Costume :Raven Madison
Variant :Date dress (opening scene)
Source :Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2011

Costume Photos

looking back at Alexander

on the look out

Raven at Kitacon4

debuted at expo

finished choker

back of dress Ref

Opening page to Blood Relatives Ref pic


Costume Information

Raven Madison lives in Dullsville and dating a vampire Alexander. She's one kick ass sassy goth and to me that's a reason in itself to cosplay her! lol. Also, the dress is adorable!!!

Hoping maybe for May Expo 2011


UPDATE: RE-WEARING FOR KITA'S SATURDAY NIGHT PARTY AS IM NOT EINBLICK ANYMORE and this time I wont forget the accessories or the arm warmers XP!


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ooo i remember readin the book and lovin it loadsss! dont kno if the manga is any good tho?

by InfiniteJester on Friday, 14 May, 2010 - 18:12
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the manga is amazing!! I read the manga vo. 1 first, and when i went to seattle i found all 6 novels and volume 2 and 3 of the manga. And the novels are incredible! Im half way through book 2 at the moment!

by FuriePhoenix on Saturday, 15 May, 2010 - 17:52
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yayy :) i sense that im gonna have to go hunting for em myself now :)

by InfiniteJester on Saturday, 15 May, 2010 - 18:37
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you can get them on amazon.com but the distributors for Tokyopop UK stopped the publication of them over here sadly. So the only way to get them is through the states, or so I've found. Unless anyone has them on ebay lol

by FuriePhoenix on Saturday, 15 May, 2010 - 20:20
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ebay hunting it is then :)

by InfiniteJester on Saturday, 15 May, 2010 - 20:37
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lol! I cant wait for the 7th novel to come out lol. As much as I love twilight, i think Raven and Alexander are so much better lmao

by FuriePhoenix on Saturday, 15 May, 2010 - 20:55
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have to agree :) i prefer raven over bella anyyyy day. same goes for alex over edward :) i always thought that alice was kinda like raven anyways :)

by InfiniteJester on Saturday, 15 May, 2010 - 21:10
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yeah, just Raven is alot more goth than Alice lol. In the manga you meet Alexander's cousn Claude and omg... he is ten times better than Edward lmao. But yeah, I'd pick Alexander over edward (especially robert pattinson's version) any day ^^

by FuriePhoenix on Sunday, 16 May, 2010 - 18:46
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yayy im likin the wig u chose for this!

by InfiniteJester on Saturday, 6 November, 2010 - 21:05
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Thank you!! It's sheer luck that the wig I bought for Kayako is PERFECT for Raven!! It's nicely layered already and can take heat if needed. But I only need to use pins to give the back volume and give it a full side fringe. ^_^

by FuriePhoenix on Saturday, 6 November, 2010 - 21:11
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Raven!! I love her clothes in the manga~! I need to pick up the other volumes sometime, I really liked the first one.
Good luck, looking foward to seeing this!

by KiraraYumi on Sunday, 21 November, 2010 - 14:25
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Thank you! I love her outfits too and the other 2 volumes are amazing so you should definitely pick them up!

by FuriePhoenix on Sunday, 21 November, 2010 - 19:26
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This looks really nice ^^
Little tip for you: have you tried sock glue for your stockings?? Its a roll-on body glue thats meant to keep garments/socks etc. in place =) I use it quite a lot if you check out my Road Kamelot cosplay i'm actually wearing thigh-high stockings lool

by Moonchild on Thursday, 6 January, 2011 - 21:12
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Yeah I have thigh high stockings but they're too big and if I pull them right up they pinch my skin and make my legs look even fatter than they are up top. And my socks are just knee high- I dont have a problem with them falling down ^_^ Thanks for the tip though! And thank you!

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 6 January, 2011 - 21:21
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You did a GREAT job on your dress edit. I'm not sure of character but LOVE her design and you are deffinatly going to look great. Look forward to seeing it all together, finished. WANT the necklace ;) ^v^

by FlyingMammal on Thursday, 6 January, 2011 - 22:53
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I love her necklace too!! Her boyfriend Alexander in the original novels got it for her (think he made it.. if i remember correctly!) You should read the manga/novels they're hilarious and very addictive! Raven is so kick ass too!

by FuriePhoenix on Friday, 7 January, 2011 - 18:50
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looks awesome hun!

by InfiniteJester on Friday, 3 June, 2011 - 17:49
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thank you!

by FuriePhoenix on Friday, 3 June, 2011 - 18:19
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oooo you're wearing on sat night at kita? Must find you this time!!

by InfiniteJester on Wednesday, 14 March, 2012 - 10:51
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This turned out great! You look JUST like her! 8D

by KiraraYumi on Wednesday, 14 March, 2012 - 11:52
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InfiniteJester- yes I am indeedy! I'm sure you'll see me walking around! ^_^
KiraraYumi- aww thank you!!

