Costume :Madam Red
Variant :Manga version
Source :Kuroshitsuji AKA Black Butler
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Ayacon 2011

Costume Photos

Ladies in Waiting

Victorian Fighters

Hiding Her True Face

Vision in Red

Madam Red Brooch

Madam Red Ref 2


Costume Information

Cost : £15
Time Taken : 6 days

Since wearing Mirka Fortuna at Minamicon 16 I've had a lot of of requests to do more female costumes. Not one to disapoint I've been having a look at some of my favourite characters to see which ones I could realistically do.

Madam Red is one of my favourite characters from Kuroshitsuji. She may be evil but I love her design. Plus, red is actually my fav colour.

With a waist cincher I should be able to achive a more female silouette with this costume so that I'll look the part. Since I'm getting better and wearing/styling wigs I'm happy to wear a wig for this.

*Update Aug 2010*

Sadly, I was unable to get this finished in time for Ame 2010 due to an unplanned house move. I hope to complete her for a birthday meet in Sept.

*Update 2012*
Now listing this as complete even though there are a couple of parts that need adding. Pretty much can wear this as is and it works as a complete costume. May add the parts at a later date.


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Agh wicked!!! ever since I said I was doing Grell Ive had like a million madam red offers, you always look so spot on in your Kuro costumes! cant wait to see it!

by Captain_Marvelous on Friday, 30 April, 2010 - 15:54
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Oh thank you. I've only done the one Kuro costume so far but I do want to do more as I love the show.

Plus its an easier outfit for anime meets. ;)

by Sephirayne on Friday, 30 April, 2010 - 15:55
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This will look utterly amazing, I just know it!

Will have to steal you for photos if we ever wear Kuro to the same con ^w^

by Skyla on Friday, 30 April, 2010 - 16:15
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Oh my mistake, Ive deff seen your undertaker, I think I saw that at Midlands :)

by Captain_Marvelous on Friday, 30 April, 2010 - 16:32
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No worries. Yes, I wore my Undertaker at Midlands.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 30 April, 2010 - 16:41
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I think you suit elegant female costumes really well. I think it's your classy bone structure.


by KhaosKreator on Saturday, 1 May, 2010 - 22:57
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oooo good choice, I'll look forward to seeing this!

by Angelphie on Sunday, 2 May, 2010 - 20:16
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Wow! Thank you ever so much Tab. That is such a lovely compliement.

Thank you, Angelphie. I'm actually really looking forward to doing this character.

by Sephirayne on Monday, 3 May, 2010 - 21:46

Fabulous outfit! This will suit you so well, cant wait to see! :3

by Adamoluna on Monday, 3 May, 2010 - 22:23
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woop for more kuro love! ul look great as madam red! :)

by InfiniteJester on Sunday, 6 June, 2010 - 08:53
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Ooh lovely costume - such a rich, classy tapestry. Look forward to seeing this =^_^=

by Lunar_Kitten on Sunday, 6 June, 2010 - 11:10
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Thank you everyone. I'm really looking forward to doing this. It makes such a change to what I normally would costume to I'm looking forward to trying out new techniques and methods I haven't used in years. I just hope that when it all comes together that I'll be able to pull her off well considering my lack of lady lumps.

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 6 June, 2010 - 18:33
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ahhh the hat start looks great when i do barbossa i might call on some help with his hat 8D

by flames-of-monki on Tuesday, 29 June, 2010 - 22:37
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@Flames-of-M, sure no prob. I have to admit this is the very first time I'm making a hat from scratch. Its actually using a method devised by Angelphie. She might might be able to help as well.

Thank you

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 29 June, 2010 - 22:42
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It sounds great so far! More progress photos? Please?

by Pez on Thursday, 19 August, 2010 - 16:35
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Thankies Pez, will post them up once I move. I the skirt pretty much done so I'll post those when I can. XX

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 19 August, 2010 - 16:53
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Woah!! this is so detailed!! I hope to see this at the mcm, please? :3

by Komapsunida on Tuesday, 5 October, 2010 - 13:32
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Thank you, Komapsunida. I hope to have it ready for Oct Expo. Not sure for which day yet. ;)

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 5 October, 2010 - 17:09
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This looks gorgeous Sephy. I look forward to seeing you in it. :)
ps unbelievable prices for your fabrics! My kinda shop. :D

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 6 December, 2010 - 23:45
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Thank you, Ranma ;)

You can order from them online

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 16 December, 2010 - 01:39

Looking really good so far. I love the fact your making your hat too.
Not many cosplayers who have cosplayed Madam red have made her hat ^^

So excited to see more progress!!

by - on Friday, 24 December, 2010 - 04:18
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oh wow, can't wait to see this :D
I'm thinking of going as Ciel for midlands, we should meet up :D

by Yes-My-Lord on Friday, 24 December, 2010 - 12:57
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Thank you both.

