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I have had this Peacock costume idea for a long time before I saved enough money to buy the feathers and materials to make it in the summer of 2007.

I kept my eye out for any fabrics that could work with this theme and ended up going on a hunt in the LA fabric district for a two-toned taffeta. what I found was gorgeous, green on one side and purple on the other. In various light the fabric changed in the shades of green, cyan, blue and purple, matching the color scheme of a peacock eye feather perfectly.
I took some time sketching out silhouettes and where I wanted to used the feathers as embellishments. I ended up deciding sewing a custom patterned corset, a cropped jacket with wide sleeves and upstanding collar, and a fitted mermaid skirt that flared out at the knee. The skirt has a peacock tail attached to it in the back, in the folded up resting position. I went to a Nature Center to chase and photograph real life peacocks to gain the proper reference for how the feathers lay on the birds.
I used multiple kinds of peacock feathers for this costume - several hundreds of peacock tail feathers with eyes for my tail and throughout the outfit; a number of tail swords for the beaded belt and jacket collar; and multiple yards worth of thickly overlayed peacock herl for the fanned collar of my jacket and sleeves. Each eye feather was fitted with a green Swarowski crystal before attached as embellishments to the costume itself. I debated for a while what head-accessory to create, from a retro hat to crown to feather fan, and ended up sewing a tiny hat from a made-up pattern and adding feathers to it. My wig was an old wig that I restyled and curled... I hope to do something better in the future.

The photos are taken by David Ng, and you can see the full costume gallery here: [link]

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:iconarschkrampenbruder:
Arschkrampenbruder Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
yeah... so freaking amazing O.O I LOVE it! 
Your costumes are so beautiful!

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myocsareawesome Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
your costumes are amazing!
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:iconfellowsagittariantom:
Oh wow, this is a gorgeous design.  :)
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:icondeliireeum:
DeLiiReeUm Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
GORGEOUS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!
AMAZING JOB!!
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:iconacenbeaky:
ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Holy cow, I don't think I've ever seen a better use of Peacock feathers.
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PunkPirate-art Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
loveeee the peacock theme!
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InsaneSanity813 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most INCREDIBLE outfit I have ever seen anyone actually make in forEVER...
I am nearly speechless, it's so beautiful...
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akamaru-stalker Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow you look wonderful in that dress. it probably wouldn't look that good on me.
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:iconantoalien:
antoalien Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Interface Designer
just majestuous.. *-*
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:iconalypaly88:
alypaly88 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
The back is as awesome as the front
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sabbat-circle Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The level of detail you put into your designs is amazing.
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:iconcr0wangel:
cr0wangel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Even if this costume is beautiful, it makes me sad to know you used real feathers. Feathers and fur shouldn't be worn.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with you on fur, but peacock feathers should be okay. Feathers are naturally lost by birds when they molt in summer and you can simply pick them up and use them :)
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:iconbrotherslaughter:
Brotherslaughter Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Wow! Very beautiful costume! I'm really impressed!
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:iconkezzakoodle:
KezzaKoodle Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FABULOUS!!!
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:icontheloneducky:
TheLoneDucky Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012   General Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconguilthas:
Guilthas Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
The right side that shows the back of the dress is beautiful. It accentuates femininity and the fit is perfect.
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:icondarkraven17:
DarkRaven17 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Such a beautiful color and I just love this outfit. Well done.
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:iconenkida:
Enkida Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Your cosplays are great but your original designs are even better!
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:iconchenae00:
Chenae00 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
love the DRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconartman2112:
Artman2112 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
absolutely amazing!
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:iconladyoftheblackbyrds:
LadyoftheBlackbyrds Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Incredibly amazing!
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:icondarklabrynth:
DarkLabrynth Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Wow. Just... wow.
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:iconforzatoadx:
Forzatoadx Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
No peacocks were harmed in the making of this dre- oh wait...
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:iconohshcroxmysoxoff:
OHSHCroxmysoxoff Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely stunning. I wish I had an outfit like that.
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:iconlugia369:
lugia369 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
I think I just shit my pants...this is awesome!
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:iconfunny-love:
Funny-Love Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
that must've been soooooooooooo expensive. Peacock feathers are kinda pricey... unless, you have your own peacock pet!
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:iconlostgothreward:
lostgothreward Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Beautiful.
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:iconallthroughtheseasons:
allthroughtheseasons Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
This is too gorgeous!! I love the color of the taffeta!!! :heart:
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:iconfum316:
fum316 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh, wow!
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:iconhippiehebe:
HippieHebe Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing... so beautiful!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional
this is exquisite
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:iconkibapandaro:
KibaPandaRo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
how many peacocks were killed to get this actual awesome costume?:(
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:iconfioletowooka:
Fioletowooka Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Possibly none. Peacocks shed their tail feathers every winter ;)
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:iconkibapandaro:
KibaPandaRo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
well if thats true i feel better:)) tks for pointing that out;)
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:iconzetra:
Zetra Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
And some just fall off. I've picked up a lot at the zoo all times of the year just from them walking around!
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:iconimagineonelove:
ImagineOneLove Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
WOW
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:iconwitchofdarkseas:
Witchofdarkseas Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This dress is beautiful!!
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:iconravenrandom:
RavenRandom Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing.
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:iconzeeynee:
ZeeYnee Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
beautiful!
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:iconsawitch:
Sawitch Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
wow is amazing!
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:iconcyborgagent017:
cyborgagent017 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
I want that dress...I love peacock feathers...
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:iconkhima-inez:
Khima-Inez Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011   General Artist
Divine...
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:icondinosaurcraig:
DinosaurCraig Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
I love the lipstick. and the dress is one of my favorite colors. it helps you are really attractive as well
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:iconlovesbloom:
LovesBloom Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011   General Artist
Wow!!

All I can say is gorgeous!

Beautifully made and lovely theme.

I wish my ability to create the costumes that I design were this good :)
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zololuveru23 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Wow. o.o
Stunning work, and BEAUTIFUL costume.
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:iconsirkirkules:
SirKirkules Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a beautiful dress
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:iconarunknathan:
arunknathan Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the peacock theme. Really exotic and glamorous. Beautiful work ! :)
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:iconartsylun4tic:
ArtsyLun4tic Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
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shmary45 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
wow. this is great. wicked...
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