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Cosplayer Spookloops > Costume of Bird of Paradise (Petshop of Horrors)

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Petshop of Horrors
Bird of Paradise
Year Completed:
Construction Difficulty:
Honorable Mention Megacon 2007; Honorable Mention Animazement 2007.
Costume worn at:
Animazement 2007
MegaCon 2007
This Costume has been retired
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
Since this was my first costume, everything was all-new to me! Jumping in feet first, this costume had sewing, beading, headgear, and needed nice fabrics! I started out by looking up references of Laotian dancers since that's what the design seemed to based off of. A bird of Paradise is supposed to be flashy, and the dancers used brocade, so I followed suit since they were rich fabrics. Most of the brocades had a natural motif - bird, feathers, flowers, except the gold which is angular and geometric. The pieces are all lined in gold synthetic lining, with the brocade accented here and there by taffeta to keep a subtle sheen with the brocade's shimmer. The peacock feather-like sashes hanging from the waist are edged in seed beads.

The head gear is constructed from a mish-mash of supplies: plastic canvas, wrapping paper, tealite candles, embossing metal. The designs embossed on it are based on Laotian art and feature birds, flowers, and butterflies.

The wings started out as small party store wings which were recovered in turkey wing feathers with the quills painted gold, and enlarged to be more proportional to the character.
Personal Thoughts:
My very first "real" cosplay!
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