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"Birth of the Goddess" Dawn by yayacosplay "Birth of the Goddess" Dawn by yayacosplay
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This is the Dawn costume (based on Joseph Michael Linsner's artwork) I've been working on for a few weeks, for the debut at Dragoncon 2009. I made the costume from scratch, as well as the wings, and that large egg prop I am sitting in. A huge Thank You to the Dawn Lookalike contest staff for allowing me to bring that near 7 foot tall egg on a rolling platform into the competition.

Construction notes: Well, until I do a real photo shoot with this costume, you won't be able to really see the details, so just take my word for it lol. I decided to enter the Dawn contest this year because I had the idea for a concept, a theme if you will, and because I had the time/money to actually make everything. Also, since I am local to Dragoncon this year, I was able to make multiple trips from/to home in order to bring the prop/costume/wings.
My concept was "The Birth of the Goddess", and I really wanted to make this ancient fantastical looking egg which could fit a person + wings. Three awesome friends of mine helped me with the construction of the egg - Brian, Tigger, and Tise. We built a wooden 3-D form first and then painstakingly cast a shell over it with fiberglass and plastic. After cutting and sanding the edges, I covered the egg in felt on both sides and hand painted it for shading and texture. Tise and I spent hours gluing vines and leaves and all sorts of adornments on it, making the shell look all sparkly and magical. Brian and Tigger devised a platform which has a Lazy Susan built in so that the egg could be turned around and rolled, even with me in it. I helped cutting the wood and covering it in green velveteen.

The costume was based around the theme, and I thought a newly born Goddess would be pure and white, with no discernable armor or weapons. I made a steel boned corset with white faux leather, with a bust line that was inspired by many of Linsner's drawings. The trims and lace were all hand sewn on, and dyed/cut/embellished. I drafted patterns for the front tier pieces, choker and arm bands, all of which were made with the matching faux leather. I also draped the skirt. I cast ornament pieces in plastic and painted them silver, antiqued them, and attached them to various pieces on the costume, such as the corset, front 3-tier pieces, choker and arm bands. Much of the time went into attaching matching lengths of chains to the skirts, choker, arm bands and wristlet. I used 4 different sizes of chains. In keeping with classic Dawn imagery, I also used o-rings and o-ring chains. Even my shoes have o-rings on them, lol.
I made my wings based on how Linsner often drew Dawn's wings, with the defined arch, spread position, but long trailing feathers at the bottom as well.
Lastly, I also created the signature rose on Dawn's right arm.
For the day of, I used puffy paint to make the tears, and as usual, I did my own makeup/wig styling for this costume.

It was definitely interesting to try and move in this outfit. The wings had quite a wing span and I felt so bad for taking up space as well as accidentally brushing into people. I also could hardly see anything due to double staked contacts and the hair over my right eye. Not to mention the tight corset and wing harness shoved underneath. But the contest ran so smoothly and I am so grateful for all the help I received backstage. I ended up winning Third Place, thank you, Judges, and congratulations to all the winners. I really loved seeing the different beautiful costumes backstage and only wish that I had been mobile enough to chat more with the girls.
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Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist
love those tits :stupidme:
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NobleFiveJorge Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Everything's so intricate!
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Silver-Runner Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
What's the makeup products you use? Especially your foundation, looks flawless
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BrigadierSiegfried Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
cruel angel with sweet lips
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Terror-and-Love Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
I see someone is quite well made.... *whistles*
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sixbluemooses Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
oh man... your breasts are amazing haha

sorry i'm not being perverted haha i'm just jealous!! (i'm a girl)

this outfit is fantastic!! :+fav:
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sixbluemooses Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
oh man... your breasts are amazing haha

sorry i'm not being perverted haha i'm just jealous!! (i'm a girl)

this outfit is fantastic!! :+fav:
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lextoro7 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
very nice
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taeness Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
I am frankly surprised that you only won third place.
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yunekris Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
u look fantastic, Yaya! I'm in love with this costume! *u*
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njemelbourne Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009   Writer
Incredibly elaborate... and only third place? Wow you must have had some pretty tough competition!
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Kit14 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Only third? That is such an amazing costume! I always love seeing you at D*Con, even though I've never said "Hi". Your costumes are always such an inspiration. Maybe someday I'll be able to make costumes as lovely as yours. Great job!
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musehaze Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
wow! i would love to wear something like that for halloweeeenn!
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kamikazekayti Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply fantastic!!
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Coillote Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Goddess is unsufficient meaning for this. your costumes and you are over words can describe.
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Yamina00 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
*O* It's really beautiful!
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gamefan23 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
WOW, what beautiful wings.
I've fallen in love with a goddess.
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HeraldoftheAbyss Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
WOW !!! Just WOW !!!

HOTA
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Long123 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
awesome..
i don't know how to speak in words !!
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darkside-ky Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
Dayum you're hot.
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mirrorsaber Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing job. I need to go to Dragoncon one day.
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RedKARASU Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
holy christ...
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Lunathewhitewolf Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
so gorgeous!! wonderful work ^-^
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:iconsaber360:
saber360 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
You're most beautiful piece of work yet, Yaya ^^
Keep up the good work ;)
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dirmage Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
can't wait to see a photo shoot of this cosplay
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:iconthelearningcurv:
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
Michael Linser would be damn proud!
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scruffyrebel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
truly stunning babe!
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EevilOverlord Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
wow....if this amazing outfit got third place, I can't *imagine* what got first and second!!

Lovely, lovely job!! The bodice is *gorgeous*! [love the lines of it, most definitely!]

It just amazes me, that you can walk at *all*, in heels and wings like that. ^_^ [the wings are wonderful, as always. ^_^]

all told, gorgeous, gorgeous job!!
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claudiasutton Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Professional
Thank you for sharing. I really appreciate hearing about the construction. All of that hard work paid off because you look very lovely.
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MattDrummy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
Oh, that is just unlimited amounts of hotness!!
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FenrirBralor Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You continue to amaze me with the amount of effort and detail you put into your costumes. :wow:
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iris1999 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
stunningly beatuiful!
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ExileFayt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is absolutely gorgeous, as usual, Yaya. The wings are breathtaking :]
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FuriePhoenix Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
utterly wow!! thats so beautiful! seeing you in this wig and make up, makes me realise what an awesome and sexy jessica rabbit cosplay you'd make!
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Kurokihime Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
Gorgeous
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bandeau Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
dear god, third place? I can't even imagine how the other two winners looked. This is amazing, but then again I'm not expecting anything less in your gallery haha.
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Thaigger Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing...
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B-Oz-929 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
If you got third place, who the heck got first??

The sheer wow factor in this cos is amazing. Good job!
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Professional Artist
Wonderful, Yaya!
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karlonne Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
your wings are beautiful..
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Na-ka Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely gorgeous. The things you make are absolutely incredible. You've got hands of gold, as we say it in Russia...
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finex666 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
great cos, i really dig your wings ^_
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AngelsArcher Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The details on the dress are amazing, I love the makeup... and the shape of the wings, how you made them.. it looks beautiful! :heart:
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rudeturk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
Same as my comment on first picture, but with added chuckling as i imagine people getting the wings fluttering in the face as you moved. hehe
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darquiel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
That is Awesome, Dawn has always been one of my favorite characters.
Great costume!
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bigbosstx Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
OMG what a quincedence its almost my birthday we should celebrate
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pumpmonger Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
Another great view, you have such nice legs. I am still stunned by the detail in this outfit. You never do anything half way, a true pro.
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spudfighter Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
*gasp* DAWN!!! Feels like I've been waiting for this forever!
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touzoukuou Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
omg I love it *__*
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