Costume :The Queen
Source :Snow White
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2011

Costume Photos

In motion

You are all peasants.




Behold my sleeves!

Bow before me.


I will crush you


Reference pic


Costume Information

Cost : £140ish (about £90 just on velvet)
Time Taken : Too long


(For the Disney group at May Expo.)

...damn, I might have to wear heels after all. But no binder! And no wig! Still better than usual. :P


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Whoooa, this is going to be so cool to see! Epic cape swish is a must, haha^^

by KiraraYumi on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 16:11
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I second the cape swish!

by Pez on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 16:32
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Thanks guys! I'm looking forward to having a plush cape and the justification to swirl it around haughtily. :D

by Storme on Monday, 15 November, 2010 - 17:20
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hehe there might be 2 of us at next Expo..if so i hope we meet and can have a photo together!

by LittleMissMetamorph on Friday, 19 November, 2010 - 22:22
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Sakara: cool! I'll be part of (scarily huge at this point) group of Disney characters, so I should be easy enough to find. :)

by Storme on Friday, 19 November, 2010 - 22:49
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Yes!! Extra points if you carry an apple :D And don't worry about the collar - it sounds super odd, but watered down PVA glue is awesome for making fabric stiff - for my final art project at GCSE I made a ballerina dress, and some of the tutu and shoulder puff bits were net curtain scrunched up and dipped into watered PVA - those babies weren't moving an inch afterwards :D

by Sammykins on Tuesday, 30 November, 2010 - 08:48
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Sammykins: Heh, there will certainly be an apple (and possibly a mirror. :P) And huh, yeah, that's an option--we use a lot of PVA in this house to seal foam, and I've seen it used for wig-styling before--hmmm...

by Storme on Tuesday, 30 November, 2010 - 09:54
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wow awesum cant wait to see this xx

by Sasashie on Monday, 6 December, 2010 - 20:37
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Sasashie: Heh, thanks. I'm looking forward to being able to laugh evilly and swish my cape menacingly. :)

by Storme on Monday, 6 December, 2010 - 22:09
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Love the costume choice - she is really dramatic looking. I think you will have a lot of fun with this. I look forward to seeing it come together. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 7 December, 2010 - 12:34
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Thanks! I'll be buying a lot of velvet soon, I think!

by Storme on Tuesday, 7 December, 2010 - 14:53
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Love you for doing this. She is awesome

by Sephirayne on Friday, 7 January, 2011 - 10:32
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by Storme on Friday, 7 January, 2011 - 12:24
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This will be FABULOUS! <3 Can't wait to see.

by Uni on Tuesday, 3 May, 2011 - 06:52
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Uni: Heh, thanks - I really need to get back to sewing this!

by Storme on Tuesday, 3 May, 2011 - 19:53
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Awesome! Such an underated character! :D

by Telly on Saturday, 14 May, 2011 - 21:28
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Telly: Thanks! I'm looking forward to menacing small children. :D

by Storme on Tuesday, 17 May, 2011 - 20:21
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Ohmaigooood, everything looks perfect so far! 8D
It all looks so comfy and elegant~!

by KiraraYumi on Tuesday, 17 May, 2011 - 20:47
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Thanks! It's actually quite comfortable, but it weighs a LOT and is really thick fabric. I'm going to be very warm if I go inside for long!

by Storme on Tuesday, 17 May, 2011 - 20:58
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by Sephirayne on Monday, 23 May, 2011 - 03:08
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*enormous giggles* THIS is looking SO AWESOME already XDDD I can't wait!!!!

by Freyarule on Tuesday, 24 May, 2011 - 19:58
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Thanks guys! I will be the chibiest of disney villainesses!

by Storme on Wednesday, 25 May, 2011 - 20:19
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wow! this is looks beautiful!! Can't wai to see you and get a pic! <3

by Alyx on Wednesday, 25 May, 2011 - 20:24
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Looks incredible! Love how that gown hangs! It's gorgeous!

by Newdles on Wednesday, 25 May, 2011 - 21:00
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Thanks guys! Hope it actually looks as good on me when it's all put together. :)

by Storme on Thursday, 26 May, 2011 - 08:23
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*goes to front page of CI*

*scrolls down*

....I don't know whether to be intensely happy about this, or scared witless.

either way, GO YOU.

by Loxes on Thursday, 26 May, 2011 - 23:29
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Also, you need her chair :3

by Loxes on Thursday, 26 May, 2011 - 23:30
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Loving it your evilness

by Berserk667 on Thursday, 26 May, 2011 - 23:41
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Heh, thanks! I definitely want that chair, and I'm hoping I get to terrify some small children at Expo. :)

by Storme on Friday, 27 May, 2011 - 00:16

PHAHAHAHA! This i one badass cosplay XD

by liljapanesegirl on Sunday, 29 May, 2011 - 14:01
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So glad I got of photo of you in this - You looked so fantastic as the Queen - everything looked perfect!!

