Cosplayer Momo Kurumi > Costume of Black Cat from Spider-man
About this Costume
- Construction Details:
The original suit was a paneled suit with piping along the style lines, which added great interest, but the material was thick and bulky and did not flatter my shape well. The new suit was done in a slinkier material and is a modified one-panel cat suit with an extra panel in the front that improves the fit.
On the first suit, I used a feather boa for the neckline. On the second, I used medium pile fake fur from Joann. Not my first choice, but it was a matter of cost and time. In the end, I made it work! I would like to update it later if I find better fur though. The first suit didn't have fur on the legs or arms, but I finally got to it on the second. I also made claw gloves for the second suit! Glad I waited, the gloves would've been a nightmare with the first fabric as opposed to the second.
The zipper on both is a sparkle rhinestone zipper that installed "floating", meaning there is no seam below it. It avoids camel toe that way. XD On the first suit I used a small rhinestone belt buckle for the zipper pull ring, but I put extra bling on the second and went with an even bigger rhinestone belt buckle. I'm glad I did, it stands out much more!
The collar is the old one, but I switched out a plain metal tag for a rhinestone studded necklace piece that I found at Hobby Lobby. The mask is unchanged from the first, and it's just a craft mask covered in the original fabric.
- Personal Thoughts:
- I made this costume once for Indiana ComicCon 2014, but was unhappy with it, so seven months later, I completely remade the suit, finally finished the gloves, updated my collar, and styled the wig a bit better.
The original contained a lot of paneling and piping on various style lines. The new one is much simpler. Both are full body black suits made by me, as I like the look of a solid, athletic suit. Going to be honest, I can't stand the waist cincher look for Black Cat. I cringe at the thought of having to burglarize and fight in such a painfully restricting garment! It also looks more dominatrix than burglar. So comfort and flexibility were key in my updated design, since the first was so unstretchy, it barely allowed me to crouch! But in the new one, I could easily do back bends, high kicks, or whatever else I might need to. ;3
On a similar note I used very simple black boots with a low heel- flats actually hurt my feet to walk in for long periods, hence the choice in heels. Big chunky boots also just seem like a huge hassle (and danger!) to run around in, both as a cosplay, and as an actual burglar. I don't mind fantasy, but it's just my own preference- I'd rather be comfortable if I'm gonna have to sneak around a city, haha. These boots are getting old though, and it's hard to find good, comfy replacements. =(
For my new look, I went for simplicity in the suit in order to really focus on the fit to the body. But to break up the simplicity, I sprinkled it with subtle touches of bling! Hey, a cat burglar who likes shiny things surely might spend a dime or two on herself, right? ;D So the zipper has rhinestone teeth and a big blingy rhinestone pull ring! The collar also has spaced Swarovski "studs" and a big, tacky cat collar tag. I love it a lot, it really adds a lot of character to an otherwise boring suit!
Likewise, I'm choosing to go with obvious claws and cute little fangs. I like the idea of her being a little more cat like than just in name. I am going with white claws because they pop against the suit in photos and look fiercer in general. Black claws looked too "witch hands" to me, and just were really hard to notice in photos when I looked at other costumes. I really like how mine stand out- they look much more intimidating and add a lot of visual interest. Plus they're fun to poke people with ;D
Both suits took about a week to make. It was a fun, easy project!
- How was the wig colored?
- Styling Notes
- Cut the length a bit shorter, and soothed the curls to waves.
- Wig Review
- Love this style, maybe I could also use it for when I get around to doing Storm from X-Men Evolution! Love characters with white hair
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