3 tiers of ruffles from a sparkle organza by serging strips together, then hand pleating the ribbons into ruffles.
The back panel is the same purple velvet that my trim is made out of. It's my non-literal translation of a tail lol.
My cutie mark (3 diamond shapes) were rhinestone plate earrings taken apart and attached to the front of the dress. Rarity would definitely approve of blinged out diamond shapes :). I found a sheer French silk with a diamond pattern on it (Hello, cutie mark shape!) and made a pattern for a bolero, then sewed it together as a little cover over the dress. My wig was a great shade but I wish I had had the time to properly style it. It's a bit flat for my taste. Overall it was so much fun to dress up in a fun little costume with friends.

Photos by Kevin Green, thank you!

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I made this costume for Equestria LA, the MLP convention in CA last weekend! The wig is the Ferrari in Mako Green from Arda Wigs, and the contacts were sponsored by CosLenses :iconcoslenses:!

The costume was completely made from scratch by me except for the ruffle shirt which I had already. However, most of the pieces on this costume were made for other cosplays in the past so while I did create the pieces, I didn't have to rush sew a lot for this event. Instead, I spent a lot of time making the horn and crown, as well as the lace bolero.
I also designed a new style of wings for Chrysalis, which turned out so nice, I'm super happy with them!

You can get the pony ears on my online cosplay accessories store, and in a few days the wings will also be available!

I had so much fun wearing this at Equestria LA! It was cool to experience a pony con for the first time and be able to dress up as a character from the show :)

Photos by Josh Kent
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Waaaaaaah I'm so excited to share this gorgeous new photo with you!

Character: Red Queen - Alice: Madness Returns
Costume made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photography/Post-production: Darshelle Stevens www.facebook.com/Darshelle.Ste…

This is my first time working with Darshelle, but I have admired her photography work for a while and I knew she has the artistic vision and impeccable technical skills to create a top-notch image. And she totally killed it! I really love the dark yet whimsical atmosphere of this image, and that she chose this specific pose and expression. It's just fabulous for the character and costume.

The outfit was made in March 2013, and I binge-crafted it in about a week. Looking back, it was a crazy short time frame to get this done. A lot of people ask me about the gold designs - I chose to use heat transfer iron on vinyl because I could create all the intricate designs I wanted, and the shiny gold finish would look great on stage. 
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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.

Photo by Paul Tien
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It's been a while since I posted the Yakuza Bodypaint images - tonight I remembered that I had these indoor shots after seeing the artwork that Pin Up artist Nicole Brune is working on based on this look of mine.

These were the first shot we took after completing the bodypaint. The quality of these indoor photos are low due to not having a proper studio set up, hence we went outside (hiding me nekkidness as much as possible from the public eeep!) for the really nice location photos (see below).

But you can see the paint job and colors really well in these pics!

About the project: In October 2009 I was painted up by Master Body Painter Nick Wolfe! We've been friends for years but never had the chance to collaborate before this bodypaint. Nick suggested something Asian inspired and I blurted out "Yakuza tattoo!" and the idea for this theme was born!

Nick did the painting in 4 and a half hours, using Diamond FX paint. He looked up the kanjis for "Dragon Queen" and painted them as well.
For those who don't take the time to read my Profile info, yes I am the model in these images.
I did the face makeup and hair, inspired by traditional Japanese Geisha, and modernized. I also bought traditional Japanese hair pins, and the over kimono was made by me, originally for my XXXHolic cosplay. I love being able to re-use costume parts haha. The full gallery for this shoot is here on my website: [link]

Photography by Brian Boling

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Love this pair of photos Leonard grabbed at Dragoncon. The lighting fits the character well.
Jessica Rabbit - Who framed Roger Rabbit
Costume made & modeled by me
photo by Ljinto

Jessica Rabbit has always been one of the most mesmerizing cartoon characters to me - as a kid she made me watch the movie over and over again, and as a cosplayer, she was always a huge challenge for me to portrait. I've been collecting materials for her for almost 2 years, and wanted to make this costume to the best to my abilities.

