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Unread 01-01-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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Feather suit?

I'd love to cosplay Toothiana from Rise of the Guardians
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Does anyone have any ideas on attempting the suit and headdress?
I feel like covering a whole suit in feathers would not only be costly, but very bulky.
Are there any feather fabrics you know of that could be painted/modified to fit this?
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Unread 01-07-2013, 11:53 PM   #2
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I've seen a lot of people wanting to dress up as this character lately (And I don't blame them, she looks awesome!) but the hardest part about this, obviously, is all the feathers and if you're looking to make it as accurate as possible, be prepared to put lots of work and time into it because feathers, especially ones so small, in those colors, and so many are not typically easy to work with.
Looking at the reference of her, it looks like if you were to be making it, instead of making all of it one giant piece, the torso would be a separate from the arms and possibly the legs as well. The arms, as I'm imagining, would be connected to an undershirt (instead of say, just having the sleeves by themselves on your arms somehow connected to the main shirt)
I was looking at some pictures of feather shirts/dresses, and while most of them had really long/crazy feathers, I was able to find some that had smaller, neater feathers.
Also, as you have most probably noticed, Toothiana's design is based off of a hummingbird (though her feathers look a lot more ruffled/split then the usually smooth ones of a real hummingbird) And also, when I saw her design, I also thought of Peacock feathers for some reason (Not necessarily the long ones, but the smaller feathers that are on the peacock's body, so if you were willing to use real peacock feathers (Which is unknown to me how good of an idea that is, or how exactly you will come across those), you could use bits and pieces from the longer ones, or just find fake feathers that look similar to her's, a hummingbird's, or possibly a peacocks.
Here is a dress (mainly the upper part of it) that I found looked similar to hers, but again, I am not entirely sure how they did this and I'll have to keep researching about that (Pics v)
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If you can't find how to make feather clothes, or afraid that it might possibly be too difficult, messy, or pricey, you could also make the feathers, instead of using real ones, out of some sort of fabric/material and again, while making the torso separate from the arms and possibly the legs, make it sort of how chain mail/scale mail is made (Also, and possibly even using some sort of lightweight shiny metal as the 'feathers"?) Pic:
http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs48/f/20...oLoricatus.jpg

I'm really not sure how to go about making chain/scale mail, or what material would be best to use in this case for this costume, but I'm very sure that there is a tutorial online on how to make mail sorts of clothing.
In the end, I'm not sure how easy it is to work with feathers (My best bet is that it's not) and they could probably be messy/pricey and like you said, bulky, unless you find a way to make it look extremely well like it did with the above pictures (with the red and with the gold dresses), then using real feathers may not look at well as it could be, but nevertheless, good luck if you do go this way

For the mail, this would probably be an easier alternative, but of course, not sure what material you would use, and you probably wouldn't be able to look like actual feathers (obviously), but you can definitely try doing scale mail and cut the "feather scales" into more of a shape like hers are in.
For the head dress... I saw someone on DeviantART do makeup very similar to hers (Which by the way, looked amazing) but I am not sure how you would go about doing this, whether it just be a sort of tiara/hat you can easily put on when you need with limited makeup, or whether it be full makeup, feathers and all, because unfortunately makeup isn't my area of expertise. That's all I can really say about this, and I wish you luck and all other Toothiana cosplayers the best of luck with this costume and I hope I was able to be of some help
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Unread 01-07-2013, 11:58 PM   #3
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Also, it won't let me edit for some reason, but on the first picture, I was mainly focusing on the red dress and the gold dress, not sure how the white one got in there. And two, I apologize for the wall of text
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I would go with a feather effect fake fur then airbrush it to get the colour gradients you want for the body suit and use actual pheasant feathers or something similar for the longer ones

Try looking for things like what is labled 'fancy feather' on this site:
http://www.shannonfabrics.com/fabulo...-c-71_770.html

Also in regards to the head piece I would suggest looking at what this person did:
http://ashitaro.deviantart.com/art/R...-ART-342788154
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Unread 01-10-2013, 01:21 PM   #4
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at ala this past weekend there was a gorgeous cosplay of this, however instead of attemtping to do that feathers (which u would need someone else to do on u since it needs a zentai suit base...) she bought a zentai suit in the metallically colors and they looked like scales, in pics it looked lke little feathers no issue~
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Scale-mail probably won't work for this-- the manner in which the scales lay is the effect you want, but since the scales on regular scale-mail are all attached by rings, you wouldn't be able to do that with feathers.

Zentai and airbrushing sounds like it might be effective!
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Unread 01-15-2013, 08:38 PM   #6
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Hi!

I'm currently undertaking this cosplay at the moment. I bought a full body spandex suit and have purchased in bulk a whoooole lot of peacock feathers. They were really the only kind of feathers that gave the right colour and sheen.

As for attaching them, well, I'm still yet to do this part, but I know it'll be hugely time consuming. It's worth doing right though, amirite?
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Oh, also, if you're worried about feather costs, to give you an idea... (not sure if it's the same in the US as in Australia), but I purchased about 800 feathers for $60.
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Thank you all for your answers! It's been really helpful, and has given me some really great ideas.
Welsh12- What site did you get your feathers from?
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