Shiva is my favorite summon creature; I thought the FF7 version would be a good one to attempt first since it's relatively simple and underrepresented by cosplayers. Also, FF7 was the last of the Shiva designs to be rendered geometrically enough that it allowed me to take some artistic liscense with the detailing.
I used a teal full-body unitard from NYC Dancewear and gradient dyed the arms and legs using dark teal RIT dye. I decorated the dye areas with glitter, puff paint, and hand sewn teal and silver beads. For the hands and feet I bought two sets of fake press-on nails and painted them with a silver glitter polish before gluing them to the costume with jewel glue. For the bikini I used a heavy pink bridal satin that was speckled with silver glitter. The top formed around old bra cups using four panels to form a halter which fastens to the unitard at the back using plastic snaps. The bottoms are a three panel design that snaps together at the right hip and at the crotch. I embellished both the top and bottoms with silver snowflake appliqués. For the side “trains” I used a sheer shimmery pink fabric from the costume section of Joann’s which has a green sheen to it, perfect for my color scheme. Each panel is a large rectangle which is sewn to the bikini bottoms in a knife pleat that causes the fabric to flare out at the sides, and each are decorated with several silver metal rings. The “wings” which are supposed to be floating pieces of fabric, are made from industrial wire I bent into an upside-down dragonfly shape and covered with the shimmery fabric. The wig is a 42” teal behemoth which I gathered into a high ponytail and wrapped in fabric and decorated with silver hoops. I threaded glass beads through several strands of hair every few inches, which were pulled into the ponytail and hang down the back. The ears are plastic and bought online, which I then painted teal and inserted hoop earrings into. The face paint is Ben Nye Aqua mixed with Clown White, and the accent gems are attached with eyelash glue.