Debuted: Anime USA 2011
Worn at: Anime USA 2011, Katsucon 2012
Awards: Best Overall Craftsmanship Anime USA 2011.
I performed a skit in this costume with Firelily at Anime USA 2011.
I worked on it in a span of 3 months, and it was pretty frustrating at times. I've never made a costume with SO much fabric for myself before! The kimono has close to 12 yards of fabric if you include the lining of the kimono. I'm not used to such a lose fit, so I felt super frumpy walking around in it!
The details on the kimono (cranes, peacock, and swirly details) are all hand painted and/or pieces of fabric heat n' bonded to the kimono. All of the different gradients were done with several colors of floral spray.
The little red dress underneath was a pain in the butt, because of the shapes of the white trim....and brocade frays so much! I ended up having to melt the edges of the inside seams before lining it so that the seams would not fray apart.
The green coral head pieces are made from Wonderflex; They insert into the wig with little plastic combs. The crown is a combo of Wonderflex, Styrofoam, Paper Clay, and craft foam.
Major insane wig construction done by Firelily. I just added hair wefts around the sides and back, and took care not to tangle it while wearing! It's a very awesome wig, but very high maintenance due to the long length!
The base wig is the Leia from Arda wigs - the wig is awesome! I love it!
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