Cosplayer Lulu Miyazawa > Costume of Celty Sturluson (Durarara!!)
About this Costume
- Construction Details:
The costume itself (bodysuit, gloves and boots) was not too hard, but I admit I went the easy way, which I know is not the most accurate one (unfortunately, I don't have the skills, money, time or resources to make a true motorbike suit myself): both the catsuit and gloves were bought on eBay taking care that the fabric was not too shiny, and then I shortened the gloves and the frontal zip so that it stopped just below my belly button.
And then, the helmet. OH, THE HELMET. It was such a pain to make! (and I'm not proud of it T_T). I'm not very good at making props, but my love for Celty fueled me to keep on with the project: I bought a secondhand helmet for 10€ (which, even though it fitted me quite well with all its padding, was TOO BIG for my head, so the body/head proportions look funny ·_· I hate being so small!), removed the stickers and the varnish sanding it thoroughly, which took a lot of time. Then, after taking measurements for everything to look symmetrical, I made the base for the ears out of craft and upholstery foam, and then covered them with papier maché. At that point, I must admit they looked quite good, but I had to cover them with something more to reinforce them and make them stronger and more durable. I chose polyester putty, which is a good material for this task, but my mistake was not having enough time to sand them properly T_T Since doing this added quite a lot of irregularity to the ears, I had to buy a paper-based modelling clay to cover them once more and fix that. This material was easier to sand, and I spent a whole day doing so, but as you probably know, it wasn't enough. Anyway, I primed the whole thing, painted it yellow, masked the necessary parts and painted the blue details with much care... but again, there are a few blue stains here and there that you can appreciate in the photos. Remember, guys, don't do these things with such a deadline if you want them to look perfect! XD Finally, I added some details with a black paint marker, added the inside of the ears (made of clear plastic cut with the arrow-shape, primed and painted black) and gave it a coat of varnish.
The black visor was originally a clear one, and I had the AWESOME (ha-ha-ha) idea of tinting it black with a DIY car sheet kit. But no matter how much I tried (10 times maybe?) I couldn't get it to adapt to the curve, so it had bubbles and wrinkles. So, any future Celtys, please buy your helmets with a black-tinted visor already, or try another method u_u (I believe there's a certain kind of paint for this, but if I'm not mistaken it's quite expensive...).
I already owned the boots, and again, they're not accurate since Celty's boots don't have heels at all, but with my complexion, I just NEEDED those heels to make my legs look at least a little bit better, so this time I sacrificed that detail fully knowing it XD
UPDATE (May 16th, 2011): I spent 3 additional months sanding filling, sanding, painting and SANDING those little ears, and now I can say I really like my helmet! (the only thing I still want to fix is the tinting of the visor, it's so irregular :). I also lost 5kg in those months, and even though I'm still nowhere near Celty's body, I felt more comfortable wearing this ^^ I brought this costume to another con and it was a success, plus I had lots of fun with my group :3 Thanks everyone! *__*
- Personal Thoughts:
- Celty is one of those characters I love so much that she even gave me enough strength to wear a costume too much revealing for a body I'm not too proud of. But she's just so awesome, kickass and cute at the same time, who doesn't love her? XD
I went to the con a little bit depressed knowing all the mistakes and inaccuracies of my cosplay... but surprisingly, I ended up enjoying this costume a lot! My group was awesome, people asked me for photos all the time (and I even got a fangirl! XD) and was showered with much love. I didn't find the costume as hard to wear as I expected either (although I also brough a wig styled like Celty's head to watch the masquerade comfortably XD). So, after all, I really liked the experience, now I love the character even more, and, as always, I learned a lot by doing it ^^
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