Costume :Xiao Qiao
Variant :Fury
Source :Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2009

Costume Photos






Masquerade (May2010 Improvements)

(improvements) Fans Completed

Xiao Qiao (May 2009)

Xiao Qiao (May 2009)


Costume Information

Cost : £80 (plus £60 for improvements and repairs)
Awards : Best Female - Neo Awards May 2009
Time Taken : 1 month on and off (extra month on and off for improvements)

Xiao Qiao was the first character I played as when I was first introduced to the Dynasty Warriors series, and at my young age I fell in love with her cuteness. I felt Koei did an amazing job bringing her character to life in their Strikeforce designs and thus I had to make it.
My first attempt was in May 2009, in which the cosplay received a lot of praise which raised my confidence (seems as it was my first real cosplay, especially after winning the Neo Competition.
In 2010 I felt the urge to bring it back, simply because I adore it and I am incredibly proud of it.
The fans and wings are the most notable parts of this cosplay and I did indeed spend many hours working on them.
I made the fans by taking apart two giant paper wall fans, using the wooden skeletons as my base. I then painted some material (after cutting out the semi-circle shape)with the appropriate details and then spent many hours trying to iron in the creases. It took a couple of attempts because I realised I had ironed one of them the wrong way >< After glueing the material to the skeleton I began work on the flowers. The smaller flowers over the top of the fans were made vinyl (because that was all I had in 2009 lying around) and glued onto lolly pop sticks and attached to the back of the fans. The larger flowers were originally just painted card, but the Expo in 2009 destroyed them. So in 2010 I decided to make them out of coloured Fimo; it did add a lot of weight to the already heavy fans, but they did look wonderful =]
The wings were a simple idea, but the process was actually physically painful. I cut the base out of cardboard; it was on three parts. Each part was placed between two 'sheets' of leather before I sewed the leather together forming the shape. Of course it was hand-sewn and thus I nearly lost my finger tips ='[ I attached the three pieces together and then put them on a belt.
Doesn't sound as tricky now I have typed it out, but trust me it was no easy ride making this costume.


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That is just too cute! x3

by Uni on Sunday, 18 January, 2009 - 16:12
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epic wig

by ryaoki on Sunday, 18 January, 2009 - 16:22
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looking cute ^^

by nanahara on Sunday, 18 January, 2009 - 20:21

This will be beautiful, I can't wait to see it finished! Looking great so far ^^

by Missytetra on Thursday, 2 April, 2009 - 18:42
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Very nice!

by AmethystEyes on Thursday, 2 April, 2009 - 19:25
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progress looking great

by nanahara on Thursday, 2 April, 2009 - 20:26
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SUGOI that is way cool jj your way lucky lol xx

by Chiconoe on Thursday, 9 April, 2009 - 14:24
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that fan is simply gorgeous 0.o

its soooo accurate its stunning!!!

**searches for more words to describe amazingness**

this is gonna be such an awesome cosplay ^.^

by Toshi-chan on Thursday, 30 April, 2009 - 16:43
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It looks so gorgeous already! Great work! ^_^

by Lisu-chan on Sunday, 17 May, 2009 - 13:09
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progress is looking great ^^

by nanahara on Monday, 18 May, 2009 - 17:12
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You look wonderful! I'll look out for you at Expo :)

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 - 15:38
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cute :3

by angel aiko on Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 - 15:40
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Wow! It looks VERY good! Looking forward to see this in person! ^_^

by Lisu-chan on Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 - 16:36
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This is so adorable! Will be looking out for X3

by Demented Kid on Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 - 16:37
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You are too cute! ^_____^

by Mio-Chan on Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 - 16:48
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AWWWWW ITS SSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOO CUTE I LOVE IT nice costume well done lol :) :)

by CheekyFlower on Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 - 17:47
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Hey honey ^^ finished product looks AMAZING but i knew it would ^^ love you always

by 12midnite21 on Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 - 18:40
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you were so cute ><
I am really happy I went to the UK to see the nice DW cosplays :)

by ellygirl on Monday, 25 May, 2009 - 13:49
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looks rather cute indeed =3
Nicely made =3

by JakeX on Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 - 14:12
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The pics look really sweet soo cute :)

by CheekyFlower on Wednesday, 3 June, 2009 - 16:49
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You're sooo cute >w< Really adorable!! I remember seeing you in May, I love the wig, and the fan 8D Oh and your dress its all so pretty ^_^
Excellent Xiao Qiao!! <3

