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New Costume - Arcade Miss Fortune! by yayacosplay
New Costume - Arcade Miss Fortune!
Costume made by Yaya Han
Headphones made by Brian Boling, painted by Yaya Han
Guns made by Junkers Cosplay Inc.
Guns painted by FantasyNinja (she takes commissions for prop and armor painting!!!)
Wig made with 2 Arda Wigs
Photo by Kamui Cosplay

I'm so happy that I got to work with some of my closest friends on this ridiculously rainbow explosion colorful costume!!! We shot this photo inside the convention center for Montreal Comiccon this weekend and this hallway was perfect! That colored glass!

I definitely had way too much fun making this costume, from styling the wigs and building the hat and finally using the fuchsia glitter pleather I have wanted to for years!

Some costume construction anecdote:
Vest cincher - patterned and made by me, steel boned, with this awesome fuchsia glitter pleather! 
Orange vest - patterned & made by me, with a foam layer inbetween for that quilted Marty McFly look!
Hat - patterned & made by me, foam & Worbla base with fabric cover.
Headphones - sculpted by me, molded & cast by Brian Boling (thank you!!!), painted by me!
Skirt - patterned & made by me, checkers graphic made by me and sent to www.fabricondemand.comand printed on poplin. Fully lined.
Wig - I styled, cut and dyed 2 Arda Wigs with the sharpie + alcohol method.
Boots - painted with Nu-Life paint!
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Giveaway Announcement!!

I'm super stoked to team up with Sideshow Collectibles to give away a Premium Format Figure of Baroness!!

From now until September 1st, you can sign up at the link below and be entered to win this awesome GIANT figure!

www.sideshowtoy.com/yaya-han-b…

What are you waiting for?? :D

Retro Space Girl Yaya - original design by yayacosplay
Retro Space Girl Yaya - original design
New photo of Retro Space Girl!

Character concept, design and creation of the costume by Yaya Han
Photographed by Brian Boling

Inspiration: 
The Retro Sci-Fi era of the 50's - 70's, Retro Futurism and Sci-Fi Pin Up!

Through posting photos, I realized that many of you are not familiar with this theme, so here are some helpful links!

The definition of Retro Futurism on Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retro-futurism

Classic Retro Sci-Fi movie "Barbarella featuring Jane Fonda, 1968: 
scifi.about.com/od/Classic-Movies/ig/Gallery---Barbarella-/

An awesome Pinterest Board with Retro Sci-Fi Pin Up! Images like these truly made me fall in love with the world of Retro Futurism! 
www.pinterest.com/thementalkavity/science-fiction-future-retro/

Star Trek: The Original Series - TOS came at the tail end of the Retro Sci-Fi era! Just check out this compilation of costumes from the TV Show:
io9.com/5969957/weirdest-and-sexiest-costumes-from-the-original-star-trek/

How I made this costume:
This is version 3 of the same character, first created by me back in 2006! I've always wanted to pay homage to the tongue-n-cheek, fabulous retro sci-fi futura theme of the 60's. It's a whimsical pin-up, cheesecake, sexy yet innocent world, and if you know me, you know I LOVE all of these things!
I used a metallic silver spandex (center panels), a silver pleather (side panels), a pink neoprene (trim), a pink spandex layered over the neoprene (inserts, puffs) and reflective pink band (constrating trims, belt). All together, 5 materials just for the outside of the jacket and bodysuit, which are lined as well.
Patterning and fit were really challenging, and I spent a few added up hours just seam ripping! 
I went for a racing suit look this time, and made costume so it can be worn with or without the jacket. 

Brian was awesome and made the jetpack for me, in 2 days! It does light up but we shot in between rain so I didn't turn them on.

My hair was colored by Rogue Hair Studio, and I also used the custom colored extensions from them!
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Hey everyone! Otakon is my next convention and I will be in the Exhibit Hall at the YayaHan.com booth all weekend! CC01 is the location, near the exit. Here is a map of the hall so you can find me and my crew!



I also made a FB event where you can easily keep up with my exact signing hours during the con!!
www.facebook.com/events/272059…

Please join if you wanna come by and visit me!! Thank you!

~ Yaya
Retro Space Girl Yaya - version 3 debut! by yayacosplay
Retro Space Girl Yaya - version 3 debut!
First official photo of my new Retro Space Girl costume!!!

Character concept and design by Yaya Han
Costume made by Yaya Han
Photographed by Brian Boling

I'm so happy with how version 3 of my Space Girl turned out! Granted, I spent way more time on the craftsmanship of this costume than the previous 2. 
The inspiration behind this character is undoubtedly Barbarella, and the entire fabulous retro sci-fi futura theme of the 60's. It's a whimsical pin-up, cheesecake, sexy yet innocent world, and if you know me, you know I LOVE all of these things!
I've never revisited an original character or theme as often as my Retro Space Girl, to the point where she has become my logo for YayaHan.com!