SachikoYumi, I decided to have a go a building the hat when I realised I would struggle to find one that would be exact. Plus, I wanted to try out hat making.

Yes-My-Lord, that would be great. Looking forward to seeing your Ciel.

by Sephirayne on Monday, 3 January, 2011 - 01:31
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Can't wait to see the result :)

by thoetmosis on Sunday, 16 January, 2011 - 17:10
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I have been completely unaware of this! But awesome! :D I can't wait for you to do this! I'll tell the others to grab our Black Butler cosplays back! XD

by Monkey on Thursday, 10 February, 2011 - 17:39
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Oooo! Thank you Monkey. Be great for BB cosplay love and photo posing groupage <3

Thank you everyone.

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 10 February, 2011 - 21:27
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I love the wig should consider that style, it really suits you... maybe not that red :p

by Wyrdsister on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 00:19
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Wig looks lovely! Also really nice make-up, you look beautiful! ^^

by Moonchild on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 00:23
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Loving the wig! Progress is looking great :) x

by Frederica la Noir on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 00:27
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That wig gives you VA-VA -VOOM!

by KhaosKreator on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 01:07
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I'm having a moment of "omg it's a GIRL" followed by "omg it's a HOT girl"! Haha! ;) Love it! ♥

by Telly on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 11:26
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Wig and makeup test - LOVE how this looks on you. I think you got it spot on. Can't wait to see the rest of the costume. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 13:17
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Oh wow! Thanks everyone. I hope the rest of the costume comes together okay.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 23:56
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can't wait to see this. If I see you on the sunday, would love a photo with you - I'll be Cheshire Grell

by LuciaDuvant on Monday, 9 May, 2011 - 16:55
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Thank you. Not sure if I'll have this ready in time for Expo. If I can't then I'll be Undretaker instead. ;)

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 17 May, 2011 - 22:31
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Yay Madam Red is awesome :D I love your progress so far! I shall be sure to keep an eye out for you at Aya :)

by JustPeachy on Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 - 15:18
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You look just like Madam Red! Would love to see this!

by Lisu-chan on Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 - 21:01
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I love the fact your making your own hat! Can't wait to see this :3

by Sensei_Kate on Wednesday, 10 August, 2011 - 00:17
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Thank you ever so much. Not sure if I'll have the hat ready in time for Ayacon as its taking much longer than I thought. May have to go for a temp fashionista.

by Sephirayne on Monday, 15 August, 2011 - 17:48
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ah! I'm excited for this!! Very rouge! :D

by eternal_aranel on Tuesday, 6 September, 2011 - 11:25
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The progress for this is amazing!! Even just from the wig and make up test, I can tell you are made to cosplay Madam red ^_~ x

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 6 September, 2011 - 20:21
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This is looking really good : D

by Jyagaimo on Tuesday, 6 September, 2011 - 20:59
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Looks brilliant so far!

by Deathblow_Prime on Wednesday, 5 September, 2012 - 01:07
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Thank you ever so much. Will be putting up some completed pics very soon ^^

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 5 September, 2012 - 15:56

this is awesome :D

by VictoriaRusso on Monday, 28 January, 2013 - 19:36
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Wow :D So fantstic!! Now this one I have got to see in person too ^_^ You're talent is endless my lovely <3 :D :) ^_^ xXx

by EileenSkopnik on Sunday, 3 February, 2013 - 22:44
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Thank you VictoriaRusso.

Thank you Eileen, my dear. I hope to re-wear again at some point. Hopefully, with the hat and all the completed accessories. ♥

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 6 February, 2013 - 07:01
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What a well made costume :) I hope I have these skills one day!!

by Siouxsie James on Friday, 8 March, 2013 - 13:48

To-Do List

Make Bustle padHighIn Progress
Make HatHighIn Progress
Make Jacket LowComplete
Make SkirtLowComplete
Make BustleLowComplete
Make Shirt LowComplete
Cut and style wig LowComplete
Make neck tieLowComplete
Make BroachLowComplete

Shopping List

Wig £7.99Bought
Red Contact lenses£0.00To Buy


Jacket progress (Posted 15th August 2011)

Been working on the jacket today. Didn't get as far as I would have liked yesterday due to ill health but managed to carry on today. Was two minds whether to drop to a single breasted jacket as I tend not to suit double. I will see how it looks when the jacket is done.

