PKNIVES
 


Costume :Lestat
Variant :Frock Coat
Source :The Vampire Chronicles
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :London MCM Expo Oct 2009


Costume Photos

Lestat and Claudia

Dark Waters

Blue Velveteen

The Brat Prince

Upper half WIP

Lestat and Claudia

Lestat and Louis

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : £18 for velvet, £16 for gold embellishments

Description
I completed it! Everyone at Expo was incredibly lovely about the costume, and I got a great response. We're planning a big group for next year's expo, too!
A thousand and one thanks for supporting me!

The rest of the day's images can be found on www.pknives.deviantart.com

Anne Rice writes as Armand in The Vampire Armand about Lestat saying:

"Lestat, ever the maverick and laughing trickster. Six feet tall, a young man of twenty when made, with huge warm blue eyes and thick flashy blond hair, square of jaw, with a generous beautifully shaped mouth and skin darkened by a sojourn in the sun which would have killed a weaker vampire, a ladies' man, an Oscar Wildean fantasy, the glass of fashion, the most bold and disregarding dust vagabond on occasion, loner, wanderer, heartbreaker and wise guy, dubbed the 'Brat Prince'..."

Originally I wore this costume at the May Expo, at the evening party. However I was really, REALLY poorly, tired and sickly, and I felt I didn't do the outfit justice. I'm thankful no photographs exist! When Emi suggested I cosplay Lestat (with he Claudia) in October, I felt I wanted to, and so began work on the outfit afresh. I'd like to do a recognisable version of Lestat, and so I've chosen the popular blue frock coat/aristocratic ballroom version.

Comments

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Sooooo Looking forward to this! Great work so far and much love to you for doing Lestat <3

by Demented Kid on Sunday, 19 April, 2009 - 23:30

...I want to hunt you down and just photo you to death in May. Oh god Lestat. <3

by on Sunday, 19 April, 2009 - 23:58
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Now THAT's a nice cape!

by RanmaSyaoran on Monday, 20 April, 2009 - 07:34
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Ahhh i cannot wait to see this !

by GraceyDarling on Monday, 20 April, 2009 - 08:56
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AGH!!! THIS IS SO AWESOME!!! (hottest tobbles cruise has ever looked) should i cosplay armand :P lol good luck!!!

by Captain_Marvelous on Monday, 20 April, 2009 - 09:03
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I see the mannequin that you lugged with you! It looks impressive.

by Odd-One-Out on Monday, 20 April, 2009 - 09:50
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This is going to be gorgeous - you make such a good Lestat! <3

by Nocturnal Blossom on Wednesday, 22 April, 2009 - 21:45
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Literary cosplay! Woo~! Cannot wait to see you in this you look so pretty so far and the outfit you have is gorgeous!

by Monkey on Wednesday, 22 April, 2009 - 22:14
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Nice score, the wig does look good quality, that certainly is a Great price. And the fangs look realistic. (I must get some of those Scarecrow jobbies)

Are you Lestat during the day at Expo as well? (this Could be a silly question if you are roleplaying ^^)

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 22 April, 2009 - 22:29
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Hee hee! We're keeping the vampire costumes for the evenings we think! Thanks for the incredibly kind support, I'm so pleased!

X

by PKNIVES on Wednesday, 22 April, 2009 - 23:47
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Looking awesome. I can't wait to see the completed look. I'm such a fan of the character and the book.

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 23 April, 2009 - 03:42
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awsome, can't wait to see this

by nanahara on Thursday, 23 April, 2009 - 08:13
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looks great ^.^ real likeness hooray for tomkinson cruise ^.^ keep going!!!

by Captain_Marvelous on Thursday, 23 April, 2009 - 09:28
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Really like the fabric you picked. It's fantastic.

Tab

by Uber-Nerd on Monday, 27 April, 2009 - 18:43
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WOW you're going to make a stunning Lestat!
The outfits looking gorgeous so far *_*

by Charlie-Bear on Monday, 27 April, 2009 - 18:46
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that outfit is absolutely stunning!!

really amazing details =]

i'm loving those teeth as well....i got a pair that look semi-realistic its so much fun to have people ask if its really your teeth lmao

but omg you make a great lestat ^.^

by Toshi-chan on Monday, 27 April, 2009 - 19:42
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im very impressed so far very much so ^^

by Captain_Marvelous on Tuesday, 28 April, 2009 - 09:01
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How did I not see this before? Loool. :P I love this film! Never read the book but plan to. I'll defo be looking out for you in this at expo! ^_^

by MoonLily on Tuesday, 28 April, 2009 - 15:10
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I'm SO humbled by everyone's kind words!

I will try hard to be the best Lestat I can be...

OUENDAN!

x

by PKNIVES on Tuesday, 28 April, 2009 - 15:51

WOW. When you told me you were going to be working on this for MCM I thought the idea was novel (no pun intended) but it'd never get out of your fantasies.

Amazing to see the work that's been put into it and I can't wait to see it all....wait...thats tomorrow...

by neverbeamemory on Thursday, 21 May, 2009 - 07:26
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I always wanted to do Lestat...this will look stunning

by 1000014 on Thursday, 4 June, 2009 - 18:41
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I know I'll look terrible when I do it but...I'm planning a Lestat cosplay that's a mixture of the blue velvet coat from the movie and the Lestat I love from the novels.

It makes me happy you're doing the novel version...and you actually know of the novels beyond the first three LOL

by sjbonnar on Monday, 8 June, 2009 - 23:54
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You've just won the internets ._.
Soo cool!
:3
I cant wait to see it finished!