The shape is not photoshopped, just clever cosplay engineering.
I drafted & made a custom corset to create the extreme shape and then made the dress to fit over it. I engineered 2 Victoria's Secret Miraculous bras into the corset, which is steel boned coutil. The extreme illusion is created by pulling in the waist, padding the top and wearing a booty bump hahaha.
The dress itself is made from a spandex sequin fabric, and 1000+ S20 Swarovski crystals are glued on the fabric for
extra bling, tedious time consuming handywork with help from Mary Cahela. I specifically chose pink instead of red for the dress because in the movie her famous singing scene features a pink dress. I also like the color combo: orange hair/pink dress/purple gloves more than the red dress which can sometimes come across as "lady of the night" in certain lighting. Pink makes the entire outfit look more cartoon-y!
Here is a reference image of Jessica in the pink dress.
Here is a youtube video of Jessica in the pink dress doing her famous stage performance from the movie.
Here is a work in progress collage of my Jessica Rabbit dress.

I adore my wig which is a Matilda from Arda Wigs! Styled with help from Ara Fernando!

I also went with the route of cartoon makeup, covering up my eyebrows and painting over them. It was a risky choice for makeup, and since Dragoncon I got my share of comments about going drag lol, but when I decided to portray such an iconic character as Jessica Rabbit, I didn't want to fall short of the makeup when everything else was so exaggerated.

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I got to shoot my Jessica Rabbit at Edifice Studio in Manila, Philippines, with Jay Tablante and his full team.

Jessica Rabbit costume made by Yaya Han
Make-up: Yaya Han
Wig styling: Ara Fernando
Art Direction: Jay Tablante Photography :iconjaytablante:
MIA Production Design: Raffy Tesoro
Digital Imaging: Ryder Aquino
Model: Yaya Han
(I should note that Jay's team decided to change the color of the dress digitally from fuchia to red for this image)

Costume construction thoughts:
Jessica Rabbit has always been one of the most mesmerizing cartoon characters to me - as a kid she made me watch the movie over and over again, and as a cosplayer, she was always a huge challenge for me to portrait. I've been collecting materials for her for almost 2 years, and wanted to make this costume to the best to my abilities.

The shape is not photoshopped, just clever cosplay engineering.
I drafted & made a custom corset to create the extreme shape and then made the dress to fit over it. I engineered 2 Victoria's Secret Miraculous bras into the corset, which is steel boned coutil. The extreme illusion is created by pulling in the waist, padding the top and wearing a booty bump hahaha.
The dress itself is made from a spandex sequin fabric, and 1000+ S20 Swarovski crystals are glued on the fabric for
extra bling, tedious time consuming handywork with help from Mary Cahela. I specifically chose pink instead of red for the dress because in the movie her famous singing scene features a pink dress. I also like the color combo: orange hair/pink dress/purple gloves more than the red dress which can sometimes come across as "lady of the night" in certain lighting. Pink makes the entire outfit look more cartoon-y!
Here is a reference image of Jessica in the pink dress.
Here is a youtube video of Jessica in the pink dress doing her famous stage performance from the movie.
Here is a work in progress collage of my Jessica Rabbit dress.

I adore my wig which is a Matilda from Arda Wigs! Styled with help from Ara Fernando!

I also went with the route of cartoon makeup, covering up my eyebrows and painting over them. It was a risky choice for makeup, and since Dragoncon I got my share of comments about going drag lol, but when I decided to portray such an iconic character as Jessica Rabbit, I didn't want to fall short of the makeup when everything else was so exaggerated.

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Last photo I'll post of this costume for a while! It shows off the costume in it's entirety, and even has Roger in it to boot! This cust9om balloon Roger Rabbit was a surprise gift that awaited me at Dragoncon when I came downstairs in this cosplay for the first time. Isn't he cool?

Jessica Rabbit - Who framed Roger Rabbit
Costume made & modeled by me
photo by Brian Boling

Jessica Rabbit has always been one of the most mesmerizing cartoon characters to me - as a kid she made me watch the movie over and over again, and as a cosplayer, she was always a huge challenge for me to portrait. I've been collecting materials for her for almost 2 years, and wanted to make this costume to the best to my abilities.

The shape is not photoshopped, just clever cosplay engineering.
I drafted & made a custom corset to create the extreme shape and then made the dress to fit over it. I engineered 2 Victoria's Secret Miraculous bras into the corset, which is steel boned coutil. The extreme illusion is created by pulling in the waist, padding the top and wearing a booty bump hahaha.
The dress itself is made from a spandex sequin fabric, and 1000+ S20 Swarovski crystals are glued on the fabric for
extra bling, tedious time consuming handywork with help from Mary Cahela. I specifically chose pink instead of red for the dress because in the movie her famous singing scene features a pink dress. I also like the color combo: orange hair/pink dress/purple gloves more than the red dress which can sometimes come across as "lady of the night" in certain lighting. Pink makes the entire outfit look more cartoon-y!
Here is a reference image of Jessica in the pink dress.
Here is a youtube video of Jessica in the pink dress doing her famous stage performance from the movie.
Here is a work in progress collage of my Jessica Rabbit dress.

