Costume :D
Variant :Amano Style
Source :Vampire hunter d
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Hyper Japan Spring 2012

Costume Photos

Hyper Japan Performance

Vampire Hunter D

D & Doris

Vampire Hunter D

Vampire Hunter D

Main reference 2

Main reference 1


Costume Information

Cost : For my sanity I am not going to keep track.
Time Taken : Only time will tell......

I have event aims for this costume, but I'm not putting it up here... mwhahhahahah.. Because since this costume need ALOT of work, I foresee that the
I will be Joined with Sands as Doris from the first book! Hopefully I will get this finished for Hyperjapan!

first 5 deadline I set myself will be missed.
Blame work...

So I guess this is my dream costume! I've been wanting to do something more original for a long time. However my designing skills are TERRIBLE. *No joke*
So.... I'm combining around 5-6 different pieces of Amano artwork and adding my own flare to kickstart my "design stuff" training.

Main traits:
Epic hat.
Velvet cloak that screams joseph and the technicolour dreamcoat on the inside
Kick-ass sword.

So far:

I've been gathering fabrics and parts from places (raided alot of stuff from primark of all places)

I've been creating parts of the armour and accessories with foam, carboard and miliput.
Starting on the making the belt and hat.


This will be interesting! looking forward to seeing it! :D

by Heero Masaki on Monday, 14 June, 2010 - 23:39
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LEx, this makes me very happy!

by sjbonnar on Monday, 14 June, 2010 - 23:44
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This was my very first cosplay like 7 years ago, I hope you have as much fun as I did :)

by Captain_Marvelous on Monday, 14 June, 2010 - 23:48
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Looking good!


by KhaosKreator on Wednesday, 16 June, 2010 - 21:14
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Beautiful progress so far! <3

by Uni on Wednesday, 16 June, 2010 - 21:56
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Looking great. I'm really looking forward to seeing this. I love the character design so much.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 29 June, 2010 - 23:00

Beautiful and so intricate. I have no doubt you'll do a fabulous job on this :)

by Donna on Sunday, 6 November, 2011 - 21:38
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I so love the hat. It looks really great. Can't wait to see more.

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 13 November, 2011 - 14:58
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wow, this looks gorgeous so far

by Leolarua on Friday, 18 November, 2011 - 14:18
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Loving the progress, this will be amazing when it is finished!

by Kacela on Friday, 18 November, 2011 - 16:46
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Oh my God!

It's absoloutely beautiful so far!

by Candystriped on Saturday, 19 November, 2011 - 11:44

nice job so far. realy love how things are turning out :3

by Kyuipo on Sunday, 27 November, 2011 - 22:25
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Looks amazing so far, you hardly ever see Amano D :D

by Manjou on Monday, 28 November, 2011 - 19:46
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Dayuum girl this is looking siiiiiick! I can't wait to see this in person, ffff <3

by Yuka on Sunday, 4 December, 2011 - 13:50
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Oh so manly! *swoon*

by Amy-Lou on Monday, 12 December, 2011 - 11:40
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Digging the muscle suit!!!
Its astonishing and very accurate with great definition and shape :)
And all on your first attempt.... damn you lol

by MangaChild on Monday, 12 December, 2011 - 21:43
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The muscle is awesome. The shape looks great.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 28 December, 2011 - 00:03
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Lovely detail in the work your doing. Just Brilliant.

by kitsune on Sunday, 1 January, 2012 - 17:52
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This is gorgeous! So detailed!! Cannot wait to see the whole thing together!

by Illulyn on Sunday, 8 January, 2012 - 23:09
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Your attention to detail is mind blowing. I think the boots are my favourite part as yet.

by Nomes on Monday, 9 January, 2012 - 02:48
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holy cow! I agree with Nomes- you're attention to detail is utterly mind blowing and truly inspiring! Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 9 January, 2012 - 20:25
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How I LOVE D! Looking forward to seeing this.

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 9 January, 2012 - 23:02
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D !! OMFG!! Loving the progress!!! Glad you're using Yoshitaka Amano's Artwork!

by Manticore on Tuesday, 10 January, 2012 - 11:01
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Love every bit of this!

by Pez on Wednesday, 1 February, 2012 - 00:47

This is so boss i can't even describe it!

by - on Wednesday, 1 February, 2012 - 05:15
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Looking most excellent

by theKillingDoll on Saturday, 4 February, 2012 - 16:34
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Ohhhhhh lawdy!!
I am such a fangirl of Vampire Hunter D aswell as in awe of Yoshitaka Amano's design work so seeing this come together is like *_*!!.
Its looking pretty damn awesome so far. Shall definately be keeping an eye out for you!!

by Kitticus on Wednesday, 8 February, 2012 - 20:57
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I'm seriously in love with every single aspect of this!
I can't wait to see it in action at HJ~

by Felixize on Wednesday, 15 February, 2012 - 01:18
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Congratulations on the win! Very well deserved. Fabulous cosplay.

by Nomes on Saturday, 25 February, 2012 - 21:11
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Congrats on winning! Do us UK folk proud :)

by Speckles on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 01:10
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Amazing seeing this cosplay in person and in action on stage at HJ yesterday.
A HUGE congratulations on 1st place. Definately well deserved!! ^^

by Kitticus on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 10:33
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this was utterly mind blowing so deserving of the prize at HJ!

by FuriePhoenix on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 15:37
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holy shit this is AMAZING!!!! <3

by PaperTiger on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 17:17
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Congratulations again on a well deserved win, do us proud in Nagoya :)

So much work went into this and it looks stunning, one dream costume down!

by Amy-Lou on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 21:59
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What Amy Said x30,0000 Times, and if there was any other way of saying this... I think you'd have babies by now and they would all be as fantastic as you!

