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Jessica Rabbit - Who framed Roger Rabbit
Costume made & modeled by me
photo by Anna Fisher [link]

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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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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First 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.

I'm sure I'll get lots of "Oooh photoshop" comments, and I just want to say, for the record: Anyone who does professional photoshoots and makeup understands how much good lighting and good makeup can achieve. (I use a variety of products to even out my skintone, tame under eye darkness, shade bone structure etc, before I apply any color to my face.)
Photoshop can enhance the intensity of the colors, shadows and highlights and is perfectly integrated into the process of Photography. Photoshop is used in not only in fashion and people photography, but commercial products, landscape, architecture photography etc.
When it comes to people photography, there is a difference between a convention snapshot, candid portrait at a party etc. and a professionally set up fashion, glamour or cosplay photoshoot, where the objective is to create a beautiful image and strive for Perfection.
I also want to point out that digital artists use Photoshop, Illustrator and other programs to create fantastic images, why would photographers who shoot digital not be allowed to use Photoshop? Many traditional artists who paint on paper will scan in artwork and finish them in Photoshop, tweaking the lines, combine pieces from various art pieces and correcting the colors. I see Photography being no different.

So, take it or leave it, but thanks for reading.
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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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Model: Me

Outfit by Lip Service

Hair/makeup/styling: Me

I hosted a Lip Service fashion show over New Year's and had the opportunity to get a couple of outfits. I mainly wanted them for clubbing (love going to the Castle in Tampa) but when Benny Lee and I talked about doing a first photoshoot together, I decided to pull out this ensemble for a fun Cyber Samurai chick look. It was an excuse to play with kabuki-inspired makeup (see next Deviation for close-up).

I think this image could be a fun stock photo for creative artists.

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Model: Me

Outfit by Lip Service

Hair/makeup/styling: Me

I hosted a Lip Service fashion show over New Year's and had the opportunity to get a couple of outfits. I mainly wanted them for clubbing (love going to the Castle in Tampa) but when Benny Lee and I talked about doing a first photoshoot together, I decided to pull out this ensemble for a fun Cyber Samurai chick look. It was an excuse to play with kabuki-inspired makeup.


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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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Officially licensed Star Trek The Original Series Uhura's Red Dress Uniform, made by Anovos Productions, LLC

I was asked by Anovos to model for them at San Diego Comic Con and do a photoshoot in the TOS red dress from Star Trek. This company's reproduction is the most accurate in existence, tust me, I've seen one of the screen-used dresses.

Oddly enough, during the 2 hours I modeled for them at their booth at SDCC, Attack of the Show came by with "Community"s Danny Pudy and did a short spoof video with him and me that aired on G4TV that same day. They dressed Danny Pudy as Spock!! I've yet to see the footage since I was at the con that entire weekend, not sure if they have it online somewhere.

Check out Anovos' full production line of licensed high quality Star Trek and Battlestar Gallactica uniforms: [link]

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First photos of a new costume I made for Ikkicon. I found this artwork piece by mangaka Carnelian and fell completely in love with the design!
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It's Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier, but as an adorable pirate girl! I happened to have very similar over the knee lace up boots, as well as 2 yards of deep purple Madonna velvet and black leather on hand, so I decided to push back my other cosplay plans to make this costume.

Construction notes: I started out by serging strips of magenta organza together, then hand ruffling the lengths and making a multi-layer ruffle skirt with them. I used the same organza to make the top and scalloped edged ruffle sleeves. I adorned the top and skirt with sequin trim because I thought it would be very Sheryl lol.
The captain's coat was fun and annoying to make. In hindsight I used three of the most difficult to work with fabrics on one garment, what was I thinking? The coat is velvet lined with two-tone taffeta, with all the black leather trim home made and carefully sewn on. I modified a pattern heavily and drafted parts of the coat on myself. It is reinforced with an extra layer of material inside, and boning.
The gold buttons have anchors on them which I thought was cute. I then made the ascot and garter belt, and covered a $5 Halloween felt pirate hat in black pleather left over from another costume. I also happened to have a nice beaded gold trim and purple and lavender feathers to embellish it with. The heart was kind of last minute put together and I may redo it in the near future. I did find some time to finally make Sheryl's microphone out of a mish mash of materials. Figuring out the braiding was interesting lol.