I adore my wig which is a Matilda from Arda Wigs! Styled with help from Ara Fernando!

I also went with the route of cartoon makeup, covering up my eyebrows and painting over them. It was a risky choice for makeup, and since Dragoncon I got my share of comments about going drag lol, but when I decided to portray such an iconic character as Jessica Rabbit, I didn't want to fall short of the makeup when everything else was so exaggerated.

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A blast from the past! I never released these images for some reason eventhough I made and wore Misty May back in 2008. I sometimes forget what costumes I've made and what shoots I've done lol.

Character: Misty May - Otaku no Video
Costume made and modeled by me
Photography by Geoffrey Nicholson
Reference images of Misty May: [link] [link] [link]

I watched "Otaku no Video", a Classic Gainax anime about a Otaku taking over the world, a galaxy even, about 15 years ago while I still lived in Germany and the anime scene was brand new in Europe. For someone like me who grew up with anime and mange in China, it was like discovering the fandom all over again. I loved the fun and cheesy way Gainax presented the Otakus to the world, and created Misty May as the original mascot girl - the original anime bunny girl even - to charm the world! BOME came out with a gorgeous Misty May figure a few years ago which inspired me to make the costume and show some Old School love.

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A blast from the past! I never released these images for some reason eventhough I made and wore Misty May back in 2008. I sometimes forget what costumes I've made and what shoots I've done lol.

Character: Misty May - Otaku no Video
Costume made and modeled by me
Photography by Geoffrey Nicholson
Reference images of Misty May: [link] [link] [link]

I watched "Otaku no Video", a Classic Gainax anime about a Otaku taking over the world, a galaxy even, about 15 years ago while I still lived in Germany and the anime scene was brand new in Europe. For someone like me who grew up with anime and mange in China, it was like discovering the fandom all over again. I loved the fun and cheesy way Gainax presented the Otakus to the world, and created Misty May as the original mascot girl - the original anime bunny girl even - to charm the world! BOME came out with a gorgeous Misty May figure a few years ago which inspired me to make the costume and show some Old School love.

More images and info on this costume and how I made it on my website: [link]
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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.

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I somehow never uploaded this photo to my DA! It's only one of my all-time favorite photos of one of my all-time favorite costumes. *derp*

I have had this Peacock costume idea for a long time before I saved enough money to buy the feathers and materials to make it in the summer of 2007.

I kept my eye out for any fabrics that could work with this theme and ended up going on a hunt in the LA fabric district for a two-toned taffeta. what I found was gorgeous, green on one side and purple on the other. In various light the fabric changed in the shades of green, cyan, blue and purple, matching the color scheme of a peacock eye feather perfectly.
I took some time sketching out silhouettes and where I wanted to used the feathers as embellishments. I ended up deciding sewing a custom patterned corset, a cropped jacket with wide sleeves and upstanding collar, and a fitted mermaid skirt that flared out at the knee. The skirt has a peacock tail attached to it in the back, in the folded up resting position. I went to a Nature Center to chase and photograph real life peacocks to gain the proper reference for how the feathers lay on the birds.
I used multiple kinds of peacock feathers for this costume - several hundreds of peacock tail feathers with eyes for my tail and throughout the outfit; a number of tail swords for the beaded belt and jacket collar; and multiple yards worth of thickly overlayed peacock herl for the fanned collar of my jacket and sleeves. Each eye feather was fitted with a green Swarowski crystal before attached as embellishments to the costume itself. I debated for a while what head-accessory to create, from a retro hat to crown to feather fan, and ended up sewing a tiny hat from a made-up pattern and adding feathers to it. My wig was an old wig that I restyled and curled... I hope to do something better in the future.

The photos are taken by David Ng, and you can see the full costume gallery here: [link]

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Second image from a modeling photoshoot for Crimson Chain Leatherworks (and makeup close up) - I did not make this outfit, but was asked to wear CCLW's hand made leather pieces and accessories. Having seen their pieces up close, I knew what great quality they were and I love this company's design aesthetics. I am also wearing a winged jetpack which was a collaboration between us (my <a href-"[link]">Steampunk wings and CCLW's leather and metal work).

