Costume :Dinah
Variant :Manga cover art
Source :Bizenghast
Progress :Complete
Worn At :AmeCon 2007

Costume Photos

ManyLemons Dinah


Dinah closeup



Costume Information

Cost : £120
Time Taken : 80 hours

I fell in love with the artwork for this manga and loved the idea of the challenge of giving myself a violin shaped form. I originally planned for it to be worn over a waist reducing corset, but found that the material was too thick and warm.

The costume consists of a heavily padded out bodice made from a soft antique suede with metalwork inserted into the seams to give the violin shape with reverse appliqué detail on the front, ruffled trim and a back lacing finish. It is worn over a set of highly ruffled and gathered sleeves which were hand dyed to give a watercolour effect. Over this are the brown suede bracers, which are heavily quilted and embellished with free machine embroidery in gold. The violin strings are attatched to a set of keys which are mounted on a comb set into my wig.

This costume took a long time, and was really uncomfortable to wear! The rigid structure meant I couldn't put my shoulders back properly and had very restricted movement. I love the look of the costume however, and especially liked the dramatic effect of holding the violin bow.


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That is absolutely fantastic! I wish I'd seen it in person, would love to see some detail photos :)

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 19 March, 2008 - 14:03
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Oh wow! O_o that is awesome. I love the Bizenghast artwork and the outfits look so pretty, but soooo difficult. I Would've cosplayed them if I knew how on earth you could! But you did it! Its amazing! I love the dress, it looks so gorgeous and beautiful and just the right shape! Love it! ^^

by Monkey on Wednesday, 19 March, 2008 - 14:04
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Stunning! I love the design, and it's beautifully executed and very well made. Excellent work!

by Angelphie on Wednesday, 19 March, 2008 - 18:25
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Ooooh my god! That is a brilliant costume! *o* I didn't think it was even possible to make this costume with it's shape but you've made it REALLY well! *o* So amazing!
I admire you so much for making this costume now x3

by CrystalNeko on Wednesday, 19 March, 2008 - 19:02
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This is a fantastic version of Dinah's cover dress. You've made it so beautifully! Fantastic job!

by Charlie-Bear on Wednesday, 19 March, 2008 - 19:09
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This is stunning, very well done!

by HystericalDame on Monday, 29 December, 2008 - 01:49