This week’s Friday Fave is ElenaleetahAdelhaid (Maria) and Faeryx13 (Anna) from Hide-out Cosplay Team in Russia. Adelhaid and Faeryx13 are going to be WCS Team Russia this year. These cosplayers are some of my absolute favorites! Not only do they choose designs and series that I adore but their craftsmanship is amazing! They frequently employ custom embroidery and custom printed fabrics in their costumes. I can’t wait to see what they do next!

Adelhaid as Esther and Faeryx13 as Abel from Trinity Blood. Photo by ~JustMoolti. Adelhaid intricately machine embroidered her dress. I’m sure it must have taken forever! You can see a more detailed photo of it here.
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Adelhaid as Haydee and Faeryx13 as The Count of Monte Cristo from Gankutsuou. Gankutsuou anime uses intricate patterns overlayed on the animation so recreating it as a physical costume presents some challenges. I’m guessing the lining of the cape is custom printed.
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adelhaid as Héloïse de Villefort and Leetah Leetah as Mercedes de Morserf from Gankutsuou with more custom printed and overlayed fabrics.
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Adelhaid as Erzsébet (Elizabeth) Báthory from manhwa Horror Collector by Lee So-Young. (More custom printed fabric!) Photo by ~JustMoolti
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Faeryx13 as Carmilla from Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust. Photo by ~JustMoolti
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Leetah and her husband as Meier Link and Charlotte from VHD Bloodlust.
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It’s elephant’s birthday!

I’m so excited to show you my fabric design for this week! I liked this one so much that I made some coordinating designs for it! The idea was an Indian inspired design with elephants for birthdays. I tried to make the colors, repeat and design Indian-inspired.

You can vote here: http://www.spoonflower.com/contest_voters/new?contest_id=189

And the whole Bollywood Birthday collection is here for you to fave or buy http://www.spoonflower.com/collections/54324! Keep in mind you can buy these designs as fabric, wallpaper or wrapping paper!
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Another slightly belated Friday Fave! This week the fairytale illustrations of Kay Nielsen, specifically from The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

Kay Nielsen was a Danish illustrator popular during “the golden age of illustration” along with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac. You can see a lot of Nielsen’s work on this page and you can read more about him on Wikipedia, too. If you want to buy a book of his illustrations you can find a lot of them up on amazon, here. I’m no expert but I do have a few of his books and this one, “In Powder and Crinoline”, is perhaps my favorite.  It contains a lot of beautiful stories featuring ball gowns and 18th-century-esque illustrations including the Twelve Dancing Princesses. This book, “The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Other Fairy Tales”, is almost an almost identical version of it with the same fairy tales and illustrations (though the actual interior book cover is not as lovely.) So you can try to find which one has the most affordable option.

Nielsen also did some development work for Disney’s Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid. Someone has put up a Youtube video of his Disney development work here!

He’s illustrated a ton of beautiful fairytales, but I wanted to share this specific one , The Twelve Dancing Princesses, with you.

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