All in all, the costume came together in about 3 days of work and I am pretty happy with it! The colors are so cute together and I love my pirate hat. I am taking off the bows on the coat because they cover up all the arrow trim I spent so long making and stitching on. Definitely plan to wear it again soon, and do a location photoshoot!

Thank you to Brent LaVelle [link] for the studio shots!
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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!

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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! You can read about how I made this costume and see more photos on my website: [link] [link]

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After a few warrior women-esque uploads, how about a flirty fun image?

This shot was taken during Otakuthon in Montreal where I made a guest appearance in August. The event was so well run and I felt incredibly welcome. I met a lot of great cosplayers and photographers, including James, who grabbed this charming photo on the roof top of the event building. Yes, they have a garden on the roof.

Character: Female Wizard - Granado Espada
Costume made and worn by Yaya
Photo by James Park [link]

More photos of Wizard and construction notes can be found on my website here: [link]

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Last photo post of Felicia before Dragoncon. I have more but don't mean to spam my DA account!

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Finally! Felicia studio photos! I've been waiting for years to do a proper studio shoot with this costume.

Character: Felicia from Darkstalkers and Marvel vs Capcom video game series (CAPCOM)
Costume made and modeled by me
Photo by Benny Lee (EmanonDesign) :iconemanondesign:

I have to admit that even after dressing up as Felicia a good dozen times in the past few years, she is still one of my absolute favorite characters to cosplay. The costume was fun to create as well but because it's white and I made it back in 2005, I really need to re-do it. A few days before the photoshoot I was hired for the second time to be the official Felicia at Capcom's Fight Club event in New York, and I remade some of the bits on the suit for that night. I'll have a new set of paws, ears and tail soon, when I find time to sew after Dragoncon. But for now it was awesome to take advantage of the studio set up Benny has to get some shots of Felicia.

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White Queen Emma Frost in diamond transformation form! I just added this costume to my website www.yayahan.com
Costume made by me:
Corset - PVC and Faux leather, coutil lining & steel boning, faux lace up front
Pants - PVC and Faux leather with spandex inseam
Cape - chiffon with coque (yes I said that) and ostrich feathers
Gloves - PVC and spandex
Collar - Faux leather and repurposed necklace pieces
Diamonds - 3 latex prosthetic pieces with Swarovski crystals
Wig - heavily cut and styled Matilda lace front from www.arda-wigs.com
Boots - altered boots I have had for years!

Emma Frost's diamond transformation form cosplay in progress:
www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…

You can read detailed construction notes on how I made this entire costume, and see more photos here: www.yayahan.com/portfolio/costumes/emma-frost-x-men

Photography by Brian Boling 
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Photography by Nicole Ciararmlla www.facebook.com/ncphoto
Costume made by me:
Corset - PVC and Faux leather, coutil lining & steel boning, faux lace up front
Pants - PVC and Faux leather with spandex inseam
Cape - chiffon with coque (yes I said that) and ostrich feathers
Gloves - PVC and spandex
Collar - Faux leather and repurposed necklace pieces
Diamonds - 3 latex prosthetic pieces with Swarovski crystals
Wig - heavily cut and styled Matilda lace front from www.arda-wigs.com
Boots - altered boots I have had for years!