Photo by Brian Boling
Makeup and styling by me
Model was me
Leather by Crimson Chain Leather Works
Bodysuit by BEBE
Belt by Ralph Lauren

Makeup-wise, I went for a harder & edgier look, using Ben Nye red pigments to create the bold extended eye shadow, and MAC and Sephora brand shadows (3 shades) to my eyes, from highlights to the blackest black color. MAC and Sephora both make great black shadows and I highly recommend them. For this look I "overdrew" the eyeliner (MAC Fluidline) to the inner corners of my eyes. It's usually something I only reserve for very staement-making makeup. I finished off the eyes with thick false lashes and bold eyebrows.
For my lips I used dark brown eyeliner pencil to contour, a dark red lipstick, a brush to blend the color to the lipliner, and gold shadow pigment for highlight. My blush is Bare Minerals.
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Character: Art Nouveau Chun Li cosplay (designed by :iconrazvan-sedekiah:),
Costume made and modeled by me
Photo by Martin Wong :iconmartinwongarts:

Taken at Anime Expo 2012! I'm always amazed at how fast and efficient Martin is. He can visualize the shot he wants and get it within a few shutterclicks! Amazeballs!

I've worn Chun Li three times within one month and really need to take a break from her, or everyone will get sick of seeing this costume lol! I will not have her at SDCC, debating whether or not to bring her to Otakon...

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Character: Polaris (Lorna Dane) from X-Men (Marvel Universe)
Costume made by: Yaya
Photography: :iconcadha13:
Makeup, styling, Model: Yaya
Photo taken at: Albuquerque Comic Expo 2012

I'll admit, the reason I chose this costume is because I had a great wig for it laying around. Originally used for my Sea Nymph mermaid costume, this green/teal gradient wig was a good choice for Polaris. I definitely appreciate her character's heritage, numerous struggles and relationship with Havok, and I like how the color green looks against my skin tone. Not sure why I'm drawn to cosplay all of Magneto's daughters lol (Wanda, Lorna...), I guess I secretly wished he was my daddy? haha

Last push to make the costume was my Guest appearance at Albuquerque Comic Expo, for which I wanted to debut a new cosplay.

As usual, I made 100% of this costume. I can't believe that after 13 years of cosplaying, people still don't believe that I make my own costumes. Well, let those stand forth who have supposedly made my costumes and show in progress proof to the world.
Yeah. They don't exist, because I'm the one pulling all-nighters creating each costume from scratch.

Polaris was a very simple costume to make and I started it on the Tuesday afternoon before ACE, and finished it up around 5am on Thursday morning. Basically, 2 days. It would have only taken 1 day if I hadn't decided to make the bodysuit structured, lined and insert all those seams and lines. The materials were 4-way stretch metallic spandex (to match the look of this statue), wonderflex for the headpiece, gauntlets & anklets, and crepe back satin for the cape. I kind of took my favorite elements of various Polaris outfits and put them together.

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First official photo of my new Retro Space Girl costume!!!

Character concept and design by Yaya Han
Costume made by Yaya Han
Photographed by Brian Boling

I'm so happy with how version 3 of my Space Girl turned out! Granted, I spent way more time on the craftsmanship of this costume than the previous 2. 
The inspiration behind this character is undoubtedly Barbarella, and the entire fabulous retro sci-fi futura theme of the 60's. It's a whimsical pin-up, cheesecake, sexy yet innocent world, and if you know me, you know I LOVE all of these things!
I've never revisited an original character or theme as often as my Retro Space Girl, to the point where she has become my logo for YayaHan.com!

Construction-wise:
I used a metallic silver spandex (center panels), a silver pleather (side panels), a pink neoprene (trim), a pink spandex layered over the neoprene (inserts, puffs) and reflective pink band (constrating trims, belt). All together, 5 materials just for the outside of the jacket and bodysuit, which are lined as well.
Patterning and fit were really challenging, and I spent a few added up hours just seam ripping!
I went for a racing suit look this time, and made costume so it can be worn with or without the jacket. 
The boots are the original pair I used for the 1st Space Girl costume back in 2006! For nostalgia's sake, I re-used them haha.

Brian was awesome and made the jetpack for me, in 2 days! It does light up but we shot in between rain so I didn't turn them on.

