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Sep 15, 2007, 4:24:27 PM
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Original Design - Peacock by yayacosplay Original Design - Peacock by yayacosplay
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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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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 :)
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! 
elizabeth-lynn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
This is amazingly beautiful. I especially love the jacket.
Feel like making me one? loool
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]
YONIM83 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
u r indeed my sexual fantasy
BountyRift Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Brilliant colors!
AkhetAthyrKA Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh So gorgeous!! ♥
MClovesdance Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student General Artist
I like it!
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.
Alice-chanOtaku Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Aww! Who has made all this cosplay? *-*
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