Last Updated: 11-02-2010
I originally wasn't going to make anything new for Halloween, opting to make more use out of my Sailor Neptune. However, I came across this AMAZING striped fabric and suddenly was inspired by many ideas. One of them was combined with this punk kimono I saw on e-bay. And that was the start of this outfit. I wanted it to have many of the traditional elements of a kimono but still have this bright, loud, abstract, and modern aspect to it.
Using a kimono pattern by simplicity, I followed the majority of the instructions, mostly ignoring the length of the body. Because I wanted the stripes to sit longways on the sleeves, I had to deal with a seam line across the middle, which I decided to cover more gracefully with a nice blue ribbon. During the process of attaching the bright orange lining, I added a black pleated trim to the sleeves.
The collar was this awesome find. I was originally gonna go with solid black satin but then I found this satin with sporadic square sequin.
I didn't feel like wearing layers, nor did I want to ruin the appearance of the orange lining in the open back of the sleeves, so I opted not to make a juban. However, I still wanted a double collar appearance, so using this great funky orange brocade I attached a second collar to the kimono. However, because of the way I attached it, it doesn't so much have the look of a juban collar but a date eri. It's way thicker than a date eri would normally be worn, but after all this is my original punk kimono design. XD
The obi I did not make because of time restraints. I searched far and wide and found this wonderfully loud orange obi at Chuu.com (where I bought my cherry blossom kimono). The tabi and the Demonia thong platform sandals I bought on ebay, as well as my wooden wakizashi (it came all black, but I painted the blade silver). I made my kanzashi (not visible in picture), obi-jime, obi-age (forgot to wear it though >___<;;), tassels for my sword, and a small sheath out of various materials.
So, as many people have pointed out, yes, I know the style of kabuki make-up I chose is for men. I did it on purpose. I was going for a female warrior theme, one who defies the boundaries of gender association, so I went with the style and color of make-up normally associated with the hero. However, I kept with the traditional style of lips for women (small delicate, with a larger bottom lip) and smaller eyebrows because I wanted to show that the character still has grace and femininity despite being strong willed.
I can't wait to do a photoshoot with this costume next year.
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