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Cosplay Collage - 1999 to present by yayacosplay Cosplay Collage - 1999 to present by yayacosplay
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I was wondering what 12+ years of cosplaying looked like side by side....

So I made a collage of all the costumes I've made for myself.
The outfits are listed from newest at the top to oldest at the bottom. They span the gamut from Anime, Manga, Video Games, Sci-Fi movies, TV shows, Comic Books, Novels, Fantasy Illustrations to original creations my brain has cooked up.

In my years of making costumes for myself as well as friends and commission clients (I do not take commissions anymore sadly), I have made well over 200 full costumes. But this collage only shows what I have worn myself.
I have omitted about 15 or 20 personal costumes from ages ago because I do not have photos of them anymore, and because I didn't want to leave one row uneven with just a couple of entries. I estimate that I have made about 130 or so personal costumes, which evens out to about 10 per year. That's really not that much considering how long I've been cosplaying, and is a testament to how frigging busy I am with work constantly, and how long it takes to create a full costume. It is not only the sewing and crafting, but also time required to do research and the arduous task of finding the right materials, accessories like wigs and shoes, and learning new techniques, experimenting, etc.

Couple of additional notes:
I only modeled Nanaka and Deedlit for good friend and costume commissioner Sewing Goddess. But the photoshoots were so much fun, they became a cosplay experience in themselves. I also only modeled Slave Leia for Jamin, but I get asked a lot whether or not I've cosplayed from Star Wars, so there you have it!

Every other costume in this collage, I have created myself. If you follow me on this page or any other Social Media outlet, you know I am an advocate for Craftsmanship and enjoying Cosplay as an Artform and creative outlet. I truly believe that 50% of Cosplay is creating the costume, and 50% of Cosplay is wearing the finished costume and portraying the character. I have said time and time again that you truly are missing out on a huge part of Cosplay if you purchase a costume or have someone else make it for you.

Get your hands dirty! It is so much fun.

PS: Note the decline in photo quality as you move to the bottom... 10 years ago, good cosplay photography was unheard of, and only the lucky few who had photographer friends got to do nice photoshoots. I'm always amazed at the incredible advances in not only costume quality now, but also photography quality. What an incredibly journey this has been...
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:iconpharynroller400:
pharynroller400 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Artist
nice
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:iconailetashyne1467:
AiletaShyne1467 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are the most gorgeous Shampoo that I've ever seen oh my God
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:iconeirisu:
Eirisu Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
OMG! Kyo of Dir En Grey is on list XDDD
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:iconmzavyrenee:
MzAvyRenee Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
I would love to see you cosplay someone from Sekirei:) 
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:iconlenkagamine-ve:
LenKagamine-VE Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have You Ever Thought About Cosplaying Vocaloid?
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:iconnekochansenpai:
NekoChanSenpai Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Skiiiiiiiillz!
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:iconblackstockink:
BlackstockInk Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
You are the best Cosplayer ever!!! Awesome gallery!! Awesome portfolio! Amazing costumes, settings, makeup, hair, props. And obviously your beauty is boundless and captivating.
Off the chain!! Awesome body of work! (awesome body too LOL)
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Nightwitch-Kitten Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think I like your older cosplays best. They look more 'I love the character' and less, well, slutty.
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:iconkyonlovepanda:
Kyonlovepanda Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I think she probably loves the characters regardless of what you think it looks like. c:
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:iconazeemkhanlstlover:
azeemkhanlstlover Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
NICE
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:iconnocturnalhouse:
NocturnalHouse Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
truly amazing achievement of work
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:iconsavasrule:
savasrule Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
pretty
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:iconikari214:
ikari214 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THAT PROGRESS! :)
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:iconsigme:
Sigme Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHHH, BATTLE ROYALE--
jrfbdnmsfds

You're amazing to cosplay from such a great movie!hgj hejfbnfe

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jeremiahthegreat Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Much respect for you. Been an admirer of your skill for probably 10 or 11 of those years. Wish I would have followed through on some ideas I had (still might one day), but I find it interesting that much of of that inspiration comes from your art. You're a master and a goddess.
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Kakaroon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
... Not to be rude... But your boobs seemingly grow throughout the pictures... ._.
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:iconnightwitch-kitten:
Nightwitch-Kitten Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Boob jobs will do that
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:iconkyonlovepanda:
Kyonlovepanda Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Why are you commenting if you obviously disrespect this cosplayer so much? Just lay off.
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:iconthejohn59:
THEJOHN59 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Incredible !
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:iconinsanesanity813:
InsaneSanity813 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh mai gawds... Final Fantasy, X-Men, Chobits, Deathnote, xxxHolic, Mulan, Harry Potter and Firefly... All in the same place...

