Shiro Hana

Costume :Moltres
Variant :Gijinka
Source :Pokemon
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :None

Costume Photos

Headdress Idea

Real Life - Diyi (??)

Real Life - Fenghuang

Real Life - Red-Crowned Crane

Bird ref


Costume Information

Cost : Projected ~ £200 ?

Supposed taxonomical/categorical name:

(Seres incendium) avem renascentia

English - Moltres - 'molten+tres'
Mandarin - 火焰鳥 / 火焰鸟 - 'flaming bird'
Cantonese - 火鳥 - 'fire bird'

Will be pretty much Chinese in terms of overall design, inspirations, etc and will also come in two 'stages': the first will be the main body of the hanfu/kimono and wig/accessories so that I can actually have something to wear; the second will be the additions of some props (and maybe a brief performance/skit if I have the time).

May yet decide to enter it in a masquerade or two as I like to challenge myself (regardless of end masq placement on the day).


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Moltres!! Let me know when you decide to do this and if you have an Articuno with you :D (would love to do an Articuno gijinka)

by Freyarule on Tuesday, 5 January, 2010 - 09:45
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You've got some beautiful ideas and I especially love your narrative.. Now it's time to make your costume!

by Kei Lin Sama on Tuesday, 21 January, 2014 - 19:52


Real (and mythological) bird inspiration. (Posted 21st May 2014)

(Collage image to be added)
A short list of those birds (real and mythical) that I've incorporated elements from into either the character, the costume or the story (or a mix).

Red-crowned crane
Vermilion Bird
Three-Legged Crow

Reserved Journal Entry 2 (Posted 3rd May 2014)

The tail/tale of a legend.

Research #4 - sketches (Posted 20th February 2014)

By no means a final design idea but I was mainly torn between yellow and red as the main garment colour for Moltres: I chose yellow purely as that is Moltres' breast/abdomen/body colour - yellow on red could perhaps work with other designs but as I'm aiming to have mine look somewhat like its pokémon namesake, I figured this the best one. I've done three variations as I've been looking at reference images and trying to work out whereabouts the flames begin and end and where that would correspond to on a kimono-style costume. Although subtle, I am currently leaning towards the middle one.

Bibliography (Posted 20th January 2014)

So I don't lose track of sources incase I need to look them up again:
Format is: Title / Surname, Firstname / ISBN number

The Dynasties of China / Gascoigne, Bamber / 9781841197913
Furisode / NAGASAKI Iwao / 4-7636-7041-7
Myths and Legends of China / Werner, E.T.C /
Chinese Mythology / Christie, Anthony / 978-0600006374

Research #2 - narrative attempt (Posted 19th January 2014)

I figured weaving a loose narrative (or a series of short ones) would help concrete some of the ideas I had together.

Often claimed to have been sighted in areas of great heat such as volcano ranges, Moltres appear to be a mix of fact and fiction: the last reported sighting was in the 20th Century, during an eruption in the Kunlun volcanic region. Eyewitness accounts tell of a large flame-like shape that was larger than the rest, mainly in a brilliant shade of yellow but tipped at the edges in shades of red and orange and a piercing cry could be heard: local legend often states that when hurt, Moltres are said to submerge themselves in lava in order to heal their injuries.
There have also been whisperings and rumours of a human-like figure said to resemble the legendary bird that has been seen in nearby provincial towns during the coming of spring. Some say that it wears the robes of officials and court residents so that its journey is not impeded by others and yet it is rarely seen: others see it as some sort of religious pracitioner given the decoration of its garment.
Moltres is an elegant and noble bird in both appearance and behavior, it is very selective in what it eats and where it perches, with its feathers in many different hues of red, orange, and yellow.