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New costume - Moulin Rouge style Snow White by yayacosplay New costume - Moulin Rouge style Snow White by yayacosplay

Why I chose to make this costume:

My friends and I made matching costumes for a Moulin Rouge style Disney group at Dragoncon, after seeing the amazing couture fashion type illustrations by artist MADHANZ! We thought that the designs were so innovative, classy and beautiful that we pulled together a 7 person group with fully made from scratch costumes in 1 month. It was really incredible how hard everyone worked on their costumes.

How I made this costume:

I followed the Madhanz design closely and chose various luxurious fabrics such as velvet, silk, satin and silk taffeta for the project. All the major pieces are made from scratch, from the bodice, skirt, sleeves to the hat, collar and butt flounce. I embellished the corset with stitched on ribbons, Swarovski crystals and fancy trims. The skirt is a triple circle skirt made with a rosette patterned satin, with horse hair braid installed all the way around. I have to wear 3 petticoats to achieve the proper floof. The collar was made from Wonderflex and covered in fabrics and trims, and the sleeves are stuffed for extra poof. I made patterns for all the pieces, including the hat, which is made out of Worbla. I purchased the thigh highs (hard to find maroon!), shoes and gloves (but embellished them), and my wig was sponsored by Arda Wigs.
My Snow White work in progress can be seen on Instagram.

Thoughts on this costume:

It was so funny - as soon as we posted photos of this group, there was an internet uproar over 2 issues - one, that Blikku and I were the "inacurate ethnicities" for our characters, and two, that we sexualized/disgraced classic Disney characters. I don't really care what is said about me or my costumes, but when there is unfounded criticism based only on small-minded thoughts, I like to set the record straight and be a positive influence on others.
As for why I chose Snow White even though I'm Chinese and ethnically more suited for Mulan... well I have cosplayed Mulan already. I made a Mulan costume in 2006 and have worn it maaaaany times since. I really LOVED this Snow White design, and wanted to make it. It's that simple. Cosplay for me is about wanting to make something, and then making it lol. Skin tone and ethnicity don't affect how I choose my costumes... and they should not affect you and your cosplaying either.

As for Moulin Rouge style Princesses being "slutty" - come on. Did you see the designs? They are highly fashionable and classy, with lots of detailing and design elements, evoking old world glamour and glitz. To me, these Moulin Rouge designs are some of the coolest Disney translations I have ever seen. There have been a million different twists on Disney characters, from Hipster to Historical to Steampunk. I absolutely adore this Moulin Rouge twist on the characters.
The accessibility of the internet has made sex appeal a bit diluted these days. There is a HUGE different between the glamour of pin up ala Dita Von Teese and her crystal covered Burlesque outfits, and sexy Halloween costumes from Leg Avenue. Both are supposed to be sexy, but are on different ends of sexy. Everything in perspective!

Photo by Josh Kent!
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shojoboy1024 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student
This setting catches the character of Snow White and I can feel emotion coming from it. Keep up the great work
MamAyu Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Very nice.
YuYuAmie Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I cant say its slutty because Ive definately seen you do worse. This is one of your few cosplays that doesnt show off your enormous breasts. XXDD So whilst its sexy I dont think its the least bit slutty, and you pull it off rather well.
As for the people calling you a hypocrite, even if you did say a few bitchy things, your a human and I forgive you because everyone expects you to be this picture perfect little cosplay idol, but in the end your just a person like the rest of us and shit happens. :p
So you just keep doing you, Yaya-Chan, best of luck. ^^
myocsareawesome Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
i love this version of snow white! so cute :)
Nerd-XMan06 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Wow! You look amazing.
ZHUY Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ok, I must say that's one of the cutest Snow Whites I've ever seen!
shebesh1207 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Any criticism you received because you didn't have the "right ethnic background" is stupidity at it's finest and I don't think you sexualized  the  character at all. You're costume looks fantastic as always and you make a valid point.Clap 
BelialRedQueen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That is rather hypocritical of you to say, when you've said that people shouldn't cosplay outside of their body type and you get defensive about someone who says you aren't the right race. 

Well that person is in fact wrong, you should be able to cosplay whatever you like no matter your skin tone, your body type, your size OR your gender. 

If you are going to fight for cosplay equality, Yaya, make sure it stretches across the entire board. 

Not just your side of it.
soraxriku09 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The uproar due to your sexualized costume may have been caused by what you said on Heroes of Cosplay
Yaya trash-talking Nigri, in a segment talking about one of her protégés. "I'm a little worried that she'll be seduced by Jessica's sexy cosplay style, and forget about the importance of craftsmanship that I've instilled on her. I think Jessica and I, we approach cosplay from very different angles. You know, for me it's all about craftsmanship, really paying a lot of attention to detail. The content that Jessica Nigri puts out really displays cosplay in the wrong light."

I don't know if it's 100% right to say hypocrite but quite frankly I just don't see the difference.…
master-ninjabear Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What a truly intriguing concept---and quite lovely too.  
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