My hair was colored by Rogue Hair Studio, and I also used the custom colored extensions from them. Styling big 60's hair on the morning you're trying to check out of a hotel is no fun, and the humidity/rain took down my volume soon after this shot. But still... I get to use mah own huurrrr!!!

More photos soon, and I look forward to adding elements to this costume. Trust me, I got lots of ideas and gadgets in mind!
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Costume made by Yaya Han
Bow made by Kamui Cosplay www.facebook.com/KamuiCos
Photography by N8e www.facebook.com/N8e.cosplay.p…
Debuted at Animecon Netherlands (June 2014)

Inspiration:
I'm so excited to share the first photo of Heartseeker Ashe!! It's the newest costume I made and I'm so happy with it! 
I based this costume off the splash art of this skin noobabble.files.wordpress.com/… - it is a beautiful illustration and I loved the colors and theme of it. The in-game skin looks a bit different, so I chose to stick closer to the splash art!

Construction:
I approach each costume as a translation of the design into a wearable garment, and often choose artistic interpretation over 100% accuracy. My goal for each costume is to get the feel and essence of the character across, and I aim to pay homage to the character, while injecting my own style and aesthetics into each costume.
So for Heartseeker Ashe, I used a variety of fabrics and mixed them together. I also tapered the jacket to be wider at the bottom and made a double circle skirt instead of the mini skirt in the game rendering. I thought the wider bottom would balance out the puffy sleeves and big hair and give me a more feminine silhouette.
I started collecting materials for this costume as soon as possible, and chose luxurious fabrics such as red silk, a lavender swirl patterned satin, a maroon brocade, and a matte metallic plum colored pvc. I made a red silk bodice and then tailored the jacket over it. The jacket is fully lined and custom patterned. The cape drapes almost like a flag in the game, so I made it t be stiff and heavy. The thigh high boot covers, garters, gloves, choker and shoe hearts rounded out the outfit.
All of the gold trimming on the costume is hand patterned and cut gold neoprene, sewn on. I discovered this technique by accident and was so thrilled with how easy it was to work with, and how sleek it looks. Definitely recommend others to try making trim with metallic neoprene!
I also made the heart shaped hair piece out of Worbla! The wig started off as a Matilda from Arda - I gradient dyed it from white to light blue, as a bridge between the splash art and the game render, and styled big barrel curls into it.

You can see some progress of the costume here:
Heartseeker Ashe cosplay in progress by yayacosplay

BOW - I want to thank my dear friend Kamui Cosplay (www.facebook.com/KamuiCos) for making the stunning bow for me. This costume really came to be because we were chatting about potential future cosplays, and I asked her for advice on how to make the bow. Kamui replied that she needs to make a variety of props for documentation for her new Prop Making book, including a bow, so she suggested for us to collaborate together on this project. 
You can read all about how Kamui made the bow in her new book here: kamuicosplay.storenvy.com/coll…
A digital version of the book can be downloaded here: kamuicosplay.storenvy.com/coll…

Conclusion:
I have always wanted to make a Valentine's themed costume, and now I have!  It's such a chic outfit and I love wearing it. I'll bring it to Anime Expo next, for Saturday. I'll be hanging out at my booth 920/922 as Ashe, so come by and say hello!

More photos coming soon!!
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A fantastic portrait shot of Fiora thanks to Brian.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful country of Romania, as a Guest of East European Comic Con, and during my stay there, our hosts Shjinu and Gabi took us on a castle visit for an epic cosplay photoshoot!
The weather was perfect, the setting was divine, and I'm just so grateful for the chance to dress up as my favorite LoL Champion on a real Medieval castle ground. 

Costume: Fiora - Nightraven skin - League of Legends

Made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photographed by Brian Boling www.flickr.com/brianboling

Couple of facts about this costume:

This is my full armor set & sword for Fiora - League of Legends. Made out of Worbla (sword made out of wood, hilt made of Worbla). This took over 4 weeks of learning a new technique and using a new material -it was a good and agonizing experience lol

- I made it myself, which was a bitch. But I loved the process too! The material for the armor is Worbla, a Thermoplastic from Europe. The paint used is acrylics brush on over a spray painted base color.
Worbla is available for purchase in the Americas here!

- In the Nightraven skin, Fiora actually does not have the red streak in her hair. Yes, I am wearing red contacts.

