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Granado Espada - Cosplay Haute Couture by yayacosplay Granado Espada - Cosplay Haute Couture by yayacosplay
Full body image from my amazing photoshoot with Dru Phillips ([link]!!!

It's Cosplay Haute Couture hahaha.

LeBlanc Wizard - Granado Espada
Costume made entirely by Yaya
Photographed by Dru Phillips
Hair by Tres Tres Jai
Makeup by Yaya
Model - Yaya

Construction Notes on this costume:
. I based this costumes off of a beautiful character design sketch: [link]
I had already cosplayed the Wizard once [link] and really love the style and grace of this character. This newer design compelled to me for the intricacy of details, mermaid silhouette, and creme/black color scheme.
I decided early on to make some artistic changes to this design, because I did not like the open stomach and hip exposure. Such design aspect may look nice on paper or rendered on a digital figure, but on a real person the skin exposure would have contradicted the elegant sophisticated overall design of this outfit. I wanted to make this costume look regal and opulent, not show off my belly button and hip flesh.
Whenever I choose to make changes to a design, I try to be very respectful of the original designer and translate their vision to a real life version of the character. In the case of the Wizard, I chose extravagant fabrics and trims, and spared no cost on the materials. I used the most expensive fabric on my record on this costume: $100 per yard. Even the black satin serving as the skirt base was a heavy bridal satin. The creme fabric was exquisite and I couldn't have been happier with it.
I drafted my own patterns and created a steel boned corset, over which a lot of details were hand stitched on. I designed and made a center applique piece in place of the open belly and matching bra cups, all embroidered free-hand on my sewing machine. Just pinning on the trims and deciding placement of each took a good day, and I had to keep walking away from it, coming back, trying it on etc.
Over the corset went a bolero with those weird sleeves. I searched all over for a pleated chiffon and found a semi-sheer pleat at finally for the sleeve petals. They were carefully measured (MATH!), cut out and fray checked, and sewn together into sleeves. I beaded glass crystals to each petal tip as well.
The skirt was a fun challenge because it's an exxagerated mermaid shape with multiple tiers. I made an underskirt with a tulle petticoat (hate sewing tulle...), and underneath that I built a hoopskirt from the ground to my knees. Again, a lot of math was used to figure out the right length, diameters etc. of this set up and I had to take into account the 7 inch heels I would have to wear in order to emulate the character design's torso to legs ratio. Anyway, a lot of time later, I had an underskirt and it was time to create the tiers on the overskirt. The bottom black tier is the satin, and I made a circle skirt and the biggest applique set I ever - the snakes. Each applique is heat-n-bonded on, then satin stitched over. The larger twin snakes have an overlay of metallic net as well. I ran out of time to embellish the snakes, was going to bead on them and add crystals as well.
The next tier is my awesome creme fabric, with the gorgeous scalloped edges. Over that went a black fishnet fabric that is heavily embroidered, beaded and sequined. I encased the edge in a binding to give it a finished look. My tiers are a little different from the original sketch, but I'd like to think I kept to the feel of the character while adding some interesting textures and details to the skirt, to match all the stuff that was going on with the corset/sleeves.
I used the same embroidered fishnet to create the under sleeves to again have some of the same reoccurring materials in the top as well as bottom of the costume.
Oh, and for the first time ever I made a bib lol. I mean, what else would you call that rounded collar thing? I was skeptical of the thing the entire time I was sewing it, but with the bolero on it looks nice and finished.

Now onto the rubber snakes on the skirt. They were a focal point in the design and I felt it needed to be accurate, in order for people to recognize this character. So I spent hours sculpting 2 mirroring snake designs out of clay, as well as a matching center piece for the top of the corset with the harlequin face on it. I then made a silicone mold and dusted it with opalescent powder, and cast the whole thing out of urethane rubber. It's an expensive process, over $150 just in materials for the mold and cast, and special urethane adhesive to attach them to my skirt. I think the finished pieces turned out great though, and give the skirt the needed dimensions.

The hat was the last piece I made. God knows why it covers her left eye. I made a pattern, then 3 bases in different sizes in Wonderflex, and covered them in matching fabrics. The hat inside is finished with a felt backing, and I hand stitched various trims on for detailing. I found creme Ostrich feathers and added white and black feathers to them to make a bouquet, which was then attached to the hat as well.