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 14 March, 2012 - 19:12

To-Do List

Black combat bootsHighComplete
dark purple armwarmersHighComplete
Stripe stockingsHighComplete
Style black wigHighComplete
Necklace being madeHighComplete
Dress altered majorlyHighComplete
Base dress needing to be boughtHighComplete

Shopping List

Crushed Velvet dress£11.00Bought
Black and white striped Stockings£4.99Bought
skull hair grips£4.99To Buy


being re worn! (Posted 14th March 2012)

Okay, as my Moka-san cosplay has kinda fell through as I dont have time to get a wig, (and i cant do einblick either) I've decided to bring this gorgeous baby out of the closet and re wear Raven, but this time I WONT forget the arm warmers, studded cuffs etc. lol!

I also just bought on ebay 150 eyelets for my Rikku cosplay, and as I'll have like.. nearly the whole pack left over as I'll only need 12 for Rikku I'm going to replace the ribbon loops in the back of this dress with proper eyelets so the corsetted back works better. ^_^

I think I'll feel better in this costume too as I've lost weight even since I last wore it and though I've put weight back on a bit im hopig by Kita I'll have lost it again so I wont look like a I have a teeny baby bump in the dress haha!

Stockings (Posted 7th May 2011)


I managed to shorten the stockings by quite a fair bit so I don't have to use my really thick knee high socks for this costume! Also finally put a popper on the choker too. ^______^

I'm now really looking forward to wearing this cosplay as I finished it ages ago and it was a bit snug but since loosing a lot more weight since december I know it will fit me a lot better!! I'm tempted to give it a try just to see XD

Arm warmers (Posted 19th January 2011)

After looking at another cosplayer's from the states costume of this, and doing ALOT of research, I found out that her thin arm warmers she wears with this dress are in fact a very dark purple, so I've got some thick-ish purple tights yesterday which I'll be editing into arm warmers.

I might do that today between going to the cinema XD

Necklace (Posted 8th January 2011)

I have decided to make the choker part out of the spare bit crushed velvet (form the sleeves I cut off of the dress). And I'm going to attempt to the bat style part of it from craft foam and paint it black, I was thinking to finish it off to use PVA Glue to use as a gloss finish.

Only thing I have to figure out how to attach the two parts together!!

Dress complete more to go! (Posted 7th January 2011)


So I've finished the dress, and now I have the necklace to somehow do (have NO idea how to make it!) and got her arm warmers to make too, the its 100% complete!! YEY!!

Dress WIP (Posted 4th January 2011)

As you can see form the photos, the dress is well on its way to being completed. I even stitched the lace onto the dress yesterday so now I'm just waiting on the ribbon to arrive and to get some hook and eyes to corset the back slightly. Then that is 100% complete! WOO! EASY COSPLAY WAS EAAAAASSSSYYYYY!!!

I'm so in love with this dress of Raven's and so eager to wear I'll be wearing it as my birthday outfit in Walt Disney World!!
I bought the black and white stockings today, I think I will need to buy some suspenders though as my legs aren't thin enough for them to stay place on their own without rolling down my legs. But that's my little touch to the cosplay whilst keeping it 99.9999999% accurate! ^_^

UPDATE: THE BLACK RIBBON ARRIVED!!! Now to buy some hook and eyes to finish it off!

base dress (Posted 6th November 2010)

I found an absolutely gorgeous crushed velvet dress in Primark a while back for the new winter range, which will make a gorgeous dress for Raven's.

It will need to be shortened a tad- sleeves shortened ALOT to little capped sleeves, change the neck line slightly to be more squared, cut the back out and replace with ribbon. Then after alllllll that I need to add lace trim round the neck line, bottom of dress and on the edge of the sleeves!!

Then I will need make fitted dark purple arm warmers, style the wig, and et black and white striped stockings!!