Costume :Lady Vader
Variant :Female
Source :Star Wars
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Thought Bubble 2010

Costume Photos

Another angle with the PCs

With Lord Vader himself.


L feels the Force ..choke! ^^

Get in the Pokeball now!

Thought Bubble 2010

Masquerade pic - Group Award

Leeds Thought Bubble 2010

Leeds Thought Bubble 2010

Leeds Thought Bubble Comic Con 2010


Costume design


Costume Information

Awards : Masquerade Group award - Thought Bubble Comic Con 2010

For Lukes Star Wars group at Leeds Thought Bubble Con masquerade comp in a couple of weeks.

Yes some people might HATE this! hahaha. Well I've seen Fem jokers etc so why not a Fem Vader.. - Hopefully I don't get lynched over it @_@ -

The idea: If Darth Vader had been a woman what would the character design look like? This could even be a Dark side Leia - if she had been turned to the Dark side and sustained a few injuries in the run up, and re-using some of dads old parts... ^_^

Costume design sketch to show how I imagine it will look.

Final Update:
Costume completed and worn at the Leeds Thought Bubble Comic Con 2010.

I only managed to wear the helmet and mask for about the first 10 mins..it was quite hard to see inside the con, I kept bumping into things.. Also felt quite cut off from other people, including my friends cuz there is no eye contact and its hard to even hear me through the mask. So after 10 mins I ditched the mask and helmet. I had already planned in case this happened so I had full makeup and wig on underneath. Since this was Dark side I tried for a very gothic look with my makeup ..black lip liner and deep red for lips, and very dark smokey eyes.

Once the mask and helmet were off the costume was very enjoyable. Full flowey black cape is wonderfull! :) And with the fx lightsaber gave loads of creative poses for photos. Later our Star Wars group took a group award at the masquerade comp and then we took loads more pics in the square as it was dark by then. I will stick more pics up when friends have uploaded them.


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When you say a few injuries, do you mean a couple of limbs sliced off and then lobbed into a volcano lmao

This is awsome,

by ryaoki on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 18:28
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hahahaha Is that the sweet sound of approval. Cheers Buddy. :D

No the breastplate is protect her womanly assets ^^ ..and also protection against blaster shots. The injuries are to her face, sustained by being too close to Dark force lightning energy as she was in the process of killing her pre-decessor Darth..I forget his name.. something or other. K ?

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 18:34
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this is actually swarv lol!

by ryaoki on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 18:41
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Genius. You will pull this off epicly!

Is genuinly excited to see this finished. ^.^

by Toshi-chan on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 20:02
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Cheers guys. Work has begun! :)

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 21:52
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Hnnng im taking responsibility for allowing this monument to awesome sexy nerdary! :) can not wait to seeee it! :) your coming on the masquerade with us cowboy! :)

by Captain_Marvelous on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 21:57
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Yep-sir-y-bob :D

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 22:00
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woh I never knew someone would get round to doing that version of Darthy^__^

by Anime_Angel on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 22:27
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urm... YES!

by Alyx on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 23:40
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If you had a poundshop local to you, they sell black car primer paint and its AMAZING in all my years of prop making ive never used anything else XD

by Captain_Marvelous on Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 23:43
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YES! this is awesome ^^

and ima gonna be a Sith right alongside you :3

by Fishyfins on Saturday, 13 November, 2010 - 00:25
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I'm glad you guys are so positive about this. At least I get some wear out of my Vader mask. I just couldn't do him properly cuz it wouldn't be right I am so short compared to Luke. But this way I can get away with it. (I needs ma heels) ^_^

Ryuk I will defo check that out..I do have a poundshop locally. :) How can they do stuff like that for a pound!? :S

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 13 November, 2010 - 02:01
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Cute, go for it and have fun! ha's wha cosplay is about. Pics please when you ge back, of course :p

by Wyrdsister on Saturday, 13 November, 2010 - 03:31
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Im not sure, the same way they can sell heroclix, transformers dvds, a dremel tool, an engraver, dremel head bit sets, official batman figures, massive packs of craft foam and camping lanterns. XD haha poudland rocks but only certain times of the year

by Captain_Marvelous on Saturday, 13 November, 2010 - 10:17
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Dude i wana cosplay chad vader ! lmao

by ryaoki on Sunday, 14 November, 2010 - 23:58
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Vader: Luke...I am your mother!
Luke: Wait, what?

