Kept forgetting to upload pictures of my full Azula costume! So here it is,
took a really great shot. Too bad I suck at photoshopping fire!I'll put the basic info on this costume on this submission (going to be really lazy and copy and paste this from my cosplay.com):
I really loved the series finale of Avatar, and the final scenes with Azula really blew me away. I never expected what happened to happen (doing my best to avoid spoilers) and yet it fit so perfectly. While I love Azula's character, this cosplay wasn't about her. It was about the finale, and the way I felt watching it, which is why I made her with her hair down and mangled as she is in the end.
However, when I wore the costume around, no one seemed to recognize the character, and it looked more like I wasn't very good at wearing wigs than anything else, so I realized I had to make the up-do. This wig nearly killed me. at the time I was making a matching Zuko costume for my friend, :devkumba616:, and she's pretty good at wigs, so I had her come over and put the majoirty of mine up into a ponytail. The day before the convention however, when I tired the wig on, I realized that it did not fit at all. We had miscalculated somehow, and the hairline ended an inch or so above my own. I called her, freaking out, and as she ran around trying to think of what to do to fix it, I devised a plan almost identical to what she ended up suggesting. I cut out craft foam in the shape of the extra hairline I needed, and sewed it to the bottom of the wig. I made a ton of wefts and sewed them to it, and tried to make a fake hairline with gluing the wefts to the wig. I did not sleep at all that night, but it was finished, and I'm happy with the final product for what it was. Also, it is a lace front wig. I did the ventilating myself after Kim initially showed me how.
The matching Zuko costume came at the craziest time (which is my fault, I should have started it sooner, but I was so busy this whole year). But at the time I was making it I was also making my prom dress, going to prom, finishing my senior project (a requirement for graduation), taking my finals, doing last minute art commissions I couldn't refuse, designing the program for my graduation, had my grad night in Disneyland, and my childhood dog died. So a lot of things happened, good and bad, but all were major time distractions, which I'm hoping will excuse me for the lesser detail in the Zuko costume.
You can see the two of us here: [link]
I really tried to focus on the symbol of the phoenix. While perhaps it's more fitting for Ozai, as he's the "Phoenix King", I had just gotten back from a trip to China when I started this costume and the Phoenix is typically the sign of feminine power and the Empress over there, so I really wanted to embrace that. There are about fifteen golden and copper phoenixes embedded in the armor of this costume, all made from carefully cut and layered craft foam. The armor itself is also made from craft foam. Golden and copper Pheonix feathers line the armor all the way around. The hem of the black dress-bit is hand beaded to look like intertwining feathers.
I do believe that this will be my final Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplay.
Oh, and here's the skit she, I, and a few other people did together with these costumes: [link]
My cosplay FAQ: [link]
Wow, that was a lot of talking. Or cutting and pasting, rather.