Costume :Rinoa (Steampunk)
Variant :Steampunk
Source :Final Fantasy VIII
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Amecon 2012

Costume Photos


Selphie and Rinoa


Wonky wings

The group


Rinoa and Selphie

WIP Corset

Whole reference


Costume Information

I'm keeping this in 'In Progress', (but not in that section on CI) as there is so much to improve on this and it will be improved for the next time I wear this.

FINALLY!!! I have been dying to post this up for months now (I’ve been counting down the days until me and MC agreed to post these up).
Basically I went through a SP phase and really wanted to do something SP, but at the time I was working on my costumes for Kitacon and couldn’t free myself from that so instead I started drawing SP version of the FFVIII crew. By the time Minamicon came round I have a few if them done and showed MC, who promptly approved and said she wanted to do the version of Selphie. So we decided to get a group together for Amecon 2012.

The group so far stands at (and we welcome anyone else who wants to join):
Squall: Toshiki Len (maybe)
Rinoa: j_mercuryuk
Selphie: Messengercat
Quistis: Tif
Zell: Wildarms Rudy
Ellone: SamanthaKaiba
Seifer: FF Zidane
Raijin: Dalbir
Fuijin: Natsumi
Edea: Pandora

Knight of Pluto: Just Bob


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I am both looking forward to and dreading those wings, they will be impressive when they're done. The jacket I still adore and gleefull look forward to seeing.

by messengercat on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 09:28
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I know what you mean, but though I original wanted to do feathers, I'm not sure if that's too un-steampunk.

by j_mercuryuk on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 09:31
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The design looks absolutely amazing and I cannot wait to see more progress!!! <3

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 11:10
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I love this design of her...cannot wait to see this in person...

by SamanthaKaiba on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 12:08
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Thank you, I'm glad you like the design :D I'm really looking forward to getting started on this cosplay, and to meeting up with an amazing group :D

by j_mercuryuk on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 13:27
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This is a lovely idea the design is very cool!! X3 can't wait to see how it progresses!

by Natsumi on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 20:25
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I LOVE that design, looks really incredible and suits her so much!

by BabemRoze on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 20:45

Those wings are going to be something special. Regarding an earlier comment you made: I don't think feathers are too "un-steampunk"; perhaps you could lightly airbrush some tones onto them with dark paint? That could give the feathers a bit of a grimy feel, which would be in keeping with the oldschool cogs and gears you have in the wing frames.

by birds-hate-flying on Friday, 7 October, 2011 - 15:16
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That's good to hear birds-hate-flaying. Funny you should suggest that, it had occurred to me, but I was thinking of painting them silver (with special feather paint) and then doing that. I think I will try both and see how it turns out, but you've made me feel better about the wings now. Thank you

by j_mercuryuk on Sunday, 9 October, 2011 - 12:05

oh, then the feathers would look like they are made from antique silver! Yes, your idea of using silver paint as a base and then toning sounds very promising. Glad you're feeling more confident about the wings; I'm excited to see what you come up with.

by birds-hate-flying on Sunday, 9 October, 2011 - 17:21
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This is an awesome idea! I've got a renewed fixation on steampunk since I introduced my boyfriend to it at last expo. FF characters are cosplayed a lot so it will be cool to see people doing something a little bit different with it! :)

by visiting_wizard on Friday, 18 November, 2011 - 15:09
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Thank you :D I agree, it'll be fun to do something different with the FF characters. You can join us if you like :D If you're going to Amecon, we'd be happy to have more people joining us.

by j_mercuryuk on Saturday, 19 November, 2011 - 02:33
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Looks really awesome, cant wait to see this finsihed :D
By the way your a really go artist, your drawing skills are kool.

by Puppykitten14 on Monday, 28 November, 2011 - 14:21
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Really good idea! *_*
Good work! ^^

by BakaRinoa on Saturday, 24 December, 2011 - 13:13
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loving the progress of this, I hope to see this in the future. Wish I could have seen it at Amecon

by SamanthaKaiba on Wednesday, 20 June, 2012 - 06:06
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Girrlll I just adore that Corset! 8D I really cannot wait to see how it looks altogether! 8D

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 20 June, 2012 - 19:25

You looked awesome! :D Was so great to see you!

by x on Monday, 20 August, 2012 - 17:38
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This is so amazing and love the photos...Wish I was able to be there...I hope to meet up and join you as Ellone soon ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 - 20:19
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*_* So so stunning!! I really love the volume of that bustle and how it drapes :3 Gorgeous!

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 16 September, 2012 - 16:10