Well done Lexy! JUST WELL DONE! You made one of my dreams come true, and Yoshitaka Amano would be PROUD of you!

by Manticore on Tuesday, 28 February, 2012 - 13:40
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What Amy Said x30,0000 Times, and if there was any other way of saying this... I think you'd have babies by now and they would all be as fantastic as you!

Well done Lexy! JUST WELL DONE! You made one of my dreams come true, and Yoshitaka Amano would be PROUD of you!

by Manticore on Tuesday, 28 February, 2012 - 13:40
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I'm blown away by the amount of amazing detail on this! It was a beautiful stage performance and very much deserving of a win! Really fantastic work!

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 28 February, 2012 - 17:27
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Congratulations! You guys completely deserve to go, I can't wait to see/hear how you do in Japan!
Completely flabbergasted by the amount of detail in this. I'm a huge fan of that cape lining, it's so awesome!

by KiraraYumi on Wednesday, 29 February, 2012 - 00:29
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This is incredible work. Finished costume looked amazing. Well done hun. Congrats on the win. Looking forward to seeing you in the WCS 2012 as Team UK ;)

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 29 February, 2012 - 16:36
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Man I gotta say I love the cape! Love the hat just generally head over heels in love with this costume, best one ive seen this year and I dont see anyone topping it! congrats on the win you stole the show! :)

by Captain_Marvelous on Wednesday, 29 February, 2012 - 20:50
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Wow you look amazing

by Berserk667 on Tuesday, 13 March, 2012 - 01:27
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Some great detail on this. Well done on winning the WCS entry, good luck!

by theKillingDoll on Monday, 19 March, 2012 - 19:06
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Amazing work and detailing. Gorgeous D costume.

by DarkElf on Saturday, 19 January, 2013 - 14:10
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Congrats on the showcase! Well deserved :D

by Freyarule on Sunday, 4 August, 2013 - 23:16
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This is an amazing costume and I'm so happy its received a showcase. Congratulations ♥

by Sephirayne on Monday, 5 August, 2013 - 16:17
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Such a stunning costume! The detail is beautiful!
You really did deserve the showcase, congratulations!

by Littlegeeky on Monday, 5 August, 2013 - 20:18
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Congratulations on the showcase. Definately well deserved i have loved this cosplay ever since seeing it in person at Hyper Japan <3

by Kitticus on Tuesday, 6 August, 2013 - 08:57


Reference Book (Posted 19th March 2012)

If anyone wants to see the reference book I put together for the judges at hyperjapan. Please check it out on my blog.

D's Jacket (Posted 1st February 2012)

For more info, See my Blog

D's Boots (Posted 8th January 2012)

Finally finished these crazy things. Please see my blog for more details.


D & Doris Wigs (Posted 30th December 2011)

See my Blog for more Details!

D's Muscle suit (Posted 11th December 2011)

For details, please see my blog!

Boots design (Posted 27th November 2011)

This is the boot design that I plan on making, which has been based from 3 different images.

D's Blue Pendant (Posted 27th November 2011)

This is D's blue pendant. It's decribed many times in the books and can always be found in each of the designs.
I based the design off two images. The base of the pendant is a blue glass bead and twisted wire glued onto a cardboard background.
I then sculpted millput in two stages and left it to dry.
Firstly I painted the pendant with several layers of white acrylic paint mixed with PVA glue to even out the bumps.
I then finished off the design with Acrylic and enamel paint. The designs on the glass were painted with black enamel

Cape Lining (Posted 17th November 2011)

I wanted the lining to be a very colourful patchwork of different fabrics and textures. Its made up of a mixture of flower patterned fabrics, textured linens coloured muslins, silks and taffetas.

Most of the fabrics were brought in shepards bush, but I've also worked in some left over fabrics from previous or failed projects. There is a bit of Kozue, Lux and Yuko in there!

Finished Hat (Posted 13th November 2011)

I've made this hat three times already! But i'm finally happy with the results.
The Hat is made from two primark hats, glued together as a base. Buckram was glued on the top and bottom and cut into shape. Wire was added in places and around the edge to define the structure and piping was glued around to edge to give a nice surface to cover over.
I then covered the hat in fake leather, the seams where edged with a herringbone stitch and decorated with velvet trim.

I finished the Hat jewel with acrylic paints and fastened it to the hat using wire.

Hat ornament, Entry One. (Posted 16th June 2010)

One of the first things that I designed was D's hat ornament. Its a promenant feature in all of the Amano artwork, varying in each one.

I combined my favourite reference with a few features from some of the other atworks (Mainly added in the "wing").

The Ornament itself is made from half a plastic clear bauble (the type you get at christmas that slot together so that you can fill them yourselves, these were left over from my Kozue costume.
Alot of the base details were built up with craft foam and the "horn" was strengthened with wire.
The modeling work was then complete in 3 stages using miliput. Miliput is an epoxy modeling clay and is the clay of the gods themselves.

The Next stages involve a little sanding, painting and glossing.