XDDD sorry couldn't resist, this will be an interesting project and I can't wait to see the final result :)

by Freyarule on Monday, 15 November, 2010 - 09:25
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Hehe, interesting idea! Can't wait to see it finished :)

by alytheluvly on Monday, 15 November, 2010 - 13:39
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Ryaoki - Do it. ^_^ these Vader masks are going really cheap on eB at the mo, you even get the microphone and vader sound box.
Freyarule, Alytheluvly - Not long to wait, this is for the weekend, Leeds ThoughtBubble Con. There is a cosplay comp so we're doing a Star Wars group for the masquerade. ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 15 November, 2010 - 18:24
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Hnnng your damn right! Faye is currently making the Bantha :)

by Captain_Marvelous on Monday, 15 November, 2010 - 18:30
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by ryaoki on Monday, 15 November, 2010 - 18:45
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Ooh awesome! Won't be able to make it but definitely looking forward to pics :D best of luck!

by Freyarule on Monday, 15 November, 2010 - 21:14
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awesome idea!

by InfiniteJester on Wednesday, 17 November, 2010 - 22:53
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Oooh! Breastplate looks awesome!

by kiichan on Wednesday, 17 November, 2010 - 22:57
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Love love LOVE this!

by Alyx on Wednesday, 17 November, 2010 - 23:08
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Thank you guys. ^_^
Just a few days left to get this finished, but I'm feelin good about it. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 17 November, 2010 - 23:16

I don't know how you do it! another gorgeous cosplay, and you worked so fast! <3

by No thanks on Wednesday, 17 November, 2010 - 23:26
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Thats quite impressive, once it is complete, you'll then need the lightsaber since you cannot be Darthy without a lightsaber lol

by Anime_Angel on Thursday, 18 November, 2010 - 00:48
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Charlotte. Hi baby. ^_^
Thank yoooou. Well the breastplate is re-cyled from my Toyah costume. Just painted black and drilled holes to fix the front panel onto it. Umm leggins in pic are bought ones (Oh The Shame! :P ) But I still have to make the top and it prob won't match them so I might end up making new leggins too..I'll have to raid my Mary Marvel fabric :S But I feel quite gorgeous in ths costume. The cape just fills out like a sail, even walking slowly, and it billows behind just like a villainous cape should. :P It's fantastic! I bought the fabric to make the top and leggins but when it arrived it didn't have much stretchiness so I thought might as well use it for the cape. So now I have a wet look cape too. It's all bordering on dominatrix! :P hahahaha.

Anime_Angel.. borrowing my friends FX Vader lightsaber again for this. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 18 November, 2010 - 01:00
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Looks great so far! :D So shiny! ^_^

by alytheluvly on Thursday, 18 November, 2010 - 10:28
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Looking awesome. Love the design. Can't wait to see pics of the finished costume. I can't make Thought Bubble so sadly I won't be able to see this in person.

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 18 November, 2010 - 15:19
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Such a unique idea, I love it!

by Saffron on Thursday, 18 November, 2010 - 17:34
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Such a unique idea, I love it!

by Saffron on Thursday, 18 November, 2010 - 17:34
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Hnnnng so awesome! really shaping up!

by Captain_Marvelous on Thursday, 18 November, 2010 - 18:30
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Osaka - Glad you like it. :)
Ryuk - Phew! glad you are liking it so far. Should finalise everything tomorrow.

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 19 November, 2010 - 00:34

haha! Villians cape indeed! with extra swish ;D

by No thanks on Friday, 19 November, 2010 - 03:10
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You looked fab hun! really did hehe. I wanted to see your helmet D: murrr.
Did you get a pic with mr vader? ;D

by Bambi. on Monday, 22 November, 2010 - 12:58
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Oh I'm glad you think so hun..thanks. ^_^ I noticed lots of people (non cosplayers) starring at me like wtf! so I was worried that maybe I didn't look so good. :S
The helmet lol - that word has SO got hijacked! :P I couldn't say a sentence that day without inuendo creeping in ^^ Umm yeah I only actually wore for about 10 mins at the start..I kept bumping into people and things inside the Con ^^ so I ditched it in the cloak room for the rest of the day. Yes I did have some photo's taken with mr Vader..I'm waiting for an L cosplayer called Sam to send some through from his camera, I gave him my email... :/ *waits in hope*
Adam and Faye took loads so there should be some to come. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 22 November, 2010 - 14:59
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your outfit was fantastic, I only got one photo of you and a policeman


by LuciaDuvant on Wednesday, 24 November, 2010 - 02:45
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LuciaDuvant - Thank you :) and thanks for the photo too. That came out well, poor policeman..I think the lightsaber went a little closer than he was expecting, I felt the need to remind him it wasn't a real lightsaber! :P They were both really good sports with all the cosplayers though. ^^

