The Sakura-Con 2011 experience actually started the day before the event. I was invited to model for talented Japanese designer Sebastian Masuda‘s 6%DOKIDOKI Harajuku fashion line, together with their spokeswomen Vani and Yuka, for a television appearance on New Day Northwest. Harajuku fashion is a very popular style in Japan, and is basically integrated in everyday clothing. Mr. Masuda’s line is designed to rebel against a dull and colorless world through his very colorful designs. It was really nice to model such kawaii clothes and accessories, that are literally a color explosion!XD
Everything on myself was from their shop, with the exception of the makeup, wig and shoes.^_~ I woke up early that day, drove to Seattle, and meet them at the KING 5 studio for the early morning taping. There I dressed up and went through backstage briefing/rehearsal. For a brief moment I met Jodie Foster, who was at that time promoting her movie The Beaver on the show. Regrettably, I wasn’t able to take a picture with her, since we were next on queue to get on stage. T-T Backstage, everyone on the 6%DOKIDOKI team was as colorful and friendly as can be. They were saying kawaii all the time, especially while they were styling me from head to toe. *^_^* I felt like a super pampered princess! Needless to say, I was very delighted to have met and worked with them. Click here to continue reading “Sakura-Con 2011″…November 23rd, 2011
This gown is based on C.C.’s artwork version in the Code Geass Mutuality artbook. I guess you can tell by now, I LOVE C.C.! These shots were taken last July by the very talented Vince Milum, owner/photographer of darkain.com. Fortunately our location, the gorgeous Olympia Capitol Building, didn’t require getting permits.^_^ We shot to our hearts’ content with the very lovely Etaru as the co-creative director of the shoot! Spoiled little me, for having one of the most talented photographers around and one of America’s top cosplayers for this one! Happiness is not enough to describe what I felt that day.^_^ Click here to continue reading “Code Geass: C.C. Black Gown Mutuality Artbook Version”…November 13th, 2010
We actually went to an operational train station for this set, the Olympia/Lacey Train Station. Fortunately there were barely any people there at that time, so we were able to get some great shots. The others we took by an abandoned train track and a vacant lot at Lacey. This is my first time to do a private outdoor photoshoot with reflectors, it was fun, and I’m glad that photographers Ashley Nelson and Kristin Johnson were very open to experimenting with them. At Lacey, the lot was by the road, and there was a bunch of rubble and container vans with cool graffiti, it was interesting!
The costume itself was made during my spare time for a few months, it debuted at Sakura-Con 2010. Tailoring it was specifically challenging, since it incorporated elements that were a bit unusual. For example, it is a two-layered short skirt with frontal slit revealing the shorter white skirt inside, and back half-petticoat with a flat front, which took me the longest to figure out how to do. The top portion of the costume was a very altered Simplicity Sewing Pattern 3618. There are a few things I still want to improve with this costume, but I hope you guys like it.^_^ Click here to continue reading “Code Geass: C.C. Train Station Photoset”…May 12th, 2010
Sakura-Con 2010 was my first cosplay con here in the USA. It was overwhelming to see at least half the attendees cosplaying. Most of the attendees wore some sort of otaku gear. This was a place where people not wearing anything otaku would stand out.
I’ve been wanting to cosplay something more gothic lolita. Then C.C. from Code Geass had this particular costume in episiode 14, so I decided to go with it. Click here to continue reading “C.C. from Code Geass at Sakura-Con 2010″…April 25th, 2010