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Convention History:
Anime Boston 2006
Another Anime Convention 2007
BakuretsuCon 2007
Another Anime Convention 2008
Hall Contest, Anime Boston 2006
Masquerade, Another Anime Con 2008
Judge's Award, Craftsmanship
Anime Boston 2006

Best In Show
Another Anime Con 2008
Photo Credits:
Nick Harrington
RINOA HEARTILLY: Yoshitaka Amano Artwork
Final Fantasy VIII

I'd always wanted to do an Amano-inspired costume, and finally felt ready to attempt one in 2006. In designing this costume I wanted to stay away from overwhelming it with beads - a staple element in all of the Amano cosplay designs at the time which didn’t accurately reflect the flow-y fabrics and contrasting patterns of Amano’s paintings. I would use them as a design on the back of the duster but I tried to keep it subtle.

Construction Notes:
I began with the duster; I’d picked a rich red brocade which had a nice subtle pattern as my base. Using my regular Rinoa duster as its own pattern, I made the top half in three sections and fastened it with a black button and the front. It was my first time working with brocade and I struggled with its determination to fray at every point possible. Finally I got the top to my liking and made two wing appliqués out of white satin which I sewed to the back of the duster. The bottom half of the duster I made from two layers of sheer yellow silk and then embroidered a flower pattern on the back using individual gold beads and sequins. I wish I had time to made the entire thing from beads instead of sequins as the flowers would have looked less tacky beaded. For the arms I made an armband from the brocade with Rinoa’s black ribbon over it for the left arm and an arm warmer from the brocade and yellow silk for the right. I replicated the flower pattern on the silk. I then attached the “wing” fabrics; yellow and red silks of various textures that attached to my arm bands and then circled around to the back of the duster like a cape. The wrap skirt was made of several contrasting fabrics and a brocade sash, held on with a sequined belt I had gotten as a stocking stuffer at Christmas. For the shoes, I took a pair of red ones I had already and covered them with brocade. Finally, I wanted to make Rinoa’s feather wings; I had never made feather wings before and looked at several tutorials before starting. The frame I bent from wire and then covered with white garbage bags. I then shaped about 100 bleached turkey flats which I bought on eBay, arranged them onto the bags and glued them on with gem glue. I then filled in the edges with round feathers. It took a while for it all to dry but I love how the wings came out. They are held on the shoulders with straps.

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