- No, I'm not tall enough to be an accurate Fiora. But I chose this costume for the grace and dignity of the character mixed with the dark cool armor design. My motto is that anyone can cosplay whoever they want. This is a hobbyist community :)

- I thought about distressing this armor but Fiora is actually very prim and proper as a Duelist! She would not allow her armor to be dirty and dinged up :)

- Although I have worn this costume already, it's still not entirely finished. There are some things I want to add to the bodysuit underneath.

I learned how to use Worbla through Kamui Cosplay. Her video tutorials are here: www.youtube.com/user/Mogrymill…

And here: www.kamuicosplay.com/tutorials
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Waaaah I'm so excited to share new Fiora photos with you guys! I recently had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful country of Romania, as a Guest of East European Comic Con, and during my stay there, our hosts Shjinu and Gabi took us on a castle visit for an epic cosplay photoshoot!
The weather was perfect, the setting was divine, and I'm just so grateful for the chance to dress up as my favorite LoL Champion on a real Medieval castle ground. 

Costume: Fiora - Nightraven skin - League of Legends

Made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photographed by Benni & Kamui of Kamui Cosplay www.facebook.com/KamuiCos

Couple of facts about this costume:

This is my full armor set & sword for Fiora - League of Legends. Made out of Worbla (sword made out of wood, hilt made of Worbla). This took over 4 weeks of learning a new technique and using a new material -it was a good and agonizing experience lol


- I made it myself, which was a bitch. But I loved the process too! The material for the armor is Worbla, a Thermoplastic from Europe. The paint used is acrylics brush on over a spray painted base color.
Worbla is available for purchase in the Americas here!

- In the Nightraven skin, Fiora actually does not have the red streak in her hair. Yes, I am wearing red contacts.

- No, I'm not tall enough to be an accurate Fiora. But I chose this costume for the grace and dignity of the character mixed with the dark cool armor design. My motto is that anyone can cosplay whoever they want. This is a hobbyist community :)

- I thought about distressing this armor but Fiora is actually very prim and proper as a Duelist! She would not allow her armor to be dirty and dinged up :)

- Although I have worn this costume already, it's still not entirely finished. There are some things I want to add to the bodysuit underneath.

I learned how to use Worbla through Kamui Cosplay. Her video tutorials are here: www.youtube.com/user/Mogrymill…

And here: www.kamuicosplay.com/tutorials
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Brand new, red hot (hurr burr) image of Phoenix from Marvel: Avengers Alliance!!!!

This is another collaborating between the masterful Jay Tablante Photography, Ghani Madueno (who did the effects on my Chun Li water image) and myself. Jay always manages to take cosplay photography to the next level, because he is such a passionate fan of these characters! Technically, Jay's camera work mixed with his art direction mixed with Ghani's visual effects… it's a little terrifying. In a fabulous way. lol 

Make-up / Styling / Costume Production / Model: Yaya Han
Art Direction: Jay Tablante
Digital Imaging: Ghani Madueno
Shot at dk3 studios LLC
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Emma Frost: Glory Lamothe (www.facebook.com/GloryLamothe)
Dark Phoenix: LadyLemonCosplay ( www.facebook.com/LadyLemonCosp… )

Photo: Fernando Brischetto - Photographes Sans Frontieres 2014 
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Waaaaaaah I'm so excited to share this gorgeous new photo with you!

Character: Red Queen - Alice: Madness Returns
Costume made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photography/Post-production: Darshelle Stevens www.facebook.com/Darshelle.Ste…

This is my first time working with Darshelle, but I have admired her photography work for a while and I knew she has the artistic vision and impeccable technical skills to create a top-notch image. And she totally killed it! I really love the dark yet whimsical atmosphere of this image, and that she chose this specific pose and expression. It's just fabulous for the character and costume.

The outfit was made in March 2013, and I binge-crafted it in about a week. Looking back, it was a crazy short time frame to get this done. A lot of people ask me about the gold designs - I chose to use heat transfer iron on vinyl because I could create all the intricate designs I wanted, and the shiny gold finish would look great on stage. 
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Eeeeeh Dru Phillips already processed two of my Sakizou artwork style Princess White Rose costume photos!!! The character is from the video game Saga Frontier, and cosplaying her gave me all the old school nostalgia feelz!

