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Granado Espada Wizard Costume Break Down by yayacosplay Granado Espada Wizard Costume Break Down by yayacosplay
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Character: Wizard - Granado Espada
Costume made and worn by me
Photography by Judy Stephens :iconthedreamerworld:

Time for another Construction Breakdown. I based this costumes off of a beautiful character design sketch: [link]
I had already cosplayed the Wizard once [link] and really love the style and grace of this character. This newer design compelled to me for the intricacy of details, mermaid silhouette, and creme/black color scheme.
I decided early on to make some artistic changes to this design, because I did not like the open stomach and hip exposure. Such design aspect may look nice on paper or rendered on a digital figure, but on a real person the skin exposure would have contradicted the elegant sophisticated overall design of this outfit. I wanted to make this costume look regal and opulent, not show off my belly button and hip flesh.
Whenever I choose to make changes to a design, I try to be very respectful of the original designer and translate their vision to a real life version of the character. In the case of the Wizard, I chose extravagant fabrics and trims, and spared no cost on the materials. I used the most expensive fabric on my record on this costume: $100 per yard. Even the black satin serving as the skirt base was a heavy bridal satin. The creme fabric was exquisite and I couldn't have been happier with it.
I drafted my own patterns and created a steel boned corset, over which a lot of details were hand stitched on. I designed and made a center applique piece in place of the open belly and matching bra cups, all embroidered free-hand on my sewing machine. Just pinning on the trims and deciding placement of each took a good day, and I had to keep walking away from it, coming back, trying it on etc.
Over the corset went a bolero with those weird sleeves. I searched all over for a pleated chiffon and found a semi-sheer pleat at finally for the sleeve petals. They were carefully measured (MATH!), cut out and fray checked, and sewn together into sleeves. I beaded glass crystals to each petal tip as well.
The skirt was a fun challenge because it's an exxagerated mermaid shape with multiple tiers. I made an underskirt with a tulle petticoat (hate sewing tulle...), and underneath that I built a hoopskirt from the ground to my knees. Again, a lot of math was used to figure out the right length, diameters etc. of this set up and I had to take into account the 7 inch heels I would have to wear in order to emulate the character design's torso to legs ratio. Anyway, a lot of time later, I had an underskirt and it was time to create the tiers on the overskirt. The bottom black tier is the satin, and I made a circle skirt and the biggest applique set I ever - the snakes. Each applique is heat-n-bonded on, then satin stitched over. The larger twin snakes have an overlay of metallic net as well. I ran out of time to embellish the snakes, was going to bead on them and add crystals as well.
The next tier is my awesome creme fabric, with the gorgeous scalloped edges. Over that went a black fishnet fabric that is heavily embroidered, beaded and sequined. I encased the edge in a binding to give it a finished look. My tiers are a little different from the original sketch, but I'd like to think I kept to the feel of the character while adding some interesting textures and details to the skirt, to match all the stuff that was going on with the corset/sleeves.
I used the same embroidered fishnet to create the under sleeves to again have some of the same reoccurring materials in the top as well as bottom of the costume.
Oh, and for the first time ever I made a bib lol. I mean, what else would you call that rounded collar thing? I was skeptical of the thing the entire time I was sewing it, but with the bolero on it looks nice and finished.

Now onto the rubber snakes on the skirt. They were a focal point in the design and I felt it needed to be accurate, in order for people to recognize this character. So I spent hours sculpting 2 mirroring snake designs out of clay, as well as a matching center piece for the top of the corset with the harlequin face on it. I then made a silicone mold and dusted it with opalescent powder, and cast the whole thing out of urethane rubber. It's an expensive process, over $150 just in materials for the mold and cast, and special urethane adhesive to attach them to my skirt. I think the finished pieces turned out great though, and give the skirt the needed dimensions.

The hat was the last piece I made. God knows why it covers her left eye. I made a pattern, then 3 bases in different sizes in Wonderflex, and covered them in matching fabrics. The hat inside is finished with a felt backing, and I hand stitched various trims on for detailing. I found creme Ostrich feathers and added white and black feathers to them to make a bouquet, which was then attached to the hat as well.

The hair style is created by pinning my Wizard wig from the other costume on my head and blending my own hair into it.

There you have it, phew. Sorry for the wall of text. It was a fun and creative process to make this costume because I took artistic liberties while sticking to the fundamentals of the character design. I loved working with the beautiful fabrics and thank all my photographers friends for taking pictures of me at Katsucon. If I figure out how to air travel with that hoop skirt, I would gladly take this costume to a West Coast con or other events in the future.

