|Time Taken :||Twenty-four hours|
|This is the first time I've ever planned to go into the masquerade! Apart from our sound difficulties - my fault - I think it went really well! Well, the chair was supposed to be in the middle of the stage and everybody laughed over my final line. But. Um. I'm still proud of what we managed here.|
So I guess one of the reasons I wanted to cosplay Kino - apart from my undying love for the series and the character, coupled with the fact that I play far too few female characters to call myself a good feminist - is that I picked up a Spanish military surplus trenchcoat at Glastonbury Festival for £1. I actually wanted to cosplay Rorscharch - I even dyed a pair of trousers I really liked with horrible blotchy purple - but the party I was going to wear Rorscharch to sort of dwindled out, thanks to a death in a friend's family. The coat just sort of malingered in my wardrobe for a while, and then in the loft.
I had this idea, eventually. I thought up the skit and then decided how to do the costume. Since I started my job, I just didn't have time to make it from scratch, and the costume did suffer a bit. The different green parts weren't really matching at all, and I couldn't make the tunic lie flat when I moved. Still, I'm pretty pleased with the outcome.
From the top to the bottom, the hat was about £6 on eBay. I bought the fur seperately and trimmed it (I could only get long pile in the right shade, weirdly). Modified the hat and attached the fur, and the goggles (about £15). They're not completely accurate, but goggles are massively expensive, and I didn't have time to make them. They also had to be okay for the Quatre costume which I wore earlier in the day. Also, Kino's character design differs massively across the different media in which she's appeared. She even has green hair in a lot of art! I decided the green was nice and arty but the brown was more likely, given the context of the show. When it came, the wig was a little chestnutier than I'd expected, but not a bad wig. I cut it pretty erratically, but I quite like how it came out - I mean, it looks likely, if not entirely accurate. I waxed the fringe a little to make it more stylised.
Moving down, the shirt is an old school shirt belonging to my little brother. I did consider doing the costume with a cream polo neck, which is what she's drawn with in some versions, but the detailed figure clearly shows a plain shirt. The tunic is the heavily cut down and modified coat. Buttons removed, hems shortened, shoulders remade, new collar and lapels, new front panel, catches added - and even then I had to sew it shut while I was wearing it. It was not the most cooperative garment.
The trousers were my second pair. The first - the desperation pair, which were slightly too small, but purchased in case I couldn't find anything better? Yeah, that's them hanging from my belt. The boots were borrowed - like a lot of nice footwear in my cosplays - from my best bro. The coat was just £6 in CLIC.
If I had to make this costume again... well, I probably wouldn't. Or I would make it from scratch. Or I would order all the cat collars six months in advance instead of a few weeks in advance, so that I can have the bike clips I need on the day.