Check out Dru's photography work at:
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Costume construction notes:
This is one of the 2 new costumes I made for Dragoncon 2013! Princess White Rose has been on my to make list for a few years. I was just going to make the classic version but when I found out that Sakizou did illustrations from the game, I flipped out! Her interpretation of the costume and character design was so beautiful, I just had to make the Sakizou version!! Here is one of the reference images this costume is based on:
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I started collecting materials back in June when I went to LA for the Face/Off episode filming! In all the watercolor illus, the colors are different so I chose creme/pink/green. I sourced the flowers in bulk which helped with the cost, and bought dupioni silk in the 3 colors, a ton of gorgeous trims, as well as the fabric for my train. Back in Atlanta, I bought more roses from hobby shops, dyes, and organza in matching colors.
I fabricated this costume in August, between getting super sick and missing Otakon, rescuing Arya the kitten, and the Barbados trip. It's completely therapeutic and ZEN for me to sew and do hand-beading, dyeing, and gluing. I really had a great time working on this costume, as it embodies all the different costume elements that I love!
The corset is lined with coutil and has steel boning inside. I made the outer layer and embellished it as much as I wanted, then sewed it to the sturdy strong lining.
I made a short hoopskirt using this handy tutotial because the weight of the flowers on the outer skirt needed extra support to poof up: thedreamstress.com/2009/08/the…
The flower skirt is simply a lined and finished circle skirt with roses glued aaaaaalll over it. The fabric roses stuck incredibly well to the silk, and hot glue was all I needed!
Then came the tedious multiple days of making ruffles O_O. I serged strips of fabric together for a nice edge finish, then pleated some, while gathering others for lots of ruffles. I sewed them to a butt flap (LOL) which also had the train attached.
When I was happy with how the skirt and ruffle train looked, I worked on the flower collar piece. That beast took a bit engineering... I made the base with 16 gauge wire and covered it with fleece and a strong tulle, so there was something I could glue the petals to.
I made the petals the same way I did the trim on CC from Code Geass - with my soldering iron! I just cut a half circle pattern in poster board and traced around it on the organza fabric with the soldering iron, which sealed the edges! Normally organza frays like crazy and I wanted the petals to be delicate and one layered, so burning the edges was a perfect solution to my needs.
I made a million cut outs and gathered the bottom edges to make them into petals, then glued then onto the collar base to make it look like a flower fan collar.
Afterwards, I worked on the sleeves and choker, and spent a good day hand stitching trims and pearls onto all the pieces. I also made single layer organza ruffles to match the rest of the costume for the sleeves and choker, all with the soldering iron and gathering stitch.
The last pieces I made were the rose hat, golden lilies wand, and the boots, which I entirely butchered and put back together O_o. The pearls on the hat are real, my mom got me a ton of pearls in China a couple of years ago and I finally used them! My two-tone hose are from www.welovecolors.com/

My wig was kindly sponsored by Gothic Lolita Wigs! It's one of their ringlet wigs in auburn and was so lush and thick! It was absolutely perfect for this costume. In the game, White Rose has brunette hair, but my costume is based on watercolor artwork and is all pastels, so a black wig would have been too harsh against all the colors. The auburn was great!! You can get your own ringlet wig here:
www.gothiclolitawigs.com/ringl…

I will re-wear this costume at Connichi in Germany next weekend!!!
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Super awkward pose, yeah. Hopefully I will have less awkward pictures soon. This costume was comically hard to pose in since I lacked so much mobility, there was so much material and boning, blah ;;

This was debut day fort this costume and it kind of fell apart and ended up getting safety pinned together. My not-so-clever-self neglected to realize how heavy the bustle would be and thus I didn't have a method of securing it to the corset.

Anyway, this beast took 22 yards of taffeta, over 240 yards of hemming, and three months to make. This costume was a huge learned process and involved the making my very first corset, among other things. Everything was made and styled by me, except for the teapot which was created by my father and decorated by me.

If you want more details I have over ten thousand words and one hundred-twenty pictures outlining how every bit was made. The index for this can be found here: [link]

Photos by Gerardo J. Flores

Costume made and worn by me! c:

Designed by Sakizo, based off of the illustration "Royal Milk Tea"

More photos here ~ [link]
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Character: Dark Elf - Lineage II (Based on this artwork
Photography by Ljinto
Costume made & modeled by Yaya
Makeup by Yaya

Construction notes:
Thanks, Ljinto, for these great photos showing the costume in it's full!
I have had this costume planned for a few years - and been collecting the fabrics and materials for about 2 or 3 years now. I remember just stashing the gold quilted silk taffeta for years waiting to use it on this project.
Often the reason I wait for years to finally make a costume is either time, an appropriate con to wear the costume to, or a technique I need to still master.
Finally for Dragoncon 2012 I asked Riddle to make elf costumes with me - I would make this Dark Elf and she would make a regular Elf and we would help each other with portions of the costumes that were our expertise.
I sewed for about 3 days on Riddle's elf costume since I was a fast seamstress, and she made molds for my torso pieces while I was at a convention in Singapore.