Emma Frost's diamond transformation form cosplay in progress:
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I bought a 10 gross count (1440) of Swarovski crystals for another costume but never used it! I thought it would be awesome to make crystal prosthetics for Emma. I started off my drawing on my plaster headcast to figure out how many pieces I needed and what they should be shaped like. I wanted the diamond transformation to stretch down my neck and shoulder. Then I sprayed a mold release on the cast and painted thin latex on in multiple layers. After letting that dry, I individually glued over 1000 Swarovski crystals onto the pieces with E-6000. The bond was great, and made the prosthetic pieces stronger. The headcast ensured that each piece was formed perfectly to my face shape, neck line, shoulder line and clavicle. The prosthetics were glued on to me via ProsAid, and held on amazingly for 12 hours, even with me smiling, talking, eating and fidgeting. I specifically chose to make latex pieces instead of gluing stones over a mesh so that I could re-use the pieces over and over again and have full range of motion each time I wore this costume. I also don't have time at cons to glue 1000+ crystals to myself each time, but I do have time to glue a few pieces on then scatter more crystals around them for a blended look.
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New cosplay debut! Ayane from Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Costume made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photography by Paul Tien
Wig sponsored by Arda Wigs ([link]

A full body shot of the new Ayane costume I busted out for Fanime. I do mean busted out... this was made in 3 days because of my hectic convention travel schedule this year. I tried to be as detail oriented and anal about the construction of this costume as all my usual costumes, and the only way this got done in time was because I had most of the materials at home already, and thought ahead to get the shoes, wig, and Fuma Kodachi swords in time.
Cosplay often goes beyond just the time needed to craft, but also material scouting, waiting for ordered items to come in, and figuring out how to attach things. I got really lucky with Ayane, in that only the skirt had to be remade (twice lol) and everything else came together and fit on the first run.

In case you're not familiar with the character: [link]

As you can see, I made the costume more modest than the design, omitting the cut out in the front of the bodice, and adding a sheer layer in the skirt. I think it still reflects the character and represents the detailed game design. Don't ever be afraid to modify a costume if you don't feel comfortable wearing it. We cosplay for many reasons, the main one being love for a character. Replicating costumes 100% of only one facade of cosplay, it often is more challenging, fun and creative to translate a design from a rendered source to a working fitted garment, and it's perfectly ok to take artistic license. I see a lot of cosplays being more sexualized than their designs, and I think it's totally cool to modesty-fy a costume as well.
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Ffffffffffff look at this amazing photo from the Teahouse at the Japanese Garden!!!! You can see how much fabric my costume has!
This is from a photoshoot during the first day of Arte Cosplay 2, a cosplay photography exhibition, in Buenos Aires!

Costume of Sheryl Nome - Macross Frontier made/worn by me! It's based on this figure: www.gunjap.net/site/wp-content…

Photography by Fernando Brischetto of www.facebook.com/PhotographesS…

Regarding the Sheryl costume, I made it as part of a duo with my friend Hanime as Ranka!
We bought the same brocade satin and chiffons and each sewed the costumes over the course of a few weeks. I used two wigs from Arda Wigs to create Sheryl's elaborate wig, and Hanime's wig was from EpicCosplay. Sheryl's wig was definitely my biggest focus on this costume. It took 3 days of work to make, and required some outside the box thinking and creative finagling. I wanted to make the Oiran wig come apart for transport, so everything is in pieces that hook and stick into the wig. I used foam and Worbla for shaping, and spent a whole day painstakingly gluing strands of wig hair down to make the hair fans.
Here is a collage of how I made the wig: www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…

I made the obi designs with heat transfer vinyl, more info here: www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…
My Kanzashi flowers were made by the talented Ashleigh: www.etsy.com/shop/K20sShoeboxS…

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I made a video last night, giving out the most important advice to any cosplayer: Practicing your Google Fu.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9B-pW…

If you want to cosplay, you have to commit to doing research. For hours. Days. Weeks! The internet is full of answers to your questions, there are tutorials on how to make XYZ, youtube videos teaching you new skills, experienced cosplayers tallking in detail about how they made their costumes, where to get the best materials... The information you need is out there and if you practice your Google Fu, you will learn how to make costumes.
There are no shortcuts, you have to do your research. And enjoy that process. Be curious and inquisitive and adventurous! Have fun learning! Then put your knowledge to the test and make a costume. It's an incredibly rewarding and fun thing, and if you are a Google Fu master, half of your costume work is already done!!

