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Carmilla and Charlotte by yayacosplay Carmilla and Charlotte by yayacosplay
EDIT: Here is the reference collage I compiled for Carmilla, for those not familiar with the character.
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I competed in another contest lol! Truly, I did NOT mean to make two costumes in 5 weeks and enter two giant contests within 3 weeks.... but with how full my work schedule has been all year, there was only a 1 and 1/2 month break available to me where I could work on my own costumes. And all the contests I would consider entering are usually at the height of summer during my busy season, so there is no way for me to prepare anything for them.

So New York Anime Fest came at a great time and the Yume Cosplay Contest was an event with a thoughtful and generous prize from the organizers. No other US convention has been that generous to cosplayers before, and in my opinion, valued our community enough to want to put such an award forth (more often than not, costume contest winners get a certificate, that's it. Maybe sometimes donated items from dealers... I sometimes feel like certain cons don't understand HOW much work all the contestants put into their entries, and don't value Cosplay as an entity enough to put more effort/budget into their contests.) The Yume Prize however means a paid vacation to Japan, Invitation to attend Tokyo Anime Faire and $1000 shopping spree in Tokyo.

I hadn't competed at an anime con for 7 years prior to this past weekend but I was intrigued and welcomed the challenge of creating something worthy of such a contest.

My friend Klytaemnestra (Anna) and I chose Vampire Hunter D and we made our respective Carmilla and Charlotte costumes within a month and a half. Amazingly, we were chosen as the winners of the Yume contest.

I am off to another con right now (Realmscon, Corpus Christy, TX) so I don't have time to make a real construction report right now, but I answered a lot of questions for www.girlsentertainmentnetwork.com and they put up an article of our NYAF Yume experience. It has lots of info and more photos/videos from the contest.
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Also, for those interested in seeing our skit, check this link, thanks!
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Lastly, thank you, Dressdragn (Anna Fisher), for the lovely (and fast) photos!!!

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tuntole Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
that some awesome Carmella costume from Vamp D.. awesome movie.. love how you capture all the details and splendor of the clothing in general... one awesome collection of costumes as well...
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Dahila-Mockery Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Carmilla's outfit is very beautiful it looks very details. It must have taken you ages to get all together. Its very pretty.
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TattoodandScrewd Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
A Vampire Hunter D fan. Love it
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couhby Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on your win! That is an awesome and exciting prize.
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Topgallant Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009   Writer
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Truly...no words can express. That is absolutely stunning! Amazing. The details, the...
Whoa, I can't describe it.

Beautiful! Nothing can hope to match the quality.
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HeraldoftheAbyss Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
Wow!!! Just watched the vid on YouTube you and Klytaemnestra did for the convention. Very well done both of you. Did you two find time to sleep in the 5 weeks you made costumes and rehearsed the skit ? :D
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yayacosplay Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for watching the video! Anna worked a full job during the weeks when she made Charlotte - she spent many late nights and all her weekends on it. I had planned many months ago to take a month off from work (I work for myself) as a personal break, and only because of that did I even decide to make my costume and enter the Yume contest. I spent maybe 3 weeks on Carmilla?
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HeraldoftheAbyss Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
Just watched the Yume vid again and still loving it. Do I detect a little of the dance scene from the US version of Legend in the choreography? But as before just fabulous!
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yayacosplay Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yay, so glad you liked the skit. We didn't look to a specific movie or anything for the choreography, in fact we just made up the moves in the early morning the day of the contest. But we appreciate the nice comparison because we love the movie!
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beautifully-twisted Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
It's funny you should say that, since I was actually listening to the music from the Waltz scene when we trying to select music for the dance part.
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