Other Deviations of this costume:
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Silverwolf12 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing! 9 considers you as the Queen of cosplay)
solareclipsestoo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Student Artist
Amazing done proper ( ;
Thank you for being an inspiration.
You are always worth witnessing in the eyes of the heART.
ELLOCABRUJA Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
ILikeCommas Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Props. That is some EFFORT.
mbvaldez Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well, I've never thought wizards couldn't be more sexier! I preferred Elementalists than wizards in the game but it was clearly a great victory when I saw her cosplayed it. She could cosplay Adelina the pirate, it's more lovelier I think. I just saw a costume of her here [link]
cosplaycalamity Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The detail and execution of this is unbelievable, inspirational, all of that. Thank you for going into construction detail, wonderful to find out how it was put together.
savasrule Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
micahmikaella39 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Photographer
very lovely
everything is perfect
Righthandedtwin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Oh my days just stumbled onto this and have to say....How on earth do you walk in this thing? lol
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image! Beauty, charmed and more ! Good job ![link]
ncolt45 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Thank you for the write up on how this was constructed. You did a great job, and look INCREDIBLE in it! Well done!
xerodragonx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fogimages Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Talk about an amazing costume!
ProfessorBats Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
MALYAmkin21919 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cool designs must say :aww:
reptoJane Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This costume is just... *amazing*. I am so in awe of what you do to create these beautiful constructions. Seeing your gorgeous creations makes me want to learn how to sew! I already am quite good at beading and embroidery, plus I do a lot of artistic work with felting, knitting and crocheting, but my sewing is strictly limited to hand-sewing. My very tall and slender 12 y.o. is becoming increasingly interested in cosplay, so we may end up taking some classes together... who knows?

Thank you for sharing all your photos and detailed notes. Any chance that you might add photos of the detail work on the snakes?

And yes, you did a fabulous job interpreting this design. As you say, it should be sophisticated and distinguished, not merely sexy. Using the flesh-toned appliqués was an elegant solution to the problem.
spirosk-photography Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely costume and shots!
J-01 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Gorgeous dress, and amazing ^_^
afterglowcosplay Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Incredible work...this is my favorite costume of yours to date! It is difficult to pull off a dress like this for most women, but your poise and confidence really shines through these photos (and all the layers of fabric!)! Your hard work has paid off...amazing job!
Suiva Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
You look really great in that costume
White-Sakurazuka Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
In my opinion that's one of your cosplays that fits you the most! You look just astonishing and beautiful. <3
JaiArtz Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
I would totally have this as my wedding dress.
Pullipcutie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This costume is breathtaking! Honestly this deserves to be in some movie because of its beauty.
miyoaldy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wonderful costume and photos!
I love it!!:love:
darkbrokenreaper Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
7 inch heels? Damn, that's some serious heel but awesome costume. I admire the amount of work put into this and I love that you hold no secrets on how you did this. Love it!
MiwaDake Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
great job! both versions are so lovely.
kuroikouma Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student General Artist
You never fail to blow me away with just how much passion you put into each costume- I love seeing each new piece you create!
Kuchiitachi5 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
pretty and sexy as ever ^_^
Danifox Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
animeloverforever102 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
that doesn't look comfortable walking in. I feel i would fall on my face if i wore that. but it's awesome!
falkor44 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
I imagine she has to walk very slowly in it. and i feel i would fall or spill something on it or get it dirty.
animeloverforever102 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
me too. that wouldn't be good at all
NinjAPixiEX3 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super beautiful!!
MaggiSakura Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that's what I'd call design.
sapphirewolff Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Drascar14 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this design! its just so victorian, but also elegant!!! love it!
WenchyPirate Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
This is just amazing. So well done.
Specialwater7 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its so excellent, beauty traveling mode~ very impressive work of detail, the dress~
xLunatiCXz Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You should be the queen of cosplays...
koc318 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is really beaytifull.
hmm are You a costume designer?
Lustful-Cuppy-Cake Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
really pretty
darkmoonproductions Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
An amazing dress. Very stunning and eyecatching. You look great in that .
Sarcasm-hime Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The hoops can't collapse down? My butterfly-dress paniers can squish into a suitcase, surprisingly enough.

Anyways, YAY and thanks for the breakdown, I really really wanna ogle this in person someday. Maybe by then I'll have my own GE costume done! ;P
RedWolf246 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
rw:beautiful outfit girl! i even love your batman arkum city cat woman outfit
onlykfS Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Too nice to believe :)
alise45647 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
that is so cool, did you make it
skyofdestinyangel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just perfect! :heart:
ibaragi Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Hi Yaya. I'm a veteran player of the game and I just wanna express how amazing and faithful you made this costume look. I am blown away because this is one of my favorite outfits (and best armor) in the game. I wish I can share my screenshots of the variety of magical staff/ rods available in the game for this character- they are as beautiful in design as the outfit and would make a great prop companion. Well..If you're interested in any way, It would be an honor to take game ss for you if you need? haha~
I have met you in person at Anime expo a very long time ago, and still continues to be a fan of yours. :)
Thank you for portraying such beautiful work.
Suigitouhime1 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
zomg!! i wanna do a cosplay from these series one day!!!
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