I’ve always wanted to do a Star Wars costume, but I didn’t want to pull from the movies. So I went through the Wookieepedia. This was the first name I clicked on and I knew the moment that I saw the image that I wanted to make this character come to life. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Darth_Simi
I elected for a bodysuit so that I could feasibly wear this costume a few times without spending hundreds on body paint and getting a professional to paint me each time. Simi also doesn’t leave much to the imagination up top…there is not enough double stick tape or spirit gum in the world to hold those belts in place.
The bodysuit was dyed and constructed by me from white spandex dance fabric. The tattoo’s were hand painted by me. Overall construction time for just the suit, including gloves, socks, and painting, took roughly 70 hours. It was important to me to make this a 360 degree costume. As there is only one image of the character, I spent a few days researching and designing what the tattoo’s on the arms, back, and legs would look like. My hope is that the tattoo’s match what the character would really have if she weren’t wearing the cloak.
The cloak and belts are made out of matte suede with a cotton stretch backing. I wanted an element of richness to the cloak while still being light enough to move. It felt like a good blend between femininity and utility.
The hair is a series of dreadlocks made of scrap cotton fabric, yarn, and hair extensions. The horns are foam covered with cotton stretch fabric and painted. They are attached to the cap with spirit gum. Cap is latex that was made by me to conform to my head.
Left to do: Making lightsabers my way. Fix one of the belts buckles and the neck clasp.
Estimated Cost: $150. Bad fabric choices in the initial stages caused for money to be wasted. Reality of the cost is under $100 for the costume.
I need to look more evil. >.>
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Lucasfilm Ltd. Prize, WonderCon 2011