Final Fantasy XIII

Last Updated: 11-23-2011

I can still remember the time when it all started... We had a costume party at home and I wanted to dress up as Lightning. My friend got me this outfit from ebay and said "Common you're gonna be great Lightning and it's gonna be fun".

What I did not expect was peoples reaction...

That's the day when great cosplay fan became a cosplayer.

My costume was initially bought on eBay but within time cosplaying Lightning became more of a challange for me and I decided to do as much as I can on my own. Below I outline all progress and credits. I'd like to also point out that due to the fact that my costume is only partially done by me I am not taking part in any competitions - I am doing it for fun, mostly because Lightning is one of my favourite characters.

What I wanted to achieve is a very natural look, no wigs no fake eye lashes no contact lenses. My goal was to bring her to life not create a plastic, pink copy.

1. Hair:
Decided to use no wig because I wanted to achieve natural Lightning look. Colouring hair took me good couple of attempts. One each two months. I was lucky to be under Bożena's wings who is a professional hair stylist and took it as a challange and decided to go through it with me.

2. Body:
This is no mystery that I had to loose weight.
Started with simple jogging, then some sword fighting, gymnastics (including some flips training), trampoline jumping, aerobics etc.

3. Face:
I had to get rid of my glasses. But I am not wearing contact lenses. This is my natural eye colour.

4. Costume:
- Vest: JenniferCosplay
applied changes: shortened up, changed clasps, changed buttons, changed cloak, changed leather part at the back and changed pauldron
- Brown turtleneck: JenniferCosplay
- Skirt: JenniferCosplay
applied changes: zippers
- Belts:
brown waist belt: done by me
beige belt on the skirt: done by me
collar belt: adjusted and replaced
- Gloves:
fully replaced, new pair was done by me from the very beginning
black sleeve: JenniferCosplay
- Armbands:
made fully be me
- Leg bag:
as delivered with costume by JenniferCosplay
- Lightning's pendant:
bought from SquareEnix
- Boots:
made fully by me
- Gunblade:
commisioned and made as special order by May from 0404 Cosplay Plaza (Thank you!)
- Gunblade holster:
commisioned and made as special order by May from 0404 Cosplay Plaza (Thank you!)
- l'Cie mark:
design downloaded from web made as toatoo by me


If you have any questions regarding the above please PM me. I'll be happy to help/answer.

If anyone has photos of me/with me I'd be happy to see it. Please PM me with link. Thank you.

For those who are curious how the costume looked like at the beginning and how it looks right now I recommend visiting my DeviantArt profile. Comparison photos are avilable only there due to Cos.Com restrictions.


Due to the fact that this is only paritally my own work I am not entitled to enter any cosplay competitions. I am enjoying my time as Lightning and trying to focus on delivering the character as good as possible. My best reward are people's comments and reactions.

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Character Lightning
Series Final Fantasy XIII
Costume Views 25384
Favorites 218
Comments 107
Upload Date 11-21-2009
Debuted 14/11/09

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