The hair style is created by pinning my Wizard wig from the other costume on my head and blending my own hair into it.

There you have it, phew. Sorry for the wall of text. It was a fun and creative process to make this costume because I took artistic liberties while sticking to the fundamentals of the character design. I loved working with the beautiful fabrics and thank all my photographers friends for taking pictures of me at Katsucon. If I figure out how to air travel with that hoop skirt, I would gladly take this costume to a West Coast con or other events in the future.

Other Deviations of this costume:
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herky51 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the way you have channeled Mae West.  You have become her heir.
tollertwins Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
watashiveracasan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
I will never get over how breathtaking and beautiful this costume is :nosebleed: 
Arkatza Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ChristianHipolito Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Photographer
XxLady-MinaxX Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderful ! *-*
jollyjack Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
A lot of work went into that, and it paid off! Ace cozzy.
ErinElectricity17 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is bada**
shandar880 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Love both this, and the older version. very elegant. this is absolutely stunning on you. please include this in your next calender.   
Cute-Heart Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice :D
JericoMarte Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013   General Artist
YOU are the only person who made a PERFECT Granado Espada costume. very accurate!!!!! :D you SHOULD do costume-sewing workshops! :D
Wesone72 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
One of the most elegant costumes I've ever seen. Magnificent job, Yaya!
santiagodesigns Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
leopoldoernesto Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
very hard work... but it looks messy :/
Lunalight Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Its stunnig
sls666 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Fantastic, really worth all the hard work.X
AquaPanda Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You wore this dress at the connichi 2012! I missed it, but friends took a pic for me. I hope i am able to see it live once :) it's really awesome
ringwraith10 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, what an incredibly elaborate costume!
BOYKINS Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey you've been featured here in my da journl[link]
Nitisara Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
so nice!
AruSung Featured By Owner May 30, 2013   Photographer
Amazing cosplay this one, you may have work so hard! :heart:
Azielarcangel Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
pretty cute
mramirez84 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Looks nice
praetorianbane Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG I ♥♥♥ that dress! Awesome work!
JadeTsukiJX Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
So beautifull!
The dress is amazing! *-*
mecengineer Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
keegan613 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
You look absolutly stunning
jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
..gorgeously elaborate outfit!....=3
GMrDrew Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wow. I normally just appreciate ur work at face value and move on (gots stuff to do). I had to pause on this one and really really take it in. and I wondered if you say anything about ur process. boy did I pick one hell of a piece to read up on :D I just wanted to say u truly are a master of ur work. and keep it up! because of you ive gotten into 'watching' more cosplayers - what a crazy world I know nothing about
Crysa91 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ever .thought of trying it yourself? Its alot of fun plus costume parties never blindside you
GMrDrew Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
yea. I did this SSJ4 Goku a couple years ago [link] . I don't have the time or money to invest in creating something as spectacular as Yaya does. but I do have fun with it when I do
Crysa91 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok. I tend to stick to really simple costumes because of budget constraints.
JGraphic1 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013   Interface Designer
IsaiahBelmont Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You are.... GORGEOUS!!!
rlkitterman Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You look really beautiful! I could easily see you wearing this to some fine royal balls in old Europe.
Jeishii Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D: This Granado Espada thing is inspiring some killer cosplay. And naturally, when you bring your natural beauty and talent to the cosplay, it ends up A-MAYZING.
BLAZR-SAN Featured By Owner May 22, 2013

Well done Yaya-chan! As always (and much like Babe Ruth with a bat to a ball), you knock the costume's beauty and details outta the ballpark!!

Three-Gun Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Wow Beautiful. Amassing details.
Marioart81 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Awesome dress. Complex and beautiful. And of course so is the model!
artfull2 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
this costume is not leblanc shame on you
miss-sessou Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Splen-dide ! Ma-gni-fique !
BOYKINS Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey you've been featured in my da journal[link]
Horitsu Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
HAMMER!!! o___O
yabina Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Words can not adequately describe this! Haute Couture is pretty darn close though!
DarkSamuraiX1999 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Elegantly beautiful ^///^
BigRedMan87 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
You are a goddess :)
Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God, haven't played GE in forever. Must. Go. Now. :love:
Ulysses-fantasy Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awsome dress!!!!
mramirez84 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Looks nice
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