Welcome to Cosplay Tuesday! Every week we feature one of our costumes and talk a little more in-depth about it. This week we’ll be turning the spotlight on Bria’s Amy Pond from the Doctor Who episode The Wedding of River Song.
Some costumes are all about the huge amount of effort you put into them but others are about how much fun you have wearing them. And, of course, the lessons you learn about gluing things to your face.
Amy Pond was the very first companion costume I ever did and I’m thrilled that I decided to go for it. In the past, I’ve usually shied away from doing any of the Doctor’s companions because I’ve felt that I’ve never really been a good fit for any of them and because I also don’t have same dedication to finding ‘screen accurate’ clothes that some television costumers have. However, this costume just seemed like it would be a great fit especially because I positively adored Amy in this episode.
The costume itself was actually pretty simple especially since I already had the suit in my closet. From there it was just a matter of borrowing a wig, getting the eyepatches, and accidentally ordering the world’s dinkiest toy machine gun. Honestly, it was a total accident but I didn’t have time to send it back and look for another. Everyone just told me ‘Oh, pose dynamically, it’ll be okay!’ which may or may not explain why I looked like a mixture between being crazy and incredibly intense when I pretended to shoot Silence off screen.
Of course, the other thing that really makes a costume great is the company you keep. I originally made the decision to do this costume while having lunch with my friend who immediately said “Oh well I’ll do River then!” and thus the eyepatch brigade was born. A couple of months later, we came up with the brilliant idea to get her boyfriend to be Rory. (Awkward sure but you can’t deny he looks the part!) We also were able to meet up with a friend of ours who had an Eyepatch Eleventh Doctor costume!
We did, however, discover one thing: gluing an plastic eyepatch to your face with eyelash glue is a very bad idea. We have all now learned our lesson and will never to it again. We are, however, very thankful to our friends who helped us avoid running into walls for the most part given our poor depth perception and our varying levels of blindness.
At the end of the day, it was a really fun costume to wear and we definitely saved the world from the Silence. You’re welcome, world.
Last night’s episode of Project Runway featured an androgynous challenge where the designers had to come up with looks for both a male and female model. As one might expect, there was a nice broad spectrum of ‘success’ and ‘failure’. When designers fail at this sort of challenge, they really fail. (Emilio, on the other hand, basically created runway magic but more on that below.) The biggest take away of the night, however, was how last night’s runway was basically a fashion show meant for the Glitterati. The Glitterati, aka twins Jaryn and Kerith, are two playable characters in the popular Xbox game ‘Dance Central’ and wear some pretty outrageous outfits that also read totally fabulous on them.
Even though Casanova ended up in the bottom three, I instantly sat up and shouted ‘GLITTERATI!’ the moment his looks appeared on the runway. Sure Casanova’s looks might not have embodied androgyny but the construction was flawless and absolutely everything about them read Glitterati from the cutouts to the strange bits around the girl’s knees.
And now we get to Emilio and his two FABULOUS looks. I don’t think there was any doubt that he absolutely deserved to win this challenge because WOW. The collar on the guy’s look is incredibly reminiscent of Kerith’s Haute Blooded look from Dance Central 3. These might not be the best outfits to dance in but I could definitely see the twins rocking these while drinking wine. Especially with the hats.
Uli’s garments also gave me a bit of a Glitterati vibe mostly because of the leggings. I’m pretty sure that both Jaryn and Kerith are already plotting how to steal these from the workroom. Of course, if they’re already going through the effort, they might as well go for the tops too. I personally loved the girl’s top without the jacket. It’s just a great piece. Both looks read as a high fashion mixture of their Crew outfits and the Street Style outfits.
Sometimes, it’s just love at first sight with a t-shirt. Or at least that’s what it felt like for me with the Padme Nouveau t-shirt from Her Universe. Until ten minutes before, I had never even heard of Her Universe and yet there me and my friends were, chatting with the lovely Ashley Eckstein, and that gorgeous red shirt was just sitting there on display and calling to me. (I swear. It was actually saying “Briiiiaaaa! Buuuuuy meeeeee!”) Twenty minutes later, I just had to give in and I’ve never regretted buying it. It’s honestly one of my favourite t-shirts and getting to wear it with something besides jeans is always fun.
Plus? I rediscovered these unworn tights at the bottom of my drawer while looking for something to help jazz up this outfit and am super glad I did.
Padme Nouveau T-Shirt: Her Universe
Pleated Skirt: Guess
Gold Flats: Lauren by Ralph Lauren
Welcome to Cosplay Tuesday! Every week we feature one of our costumes and talk a little more in-depth about it. This week, in honour of her return to the Avengers, we’ll be turning the spotlight on Lin’s Wasp aka Janet Van Dyne!
How do I even begin to explain Janet Van Dyne.
Flawless, hair insured, does car commercials in Japan, etc.
But really, if there was a superhero that was an insta Yes, This Is Totally Fictional Me, there would be a tiny checkmark right beside her name. All the best things about her — brightness and zeal for a life worth living large, a passionate relationship with fashion, doing what’s right and just all the same. I like to think I have a little bit of that in me, too. It’s a nice thought to live up to.
(Just as a lot her faults are mine, too. Eep.)
Before this becomes a completely teary testemonial, let’s start with… which outfit? New Mission, New Outfit. Right. Well, I was having a hard time picking — the modern black/gold one was out, because I was really aiming for a retro vibe with more than a little George Pérez inspo. I finally decided on a style with a few personlisations; mainly, the colour combi.
Because this was being made for an Avengers photoshoot, I wanted something a little more iconic — so I flipped the palette for red/yellow, which is more synonymous with classic Wasp outfits. Aaaand, there you go. Of course, not before agonising forever with Bria, who now probably knows more about the history of Wasp outfits than she could ever want.
The construction was actually ridic easy, because I stumbled on the perfect red leotard. From there, it was as simple as modifying the neckline with a “W” and making wristlets from black spandex, and getting a pair of yellow leggings. Boots poached from Quasar; wig bought and slightly styled for ultimate retro chic; belt borrowed from Nico Minoru ver. 3.0.
The wings were made from 12-gauge wire, shaped and layered over with electrical tape WHICH IS THE BEST BY THE WAY; the iridescent film is actually just gift wrap plastic sheeting. My leotard has a low back, and underneath it I’m wearing a sort of bracer with two channels sewn in — the wings have two prongs that get slotted into these channels, and is held in place by the belt. It’s actually quite easy and comfortable, if a little hard to sit in!
And can I just say. The Avengers Assembling @ Dragon*Con 2012. Best time or bestest time ever. It was seriously really amazing this year, and though coming together with friends is always a joy and a blessing especially when we’re being freakin’ superheroes, this year was really something. So, as always, the highest of fives to my costuming compatriots from The Superhero Costuming Forum, and for our Captain America for making the magic happen.
Want to relive the magic? We always love re-watching the Epic Dragon*Con videos made by beatdownboogie and DistractotronChannel for that good time feeling. Or if you want to check out more of Lin’s costumes, just head over to her cosplay gallery!