by Pandora-Chi on Monday, 30 May, 2011 - 18:16
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Wow, hun, that is amazing! It's, well, perfect!

by Nomes on Monday, 30 May, 2011 - 19:03
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You look amazing...nice work on it

by SamanthaKaiba on Monday, 30 May, 2011 - 19:06
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Thanks all!

by Storme on Monday, 30 May, 2011 - 20:20
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Mwahaha this was awesome my dear >8D

by Freyarule on Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 08:12
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This is brilliant! I caught a brief glimpse as the big Disney group went past. Those are truly evil eyebrows :D

by Amy-Lou on Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 16:22
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Amy-Lou: Pez's eyebrow work was truly epic. Every time I saw my reflection it startled me.

by Storme on Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 19:06
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You look like you've walked straight off the screen! Marvellous job, really good fabric choices as well.

by Mighty Odango on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 12:26
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this is a amazing cosplay - well done x

by rosieroo on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 19:19
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Absolutely flawless, you've done a brilliant job! :D

by Eloraborealis on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 19:24
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Thanks guys!

by Storme on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 20:16
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This is absolutely perfect! *___* Such amazing work, I can't even find words for it! Wow! >w<

by KiraraYumi on Sunday, 5 June, 2011 - 22:40
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Thanks :D I'm looking forward to wearing it again.

by Storme on Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 - 11:45
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Amazing, amazing, AMAZING! Fabulous work my dear!

by Uni on Sunday, 3 July, 2011 - 19:36
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Thanks! :D I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

by Storme on Thursday, 7 July, 2011 - 16:43
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OHMYGOD! The epic cape swish, you did it! It's so epic! 8DD

by KiraraYumi on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 21:36
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by BabemRoze on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 21:38
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I saw you in the masquerade! You look amazing!

by TheStarlightFairy on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 21:40
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Heh, thanks! I'm kind of glad the photographers were all down so low compared to the stage; my crown got knocked back on my head but it's not really very visible in the masq pics I've seen so far. :P

by Storme on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 21:40
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This is so cool, it's so perfect. I don't think there is anything you could have done better, from craftmenship to choice of material. Love the photo with the cape swoosh.

by j_mercuryuk on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 02:45
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This is so cool, it's so perfect. I don't think there is anything you could have done better, from craftmenship to choice of material. Love the photo with the cape swoosh.

by j_mercuryuk on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 02:45
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*blushes* Thank you! I'm delighted Foxy got that pic. :)

by Storme on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 08:13
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I was so super impressed by this at Ayacon! I was glad I was before you guys in the Masquerade so I got to watch you XD The make-up and outfit were out of this world. I actually thought to myself; this could be Disneyland, I'm actually there. That's how good you were! And yes I agree, cape swoosh is epic~! <3

by Ino on Thursday, 1 September, 2011 - 21:52
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Absolutely gorgeous!

by Telly on Friday, 2 September, 2011 - 13:06
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Thanks! It's amazing what a difference the makeup makes; it doesn't look half as convincing without those eyebrows. :P

by Storme on Friday, 2 September, 2011 - 19:44
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Amazing costume. Well done on the showcase ;)

by Sephirayne on Monday, 7 November, 2011 - 13:05
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Congrats on the showcase sweetheart, you look fantastic <3

by Alyx on Monday, 7 November, 2011 - 14:10
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Congrats on the showcase
WOW this hits it dead on. Perfect cosplay is utterly perfect!

by isamiaella on Monday, 7 November, 2011 - 18:01
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Bloody fantastic, well done on the showcase!

by tripletriad on Monday, 7 November, 2011 - 21:19
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This really is flawless, VERY well deserved showcase!!!

by Plasticsharkattack on Monday, 7 November, 2011 - 21:25
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Thanks everyone! ^///^

by Storme on Monday, 7 November, 2011 - 22:09
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This tickles me greatly. I absolutely adore your characterisation of her. And that Cloak is fabulously made. Attention to the headress is amazing as well, but what particularly strikes out is the fur and inner cape lining contrast.

Just stunning, although I'd love to have seen the gold shoes

by Manticore on Tuesday, 8 November, 2011 - 12:08
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Thanks! Sewing on all the fur was VERY TIRING.

