Rinoa Heartilly (Swimsuit)
Final Fantasy VIII
Last Updated: 08-05-2006
I've wanted to make this one for awhile; when I saw a lot of people on cosplay.com making XBV style swimsuits for Final Fantasy characters for hotel pool photoshoots, I thought it was an awesome idea and drew up a design for Rinoa. My plan was to make something that wasn't too close to Rinoa's actual costume, yet retained enough elements of her FF8 outfit that it would be recognizable as her character. Also, I wanted it to be completely wearable as an actual swimsuit. Therefore, I designed something I felt Rinoa would actually wear, rather than something that looked exactly like Rinoa.
I began with Rinoa's black tank top and used that color scheme for her bikini. I thought finding a black bikini would be easy - it wasn't. I searched stores for almost a year before finding one with minor accents, which I covered with black ribbons, reminicent of Rinoa's black armband. To bring in the blue, I made a blue waist wrap, bought blue sandals, and wore a blue ribbon on the same arm Rinoa's black ribbon is on. I decided I also wanted Rinoa's wings to appear somewhere to tie into her original costume, so I made stencils of her wings and used them to paint them on my back. I wanted an accessory as well, as a way of representing Rinoa's pinwheel weapon, so I picked a blue inner tube (the round shape reminded me of the weapon) and painted a wing along one side with silver acryllic paint. Finally, I added her necklace and wig, which rounded out the design. It was a fun costume to throw together, and a nice outfit to wear around during the summer.
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