It’s been some time since I’ve updated my costume library with new photos, but I recently made a point to get back into the studio and will have several big updates — including Witchblade, Aphrodite IX and Elektra — coming soon. But for now, I offer up one of my other recent escapades, my Marie Antoinette inspired shoot!
As a huge fan of Fatal Frame III, I was excited by the idea of crafting a costume from the game. Namely, I wanted to give the Tattooed Priestess Reika a go, as it would be a drastic departure from the type of characters I’ve portrayed in the past. My friend and cosplay cohort Ashley Hay joined me as the game’s main protagonist Rei.
While I always knew that my husband’s grandma collected hats, I had no idea that she had hats dating back to the 1850s. Since I have such an affinity for dressing up, I asked her to borrow some of the original hats she had from the 1920s. Since she has over 500 hats in her collection, she gave me seven to keep after I shot them. It took lots of research and preparation to do this shoot!
As some of you may know, the first two pieces in my sculpture class were video game related. My first was a ChocoMog and the second was an 8-bit tribute to Super Mario Bros. I knew going into this project that it was not going to be video game related, which was kind of a bummer, but at the same time it was a great gift for my parents. Every once in a while I need to remember that I do have a life outside videogames…
I love this project. Even though it in NO way filled the requirement given to me by my professor. This was a plaster unit…yeah, I know my sculpture is made out of metal…
I took on this project in sculpture class my final year of college in 2007. For our first project we were required craft a piece that combined two different types of animals, using only sheet metal and rods. Right away I tried to figure out how to make this project something I could put in my game room, and I thought it would be super cute to “breed” a Chocobo and a Moogle together.
A conversation about throwing together a Danger Girl group came up the last day of the 2007 San Diego Comic Convention. We had just finished four grueling days of walking the show floor in uncomfortable costumes an punishing shoes – and we couldn’t wait to do it all again next year.
As a fan of Top Cow comics I tend to check out anything they publish. After hearing repeatedly about the Paul Dini books based off his Dinicartoon line, I decided to pick up Jingle Belle. My good friend Becky had already expressed interest in cosplaying as the main character, and once I read it I was psyched to find out that Jingle had a best friend who happened to be brunette!
[Update: 2/12] I’ve added new photos shot by Stokes Foto for the 2012 Cosplay for a Cause calendar.
I originally made this costume in 2009, and decided to modify it for my appearance in the 2012 Cosplay for a Cause calendar. It didn’t take long to fix up – I took it in quite a bit (I’d lost 30 pounds since I last wore it), made it a tad shorter, added some lace, found a much higher quality hat, and swapped out the boring flats for some knee socks and heels!
The first part of the shoot was at a local arcade that housed a Mario Bros machine. It was too perfect to pass up. After finishing up that set, photographer Josh Stokes and I went to the basement of his studio for a different, literal approach to portraying gaming’s favorite plumber. We ended up using a shot from this location in the calendar. Enjoy the shots!
Grace has been a costume that I have been planning for over two years now. She is by far one of the most meaningful comic characters in existence to me. I knew that I would not make the costume until I had the resources to make it perfect. It is still not quite there, but I am pretty happy with it. I plan on redoing the wings so they look more natural, and I also have some execution things I need to straighten out. All I know is that after being Grace once, I need to make another one of her costumes. Who knows, maybe when I get in a bit better shape around the midsection I will do the bikini version of her costume.