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Cosplayer WindoftheStars > Costume of Lady Adiane the Elegant (Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann)

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Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann
Lady Adiane the Elegant
Year Completed:
Construction Difficulty:
ACP Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Contest (1st place), Best Group Craftsmanship (Teen Gurren-dan; ALA 2009), Best Stage Presence (Teen Gurren-dan; ALA 2009)
Costume worn at:
Anime Expo 2008
Anime LA 2009
Nan Desu Kan 2008
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
The fitting on this costume was a nightmare. The words "close fitting" and "kimono" should not be used to describe the same garment. That being said, I wanted to make sure that my "kimono" wasn't just a normal kimono that was pushed off my shoulders and made shorter. I started making it that way and it was just not flattering to on me. I spent a while doing the patterning for the main part of the dress I'm pretty happy with the result. For the dress I used a fuchia wool suiting that is not only HOT but very heavy. Being fully lined makes this dress over 7lbs!!

The dark purple trim at top is a casa satin and was the only fabric I could find within 200 miles of me that was the right color. The white trim was made by myself and is I-don't-know-how-many-yards of white bridal satin gathered. Never again will I make my own trim!

The designs on the sleeves were done with cotton fabrics and heat-n-bond. (Thanks Ellome for the idea!!). It is so thick in the center it is hard. 0.0

The waist cincher is made like a corset so it helps support the bewbs and define the waist. Double bonus. It is fully lined and boned as well with pleather details.

The tail is one of my fav parts and since it is made of plastic it is very durable. I have it on string so I could position it in different poses for pictures. The tattoo is painted on with alcohol based make-ups. Wig from Cosplay_wigs and shoes were painted to match.

I think that is everything. ^^;;;
Personal Thoughts:
I really love the way this costume looks in photos, but dear god it is one of my most uncomfortable/pain-in-the-butt costume to put on/ wear. Heals, body makeup, corset, ONE EYE (good bye depth-of-field), long wig, tail, heavy dress. I have a hard time moving around obviously. lol.
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