Ahhh, I love Revolutionary Girl Utena! The play on symbolism, the depth of character interaction, and wonderful costume designs were just too hard to ignore! I love Anthy most of all, for she is mysterious and far more than she had appeared, which is always an instant win!
Now, I had been planning on cosplaying Anthy for years. However, when I finally buckled down, I was really surprised how quickly and easily everything came together!
Here are some notes for others thinking of doing this costume:
The hoopskirt was bought of ebay from the vendor angelsbridal. Fast shipping and great results. Though, if I ever have the time, I’d like to get a petticoat to go on top since I have an incredible dislike of seeing hoop rings through dresses. Plus, my hoop skirt got a little beat up on the way to the hotel…
The fabric I used is –surprisingly- satin. It was the only fabric in the right shade and with roles and roles of it. Note: I made this costume around Halloween season, so satin was in abundance at fabric stores. However, instead of wearing the shiny side out, I made the costume so that the wrong side of the fabric was outside. A handy little trick that worked wonders! I got the right color without the shiny eyesore of satin. ^^
I was very careful in deciding the alternate shade of red, since I didn’t want the red to be too dark. I kept in mind the slight sheen in the fabric so that when the light or camera hit is, the colors wouldn’t clash. Took five different fabric options before I said ‘yes’ to anything.
The patterns were drafted mostly by hand and imagination. I made sure the skirt stretched into a complete, full circle while sitting, and the shirt was made by dissecting a blouse and altering it for my purposes. This just requires trial and error. I was lucky enough to get it right on the first try. ^^()
The shoulder décor and crown are made of craft foam and model magic, hot glued together. Note: Glue the items, THEN paint. I layered the craft foam to give a little thickness. The crown is actually hot glued to the wig, since I have no intentions of using this wig for anything else. However, inserting combs might also do the trick.
The Wig: Oy… the wig! Relax! It actually isn’t as tricky as it looks, I promise! The wig I chose, due to lack of funds, was a child’s purple wig I found at party city (shocker!). I agree that most party wigs are horrible to work with, but since the wig was going to be rolled up, it really didn’t matter too much. The length to start with was about shoulder-blade length. Any shorter and it would not roll cleanly, and any longer might make the rolls too large. I then made rollers out of craft foam and got a TON of hairpins! Gathering the hair, I rolled them up like regular hair rollers and pinned them, the pinned hair from one roller to the next to make sure everything looked smooth. I am firmly convinced that Anthy was NOT responsible for doing her own hair! I then used clear-drying glue to make sure the hair stayed stationary (optional). Other tricks I added in include: curled bangs, tiny tails hanging near the ears, and short loose hair in the back to mimic hair at the back of my head (a lot cleaner looking than relying on the wig alone). And voila!
Tassels were made with cross stitch floss bound by tape since I couldn’t find a tassel that was the right shade.
And… Yeah! That’s about it!
Sadly, I didn’t have an Utena or Saionji to partner with. Maybe next time!
Nekocon XI: Hall Cosplay Award