(I'm actually wearing gold shoes, but yeah, hard to see them in most of the pics.)

by Storme on Tuesday, 8 November, 2011 - 19:22
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This is Awesome i love it :D

by jaks-kingdom-dwarf on Wednesday, 9 November, 2011 - 01:39
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by Storme on Friday, 20 January, 2012 - 17:38

This is just amazing! I love it

by g123 on Saturday, 18 January, 2014 - 09:52
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Thank you! :)

by Storme on Tuesday, 21 January, 2014 - 16:29
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Just stumbled across this via the random pics but oh my goodness this is absolutely stunning! it looks amazing, beautifully well made, super effective - even better than something you'd find in the parks! Wonderful!

by Shinigami_ky on Saturday, 20 December, 2014 - 21:32


Expo! (Posted 30th May 2011)

Wore this to May Expo on Saturday. It was epic! I only found one tiny Snow White (seriously, I think she was about 4 or 5 years old at most) and her mother was so happy to have me take a photo with her daughter.

Since someone asked me: to cover up my eyebrows, we first trimmed them short (I've felt eyebrow-nude all week!) and then on the day Pez used prittstick (seriously; it's nontoxic and it works) to glue my brow hair down flat against my forehead. Then a layer of white snazeroo dabbed on; translucent powder to set it; then greasepaint over the top to make the areas more skin-coloured. Then normal foundation/powder, so they blended with the rest of my makeup. That meant we could draw in the new scary brows instead. :P Tutorials on this sort of thing are on youtube, and are totally worth checking out if you want to try.

Pez did most my makeup on the day in the loos at Expo, and Zombiemama stepped it to help with the eyeshadow and fake lashes; in an ideal world we'd do the makeup in a better place but hey, it turned out pretty well!

Done! (Posted 26th May 2011)

Sewing the collar on was nightmareish, but it's done. And Pez helped sew on the necklace, and so... it's ALL READY. Expo, here I come.

Collar 2 (Posted 25th May 2011)


It took rather a high heat setting to press the wadding down this thin; I was quite worried I'd scorch the fabric. Whee.

The fabric sits looser on it than I'd like; I'dreally love it to have a crisper curve and top edge, but I suspect I'd have to sacrifice having fabric on it to achieve that.

It's only loosely pinned into place for this picture. It needs to be stitched on; then the pendant (which Pez has made <3) can be attached.

Crown, again (Posted 25th May 2011)


I love the tiny pearl on the tip. :P Colour looks a bit weird in the pic; it's actually a very Disneyish yellow gold.

(The foam taped around the head is Pez's fault.)

Collar 1 (Posted 23rd May 2011)

Pez raised some potential issues with making the collar from fabric-covered fosshape; she was worried about the fabric drooping from the lower side. Which is a damned good point; I'd entirely disregarded that.

So! After a little experimenting, I'll probably end up using fusible web to secure the fabric to the collar base. And instead of fosshape I think I'm going to use plain old wadding; it will iron down nice and slim and stiff, but doesn't set as fast (or as hard, but that's the trade-off) as fosshape. Which gives me the time I need to iron it with the fabric and fusible web, and bend it into shape before it sets stiff.

Mmm, plan adjustments.

Crown 1 (Posted 23rd May 2011)

So far: made a paper template, then cut the shape out of foam and have since adjusted the size a little so it sits in the right place and is the right height etc.

Already it looks like a crown! Need to hot-glue the ends of the foam together, add the raised edges, then MAKE IT ALL GOLD muahaha.

Fur trim... (Posted 22nd May 2011)

All done, on both sleeves and cloak. I actually unpicked the sleeves and redid them, as my first pass was kind of shoddy.


But that trim is looking *good* now. Aw yeah.

So that's the cloak and dress totally finished. Pez has made the base of the necklace. Tomorrow is crown-and-collar day. :)

Cloak, moar (Posted 17th May 2011)

Measured the edge of the cloak for the fur trim. 4.2 metres of fur has now been cut. No wonder the cloak is so swishy. :D

(Fluff everywhere. And I have to handsew the trim along the top and bottom edges and there will be more shed fur everywhere. MY LIFE.)

And still to do: (Posted 16th May 2011)

Currently left to do:

* Make the crown (as before)

* Make the necklace (Pez is stepping in on this, since her sculpture skills are better and I asked. :P The red acrylic gem is sitting nicely in a disc of paper-clay at the moment. And I found a nice thick gold chain.)

* Make the collar (As before)

* Finish the dress (neaten up the raw edges on the inside. :P And I also need to stitch down the last of the fur trim on one sleeve; haven't quite finished that.)

* Finish the cloak (neaten the raw edges inside the hood a bit, trim the lower edge with fur.)

The fur trim, oh god. That lower cloak edge is VERY LONG and I have to hand-stitch and augh.

