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I made a new costume in time for Anime Expo, but didn't have time to take photos in it! So here is a preview until I can do a photoshoot!

Super Sonico Blue Nurse - cosplayed by Yaya Han

I'm pretty happy with how this costume turned out! It was a 2.5 day sewing project and just something fun and silly that I wanted to make.

- I try not to collect too many things since my costumes/supplies take up so much room in my house, but I do have a rather large sexy girl figure collection. I can't help it, I'm addicted! I started collecting Super Sonico figures about 2 years ago, and this blue nurse figure was the first one I got, in Akiba in Tokyo! After my 5th Sonico figure, the bug to cosplay her finally bit!

- In 15 years of cosplaying & nearly 300 charas later, I have yet to cosplay someone with light pink hair! Felicia from Darkstalkers & Sheryl Nome are the closest I ever got, and I once borrowed my friend Hanime's Fluttershy costume for a couple of hours. That's it! Never had a light pink haired cosplay of my own! It was beyond time...

- I chose the blue nurse costume because the colors are so pretty! That turquoise blue looks so fab with the pink hair! 

- I bought a fabric with a texture because it was the perfect color, and I thought some texture would make the costume look more like a uniform! The dress was heavily altered from the pattern I made for my Jasmin Synn jacket! I love it when I can reuse patterns. 
The dress is boned and fully lined! For any tailored uniform looks, I always try to install boning to help the fit, and lining is super important. Can't stress that enough! 
The white trim is all hand made, with an upholstery vinyl. I also used the same material to make the belt from scratch! I had the most fun making the nurse hat!

- My wig is sponsored by Purple Plum! http://www.purple-plum.com/
I cut and styled it!

- The contacts are from Pinky Paradise! http://www.pinkyparadise.com
- The awesome headphones were simply ordered from eBay! They are actual headphones and even light up! Seriously easiest part of the costume to procure lol! 

- Sonico-appropriate boobies courtesy of Victoria's Secret Bombshell bra! Same bra I use for Power Girl lol. I don't break it out often but for Sonico it was essential! 

Definitely hope to take proper photos with this costume, soon! It's super comfy, albeit not being able to hear very well with the headphones on, lol!
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I'm excited to announce the release of my new 2015 Limited Edition calendar!!!

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I simply can't contain my excitement anymore, as the calendars are at the printers right now! 

This is my 3rd annual calendar, and I worked super hard on it between Heroes of Cosplay filming, traveling, cons, my comic book... Just... a lot has happened in 2014 already, and it was very important to me to keep up the production quality and elegant look of the 2015 calendar! 

This one is being printed on thicker paper, and of course all of the images are exclusive to the calendar, meaning you will not find them as prints anywhere. I pay all of my photographers, graphic designer, and printer, so this is really a self-produced project coming directly from me to you. Most of the photos in the calendar were shot specifically for it, too!

And the first 300 orders will receive a Bonus print of my Heartseeker Ashe cosplay FOR FREE! You guys bowled me over with Heartseeker print requests since I debuted the costume, so I wanted the first print to be a gift and Thank You for all the support you've given me!

And of course, as always, shipping within the USA is FREE, and I will also gladly ship anywhere in the world.

(Cover design by Benni of Kamui Cosplay magic team, photo by Anna Cosplay Photography, costume made by Yaya Han)
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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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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 closer shot of the Mad Max inspired costume, made and put together by me. We found some nice cliffs for me to "scale" ^_~.

You can see the makeup and details better in this photo, as well as my survival gadgets.

Photography by Brian Boling
Location is Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, NV

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Portrait from the Sakizou photoshoot I did in Germany! Shot by Brian Boling! You can see the details well in this photo, as well as my attempt to do doll makeup.

Let me talk about how amazing Gothic Lolita Wigs is!!! They contacted me after seeing my progress on this costume and offered to send me a wig to complete the look. Their Ringlet Delux wig is so lush and beautiful, and really set the costume's regal look over the top! They even sent me their Dolly eyelashes, which I wear with this cosplay every time!
I can't recommend their professionalism and quality of products enough. I definitely will order from them again in the future, already have some wigs picked out!!
Check out Gothic Lolita wigs here:
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Costume: Princess White Rose, Saga Frontier - Sakizou illustration, made by Yaya Han
Contacts by Pinky Paradise
Makeup by Yaya Han
Modeled by Yaya Han

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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:
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I will re-wear this costume at Connichi in Germany next weekend!!!
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I recently did an awesome photoshoot with Benny Lee :iconbenny-lee: in a Chinese Restaurant. As you know, the backgrounds settings for the Street Fighter games can be super random, and Benny was ingenious enough to secure a space for us at a local restaurant before they opened for Dim Sum in the morning. Of course we stayed to nom after the shoot!

