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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.
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 and they put up an article of our NYAF Yume experience. It has lots of info and more photos/videos from the contest.

Also, for those interested in seeing our skit, check this link, thanks!

Lastly, thank you, Dressdragn (Anna Fisher), for the lovely (and fast) photos!!!

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PrincessKanyo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Student Artist
LOVE VAMPIRE HUNTER D , so i love this pic with all my heart AWESOME JOB!!!
Perzypoo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
CONGRATS YAYA!!!!! I saw your costumes on our feature on GEN XD and I went OMFG!!!! amazing work!
SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
You both look amazing! the costumes are stunning, the detail is mind boggling!
I've never seen VHD but these costumes make me want to :)
etaru Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
You guys rocked these SO hard, the inner VHD fan in me did some backflips XD
lunaladyoflight Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okay this is just freaking awesome.
lost-love-xXx Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! That red dress is just....stunning!
MattDrummy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Very lovely! Well the right one anyway, the left one looks like she's going to claw my eyes out.
Moose-sama Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
KiaJrock Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009   Digital Artist
*O* Oh my gosh...

Teach me the ways of the master!! :worship: :thumb138723910:
EmotionlessBlue Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whooaaa, yer costume is sooo AMAZING! Gaahh Yaya, yer so epiicc~ >W< :heart:

WOW that prize is amazing! Congrats on winning, and have fuunn~ ^^ :thumbsup:
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