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Cosplayer Jacqueline Hide > Costume of Princess Zelda from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

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Series
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Character
Princess Zelda
Year Completed:
2009
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
I learned a lot while making this costume (not the least of which was the art of patience!) The dress has eight kick pleats, and is made out of ivory bridal satin. The bodice is purple taffeta, and the gloves were made out of two way stretch moleskin suede.

All of the designs on the dress, apron/panel, gloves, and bodice were embroidered and then beaded. I outlined each of the designs on the bottom of the dress with tiny gold seed beads, and filled the designs with crystal ones. It was...painstaking. The dress is really heavy (but in a satisfying way, I'd like to think). :)

The tiara, "breastplate", and belt were made out of good, old fashioned sculpy. I highly recommend purchasing sculpy tools if you want to get good results with that stuff! It was a pretty fun medium to work with, as it turned out.รท

The armor, possibly the largest pain in the butt of this costume, was made out of a cardboard base, which was coated in paper mache. Then, I glued cording to the base, covered THAT in paper mache, and finally coated everything with lots and lots of paper clay. When I was done with these preliminary steps, it was time to sand everything down, touch up places that were lacking in paper clay, paint, and antique the armor. I then coated my armor with polyurethane, which not only protects it from the elements, but adds the the whole "glimmery, armor effect). The lower pieces are connected with hinges that I hand-made out of wire, so my armor actually moves and is very flexible. If I could make it again, I'd make it a bit more petite sized.

I learned a lot about hair extensions and wigs with this costume, lol

What else? I bought my elf ears from Aradani Studios. Their products are amazing, I highly recommend them!
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