For this shot I kicked about 30 times lol. In heels and a waist cincher, it turned into a morning work out haha!

CharacterL: Art Nouveau Chun Li cosplay (designed by :iconrazvan-sedekiah:),
Costume made and modeled by me
Photo by Benny Lee :iconbenny-lee:
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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I love Resident Evil and 4 was my favorite. I love the mystery behind the Ada Wong character and her unusual relationship with Leon S. Kennedy. For a convention in Mexico last November I decided to make this costume to go along with Brian's Leon [link] because RE is such a hit there and I knew we'd be able to geek out with everyone. XD

As for the construction - I pulled this costume together in couple of days and am not entirely happy with it. I used a matte satin for the dress, which is partially lined (to the hips) and top-stitched. The designs were hand painted on and the outlines are embroidered, and the dress laces up with eyelets in the back. I couldn't find red eyelets and didn't want to stick with the chrome ones, so I hand bound all the eyelets in burgundy thread. The gun is a modified airsoft handgun with laser, and t he holster should be temporary until I either decide to re-make the dress or just learn to deal with it. I found the shoes after trying on a million pumps that were all too big, and added the criss-cross straps. The wig was ordered off eBay and then cut by me and I made the scarf out of black chiffon.

Photo by Brian Boling [link]
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A few months ago I was asked to play one of my favorite characters, Ada Wong of Resident Evil, in a short film directed by John Leigh of Anime Matsuri and Import Reactor.

Late last night the video was released and I just got to watch it for the first time myself. It is awesome! Thank you again so much for this fun project, John, Deneice, Alin, Bryan and everyone else.

You can watch the clip on Youtube here!

Still photo by Alin Danila
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Last two Deviations of RE4 for a bit, I swear!
There were too many great photos from the Ljinto shoot to not share.

I love Resident Evil so much and this is my favorite character pairing - Leon Kennedy and Ada Wong!
I made both costumes, and it's Brian as Leon, and me as Ada. The photos were taken at Anime Weekend Atlanta.

Thank you again Ljinto for the wonderful photos!

Other photos from the same shoot:
"RE4 - zombie attack" [link]

"Hang on, I'm coming for you." [link]

"RE 4 - Unwilling Goodbye" [link]

"Resident Evil 4 - Leon and Ada" [link]
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Glamour Photoshoot with Oscar Chang

Model: Yaya
Makeup: Yaya
Latex dress provided by Oscar Chang Photography [link]

I loved this studio space. Shot early in the morning when the light was gorgeous.
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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: 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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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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My last cosplay of 2011! Litchi has been on my to do list since the first arcade game was imported to the USA at Planet Zero in Houston a few years ago!!! I was lucky enough to be in the area and was one of the first people to try my hands at it. Litchi's design and fighting style with the staff was instantly my favorite. I also really approve of girls in glasses. AND I love pandas, and she has one hanging on her head. It was love at first button push lol.

Character: Litchi Faye Ling
Costume made and modeled by Yaya (moi)
Photography by the talented Elysia of Fenyx Design :iconfenyxdesign:

Costume construction:
In order to translate the design of this 2-D video game character into a real life costume, I knew that I needed a lot of silk. I found this gorgeous deep red silk in the LA Fabric district for the jacket and skirt/tail and paired it with a golden yellow silk brocade for the trim. I made my own bias tape with the gold brocade and used a red Asian brocade for the lining of the jacket/skirt. For those new to making bias tape, it's really simple and can add an interesting detail to your costume if you use fun fabrics. Just by doing a quick google search you can find tons of tutorials on this technique, with photos or video. For example, here is a simple tutorial on how to make your own bias tape: [link]
And how to sew bias tape on! [link]

As usual, I created my own patterns for the garment by drafting them on paper, measuring and chalk drawing on fabric, draping on my mannequin, and altering base patterns heavily., I serged/sewed everything on this costume, making sure it is tailored to me and fit properly. All the garment pieces are lined and finished with a hand made binding.
I altered the jacket design a tad because on the character design it's loose and cut very low. Since I was already going to show a bra, I didn't want the closure to be way low on my torso, so the jacket swoops in underneath the bra and closes via hook/eyes. That's also why I have an extra set of buttons in the front, it would have looked weird just with one row.

After making the jacket and skirt, I tackled the boot covers, which are built over a pair of wedge boots that I completely butchered. I made a pattern by tracing around the boots and created the boot covers with matching silk fabrics. I even lined the boot covers because loose seams drive me nuts.

I chose a decorated bra from VS instead of a plain one because my costume has some texture to it and is made with pretty luxurious fabrics. I thought it would fit the overall look better.