Practice that Google Fu.

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Character: Art Nouveau Chun Li cosplay (designed by :iconrazvan-sedekiah:),
Costume made and modeled by me
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New cosplay debut! Ayane from Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Costume made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photography by Paul Tien
Wig sponsored by Arda Wigs ([link]

A front shot of the new Ayane costume I busted out for Fanime. I do mean busted out... this was made in 3 days because of my hectic convention travel schedule this year. I tried to be as detail oriented and anal about the construction of this costume as all my usual costumes, and the only way this got done in time was because I had most of the materials at home already, and thought ahead to get the shoes, wig, and Fuma Kodachi swords in time.
Cosplay often goes beyond just the time needed to craft, but also material scouting, waiting for ordered items to come in, and figuring out how to attach things. I got really lucky with Ayane, in that only the skirt had to be remade (twice lol) and everything else came together and fit on the first run.

In case you're not familiar with the character: [link]

As you can see, I made the costume more modest than the design, omitting the cut out in the front of the bodice, and adding a sheer layer in the skirt. I think it still reflects the character and represents the detailed game design. Don't ever be afraid to modify a costume if you don't feel comfortable wearing it. We cosplay for many reasons, the main one being love for a character. Replicating costumes 100% of only one facade of cosplay, it often is more challenging, fun and creative to translate a design from a rendered source to a working fitted garment, and it's perfectly ok to take artistic license. I see a lot of cosplays being more sexualized than their designs, and I think it's totally cool to modesty-fy a costume as well.
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Gaaaaah! I can't get over how amazing this photo is! We're starting the 2013 Fanime coverage with a Bang!

Character: Misato's Plugsuit Dress (based on this collectible figure designed by Shunya Yamashita: [link]
Costume entirely made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photographed by Martin Wong [link]

I remember watching Evangelion as a kid when the first release of good fansubs hit, many years ago. Of course it had a huge impact on me as an anime fan, and artist. Over the years I have always wanted to make a plugsuit from EVA but my favorite character was Misato, who's outfits were simplistic and casual.
FINALLY, someone designs a plugsuit-ish outfit for Misato, and it is very fan service and revealing. But it's probably the closest I'll ever get to see Misato in a plugsuit, and I decided to make the outfit. From the get-go, I wanted to make modesty alterations to the outfit, so my dress is longer and there are no floating boob cups, just flattering princess seams.
I used 4-way stretch PVC to make a base dress with front and side seams, then cut it up to create all the interesting top-stitched seams on the design, while interjecting navy blue faux leather panels. I patterned everything myself, which meant a lot of mock-ups in cheap left over spandex and drawing lines on them. I also patterned and made the thigh highs and arm sleeve things, as well as the hip rolls and all the accessories. I even made my gloves. To achieve the shapes needed, I used everything from EVA foam in various thicknesses, worbla, floral foam, and squishy tube foam. Everything was covered in PVC for that unified sleek plugsuit look. I also cast aluminum powdered buttons and round side pieces. Work in progress collage: [link]

I love my fun futuristic booties, which were a lucky find online.

My wig was sponsored by AnimeStuffStore.com - [link]
I cut about a foot off, and styled the bangs ala Misato.

I'm super grateful to the 4 fantastic photographers and videographers who came to the photo location with me, which was a little further away from the convention. Martin did his magic and I couldn't be happier with the image!
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Phoenix 5 Jean Grey - Marvel: Avengers Alliance
Costume made by Yaya Han
Photography by Anna Cosplay Photography www.facebook.com/AnnaCosplayPh…
Post-production by Beethy - beethy.deviantart.com/ (who I really would like to shoot with as well...)

I was totally surprised by this image over the weekend! Anna and Beethy make magic together! I'm just standing by witnessing it lol!

This Phoenix costume was made for SDCC and I also wore it at Dragoncon. I really loved making it, and can't wait to wear it again! New York Comic Con most likely!
I made the armor with Worbla, a thermoplastic which you can buy here: yayahan.bigcartel.com/
I also made the bodysuit, strappings, sash etc. on this costume.

