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Unread 06-19-2011, 01:14 PM   #1
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Tomb Raider Reborn

Salutations all!

I'm creating a costume based off the new Lara Croft from the 2011 Tomb Raider game.


I know this is a pretty basic costume, but I'm hoping to get a little help in locating some pieces for it (as well as chronicling the progress of the costume for other curious folks). Although I'm sure I'll use the costume for various things, primarily I'm planning an action-oriented photoshoot with it (lots of running, jumping, blood, bandages, etc.) So, let's start from the top, shall we?

Hair: I'm so grateful they didn't make Lara's hair super thick in this game. Although I adore her braid (truth be told, it's one of my favourite hairstyles, period), alas, I have extremely fine/thin hair. Thankfully it's the right colour and length. All I need to do now is cut my bangs properly.

Makeup: Completely natural makeup (I'm debating a bronzer/tanner of sorts as I am very pale), but with a injured makeup/blood/dirt/etc. I'll focus more on that after I compile the costume.

Necklace: Debating on what to do for this one. It looks very much like a Maori greenstone from New Zealand. There's a tradition of one not buying greenstone for themselves, but to receive it as a gift from a New Zealander (though there's debate back and forth about it). I lived in NZ for a while so I'd like to respectful of their traditions and not just buy on off ebay. However, I do want that necklace for the costume. Has anyone had any luck with creating something like the pendant (to look like stone/glass) out of say, sculpey?

Tank Top: Or tops? I can't tell if she's wearing a second white tank top underneath or if that's a white bra peeking out. I've purchased the closest tank top I could find at TJ Maxx yesterday for $8. I think the colour works great both flash on-flash off (I think I like having more of the blue, it evokes more Lara Croft to me than just a plain grey). The only problem is that the straps are really close to the neck and I'm certainly not keen on going san bra. For the lace on the bottom, I'm simply going to rip it off (or just tuck it into the pants).

Watch: In some art/screencaptures she has it, in some she doesn't. What kind of watch do you think Lara Croft would wear?



I found these pants at TJ Maxx for $20, alas they were a size too small. I found them one size larger on ebay and am considering picking them up. I think they would work. (They're a bit on the golden brown side, but I think with enough dirt and the right lighting, they'll dingy up good). The only that concerns me about them is that they're of a lightweight material. Hopefully they won't rip the first time I sit on a rock!

Boots: The bane of my existence right now! I can't find anything that looks right, much less in my size. Help?!

Weapons and holster: These are lowest on the priority list at the moment. So costume first, accessories later if the pocketbook allows.
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Unread 09-02-2011, 03:08 PM   #2
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I'm also doing this costume, I would say the watch is a black sports watch and that the white under the top is a white sports top; you can see the little rings where the straps are separately adjustable and the white sticks out from under the blue top at the waist. (I'm just going to wear a white bra underneath otherwise there will be too many straps going on!)
The koru necklace I'm hopefully getting as a present, otherwise I already have a jade tiki necklace I'll wear instead.

Coming into autumn now you should be able to find some brown army boots in the shops, what size shoe are you?
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I found some boots! but.....

Okay so I was looking and I found some boots that were pretty much spot on but they're like 300$, but I did find some that are kinda similar. I know the symbol on the side is troublesome but it looks like lara blouses here pants then has the bandage tied around them so that should cover it up. Hm I am having trouble with the pants though. Are they like cargo pants or like tapered like these BDUs:


Not cheap boots:
http://www.google.com/shopping/offerdetails?docid=18355756537975768713&sa=X&ei=6E hTT8nKFsT10gG6i-XeDQ&ved=0CJMBEL8TMAc
cheap boots:

The bow, I can't tell if it wood and chipped paint or whatever of metal and rusted....

Oh and the necklace it also looks like milano glass with whatever the green thing is leaves lines pedals etc...
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