Cloak/hood (Posted 16th May 2011)

The right-hand side is what the cloak+hood looks like at the moment, the left-hand side is earlier today, before I'd hemmed the edges and the base of the central panel (and reshaped the fosshape peak of the hood).

There is SO MUCH CLOAK and it's all velvety and silky and feels very luxurious. And now I have to add a fur trim along the immensely long hem. Whee!

Left to do (Posted 14th May 2011)

I need to:

* Make the crown (EVA foam, and a gold wax buff to colour it. And I bought a big fake pearl earring stud to stick on the front spike, too. :D)

* Make the necklace (Pez found me a red acrylic crystal of suitable size, and I'll make the rest of the pendant out of... something. We have lots of sculpty materials, I'll see what works. And more goldfinger/rub 'n' buff to colour it. I have gold chain to attach it to the collar, also.)

* Make the collar (fosshape! And then white taffeta over the top of that. I've some vague schemes to keep it in the right place, too.)

* Finish the dress (hem it.)

* Finish the cloak (line it, do some more adjustments to the snood shape, attach snood to cloak, add the panel at the front, trim the lower edge with fur.)

At some point I need to do a makeup test, and if I have the time I do want to make the little hand-cover things. And then I'll put everything on, and will be SO WEIGHED DOWN BY COSTUME OMG.

Dress, continued (Posted 14th May 2011)

Fur trim added to sleeves, dressing gown cord (thanks to lovely facebook peeps for the suggestion) on top. I need to sew the hem, obviously, but it's looking pretty good I think!

The fur is really heavy. And the velvet is really thick. I may die of heat exhaustion at expo despite no wig. :D

Cloak+hood (Posted 14th May 2011)

The black velvet cloak is sewn together from the neck down, and part of the red lining is ready to be added. And it'll look good, I think - lots of fabric, lots of swoosh, and the fur I have for the trim (which is soft and thick and beautiful) will add quite a bit of weight too. Though it also sheds like a git, so I'm kind of not looking forward to sewing it on.

The really awkward bit is the snood around her face.

I'm using stretch velvet for the actual snood, because otherwise it will not go over my head. :D And to make the point on her forehead, I decided to sew fosshape in to provide stiffness.

Fosshape + stretch fabric is a recipe for sadness. My widow's peak is a bit lopsided, and I can't unstitch/redo it without wrecking the hood. Ugh. I'll figure something out.

Need to put a panel in the front of the cloak, as her cloak doesn't close fully; sewing that so it integrates with the neck of the snood and with the rest of the cloak will be... challenging. :D

I'll be fosshaping the collar, too, but I don't think that'll be as awkward; the fabric that's going to cover it is taffeta, and it's stiff enough that it shouldn't pucker like the stretch velvet did.

Dress progress (Posted 8th May 2011)

Well, that's the dress - I need to hem it at the base, obviously, but otherwise it's more or less done. I've started putting the white fur trim on the sleeves. Good god, so much fluff everywhere. :D

Moving forward (Posted 27th December 2010)

I now have a pattern I can adapt for the dress (one with sleeves of the right style), and a pattern I can re-use for the cloak--I just need to work out how to do that tight hood-with-widows-peak.

I need to source the velvet soon--the black isn't likely to be hard to get even if I leave it late, but those purples aren't going to be quite so easy...

Checking outfit (Posted 2nd December 2010)

This needs to be done for May Expo!

* A dark blue-purple gown with wrist-length sleeves in a slightly lighter shade. Looks like a rich, heavy fabric--not necessarily a velvet, but similarly expensive-feeling. The sleeves are a bit like kimono sleeves; they drape all the way down to floor length, but are gathered around the wrist and closed on that front edge. On the leading edge, they're trimmed with white from floor to wrist and back down.
* Triangular back-of-hand covering--in the same darkish blue purple--looks like it might be the edge of an undersleeve, really? Extends halfway along each back-of-palm.
* Black heavy velvet cloak with a rich, blood-red silk lining. The base is trimmed with a white edge in what is probably supposed to be ermine. Hmm. Cloak continues up into tightly-fitted hood ending in widow's peak, concealing all of hair.
* white, very high collar. Probably satin; quite flat in profile (compared to most collars). front points of collar lead into white (white-goldish?) necklace/clasp with a large gold circular pendant/closure. Large red gem in centre of gold pendant.
* dress is belted with a heavy red braided cord. some official versions have a gold braided cord belt instead, but this isn't visible anywhere in the film.
* gold mid-heeled court shoes (seem to have a red gem set in the front of each shoe, where a buckle would be)
* spiky gold crown with a little pearly knob on the front peak!