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Steampunk with Outland Armour by yayacosplay Steampunk with Outland Armour by yayacosplay
This is a collaboration between Outland Armour and me! For over a year my friend Danny [link] has been talking to me about making a Steampunk outfit to join the story and characters they have created. Danny thought up a Madam character for me who helps his crew, and I designed the costume based on his input and character description.

As for the making of the costume - I wanted to make something Asian inspired mixed with Victorian elements - after finding a gorgeous green and black brocade, I settled on my color scheme and created a two tone jacket/corset hybrid top (it's all attached) with various trims, pleats, ruffles and beading. The skirt took multiple hours to drape and has a knife pleat front panel with beading and ruffles, with a cascading gathered back and internal mini hoop system. I used an old wig that I pulled up and made a feather hairpiece for it. To complete the look, I made a garter belt and used thigh highs and boots I already owned.

The awesome brass fan was made by Danny and Ryan! It's totally custom, made from scratch and even lights up. I love it. Danny also gave me a couple of tiny gold guns which fit in my garter belt :)

Photos by Brian Boling, pictured on the right with me is Danny in his full gear!

Btw, look for us in those costumes this coming weekend at Metrocon in Tampa, FL!
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RDutch Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
I must confess, I don't quite get the whole cosplay appeal accept to have fun. But I do admire your talents. Your designs, costume illustrations and renderings and crafts(woman)ship are absolutely amazing. From conception to fabrication and photo-shoots your attention to detail is exceptional and your imagination and resourcefulness command respect. 
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dizydesi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
That fan is to die for!!!
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SineadBH Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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Nekoxity Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   General Artist
This outfit is gorgeous! You do amazing on all your cosplay costumes :) I would love to cosplay, but sadly I don't have the money for it nor the talent for sewing lol, or the body type but oh well =P
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zephre Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Terrific!  I hope you decide to do more of the steam punk works!  
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LadyMidnight81 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Writer
love the steampunk, just seeing others ideas helps me when creating my own Steampunk creations :)
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Robert-Eede Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Superb
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TacticalSiege Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Ah there's always time for a photo shoot in the middle of a gun fight.
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javatori Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your so pretty! you look just like brenda song to me lol
love the dress, so intrecate and cool
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The-Kit Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
nice costume, you make it though!
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juachiobi Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the fan is a nice touch! awesome job
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SacredJourneyDesigns Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Looks great. Your dress is absolutely lovely.
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BlackMegaMan2004 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is your best cosplay ever in my opinion partially because im such a sucker for steam-inspired designs.
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F-I-R-E-M-O-N-G-E-R Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous and extremely well done. I adore the color scheme (Black and Green are my favorite colors) Also the fan looks pretty awesome. All in all a great piece
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xhogyokux Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Stunning outfit! I love the way you designed your hair and make-up to match that dress as well. : D
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sportyoldude Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Your work is as beautiful as you are, you have really outdone yourself on this one.Fantastic workmanship.
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s-darkling Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist
AMAZING!! May I please feature this piece in my group. [link] I'll be sure to link back to you.
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Dyluthus Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
A truly exquisite collaboration indeed, no other words can do it justice! Fantastic work:)
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Eywee Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Omg...:w00t:!!! Beauty cp! ;)
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StormbloodCurio Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is absolutely stunning!!!!!
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soulshelter Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are LOVELY costumes and whathaveyou. Very awesome :heart:
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Dragon1727 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Do you do commission work? i would love to have you make me this costume and buy it from you. your work is so amazing! how did you seriously learn to do all of that? if you could contact me sometime soon that would be great! how long does it normally take you to make something like this?
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ShowOffShaw Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY! Steampunk!
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narakus-phoenix Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm digging the fan. Great costumes!
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phantam6-900 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Yaya--

I saw a picture of you in this costume in a video profile Vice magazine did on Steampunk. I was floored. :love:

Of course I love cosplay and I was already a fan of yours, but somehow I didn't realize that this is a costume of yours and that this is in fact you! Haha! It's SO obvious, but I guess that's the power of a costume.

I think you really nailed it with this one. The Victorian design with the very modern show of skin, top and bottom, and the steampunk props... this one is a real winner.

Thank you for all you do, Yaya! Keep shining!
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BigBadMofo9000 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
Very gorgeous. Just started getting into Steampunk after sitting in a panel. I love how inventive it is and this looks especially wonderful.
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Latvija-Fan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
erm I mean I've NEVER seen such a great prhoto like this! =O)
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Latvija-Fan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
WOW, I've seen such a great photo like this! GREAT!!!!
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x-X-Gabbianella-X-x Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
this is absolutely stunning!! i've always been a fan of steampunk, and this picture is magnificent! great job!
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jawoltze Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
You've been featured here.. [link]
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MissDarling23 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Student General Artist
Gorgeous, I love the emerald green! Fantastic work with the costumes, they're beautiful! :heart:
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Pipski Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Just gorgeous!
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Constrictorz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
Impressive!
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meudy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Very cool.
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FedhaNyuni Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!
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Mycael006 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Beautiful outfit. I'm trying to do a little steampunk designing of my own but nothing this grand of scale. Just something to throw some creativity into. Absolutely gorgeous work.
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GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Amazing.
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Strangeknowledge Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Very nice Ya know I was at Otakon and somehow missed you and Danny, I did however get to catch up with Laura for a while. I also have a print from based on this outfit that was done by Echo Chernik.
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aternox Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
very nice, I love the design of the dress. The way the bodice lacing line continues in the ruffling on the front is great. and are those more lights in the ruffles?

very sweet
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ivstvs Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Superhypermega-awesome!!!!
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Armedius Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Oooh, i love the all the detailss! Steampunk is awesome!! *_*
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hellspanda Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
its very intricatly detailed cootous!
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Sierraness23 Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Love the fan!
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Ptollemy Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Beautifully done. :D
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excelladon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Student General Artist
steam punk designs are the best, nicely done.
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GreenxEyed Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely gorgeous! :heart:
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MissPennyFarthing Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Love the metal fan!! It really is the perfect finishing touch!
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Carlyndra Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Student General Artist
It's...so...beautiful O___O


I must steal that fan!
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CatboiBlues Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
Very nice/ Didn't know you were into Steampunk at all.
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Crash2014 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another of my favortie genres. You two look totally amazing! I really like the "exotic Madame" look you've got going here. Beautiful costume!
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