Construction-wise:
I used a metallic silver spandex (center panels), a silver pleather (side panels), a pink neoprene (trim), a pink spandex layered over the neoprene (inserts, puffs) and reflective pink band (constrating trims, belt). All together, 5 materials just for the outside of the jacket and bodysuit, which are lined as well.
Patterning and fit were really challenging, and I spent a few added up hours just seam ripping!
I went for a racing suit look this time, and made costume so it can be worn with or without the jacket. 
The boots are the original pair I used for the 1st Space Girl costume back in 2006! For nostalgia's sake, I re-used them haha.

Brian was awesome and made the jetpack for me, in 2 days! It does light up but we shot in between rain so I didn't turn them on.

My hair was colored by Rogue Hair Studio, and I also used the custom colored extensions from them. Styling big 60's hair on the morning you're trying to check out of a hotel is no fun, and the humidity/rain took down my volume soon after this shot. But still... I get to use mah own huurrrr!!!

More photos soon, and I look forward to adding elements to this costume. Trust me, I got lots of ideas and gadgets in mind!
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Giveaway Announcement!!

I'm super stoked to team up with Sideshow Collectibles to give away a Premium Format Figure of Baroness!!

From now until September 1st, you can sign up at the link below and be entered to win this awesome GIANT figure!

www.sideshowtoy.com/yaya-han-b…

What are you waiting for?? :D

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Yaya Han
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
United States
Yaya Han is a costume designer, model and cosplay entertainer with over a decade of experience. After discovering cosplay at Anime Expo in 1999, she quickly absorbed the heart and soul of costume design and creation. To this day Yaya has made close to 300 costumes in the genres of anime/manga, comic books, video games, sci-fi and her own original designs.
Over the years, Yaya has build a successful business in the cosplay community, creating a popular cosplay accessories line that is available online and at conventions, as well as her line of Yaya Han Brand merchandising. Her intricate and lavish creations have won awards and acclaim nationwide, and she has been invited to appear as a Guest, Panelist, Judge, Performer and Host to over 100 conventions and other events all over the world. Yaya's impact on the world of cosplay has been so great that she has been a Guest Judge on 2 seasons of TBS TV Network's "King of the Nerds" competition show, featured in a documentary about cosplay called "Cosplay - Crafting a Secret Identity", as well as is starring in the Syfy (Space) TV Network Docu-Series "Heroes of Cosplay".
But, no matter where Cosplay has taken her professionally, Yaya strives to stay true to what got her into this field originally - fun and creativity.
Through hard work, unmatched passion and infectious enthusiasm, Yaya has helped Cosplay gain respect and integrity as an artform in the fandom world and art communities, and her decade long campaign for creativity has helped raise Cosplay to the standards we know today. Everyday, Yaya continues to pave the path for the beloved art and lifestyle we know as Costume Play.
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HarleyMoon9692 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You are so beautiful; and I LOVE your work in cosplay!! I watch Heroes of Cosplay, and instantly fell in love with the it. You and others in your field are absolutely amazing!!!
BOLD & SPICY AWESOME-SAUCE!!!Kao Emoji-93 (Excitement) [V5] 
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Vesperity Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I didn't even know you had a dA account. I am so happy to have found it.
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MarkDeanPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are absolutely beautiful. I love the cosplay you create
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Nagillim Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
My friend introduced me to your work on facebook. Awesome.
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warrior-shampoo72 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow I just noticed that I added you as a friend here! And I never even knew who you were until a month ago! Let me just say that you are my cosplay hero. I love your cosplay for Enira the Banshee Queen just because of how much work it took and it inspired me when you didn't give up on it even though you were running out of time.
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Brandonsnider26 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014   General Artist
i got invited san diego,i was come my own,my pro pic,,or alex sf3,sol badguy,dart legend of dragoon,zero,casey jones,ralf jones kof,terry bogard,ryu,guy,dean,cody,im gamer lol as artist might heard of Azuraredscar26 ps3,sf4,mvc3.anyways miss yur show,i love how passinate you guys,i d love it all chracter,cosplay one each,baby boo,or izuna,fox be best,unless play badguy dr,xera boo. main heroes mom lorelia boo,besides me.azura,my comic story all on my pg.feel free,think say hi deanna davis,monika rest of them for me.i app,
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Prussian-Kiwi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Yaya! Just out of curiosity(and sorry if this has been asked before), do you follow any kind of special diet or exercise to keep your figure?
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DeathSkull78 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are the reason why I am cosplaying and why I was determined! My dad said I wouldn't make it in time but I did! You are so awesome!
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TrebledMind Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god I was just screwing around up here and I found you and I was like 'Is that seriously Yaya Han from Cosplay Heroes?' Let me just say i almost had a fangirl attack. You are my cosplay hero, I love your outfits so much! Don't get me wrong I also love Chloe, Jesse, Holly, and the gang and I would LOVE to meet you all one day! Me and my friend are actually going to move to Japan one day to study art and cosplay and dear lord I'm blabbering just look at how long this comment is. Anyway, I'm pretty sure you don't want to hear the story of a boring old 13-year-old fangirl so I'm just gonna say I wish you and the gang luck at the next comic-con! Bye!
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NyxEphriham Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow! You are my Cosplay hero!! My favorite Cosplay is the Alice: Madness Returns Red Queen. Can't wait for more!
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