:iconiloveitplz:

Speaking of firefly, one of the songs off the soundtrack just started playing on my iPod...
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:iconmrnintman:
MrNintMan Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!Awesome!!
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erissed1 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember when I saw your Belldandy cosplay at Cosplay.com. I thought you looked as beautifull as a doll :)

You are a great example of love to cosplay and still you enjoy your work and hobbie since 13 years ago.

:D Congratulations!!! You inspire a lot of cosplayers (for example me) :D
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marshmallow10v3r Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I envy with your talent and achievement Yaya T__T you're such a great cosplayer. I watched Cowboy Bebop because of your cosplay (Faye Valentine)
will always be your fan :'3
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:iconpunkyjunky:
PunkyJunky Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous.Looking forward to seeing more in the upcoming years.Don't stop. :)
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333hf333 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like Cho Chang best. You look nice with lots of clothes on.
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:iconivysun:
IvySun Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to meet you just once, but sadly i missed my opportunity at the past years you were Anime North. i have been envious of your talent for many years. hopefully one day i can be 1/4 as good as you! Keep up the good work and thanks for all the inspiration you have been over the years!
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inwub Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
You look awesome in anything!! I am so jealous~~
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:iconcostumesbycourtney:
CostumesbyCourtney Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh man, one day I will have that many costumes.
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:iconhindsightis2020:
Hindsightis2020 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
I haven't seen a look you haven't been able to pull off yet.
You rock!
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! Each and every one of these is great! Just amazing work and dedication to your craft!
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:iconb-shira:
B-Shira Featured By Owner May 3, 2012   General Artist
Mana of Malice Mizer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >//////////< :heart:
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:icondavy0:
Davy0 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Badass.
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:iconryoko-demon:
Ryoko-demon Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Many, many love for you :love:
I adore your works. It's shining! *________*
Good luck with all new ideas!
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:iconbluedeity:
BlueDeity Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I found those photos of Felicia online in various galleries a couple of years ago, didn't realise it was you huh
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:iconanimedarkness:
animedarkness Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
omg
that is crazy amazin :D

they all look so great lol makes me kinda jealous x3
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:icontanaie:
Tanaie Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
o -o ...Looks like you never had a noob period. xD Lol.
Awesome cosplays! ^ ^
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KuroshiDeath Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!! Pretty cool cosplays! :clap:
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:iconcyborgseamstress:
cyborgseamstress Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Damn, lady! Dem's a lot of costumes! <3
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:iconjumijumi:
JumiJumi Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooah. You're really talented. Still looking forward to the upcoming cosplays :3
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:iconmaravillante:
Maravillante Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Wonderful Miss Yaya, you are just wonderful
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shinigamieye7 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist
WOW!!! i had no idea you've been doing this for so long!!
you are by far the greatest cosplayer i've seen!!! :#1:
can't wait to see your work in another 12+ years!!
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BOYKINS Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1999?? damn girl you dont age love!!!!!! thats what i call good genes.!!!!!

it must be rewarding looking back at all your work and seeing the progress you made( i know it does for me )
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:iconurdfan:
UrdFan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
and it is/was everytime a beautiful work of a beautiful women
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:iconljye007:
ljye007 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
This Truly Is Wonderful Creation Of All The Outfit And Pictures, Keep Up The Good Work!
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:iconalyboxie:
Alyboxie Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! Look at that beautiful record of fun and creativity! :D
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:iconbairdduvessa:
bairdduvessa Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
beautiful
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:icondemosthenes1blackops:
demosthenes1blackops Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
an impressive record, this.
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:iconbigwillieswanga:
bigwillieswanga Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great collection, any chance you have a bigger image of this? Kind of hard to see some of these to really appreciate them.
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:iconfatefullykinetic:
FatefullyKinetic Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
MANA! :heart:

Your skills with a sewing machine are...spectacular.
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:icontheperrperr:
ThePerrperr Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
holy moly! how young were you when this started?
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