I also styled the wig, with consisted of a lot of razoring and shearing of the bangs into the asymmetrical style, and butchering two long hair falls to make the floor-sweeping ponytail.
I made the ying yang hair piece with a variety of lightweight materials that were laying around my house and hand painted it carefully.
The panda was so much fun to make, and super easy. I even had all the fleece and stuffings laying around already. The leaves are made from left over taffeta from my Peacock costume, and I embroidered them.

The glasses were very carefully taken apart, and, after dremeling off the top bridges, put back together.

Last piece to make was the fighting staff which I didn't want to be too tall, since it's already a pain to carry around. So it's just a few inches taller than me when I'm wearing the boots. It breaks down into three pieces for easy transport and is made from a pvc pipe.

You can see a video collage from Ikkicon with Riddle and me where Litchi is featured here: [link]

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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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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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I thought I would share a collage of in progress photos of my armor making experience, as Worbla is back in my store [link]! Celebrate all the Worbla!!!

My Facebook has a lot more detailed progress photos of this build: [link]

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.
Most fun part: making the actual armor pieces!
Most pleasant surprise: Painting the pieces was actually therapeutic.
Most frustrating part: attaching the armor pieces to myself.
Most infuriating part: the sword. I suck at making props. Just suck at it.

You can purchase Worbla at my online store here: [link]

I learned how to use Worbla through Kamui Cosplay. Her video tutorials are here: [link]

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Edit: Despite multiple comments clearly missing the point of this photoshoot, I will not spell it out till the other images are posted. But FYI, through out my modeling and costume making history you will see galleries of photos that tell a story, have a concept behind it. This is one of such....
HINT: My eyes are... bird... like....
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Sneak peek of a recent photoshoot with Kevin Stewart and Brian Boling...

..."It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels named Lenore
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels named Lenore?"
Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."...

(By Edgar Allen Poe)


Photography: Brian Boling
Model: Yaya Han (me)
Makeup/hair: Yaya Han (me)
Styling/Props: Yaya Han (me)
Corset: Agent Provocateur
Hat: vintage

More photos to follow as I get them back from both photographers!
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Image created for J. Corsentino's Time of The Faeries Project [link]

Photography by J. Corsentino
Photo Manipulation by J. Corsentino

Model - Yaya

Costume and wings created by Yaya

Hair by Michael Hall

Makeup by Yaya

Special Effects makeup by Eddie Inda

This is probably my favorite image resulting from the shoot. I added a close-up at the bottom where you can see some of the details on the costume and makeup better. I will post a non-manip close-up soon, too.
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This costume is based on one of Nene Tomas' [link] paintings. Since I befriended her a few years ago, we've always talked about constructing costumes based on her elaborate designs.
I went for Midnight Wings [link] mainly because I wanted to make those wings.

I chose a lavish black sparkly fabric for the steel boned corset, which I created with a lace inset in the front, trimmed in powder blue. The overskirt was made of multiple layers of sheers and same sparkly fabric, hand tattered and ripped. I luckily found a bridal fabric with the same floral design as the painting for the creme underskirt. The bows, bonnet and lace choker were fun accessories to make. I once again combined two wigs to achieve the full hair for the character.
As for the feather wings, I used the same method as my smaller pairs, made with individually shaped turkey feathers. The shape of the wings differs deliberately from the Painting, they are tucked in so I could maneuver through the crowded halls at Dragoncon (it was still a pain). I also wanted them to look somewhat realistic, and yet manga-ish with the long hanging feathers. Because my shoulders are uncovered in this outfit, I had to rig the wings to the corset, and use clear bra-straps to support them at the top.

Thanks to Maboroshi [link] for the lovely autumn photos
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I'm trying to upload some supplemental photos to round out this gallery a little more.

This costume is based on one of Nene Tomas' [link] paintings. You can see a small version of the artwork here: [link]

Costume and wings are made and modeled by me
Photos by Kyle Johnsen

The other Deviation of this costume including construction notes: [link]
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Photography by Kevin Stewart
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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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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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Photography by Brian Boling [link]

I don't do many swimsuit shoots because they can be boring in comparison to my usual shoots (see my other DA submissions and you'll see why!) but when I got the chance to visit the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum [link] in October 2008, I had to squeeze a photo shoot in!

It was a beautiful paradise with a hidden beach and the temples overlooking the ocean. After our guided tour, we had an hour to explore the site on our own so while everyone else took tourist photos, I posed in my favorite bikini from Ed Hardy.
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I love Resident Evil and 4 was my favorite. I love the mystery behind the Ada Wong character and her unusual relationship with Leon S. Kennedy. For a convention in Mexico last November I decided to make this costume to go along with Brian's Leon [link] because RE is such a hit there and I knew we'd be able to geek out with everyone. XD

As for the construction - I pulled this costume together in couple of days and am not entirely happy with it. I used a matte satin for the dress, which is partially lined (to the hips) and top-stitched. The designs were hand painted on and the outlines are embroidered, and the dress laces up with eyelets in the back. I couldn't find red eyelets and didn't want to stick with the chrome ones, so I hand bound all the eyelets in burgundy thread. The gun is a modified airsoft handgun with laser, and t he holster should be temporary until I either decide to re-make the dress or just learn to deal with it. I found the shoes after trying on a million pumps that were all too big, and added the criss-cross straps. The wig was ordered off eBay and then cut by me and I made the scarf out of black chiffon.

