Star Wars Series
Last Updated: 11-17-2010
This costume was a HUGE undertaking for me. For reference I printed photos on my computer, kept the Star Wars: Legacy comics nearby, and looked at a tiny figurine of the character. They ALL came in handy.
My first challenge was the headpiece - the lekku (Darth Talon is a Twilek, and this is the defining feature of their race). I looked forever online to find a pair of red women's tights that would not be opaque, but rather spandex, like the suit I intended to use. I finally found a pair and sewed the ends of the feet into points. I then filled it with lightweight craft stuffing. That was the easy part. I then gathered around all my reference material and began hand drawing her extensive tattoos onto the lekku. It was a long task, but the final product was definately worth it.
I decided early on that I did not want to do full body paint - too messy. So I found a long sleeve mock neck unitard that was footless with a back center seam zipper. With a black Sharpie, I made small lines on the suit while I wore it for line placement, then took it off to elaborate on the placer marks. After that it was simply repeating the process until all the body tattoos were drawn. I also had a friend draw a few line placements on my back where I could not reach.
To keep the lekku on my head, I purchased a set of black headbands from KMart that came in all sizes. I wore two - a small tight one to keep the lekku in place, and a thicker one to hide the "seam" where the lekku started and my real face began. However, the tight one pressed against my temple most of the day, giving me a HORRIBLE headache, so I want to find a better solution in the future.
For her clothing, I wore a black strapless bra and black bikini bottoms. Over this I wore a skirt that I found and cut into to make the long flowing slits of her skirt. The gloves were black velvet ones that go past the elbows. Sadly, they didn't like to stay up (thanks to the slippery spandex suit, I belive), so I used two black hair ties to try to keep them in place. Sadly, velvet was the only material that long of a glove came in at the time, and I still have thoughts of wrapping them in black electrical tape to go with the rest of the costume better, though overall they didn't look too bad.
Sadly for me, my budget wouldn't allow me to purchase a nice pair of thigh high black boots, so instead I found some thigh high black boot covers that I wore over some black slip-on shoes. I would definately NOT recommend this for ANYONE. The boot covers were made cheaply and were coming apart after I tried them on for the first time. They also stick out a bit at the sides, and they would not always stay up (the suit's slippery spandex may have contributed to this) so I would be constantly pulling them up when I walked around.
I wore a few layers of red stage makeup with sealing spray that allowed for an easy removal without having a red face for the next few days. I also used a black makeup pencil to draw her additional face tattoos. Looking back, I wish I had done a few more layers of red, but we were in a hurry that morning. And for a prop I used an Episode 4 Darth Vader Master Replicas lightsaber. Perhaps in the future I will fashion a handle to go overtop this one that better portrays Talon's.
I would love to cosplay as Darth Talon again in the future, but only after I fix up the costume - real boots, more makeup, and a better solution to wear the lekku. But it was fun to be a Sith Lord for a day!
UPDATE: I revived my Darth Talon costume during a Halloween 2009 event. In our town after the Halloween parade, they gather the children for a trick-or-treat event at the local train museum where candy is handed out by local businesses. I volunteered at my workplace, and decided to do Talon. Only I did a variant costume as it was mainly a children's event. I traded her slinky skirt and bra-like top for a pair of tight black pants with a belt and a black tube top. I used the same velvet gloves, but with Tripp arm gauntlets overtop. Lastly, I wore my three inch buckled platform boots. I didn't mind this variant, and it was fun to mix it up a bit. :)
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