The wig is a lace front Matilda from the amazing Arda Wigs! www.facebook.com/ArdaWigs?dire…
The contacts were custom made for me by Samhain Contact Lenses!! www.facebook.com/samhainlenses…
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Character: Misato's Plugsuit Dress (based on this collectible figure designed by Shunya Yamashita: [link]
Costume entirely made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photographed by Paul Tien

I remember watching Evangelion as a kid when the first release of good fansubs hit, many years ago. Of course it had a huge impact on me as an anime fan, and artist. Over the years I have always wanted to make a plugsuit from EVA but my favorite character was Misato, who's outfits were simplistic and casual.
FINALLY, someone designs a plugsuit-ish outfit for Misato, and it is very fan service and revealing. But it's probably the closest I'll ever get to see Misato in a plugsuit, and I decided to make the outfit. From the get-go, I wanted to make modesty alterations to the outfit, so my dress is longer and there are no floating boob cups, just flattering princess seams.
I used 4-way stretch PVC to make a base dress with front and side seams, then cut it up to create all the interesting top-stitched seams on the design, while interjecting navy blue faux leather panels. I patterned everything myself, which meant a lot of mock-ups in cheap left over spandex and drawing lines on them. I also patterned and made the thigh highs and arm sleeve things, as well as the hip rolls and all the accessories. I even made my gloves. To achieve the shapes needed, I used everything from EVA foam in various thicknesses, worbla, floral foam, and squishy tube foam. Everything was covered in PVC for that unified sleek plugsuit look. I also cast aluminum powdered buttons and round side pieces. Work in progress collage: [link]

I love my fun futuristic booties, which were a lucky find online.

My wig was sponsored by AnimeStuffStore.com - [link]
I cut about a foot off, and styled the bangs ala Misato.
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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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Merry Christmas, everyone! Season's Greetings, and Happy Holidays!

I'm so glad there was time this year to do a Christmas themed photoshoot! Thank you so much to Pixelette Photography for the adorable image!

Christmas Urd from Ah! My Goddess cosplayed by Yaya Han - I had to look everywhere for this old busted up costume!! Found it in my Storage unit! LOL Still fit and was kinda cute, I was shocked!

Santa Kitty Sonico from Super Sonico cosplayed by Jessica Nigri Fan Page - Jess designed the costume, which is soooo kawaii with the kitty hood and tiny caplet. We made it together in 24 hours! She got the premium grade velvet, which looks ridiculously gorgeous, but was a bitch to sew haha. We did a 1.5 circle skirt for extra fullness, and a boned bodice. Also, girl knows how to make gloves, fast!

I hope you have a wonderful day!
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Costume made by Yaya Han
Headphones made by Brian Boling, painted by Yaya Han
Guns made by Junkers Cosplay Inc.
Guns painted by FantasyNinja (she takes commissions for prop and armor painting!!!)
Wig made with 2 Arda Wigs
Photo by Kamui Cosplay

I'm so happy that I got to work with some of my closest friends on this ridiculously rainbow explosion colorful costume!!! We shot this photo inside the convention center for Montreal Comiccon this weekend and this hallway was perfect! That colored glass!

I definitely had way too much fun making this costume, from styling the wigs and building the hat and finally using the fuchsia glitter pleather I have wanted to for years!

Some costume construction anecdote:
Vest cincher - patterned and made by me, steel boned, with this awesome fuchsia glitter pleather! 
Orange vest - patterned & made by me, with a foam layer inbetween for that quilted Marty McFly look!
Hat - patterned & made by me, foam & Worbla base with fabric cover.
Headphones - sculpted by me, molded & cast by Brian Boling (thank you!!!), painted by me!
Skirt - patterned & made by me, checkers graphic made by me and sent to www.fabricondemand.comand printed on poplin. Fully lined.
Wig - I styled, cut and dyed 2 Arda Wigs with the sharpie + alcohol method.
Boots - painted with Nu-Life paint!
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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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New photo of Retro Space Girl!

