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The Gothic Princess by yayacosplay The Gothic Princess by yayacosplay
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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.

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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.
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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 :)
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Schnee-Fee Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
OMG! I have that painting as a bookmark!

You look good in this, btw.
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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 :)
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mpd73 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
this is beautifully done...u r looking gorgeous...i mean it!!
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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!
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THEJOHN59 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I love Gothic !
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yyaname Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Wonderful costume!
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Setsub Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Great work... really cool cosplay!
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Ruina-chan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
this is beautiful and stunning!
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