AWARDS: Best in Show and Best Anime at San Deigo Comic Con 2007 WITH HCC COSPLAY
Debuted: San Deigo Comic Con 2007
A.J. has been wanting to cosplay from FSS for yeaaaaaaars. She got all of us reading it, too, and admiring the awesome character designs. This year we finally cosplayed from it! I really loved this design in particular because it worked elements of traditional kimono into it, and I really wanted to use these wedding kanzashi that a friend let me borrow.
Our skit for ComicCon was meant to be a bit of a joke. We pranced out to Nelly Furtado’s “Maneater” and pretended to be stuckup models. Then we got “stuck” trying to exit the stage since Judy’s costume was so BIG and comedy insues as the “dramaqueen models” freak out about things not going the way they want. AJ and Char’s characters fight with each other and I have a tantrum… and then our “handlers” come running out to the A-Team theme to save the day! This was a big joke also, as we often have big unwealdy costumes that make us completely useless… so a lot of the times we have “handlers” backstage to help us eat or get dressed, etc… we thought it would be fun to have a lot of our friends come on stage and have a huge number of handlers. And we made them all saftey vests that said “HCC TRANSPORT” crew in reflective letters. HAHA!
The “crown” I made from various jewelry findings and swarovski crystals. The wedding kanzashi (gold) were borrowed from my friend Susan and the flower and birabira were bought. The wig was made from a silver base wig from cosworxwith added extensions (there is a structure inside to hold up the updo parts of it.)
The kimono is based on traditional japanese furisode with some modifications. The sleeves are constructed in the same way that a traditional kimono would be, and the dressing for the most part is done the same way as well. There are actually two layers of sleeves and then a dickie underneath for the gold mandarin-style collar. There are crystals and beads on that collar.
The sleeves of the furisode is embellished with beads and stitching done in traditional Japanese stitching called “sashiko”. The red circles have wave sashiko patterns and the waves below, in blue, have gold grass patterns.
The skirt I made from a wedding kimono that I took apart and remade as a skirt. It’s lined in the orange silk from the original kimono.
The obi is an actual bought maru obi. The obiage are two shibori ones. The obidome was scuplted from air supersculpey.