Last Updated: 02-21-2010
"I found this pretty urn in my grandfather's attic. I believe that he picked this up somewhere in Northern Italy. Pictures do not do this urn justice! It is only marked by a tiny brass plate that reads "Picolitrosso" It needs cleaning since it was sitting in a dusty attic, but there are no other chips or marks. Comes from a smoke-free home. Check out my other auctions, I combine shipping!" --Gaia Online, created by Artist Pepper-Tea.
Ah, Pico's Urn. For those unfamiliar with Gaia Online and its many items, this particular beauty is famed for having a series of poses devoted to the Venetian Masquerade; the various pieces of clothing demostrating the hareliquin pattern, feathers, and gilded pieces that make an cosplayer itching to dabble. And dabbled I did. I chose this costume after having a trippy dream, involving twirling and diamonds, which I figured must have been a sign from the Cosplay Gods, or at least, a clear message I had been on Gaia for too long that afternoon.
This costume, in particular, is made of pieces from the "Rosso", the Red Peacock, side of the story, as well as some original pieces, that were inspired in no small part by the Urn. A few items, such as the shirt, and the cincher were just regular store bought items, and the mask, though I would love to say I made it, was purchased in the French Market in New Orleans. There are some minor alterations done to it, but only to insure that it would stay on my face rather than cosmetic ones.
The Skirt, which is the focal point, is completely hand made, gratefully using the basic circle skirt pattern found here: http://www.shira.net/costuming/circle-skirt.htm. It's made of black empress twill, and the red diamonds are individually heat'n'bonded on, and then painted gold around the edges. (Legend has it, the mathematically equations involved in patterning out said skirt made even Newton himself pale in fear.)
The Shiny Bobbles, namely, the fleur-de-lys belt buckle, and Rosso's Winged Anklets, were constructed out of Super Sculptie, lovingly molded on my desk, and just as lovingly re-inforced with copper wire so it wouldn't fall apart on me. Shameless feathers and jewels were then added.
The Fan, was completely hand painted from a relatively plain one I hunted down in China Town, one afternoon. The original design had it with white flowers on it, but after having decided to elimate the white underskirt from the costume, (Re: Disaster in sewing, reconstruction thereafter) I decided to keep with the black, red and gold theme, and have it solely focus on the hareliquin pattern. Plus gold swirlies. Truely, because you can never have enough of them.
All in all, I'm very proud of this costume. It's really a lot of fun to wear, not to mention twirl in. Get this puppy going, and you might be able to start a small cyclone around you!
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