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I somehow never uploaded this photo to my DA! It's only one of my all-time favorite photos of one of my all-time favorite costumes. *derp*

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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:iconsynvamp:
Synvamp Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
I love this so much - you are an amazing designer! <3
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:iconfwrussell:
fwrussell Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist
your wardrobe and makeup is phenomenal, and this pose in particular could easily inspire an artist to make you into a sorceress. love the pics :)
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LeapingLizardCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I bought this amazing print from you at Dragoncon 2013! It's hands down my favorite of all of your cosplays. <3 it! 
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:iconelizabeth-lynn:
elizabeth-lynn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
This is amazingly beautiful. I especially love the jacket.
Feel like making me one? loool
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:iconbigcitysecrets:
BigCitySecrets Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Amazing! Wanted to let you know I shared this on my tumblr (with credit to you, of course!): [link]
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:iconyonim83:
YONIM83 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
u r indeed my sexual fantasy
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:iconbountyrift:
BountyRift Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Brilliant colors!
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:iconakhetathyrka:
AkhetAthyrKA Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh So gorgeous!! ♥
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:iconmclovesdance:
MClovesdance Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student General Artist
I like it!
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RECS5664 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Just wondering if you happened to wear this costume to DragonCon in 2007. I would swear I saw you there. This costume is absolutely beautiful.
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:iconalice-chanotaku:
Alice-chanOtaku Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Aww! Who has made all this cosplay? *-*
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ahmedspeculates Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured on Portraitography [link]
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:iconrawr-keikz:
RAWR-keikz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really like the angle of this photo.
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:iconblinded-panda:
Blinded-Panda Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this dress is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
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:iconriyaua:
RiyaUA Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
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:iconstarlightwhispers:
StarlightWhispers Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats absolutely beautiful! :D
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darkqueen1209 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
the dress is so beautiful,the colours are so awesome,not just the dress but your make-up is completely gorgeous too. x3
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:iconkohaku-dono:
kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
You are incredible. Not just beautiful, but amazingly talented as well!
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:icont-tasha:
t-tasha Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist
completely gorgeous.
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:iconlola22:
Lola22 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link] :)
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twiligthvampire89 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Beautiful work

Elegant and lovely
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:iconsunny-sshi:
Sunny-sshi Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow ur so absolutely gorgeous! <3
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:iconmeowtojon:
meowtojon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Everything you do is absolutely stunning! :)
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:icongoreyalphabet:
goreyalphabet Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
this. is. the. best. costume. in. the. world.
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:iconredbookbluebook:
Redbookbluebook Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
So incredibly unique and eye catching. Both you and your outfit are absolutely gorgeous
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:iconmarazul45:
Marazul45 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bellisima!!!!!
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:iconspearminttea:
SpearmintTea Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
WELL NOW. This is good to a crazy degree. I wish I could make clothes now. How long have you been making costumes/sewing?
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Artman2112 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
your work simply amazes me! i recently did a picture using peackock feathers in a womans hair, they are so hard to draw, but so pretty! you used them in a wonderfully inventive way with this costume and it looks so beautiful on you!
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:iconkirganl:
KirganL Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Very, very cool! =)
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:iconkurokami-11:
Kurokami-11 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Wow! That's so amazing! I love the shiny blue tones, and the little makeup touches around your eyes |3
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:iconmardigrasprincess:
mardigrasprincess Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
OMG! I love it its exquisite beauty is truly a site to behold and the flowing tail feathers from the other pictures just make it more destinguished in its true beauty
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RavenStar88 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
I remember seeing your Peacock outfit during Metrocon 2 years ago. It is beautiful. :)
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:iconlostgnosis:
LOSTgnosis Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
This and your absinthe fairy remind me of a character I need to do a nice drawing of. If for anything more to show the fabric details of her outfit. the similarties to my character are the colors and birdy elements.
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wildbirdsketch Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love it !!!!
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:icondemonwithinme:
Demonwithinme Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
don't take it the wrong way, but you are the most talented, beautiful woman I've ever seen.
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:iconleviathen:
leviathen Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You somehow look more stunning with each photo.... also the design of that jacket is amazing... I wish that you had a clothing line because I would always be wearing Yaya!!!!!!
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Evil-Munchin Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
YOU MADE THIS?!! THATS SOOO COOL! ARE YOU SELLING THEM?
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RubyDawn1982 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
i think video game character nice:)
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:iconstuart-dillon:
Stuart-Dillon Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wow those colours are amazing
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EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Gorgeous!!
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:iconhewhoonlyreviews:
hewhoonlyreviews Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
sexy for all three pics
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:iconjuleselyot:
JulesElyot Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Astonishing! I cannot even begin to think how much creativity lies behind a creation and idea such as this. Wonderfully executed and beautifully modeled :heart:
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JulieThatsMe Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Breathtaking is the only right word for this
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:iconmojojojen:
MojoJojen Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Absolutely breathtaking! Dumb question from a non-costumer: how did you get the collar to stand up? Stiff fabric? Or is there an insert sewn into it that keeps the collar high? Keep up the wonderful, inspiring work!
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Animaleson15 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow what a beautiful costume, or should I say dress! :wow::faint:
If I could and owned that outfitt myself I would have weared it at any party just to feel like a queen:heart:
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Forzatoadx Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Some details slightly remind me of Blue Rose from Tiger & Bunny, but it might just be my eyes playing tricks on me
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:icondragomyra:
Dragomyra Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Beautifull. <3
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:icongus-manson:
gus-manson Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Nice photograph, I really like everything.
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:iconchibi-cheeks:
chibi-cheeks Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
What an absolutely stunning design.
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:icontatmione:
Tatmione Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Student General Artist
who did the make-up??
I loved it!
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