Character concept, design and creation of the costume by Yaya Han
Photographed by Brian Boling

Inspiration: 
The Retro Sci-Fi era of the 50's - 70's, Retro Futurism and Sci-Fi Pin Up!

Through posting photos, I realized that many of you are not familiar with this theme, so here are some helpful links!

The definition of Retro Futurism on Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retro-futurism

Classic Retro Sci-Fi movie "Barbarella featuring Jane Fonda, 1968: 
scifi.about.com/od/Classic-Movies/ig/Gallery---Barbarella-/

An awesome Pinterest Board with Retro Sci-Fi Pin Up! Images like these truly made me fall in love with the world of Retro Futurism! 
www.pinterest.com/thementalkavity/science-fiction-future-retro/

Star Trek: The Original Series - TOS came at the tail end of the Retro Sci-Fi era! Just check out this compilation of costumes from the TV Show:
io9.com/5969957/weirdest-and-sexiest-costumes-from-the-original-star-trek/

How I made this costume:
This is version 3 of the same character, first created by me back in 2006! I've always wanted to pay homage to the tongue-n-cheek, 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 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. 

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!
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Model: Me

Bodypaint: Nick Wolfe

Hair/Makeup: Me

Kimono made by: Me

Last shot of this for a while. There were so many, I just wanna keep posting lol. The full gallery for this shoot is here on my website: [link]

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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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Close up of the dragon, painted by Nick Wolfe. The kanji in the golden sphere is "dragon" of course.
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.
For those who don't take the time to read my Profile info, yes I am the model in these images.
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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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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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.
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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My sexy sin of Pride!
The strongest of all sins (except his mother)
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Behold the magic that is Jay Tablante and his Team! I just had to wear a costume and jump a lot. They did the rest!!!!!

Make-up: Yaya Han
Hair: Ara Fernando
Styling / Costume Production: Yaya Han
Art Direction: Javey Villones
Digital Imaging: Ghani Madueno
Model: Yaya Han
Art Nouveau style Chun Li costume designed by :iconrazvan-sedekiah:
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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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Character: Psylocke - Marvel's X-Men
Costume made/modeled by Yaya
Photography by Anna Fisher
Photo location: Otakon

This is a brand new Psylocke costume! I cosplayed Psylocke back in '06 but wanted to make a new version, more grounded in Reality. I drafted my own patterns for the bodysuit, arms/legs, boot covers etc, and sewed everything in a day utilizing two contrasting fabrics, heavy duty spandex & stretch pleather. The only piece I re-used from the old Psylocke costume is the sash.
My wig is sponsored by EpicCosplay!! It is incredibly thick, heat resistant, smooth and soft. You can see more of Epic Cosplay's wig line at [link]!
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Character: Dark Elf - Lineage II (Based on this artwork
Photography by Anna Fisher
Costume made & modeled by Yaya
Makeup by Yaya

I keep meaning to write up the construction notes but I'm constantly rushing off to a con lol. Anime Weekend Atlanta is this weekend so yeah, I'll have to wait till next week to properly write up how I made this costume. But this photo shows off the details well.
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Phoenix 5 Jean Grey - Marvel: Avengers Alliance
Costume made by Yaya Han
Photography by Anna Cosplay Photography www.facebook.com/AnnaCosplayPh…
Post-production by Beethy - beethy.deviantart.com/ (who I really would like to shoot with as well...)

I was totally surprised by this image over the weekend! Anna and Beethy make magic together! I'm just standing by witnessing it lol!

This Phoenix costume was made for SDCC and I also wore it at Dragoncon. I really loved making it, and can't wait to wear it again! New York Comic Con most likely!
I made the armor with Worbla, a thermoplastic which you can buy here: yayahan.bigcartel.com/
I also made the bodysuit, strappings, sash etc. on this costume.

