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Takarazuka: Elisabeth ~ The Rondo of Love and Death
Der Tod / Death
Special Variation:
Cosmos Troupe's Last Dance
Year Completed:
Construction Difficulty:
Costume worn at:
FanimeCon 2009
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
The coat and pants are made out of an low pile, polyester velvet, lined with a polyester lining (translation is that it doesn't breath worth snot X.x). The stripes on the pants and the edging on the coat are made from ribbon. The designs on the sleeves are made with trim that was pinned on and then hand-stitched in place. The buttons, medallions and chains were all hand-painted from their original pewter color. The wig was a pain, because it originally came with beautiful curls, but then I looked at it wrong and turned it into a frizzy mess. The MANCURLS were put back in using a curling iron, hair blow dryer and a snot ton of AquaNet.
Personal Thoughts:
Why do Takarazuka costumes always take me years to make? This one was due to my own stupidity than actual skill though. I started this costume in 2007, to be my entry in AX's Masquerade Ball. I'd always loved Der Tod's Last Dance outfit, and I figured I could easily pass him off as Alucard from Castlevania to go with the horror theme of the ball. But I cut myself WWWAAYY too short on time, and as such the costume was only about 60% done when I did wear it at AX that year. I was so disappointed in how I hadn't gotten it done in time that I didn't touch it for years.

Until Fanime '09, when a friend of mine who has an Elisabeth cosplay was going to be at the same con as I was. Since I was desperately trying to not have to make anything completely new for Fanime, Der Tod seemed like a great thing to finally finish up. Now it's pretty much done, even though I never made the epaulets because I didn't like them.
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