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Full view of the costume, plus a detail shot.
Photos by Stuart Townsley

Costume made by me, based on Nene Thomas's artwork [link]

Construction info:
I used a thick red brocade intended for home decor and set it off against a lightweight black brocade in a tighter matte pattern. The corset I made is strong enough to support the wings without me having to use any shoulder straps which was yay. I hand cut black venetian floral lace into the right width and shape and stitched them onto the corset as trim. I also sewed the creamy white floral trim onto the bottom hem according to the reference. Then I began hand-beading fire polished glass beads and white pearls all over the trims on the corset, the billowy sleeves which I patterned myself, and the skirt. I also hand made venetian lace gauntlets and spent quite a long while sewing scattered beads onto them. I think I love those the most!
I made the necklace by centering it around a red jewel, stringing many rows of black and fire polished beads together.
I made the black wings out of turkey and coque feathers - originally I thought about doing fabric style bat wings, but the feathers gave them so much more texture and created the tattered effect beautifully.
The wig in these photos is from China, and I styled it in a partial up-do.
I created the headpiece by butchering two fabric roses and combining them into one big flower, and adding multiple strands of hand-beaded pearls. The feathers are pheasant. They are one of the signature elements of Nene's paintings, and one of my favorites.

Sorry for all the hidden comments at the top. I should know that the only way to deter internet trolls is to ignore their ramblings and not give them an audience.
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Wade7576 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
I liked this costume.

Not only is the costume adorable, but it's amazing to see you wear it. Has like this "dark but not too dark" feel to it.

I love what you are able to do with your skin tone by changing light sources based on what suits that specific costume.
PORTRAITX Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Very nice work here, Very unique model, outfit and use of pretend mist :) Great use of tones and colour in this image
Take a look at our work when you can, you will not be disappointed in what we create :)
Schnee-Fee Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
OMG! I have that painting as a bookmark!

You look good in this, btw.
goddess-of-the-moon1 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yaya do you have any pictures of your hair like that from the back?
I'd like to do something similar for my wedding :)
mpd73 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
this is beautifully done...u r looking gorgeous...i mean it!!
shebesh1207 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Like your design for the wings. The tattered look for them really adds to the character. Like the colors you went with for the corset , it's a really good design. A spectacular piece of work. Every princess should look this good, great job!
THEJOHN59 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I love Gothic !
yyaname Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Wonderful costume!
Setsub Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Great work... really cool cosplay!
Ruina-chan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
this is beautiful and stunning!
BB-B1asph3my Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want that ENTIRE costume!!! :heart: :heart:
Estonius Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Jarrak Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Wonderful. :)
Isoya-star Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Student Photographer
It's hard to beleive you acctually made all these! You could run your own buissness! They're amazing!
Flitste Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
I have a magnet of that piece artwork.
megturney Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Those wings are unreal! Are they flexible at all? Excellent job on the entire costume - it's quite lovely.
Severka Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Hey! It's just unfair to look this good :wow:
sinendrA Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
:-) fabluss work
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You've been featured here: [link]
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I included this deviation in a news article in honor of Costumery Week in the Artisan Crafts gallery. --> [link]
darkreign333 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
I really love this! I saw the the original and wonder what the white thing she had on the dress was. But I think it looks better the way you made it :aww:
gothicpeaches Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
i have a book mark like this, i love it!!!!!
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kaso-at-night Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
i love that photo of nene thomas!! it amazing!
twixychick Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
Absolutely gorgeous it is pure genius.
kitkonoebie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
sorry if i seem stalker-ish i am actually just impressed.
kitkonoebie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
stop it stop it stop llooking so danm good
ErysRose Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
Wow, that's amazing! You're so beautiful! ^^
misterjackhandy Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
Each time I see one of your creations I am almost completely lost in the beauty of all the detailed work.

You are a very talented designer/builder to say the very least.

I just wanted you to know that your work is amazing and a beautiful escape.

Thanks for sharing your work here.
Gwyneria Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nene Thomas is one of my favorite artists and I have never seen anyone in cosplay be able to pull off not only the costume but the character portayed - until now. This piece is absolutly stunning! LOVE IT!!
dustyarmpit Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
I think he based her off of you!!
arcticwolf1 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Your so beautiful here, at first I didn't think you were real lol.
QueenIchigoHatsune Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Student Writer
Wow, that is so cool!!! :D :D :D
ValentinaKallias Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
ZarineBashire Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great job with the reproduction!
artemis01nenefan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i know that piece! and i'm obviously a fan of Nene's...anyway, awesome pic.
YoLevo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
AYYYYYYYYYYYY DIOS miOOOOOO!!!!!!!! i love it is great wonderful the wing, the dress, the pose with the rose, and you. I see real talent. Hermosaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
RadicalKID80 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
GOD DAM i cant get over how awesome this dress is and you made it yourself! i freaking love it.. amazing
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