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 24 November, 2010 - 12:01
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Hehe, love the photo with the policeman!

by alytheluvly on Wednesday, 24 November, 2010 - 12:44
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This is sexy! Love it! Great ides hehe

by FairyPorchQueen on Wednesday, 24 November, 2010 - 13:05
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Loves it!!!

by DrunkleyCP on Wednesday, 24 November, 2010 - 15:19
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This turned out amazing!!!

0.o shiny cape!.....*paws*..

by Toshi-chan on Thursday, 25 November, 2010 - 01:16
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Thanks for all your lovely comments guys. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 26 November, 2010 - 09:51
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you always seem to make awesome cosplays i love the pic with the police officer :D

by jaks-kingdom-dwarf on Saturday, 27 November, 2010 - 04:12
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jaks-kingdom-dwarf - Awww thats a really nice thing to say, Thank you. ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 27 November, 2010 - 12:27

This version is really cool! :) Good on ya!

by CherushiiBun on Tuesday, 14 December, 2010 - 16:01
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Butterfly-Godess - Thank you. It was really fun cosplay to do. Dont know if I will ever get to cosplay her again though, esp as shes kinda ..made up. ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 14 December, 2010 - 17:18
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What a beautiful and original idea ^____^

by FairyPorchQueen on Friday, 17 December, 2010 - 15:22
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Thanks ^_^
It was nice to have loads of freedom with the design and fabrics etc. I can see now why steampunk and OD appeals to so many people..you get the chance to be creative and use dress design skills to make your own thing, then have the fun of wearing it. Its quite different from my usual trying for exactness of a screen costume. I will defo have a go at more own designs sometime.

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 18 December, 2010 - 00:47
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Think i remember seeing you.

by DarkNyte on Friday, 5 October, 2012 - 09:41


Progress update (Posted 17th November 2010)

Here is how the costume is shaping up - life support control panel now fixed onto breastplate. I removed the Velcro from the breastplate fasteners because I just dont trust it..always snags and pulls on nice fabric! Instead the wide elastic straps are now fastened with large size hook/eyes. So, breastplate sorted.

In the pics I tried an off the shoulder top. Looks nice without the helmet but with the helmet on the bare neck looks wrong. This means I am going to have to make a long sleeved full coverage top (for this pic I just have a plain black T-shirt on). 3 days to go.. But I'm feeling good about progress. ^_^

Breastplate progress (Posted 15th November 2010)

Pic - Breastplate after clear Gloss varnish has dried.
Two coats of Johnsons Klear brushed on - It's meant for floors but I find this stuff is an excellent clear gloss varnish which dries fast and doesn't smell.
Sainsburys sell it.

Breastplate progress (Posted 14th November 2010)

Third coat. Colour looks solid enough. Now drying, tommorrow I will coat it all with clear gloss to make it super shiney. Also need to drill some holes and fix the life support control box onto the front.

Notice: top left, black wide elastic strip sticking out - this is how the breastplate is fastened onto me. Wide elastic strips are hot glued to the inside, and the other end has velcro fastener. (in case you were wondering)

Breastplate progress (Posted 12th November 2010)

Next stage - first coat of Black paint. Nothing special here, just ordinary craft acrylic. It's quite well pigmented so two coats might do this..

Breastplate progress (Posted 12th November 2010)

You might recognise this - from my Toyah cosplay. - I did what I wanted with that, and so I'm quite happy to be re-using this breastplate for another costume.

First stage - the glossy finish has been sanded down with rough sandpaper - this will provide a better key for the black paint to stick to. It has also smoothened the breastplate a bit more - which can't be a bad thing cuz gloss black could show up any unsmoothness..