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Cosplayer VintageAerith > Costume of Chrono (Chrono Crusade)

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Chrono Crusade
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1870 Flashback
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Costume worn at:
AnimeNEXT 2012
AnimeNEXT 2011
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
I did the poncho first, and it's entirely hand-patterned and drafted. I used a linen fabric for sturdiness and quality; however, I made sure to choose one that sort of looked like burlap. I opted to go for the look from the very beginning of volume 6, before Mary mends Chrono's clothes, so there are intentional unfinished edges that were allowed to rip and fray. The poncho consists of a main part that is essentially a sheet with a hole cut out for my head, and then a "circle skirt" of sorts for the second smaller mini-cape, edged with fringe. I had some trouble with the mini-hood, I'll probably update it in a future wear of the costume. Even though you can't see it, I am indeed wearing his vest--drafted from an entirely unrelated pattern--which is adorned with the same zig-zag red ribbon pattern as the "buttflap", which is held onto my intentionally-baggy pants with two long widths of the darker brown fabric. Arm warmers are hand-drafted and edged in piping-style bias tape. The headband has embroidered diamonds, accented with gold paint, which will probably be redone. The boots are actually custom-made boot covers (my first time attempting them)--the back of my calf is wrapped in a plain length of the blackboard cloth I used, and then I made custom covers for shinguards out of the same material and trimmed them in fur. I secure the shinguards over the backward-facing layer with velcro, and the brown leather accents then fasten around the knee to hold them all together. This is all pulled on over a pair of my generic black boots that I use for most of my crossplays. I was able to use the same pocketwatch from my existing three Rosette cosplays, for some symbolism and recognition. I styled the wig myself, wore red YouKnowIt brand contacts, and borrowed pointed ear tips from Firewolf826 (thank you!!), who saved my butt when I realized I'd forgotten to order them in time.
Personal Thoughts:
What can I say about this costume? Seriously, I never ever thought I'd have the balls--or the skills--to cosplay the other half of my OTP and the titular character of my bar-none favorite manga. I felt like I would never live up to my own expectations, but after a while, realizing it's not a very common cosplay, and wanting so badly to do a homage to a wonderful character, I decided to go for it. I'm really glad I did. :) I was really stressed about getting this done, and was sort of unmotivated the last week before the con (first week in a real 9-5 job), but somehow, this turned out to be one of my favorite cosplays (definitely plan to remake it though). I can't thank Skwinkography and Orangeharo enough for the beautiful photos that made the AnimeNEXT venue look like the 1870 American Midwest two years in a row, and Kacie for making all my dreams come true cosplaying Mary so beautifully ;A;
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