Photo by Brian Boling [link]
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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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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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Uploading more shots from one of my favorite photoshoots ever.

Theme: Tribute to Cleopatra
Photographer: Dan Santoni
Hair stylist: Michael Hall
makeup: Yaya
costume design and creation: Yaya

This was one of the most amazing photo shoot days... I shot with two photographer on the same day, from 10am to like 3am, and produced three of the best shots in my portfolio. It was everything from exciting, creative, exhausting, glamorous, painful and satisfying.
The shot above is by Dan Santoni, who is also responsible for the set. His lighting set up was insane - I stared into about 8 lights at the same time, it seemed.

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Character: Wizard - Granado Espada
Costume made and worn by me
Photography by Gerardo J Flores [link]
Post-processing by Kassandra Leigh Purcell

Costume Construction Break Down at

Thank you for this lovely shot, Gerardo!

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This is one of my older costumes but I still love it! I wore it last while visiting London, Uk and Brian did a photoshoot with me in Piccadilly Circus (Hello, real British phone booths and police box!)

Construction wise, I had sooo much fun with this one! Making the tie and skirt was interesting since I had no patterns to go with, but the most time-consuming (and expensive) part of this costume was gathering all of the accessories, finding a right sweater to alter (since knit blue fabric is impossible to find) and creating the wig. I spent a few weeks scouting shops and malls for British-themed accessories and silly jewelry and decided on a Hello Kitty theme as well to go with the trendy schoolgirl. The wig was sewn and cut according to ref. pictures, and I used human hair extensions that were dyed blue/red.
I really had no time to make the backpack the con I originally wore this to, so I bought a cute Hello Kitty bag and embellished the hell out of it. Since then I've grown too attached to my cute little pink bag so I just kept using it.

I wanna mention that I get more commission requests for this costume than ANY of my other outfits! Like, hundreds over the years. I did make another Fook Mi costume for a customer once, but these days I just don't have time to do full costume commissions anymore. I am sorry!
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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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The last time I tried to put the latex suit on, the zipper top broke *saaaad* and I just got it fixed (dude, it only cost $8!), so to celebrate, have some more Felicia Hardy action.

While on the way to my photoshoot with Ng Master at Dragoncon 2009, we ran into Chris Fields dressed as Spiderman and it seemed obvious to grab a few shots together. Thanks, Chris, for humoring me and sticking around for these.

Black Cat costume made and worn by me. Construction info on my site [link] or feel free to browse through my GA gallery for more Deviations with this costume.

Photos by Ng Master
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A great legend, and I did like Disney's version of it! This is my princess costume lol. I feel so girly in it.

I used various Asian brocade fabrics to give the costume texture. Even the white lining and skirt are patterned though it's hard to see in these pics. The blue "overshirt" is constructed like a corset, with light boning and lace up back. I also made Chinese hairpins, earrings and tassles etc. to give the costume a more traditional feel. The flower haircomb was sculpted over a regular comb and hand-painted. The flower was a lucky find.
I definitely did NOT want to do the stark white makeup and opted for more natural shades as per the "Reflection" song scene.
Lastly, I altered my hairstyle because I kinda hate the loose bun head look in real life >_<... and I desperately wanted to use my own hair (plus extension loops ^^).

Photos by Consplayers

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This is one of my favorite photos by Brian.

The costume is Myoubi from the manga series "Alichino", and I made this back in 2002!
Myoubi wears way too many gorgeous outfits to choose a favorite from, so I decided to take elements from various designs and combine them into one single costume. Inspired by the melancholy premise of the story, I made a burgundy/gold gothic Lolita doll dress and bird wings. Most of the costume required working without a pattern, and I learned a lot about gathering ruffles, making feather wings, and working with different textures. The main dress is made of an incredible two-sided French Shantung, for the complimenting parts I used Casa Lace and Crepe back gold Satin. My favorite element would have to be the lace-up sleeves.
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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.

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.

Photo by Paul Tien

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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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Shot by Stuart Townsley, this costume is based on a piece of artwork by fantasy artist Nene Thomas [link]

Nene asked me to model for "Gothic Princess", and after I saw the beautiful costume she painted, I had to make it.

This is one of my favorite photos of the outfit, and I am submitting it as Artisan Craft>Accessories because it showcases all the detail work and pieces I created, such as the necklace, beaded lace wrist cuffs, hair piece and tattered wings.
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