by Charlie-Bear on Wednesday, 3 June, 2009 - 17:32
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Ah I remember seeing this costume! You won a prize for it, didn't you? Correct me if I'm wrong <33

by Freyarule on Sunday, 23 August, 2009 - 17:48
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Surprisingly yes i did win the Neo thing ^^ thank you for the kind comments everyone ^^

by Kacela on Monday, 24 August, 2009 - 11:10
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I love your Xiao Qiao cosplay & well done for winning in NEO. ^_^

by RebaSephiroth2 on Sunday, 13 September, 2009 - 14:31
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omg! u look so cute! im loving dis cosplay hehe! and fanks for the comment to i hope i can get my costume lookin as good as urs :-D

by cheeky_b1tch on Thursday, 7 January, 2010 - 03:32
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Thank you very much ^^ This is my only costume so far that I am truly proud of lol! I am sure you will pull it off nicely, its not as complicated as it looks to be honest; just has a lot of detail.

by Kacela on Thursday, 7 January, 2010 - 20:46
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Oh wow!!!! This was awesome to begin with but i just can't believe the fimo flowers, they look amazing <3 <3 <3

by Feather-to-Earth on Tuesday, 27 April, 2010 - 20:25
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This costume is so adorable, and your improvements are looking really good, your new wig looks beautiful ^_^

by ElegantAura on Wednesday, 28 April, 2010 - 15:52
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Aww Thank you guys ^^ I look forward to finishing this!

by Kacela on Wednesday, 28 April, 2010 - 15:59
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I love the improvements you made! The hairpieces work out GREAT! ^_____^

See you soon!

by Lisu-chan on Tuesday, 25 May, 2010 - 17:58
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Loved your performance on stage with the fans. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 23:31
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You looked great at the expo! Thanks for performing with us!

by Rogue on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 - 09:24
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Thank you very much =] and it was lovely performing with you too Naomi, hope to see you next May! SW3?

by Kacela on Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 - 15:27
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Ooooo you looked so perfect all always, really amazing job you did on this ^_~

by Feather-to-Earth on Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 - 20:17
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So cute~~ : D
Looks so perfect~~~The fans and details~

by rocksanie on Monday, 23 August, 2010 - 01:18
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>.< Would you do a Da Qiao since you did a AWESOME Xiao Qiao?

by Manticore on Monday, 13 June, 2011 - 18:18
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She is on my list, I would love to do Da Qiao. Maybe when you do your Sun Ce?

by Kacela on Monday, 13 June, 2011 - 18:49
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B-E-A-UTIFUL costume *_* <333~

by Plasticsharkattack on Monday, 4 July, 2011 - 15:37
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Amazing!! Love your attention to detail and the fans and wig is perfect!! <3 it :3

by Puppykitten14 on Monday, 28 November, 2011 - 15:07
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Thank you so much <3

by Kacela on Monday, 28 November, 2011 - 16:10
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aww way too cute!

by DizzieDee on Sunday, 22 January, 2012 - 16:19
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Oh wow, I wish I had seen this in person!!! Amazing!! D8 <3

by Koiice on Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 - 23:42
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Love this...nice attention to detail ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Friday, 8 March, 2013 - 18:27
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Incredibly cute! Great job!

by PandoraCaitiff on Friday, 15 March, 2013 - 19:17
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This is really cool. I really like dynasty warriors, very underrated IMHO.

by Varia on Tuesday, 26 March, 2013 - 16:24
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So pretty! You did a great job :)

by Deathblow_Prime on Tuesday, 2 April, 2013 - 13:31

To-Do List

wig and hornsHighComplete
Neck PieceLowComplete
New Neck PieceLowComplete
Finish other FanLowComplete
New WigLowComplete


Progress of Improvements (Posted 20th April 2010)

Things are finally undergo YAY! Decided not to do the shoe covers because it was too annoying and difficult ¬¬ But I am happy with the new neck piece simply because of the colours are better. Will get to work with finishing the fans this week (yay fimo fun) and I am keeping my fingers crossed that my wig arrives in time (damn natural disasters) otherwise I will have to use my tatty old one =[ bad times!! Also my contact lenses arrived which I will test nearer the time as they only last 30 days!

Re-newing (Posted 17th January 2010)

I will be once again be wearing this costume in May. The wig will be replaced and to a better standard plus I will finish the other fan ^^ I hope to also have a proper photo shoot as this is the favourite costume and I'm so proud of it ^^