I started sketching the designs on the torso and refining them into lineart, then transferring them onto foam. I made the top. thigh highs and sleeves between working on the scale maille for a few days. I got the supplies from The Ring Lord, and learned the technique by watching youtube videos and cursing a lot. And messing up. I really loved learning a new technique for this costume though!
During my trip to Singapore I took the scale maille with me to continue working on it. Riddle molded the filigree pieces for the torso, and cast a pair of shoulder armor which I designed and prototyped. Sadly the shoulders were too rigid and heavy and I decided to not use them since I wanted to be able to move my arms. I made entirely new lightweight shoulder pieces with wondeflex and foam, and used the same technique to make the elbow guards and ankle guards. It took a good day to make and paint those pieces. I did a lot of hand sewing on the sleeves and gold top, attaching ornate trim onto it and also sewing the finished scale maille sleeves onto the fabric.
The wig was sponsored by Epic Cosplay and I used a hair razor to cut it.
The elf ears were from my line of cosplay accessories and I dyed them grey to match my skintone.
The filigree designs were made of urethane rubber and I attached them to a corset I already owed with special glue made just for urethane.
I spent the two days leading up to Dragoncon finishing up this costume, making sure to create all the details such as the leather briefs, chain adornments, hair accessory, embroidered leg details, attaching all the armor pieces etc.
I used Mehron cream based makeup for the grey skintone, and Final Seal to seal it.

All in all I took on this costume in too short of a time lol. Riddle sadly didn't finish her Elf, and I really had to push to finish mine. For future wear I want to tweak some things on this for sure but it was nice to get super obsessed with a costume project and pull all nighters to finish it. Creativity achieved!
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I was recently painted up by Master Body Painter Nick Wolfe [link] We've been friends for years but never had the chance to collaborate before now. Nick suggested something Asian inspired and I blurted out "Yakuza tattoo!" and the idea for this theme was born!

Nick did the painting in 4 and a half hours, using Diamond FX paint. He looked up the kanjis for "Dragon Queen" and painted them as well.
For those who don't take the time to read my Profile info, yes I am the model in these images.
I did the face makeup and hair, inspired by traditional Japanese Geisha, and modernized. I also bought traditional Japanese hair pins, and the over kimono was made by me, originally for my XXXHolic cosplay. I love being able to re-use costume parts haha. The full gallery for this shoot is here on my website: [link]

Photography by Brian Boling

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Photo by Anna Fisher, taken at Anime USA 2009. The costume is made by me, for NYAF's Yume Cosplay contest. Character - Carmilla from Vampire Hunter D : Bloodlust". I re-wore it at AUSA for sole photo purposes. My skit partner and I got dressed on the Sunday of the con 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? I had a very hectic schedule all weekend, and so did Anna :iconbeautifully-twisted:, my Charlotte. 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.

I love this shot by Anna, it sums up Carmilla's character at one glance. She will do anything to get a virgin's blood and preserve her youth!

Construction note on my site: [link]

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Photography by Kevin Stewart
styling and makeup by me
model is me

This set was shot in a library inside a condo complex - because of the semi-public nature of the location I thought the outfit might be a tad risque, but Kevin managed through his high quality work to make this theme look sexy but not overly naughty. I really love some of the images and am really glad we were able to use this location!
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Photo by Brian Boling
costume/wings/egg made by me
construction info: [link]


This shoot has been planned since Dragoncon, we were just looking for the chance to push the giant egg into the woods lol.
We took advantage of a beautiful warm day in late October and set up the egg prop in between these awesome ivy vine overgrown trees in the North GA mountains. Realizing again how immobile I am in this costume *headdesk*, and how many bugs were flying around us O_o;, we did a fairly quick photoshoot in under an hour. I put on the horns at the last minute because I felt like my head was so bare. They were just stock from my store laying around.
I am very excited about the ivy on the trees as it matched the egg's decoration wonderfully. Got my skirt dirty tromping around in the dirt but it's well worth it.

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