Pic shows main body done minus sleeves. Lining and trim are next.

Shirt and Neck tie completed (Posted 13th August 2011)

Manged to finish necktie and shirt today. Bit of a throw together rush job on the necktie but overall pleased with how both it and the shirt looks.

Pic shows both with the broach.

Shirt Progress (Posted 9th August 2011)

I thought I work on something quite easy while I recover from a bruised diaphragm.

As I don't have time to make a shirt from scratch I'm adjusting a shop brought one (from George in Asda). I'm adding some lace to the collar and cuffs. This lace will be then used on the neck scarf/tie.

Pic shows - Lace prepped for adding to the cuff.

Working on Bustle and rest of skirt (Posted 26th July 2011)

This is taking longer than originally planned as I'm trying to get the fit and look right. I'm trying to add curves where I have none and its proving a bit tricky. Most likely to add a reasonably sized bustle pad to give me a fabulous Victorian arse XD XD

Hair and Make-up Test (Posted 1st March 2011)

Madam Red wig and make-up test

Make-up is mainly Clinique. I had intended to test with some false eyelashes but the lash glue had dried out. When the costume is finished I'll be hopefully wear some red contacts to finish off the look.

Wig is a cheap fancy dress wig that I have cut and styled myself (see more entries in journal). I have also added in some low-lights to add depth.

Wig progress 3 (Posted 27th February 2011)

I've finished adding the low-lights. Now its on to the styling. I went with a much longer wig so I could get the correct length on me. Due to my high hair line most wigs with fringes/bangs can be too short.

I measure where I want the length on me marking with some clips. Then put it back on the wig head to cut it. I cut it in sections first doing it gradually so that I don't mess it up.

Now the low-lights look great and I'm pleased with the result. Still not completely happy with the fringe I think it needs a bit more work before its worn.

Wig progress 2 (Posted 27th February 2011)

Now that I'm happy with the colour of the low-light effect I now add it to the wig.

Selecting small sections I colour using the brown Sharpie pen. I start from the underneath and then work to the top. I do more sections underneath to add a gradual effect.

Sadly, the photo hasn't come out well. You can just about see the progress.

Wig progress 1 (Posted 27th February 2011)

I decided to add low-lights to add a bit of depth to the wig. I thought it ended up being too bright so I thought it would help calm it down a little bit.

I test ran with a purple and a brown Sharpie pens. The result of the brown I liked more so I went with that.

Photo shows how the wig originally looked.

The jacket (Posted 18th January 2011)

Started work on the jacket yesterday. Its all cut out ready for sewing.

I went with a base patten that I adjusted to match the shape of Madam Red's. It will be tailored to give me a more lady like look. It will be fully lined for comfort. I've chosen cotton suiting as the fabric as it was cheap, lightweight and easy to maintain as it requires minimal ironing.

Broach progress (Posted 17th September 2010)

After a bit of thought I decided to add a piece to my costume. Mainly as a way to keep the cravat/tie secure I decided to create a broach. I also used it as a chance to have a play with some broach parts I've been meaning to have a go with.

I brought the base pieces from 'The Bead Shop' in Afflecks Palace. I then put the pieces together. I then painted the design with dry brushing all the layers of red to make the rose really pop.

I'm so pleased on how it turned out. I'm thinking about making more just for fun.

Skirts nearly complete (Posted 29th July 2010)

After making what seems like an endless line of pleats, I'm nearly at the finish line with the bottom half of the costme. The main skirt is complete and is quite full. The front apron jsut needs the waistband soing and the the back half skirt is done.

I jsut need to make the bustle and we are nearly there.

Once that is done then its the jacket and the hat to complete.

I has FABRIC!!! (Posted 9th July 2010)

I love love my local fabric place. Managed to find all the red fabric I need for about a £1 a meter. then on top of that they had a sale discout so i got the lot for about £4. So happy with that.

I hope to start sewing this evening.

Starting the hat! (Posted 13th June 2010)

Brought the materials for the hat yesterday. Since I couldn't find one that wasn't over priced I decided to make one.

I read Angelphie's method of doing one that she did for her Beauxbuton stundent and decided that its a good method to try. I did look online for other tutorials as well. Hopefully, I'll be able to figure it out and make a start.

Then made some progress.

This doesn't look like a hat at the moment. This is the dome/crown part of the hat being moulded. Currently this is the first layer. Stretched felt over a hat mould. Then a layer of pva glue to strengthen it. Brim is going to be done next.

Thank you to Angelphie for her hat making method.