The wig is a lace front Matilda from the amazing Arda Wigs! www.facebook.com/ArdaWigs?dire…
The contacts were custom made for me by Samhain Contact Lenses!! www.facebook.com/samhainlenses…
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Waaaaaah new costume debuts!! At Anime Expo 2013!

Ranka Lee costume made/modeled by Hanime's Cosplay [link]
Sheryl Nome costume made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photography by Martin Wong [link]

Tooootally love the Macross-ness of this photo! A note: I was appropriately taller as Sheryl but with the wide angle and me leaning forward, look not as tall :p

Hanime is a long-time friend of mine, but we have never jointly worked on a cosplay group together. We both share a love for singing, anime, and floofy costumes, so when we watched Macross Frontier together, the idea to cosplay Sheryl and Ranka together was born!

We bought the same brocade satin and chiffons and each sewed the costumes over the course of a few weeks. I used two wigs from Arda Wigs to create Sheryl's elaborate wig, and Hanime's wig was from EpicCosplay. Sheryl's wig was definitely my biggest focus on this costume. It took 3 days of work to make, and required some outside the box thinking and creative finagling. I wanted to make the Oiran wig come apart for transport, so everything is in pieces that hook and stick into the wig. I used foam and Worbla for shaping, and spent a whole day painstakingly gluing strands of wig hair down to make the hair fans.
Here is a collage of how I made the wig: [link]

I made the obi designs with heat transfer vinyl, more info here: [link]
My Kanzashi flowers were made by the talented Ashleigh: [link]
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After the successful trial run of last year's calendar, I wanted to make an even better cosplay calendar for 2014!

To summarize: The 2014 Limited Edition Yaya Han Calendar features 12 months of new cosplay images printed on glossy 11x17 paper, which flips open to a 11x24 calendar. Out of the 12 monthly images, only 2 have been released before, all others are brand new and shot exclusively for the calendar. None of the images will be available as a print or poster, you will only be able to see them in the calendar.
FREE shipping within USA and Canada, $10 shipping everywhere else! It is again $24.99, just like last year, and will be signed and personalized by me! I sincerely hope you will like this one even more than last year's calendar! I busted my little bum making this!!! So proud!! A huge shout-out to all my photographers and graphic designer as well (everyone is credited in the calendar or course!).

To order: [link]

Cosplay in this Flyer: Dark Elf - Lineage 2
Costume made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photography by :iconthedreamerworld:
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New cosplay debut! Ayane from Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Costume made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photography by Paul Tien
Wig sponsored by Arda Wigs ([link]

A full body shot of the new Ayane costume I busted out for Fanime. I do mean busted out... this was made in 3 days because of my hectic convention travel schedule this year. I tried to be as detail oriented and anal about the construction of this costume as all my usual costumes, and the only way this got done in time was because I had most of the materials at home already, and thought ahead to get the shoes, wig, and Fuma Kodachi swords in time.
Cosplay often goes beyond just the time needed to craft, but also material scouting, waiting for ordered items to come in, and figuring out how to attach things. I got really lucky with Ayane, in that only the skirt had to be remade (twice lol) and everything else came together and fit on the first run.

In case you're not familiar with the character: [link]

As you can see, I made the costume more modest than the design, omitting the cut out in the front of the bodice, and adding a sheer layer in the skirt. I think it still reflects the character and represents the detailed game design. Don't ever be afraid to modify a costume if you don't feel comfortable wearing it. We cosplay for many reasons, the main one being love for a character. Replicating costumes 100% of only one facade of cosplay, it often is more challenging, fun and creative to translate a design from a rendered source to a working fitted garment, and it's perfectly ok to take artistic license. I see a lot of cosplays being more sexualized than their designs, and I think it's totally cool to modesty-fy a costume as well.
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I got images back from a great new photoshoot with Benny Lee :iconbenny-lee:, with my MLP Rarity costume!

Since I have been supplying My Little Pony cosplayers all over the world 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 is a lacefront Matilda from Arda Wigs: [link]

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