CaptainAmelia
 


Costume :Morgana Pendragon
Variant :Series Four
Source :Merlin (BBC)
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London Film and Comic Con 2012


Costume Photos

Strange Magic - Merlin and Morgana.

Double Trouble - Meeting Morgana.

Collision of Worlds - Kilgarrah, Gwen and Morgana.

Beyond the Wall - Morgana and Rose Leslie.

Beyond the Wall - Morgana and Jon Snow.

Her Darkest Hour.

Back reference, in particular corset lacing and skirt detail.

Full reference, in particular corset detail.

Full reference, in particular skirt detail and boots.

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : £44.88
Time Taken : Three months to compile high-street/eBay buys.

Description
This costume was wonderful to wear, all floor-sweeping skirt and figure-hugging corset. While exploring Olympia's balcony, I found myself swaggering along, very in-character, and was having too much fun to call myself off...
I compiled this entire costume from high-street buys: The black cobweb dress and shirt were Topshop, the teal underskirt New Look and the corset Next. My wig was brushed out from a previous Bellatrix Lestrange costume with plaited and dreadlocked extensions added, and was surprisingly heavy to wear!
While very few guests at LFCC recognised the character, Anthony Head himself commented on my costume, and I was able to meet and trade costume construction stories with a fellow Series Four Morgana, with her very own Aithusa!
All-in-all, Morgana was a great pleasure to wear for my very first day of my very first convention ever!

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COSTUME BREAKDOWN:

* Hair - A mess, to put it bluntly. Black and curly with some dreadlocks, wrapped in dark green cloth. One longer, loose plait, waist-length, over left shoulder.
* Make-up - Pale skin with green eye-shadow, both on and below lids; maybe also liner. Pale lips and natural nails, reasonably short. Don't ask me how she applies pristine make-up on a daily basis and can't find time to brush her hair...
* Corset - Black, sits on the bust, not above, and features some epic cleavage. Laces with leather thong up the back, complete with lots of boning channels and seams. The whole thing is wrapped in suede cord, which appears to fasten on the shoulders, and is strung with five silver flower studs and three petal-like beads.
* Dress - Floor-sweeping and long-sleeved, with a very low neckline, in black crochet spider's web fabric. Nothing's hemmed, which saves me a nice chunk of time, and the whole thing is frayed to within an inch of its life. Skirt is ripped into swags down right leg seam and double layered with a teal fabric, which also peaks out just about corset.
* Footwear - Black leather boots, low heel. Barely seen underneath skirt.
* Accessories - None.

Comments

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I can't believe I'd never noticed this before. Superb job and your first live cosplay too. Well done.

by Starbucks dad on Sunday, 6 January, 2013 - 19:22
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Thank you! :D

by CaptainAmelia on Sunday, 6 January, 2013 - 23:08
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This is a really good cosplay! Very inspirational for a new Morgana :S what boots did you end up wearing? And HOW did you get that skirt, it's amazing!

by crackedcosplaycait on Saturday, 12 January, 2013 - 17:13
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Thanks - Glad you like it! My boots were black leather; it took me a while to track down any references, as you can barely see hers under her skirt. I absolutely adore the skirt - It, and the matching long-sleeved top, are actually from TopShop! High-street!Morgana for the win xD
By the way, if you need any advice or references or anything - I have literally hundreds of pictures - When you're putting yours together, don't hesitate to give me a shout! Good luck :D

by CaptainAmelia on Saturday, 12 January, 2013 - 21:12
 

To-Do List

Make/buy black corset.HighComplete
Finish styling wig.HighComplete
Attach silver beads, flower studs and suede thong to corset.MediumComplete
Buy black satchel.MediumComplete
Buy make-up.LowComplete

Shopping List

Black wig - Already owned£0.00Bought
Green cloth for dreadlocks£1.87Bought
Topshop black cobweb long-sleeved shirt£10.00Bought
Three silver beads£0.45Bought
Topshop black cobweb maxi dress£18.58Bought
Teal underskirt£7.49Bought
Black extensions - Already owned£0.00Bought
Black suede cord - Already owned£0.00Bought
Five flower studs - Already owned£0.00Bought
Black leather boots - Already owned£0.00Bought
Black corset£6.49Bought
Total£44.88

Journal

Pitiful attempt at a journal entry... (Posted 13th July 2012)

So I didn't actually update this throughout the whole cosplay-gathering process. I suck so hard. However, this is the regular list of Things I Would Change If I Get the Opportunity To Wear This Costume Again!:

* The wig is one of the biggest issues, I think. I brushed and hair-dried and sprayed it out a lot straighter than it ended up, but forgot to RE-brush it before wearing on Saturday, after it had come straight out of its box, and the curls had sprang back in. However, I did love the dreadlocks and green cloth additions, which made the hair that much more SA.
* Fix suede cord to corset, rather than having to attach it that morning. Seriously, my friends literally had to wind me into the costume. I don't know whether there's some way I could permanently attach the cord and allow the corset to retain its stretch quality? Something to look into.
* Also more cord around the corset. I had a 25metre roll, but it still didn't look like enough!
* Actually find the little silver accents I had bothered saving for this very costume. You know when you tuck something away in a safe place for future use and promptly lose it to another dimensions...?
* Take down neckline of long-sleeved shirt and dress. While I would never be entirely comfortable with flashing the sort of cleavage that Katie McGrath does, I could have at least attempted to take it a little lower.
* Rip swags down the side seams of the outer skirt, which would have added even more to the grunge feel of the costume.
* Darken up the green eyeshadow. While I was wearing several different shades, including khaki eyeliner, it never managed to show itself in photos. Considering it's such a highlight of the costume, it should be a more dramatic feature next time.
* Also, disappointingly, I didn't get the chance to have a photo in the Iron Throne, as they closed it off early to ensure all the previous photos were printed. Absolutely gutted, as I had been practicing my BAMF lounging posture for that very moment... Ah, well. Saved myself £5 to put towards a Charles Dance autograph!

However, while there were negative aspects, I still loved a heck of a lot about this costume:
* My first real live cosplay! Hell yeah!
* The cobweb dress featured the most beautiful fabric to ever cross my path, all gothic and slinky. I will definitely be wearing this out in public.
* I loved my figure in the corset, simple as xD
* Got to wear my favourite and most comfortable pirate boots underneath the skirt, without paying an extra penny for them.
* Two words: Magical. Swag.
* And, to top it all off, my friends cosplaying with me. Grace crossplayed as Melin, and her binding stories are some of the funniest of the entire holiday; Alice decided upon Kilgarrah in a hideous knitted dragon hat and the most delightful jersey wings you've ever seen; and Bryony, despite spending the majority of the day on the balcony due to a leg injury, treated herself to a beautiful purple dress for Gwen.
* All-round, I think a fantastically successful costume - And I hope I satisfied the few Merlin fans who did recognise me! :D