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 Lin’s Leah from Journey Into Mystery!
We do it because we love. I say this because Leah would never have happened without Natalie agreeing to be my precious, pocket-sized Loki — and nothing says cosplay like characters ready-made for slummin’ around with one of your favourite ladies.
Due to the Asgardian nature of our costumes, we really wanted to push it for a winter convention, and finally settled for Katsucon (February 2011). Good decision, because while I didn’t put out for an expensive velvet, I did finally decide on a mediumweight brushed cotton. As a lined jacket and full skirt, it’s not the easiest thing to wear for… say, a balmy NYCC weekend. (If you saw a Leah walking around with her skirt tucked into the waistband and her jacket slung over her arm, that would be totally super hip me.)
Construction notes? It was a jacket pattern modified to include gathered sleeves, the appropriate front+back panels, and mandarin collar. (Didn’t have time for a good fit and I totally messed up the trim, so don’t look too closely. Ha.) The skirt was just really simply draped on the stand, and is slightly gathered in back to give it a train. The hair bones are paperclay formed over a hair clip, with strands from the wig wrapped around it.
But really, it’s the wearing of this thing. I’ve never met any creators in costume from their run, and it’s a completely humbling but at the same time — my god, these folks are lovely. Our costumes were so well-received, and we’re just like, no, stop, we’re here to thank you. Got my comics signed by the wonderful Kieron Gillen, received an amazing silk-screen print from the all-too-generous Stephanie Hans, group pics with editor Lauren Sankovitch. Yep. Good times.
And at the end of the day, watch out sentimentality ahead!! hanging out with Natalie et al, being total bums. I hadn’t worn a costume this comfortable for quite some time, so being able to just chill with friends and generally being Asgardian wastes of space was totally top shelf.
Because Natalie is totally the little liar prince of my heart and also soon the other space girlfriend of my heart, check out her cosplay page! (But also because she is a super cosplayer and makes really neat geek bracelets like my Captain Marvel one, JUST SAYING.) Or if you want to check out more of Lin’s costumes, just head over to her cosplay gallery!
We’re clearly Team Fire Nation here at White Hot Room so it was only a matter of time before we put together an inspo post for our favourite Avatar kids. The Fire Nation has such great colours to draw inspiration from too. Red! Gold! Black! Oh wait, that’s also a list of some our favourite colours. No wonder we’re doing this post.
Let’s start with this Strapless Ombre Bandage Dress from Herve Leger and this Sheath Dress from BCBG. I’m betting Azula goes for the ombre and Mai goes for the colour blocked. They’re just such sharp dresses.
Ty Lee, however, would totally go for something way more fun and a bit out of the box like this cute dress from Desigual. Mai probably went shopping with her and convinced her that black was not a bad colour.
I could absolutely see one of the Fire Nation ladies rocking this Gold Bandage Top from Herve Leger beneath a red jacket or blazer. (We vote blazer.)
If Azula’s going to be the Fire Lord then she obviously needs a chic power suit. It’s all about the gold, darlings.
It probably gets cold in the Fire Nation occasionally, right? Or maybe Mai just needs a fabulous coat to keep her warm while she’s bored stiff in the Earth Kingdom colony. The fabric invokes the embers of a dying fire.
And of course, what’s a fashion inspo post without a little couture? Play us out, Elie Saab and Marchesa!
Naughty or nice? That’s totally your personal business, man. But whenever our nearest and dearest come around with the eternal question of What Would You Like For Christmas? well, nobody can accuse us of being unprepared. Especially when it comes to geek flavoured fashion and dressing like a superhero on the low-low.
(We took some of our cues from Hawkeye, Ms Marvel and Dazzler. Of course.)
We love what we like. And if you’re coming up short for stylin’ gift-giving ideas at the last minute, we have you covered.
Oh yes. We also need this to exist. For reasons.
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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.