Kinda makes me want to cosplay Armand (cause Armand is the smex <3)

by Brinny-Chan on Monday, 22 June, 2009 - 18:12
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If you ever want to wear this again and/or add things to it etc,
I will be cosplaying Claudia for October~ ^____^
I can't wait!! yay. Considering I have odd bits anyway. Just need to make an Opera cape and dress, and buy some little boots~!

After all, a mere CHILD can't walk around by herself, non? D:

by emichoco on Friday, 26 June, 2009 - 04:59
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WOW... Just WOW. I love it. Can't wait to see it all together!

by Kirei on Tuesday, 30 June, 2009 - 11:02
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Wow! The outfit is just so stunning. I really can't wait to see it in person.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 10 July, 2009 - 11:41
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oooooooooooo i love it i cant wait to see this in real life :D you look great!

by FairyPorchQueen on Saturday, 11 July, 2009 - 19:27
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Thank you everyone! I feel all inspired and happy now!

by PKNIVES on Saturday, 11 July, 2009 - 19:44
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Frock coat is looking fabulous. Did you say this is held together with hot glue!? I'm puzzled because it looks well tailored and damn good!

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 11 July, 2009 - 20:23
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Too good, your skills are clearly shining through.

by Odd-One-Out on Saturday, 11 July, 2009 - 20:42
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@ Ranma - You got it! All hot glue! I retailored a cotton jacket to form the base, and built around that. Can't say it's my own skills, more like good fabric, I used the velvet I was creating the cape from originally! Seams are neat because I've glued down folded velvet! Still can't sew.

@ Odd One Out - Thank you my dear!

by PKNIVES on Saturday, 11 July, 2009 - 22:23
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It looks awesome!

by sjbonnar on Saturday, 11 July, 2009 - 23:34
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*________* Wow!

I still can't belive this is done with hot glue, it looks too well tailored!

by RanmaSyaoran on Sunday, 12 July, 2009 - 15:40
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Ordinarily I'd say learn to sew! But this looks so good I'm thinking 'don't fix things if they aren't broke!"
...cept maybe if you learned to sew you would not burn your finger with hot glue anymore, you'd stab it with a needle instead =P

Someday I want you to show me how you tailor with hot glue like that!!! :)

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 12 July, 2009 - 16:05
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I LOVE IT!!!

It's soooooooooooooo prettiful ^.^

by Toshi-chan on Monday, 13 July, 2009 - 17:42
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Looking great. Love the jacket. Really loving the fabric.

by Sephirayne on Monday, 13 July, 2009 - 18:05
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Such progress!!! It's looking utterly fantastic, darling!

I only hope that my Claudia will be on par with this costume! :(
The only thing I have to make will be the cape~ Shall I make it out of
blue or black velvet?

by emichoco on Tuesday, 14 July, 2009 - 09:50
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This looks so detailed and pretty. Can't wait to see it completed :)

by Lavi-3 on Sunday, 16 August, 2009 - 16:56
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Thank you so much you lovely, lovely, people. I'm so tired... Your comments bring a ray of sunshine into my day!

by PKNIVES on Wednesday, 26 August, 2009 - 18:22
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holy crap that is bloody amazing! the gold detail work is just mezmerising once and for all! some awesone skills a see here!

Damn Im really looking forward to seeing this when it is finished! *_*

by Kaka Extreme on Wednesday, 26 August, 2009 - 18:23
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Whoa! the coat is just beautiful this is turning out to be amazing *_*

by Charlie-Bear on Wednesday, 26 August, 2009 - 18:26
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Oh my, this is ultimate sex. I will kill myself if I don't get to see this in the flesh

by sonia_leong on Wednesday, 26 August, 2009 - 18:42
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OMG this is looking so sexy :D

by FairyPorchQueen on Wednesday, 26 August, 2009 - 18:58
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The progress is looking so stunning. I so can't wait to see this in person.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 26 August, 2009 - 19:37
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This is incredible, it looks so well tailored and the embelishments are devine! I'm shocked you did this with a glue gun, it's so neat!
I'd say this is the perfect time to learn to sew, but you seem to be fine without the ability :)

by Amy-Lou on Thursday, 27 August, 2009 - 10:44
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I'm very happy to be your Armand! But...I didn't know you were in Birmingham ;D

by 1000014 on Monday, 31 August, 2009 - 19:53

OMG the detail on that coat is outstanding! You're going to look so Epic!

by neverbeamemory on Tuesday, 8 September, 2009 - 12:22
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I love this film! Realy look forward to seeing this, I'm sure you'll do him justice!

by White Leviathan on Monday, 21 September, 2009 - 22:48
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i honestly do love the jacket so far!!
it looks beautiful =3

by JakeX on Thursday, 24 September, 2009 - 20:18
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This is absolutely beautiful! <3

by Manga Girl on Monday, 5 October, 2009 - 23:14
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Be warned; my housemate will glomp you and crush your ribs! :p

by visiting_wizard on Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 - 22:42
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ola!! it was so great to see this costume along with the rest of your group in person at expo this weekend, you guys were amazing!! mucho love xxxx

by Sensei_Kate on Monday, 26 October, 2009 - 00:09
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wow, this costume looks amazing. I wish I got to see you D:

by Zaiburst on Monday, 26 October, 2009 - 16:17
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My goodness it's beautiful, those are some gorgeous photos, the make-up, hair...ughhh....just wow.

by HotshotShan on Saturday, 14 November, 2009 - 00:02
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New pics are beautifull. That blue velvet looks so lush! Love all that Gold brokade work too. You put a lot of work into this costume, and you look Amazing in it! ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 14 November, 2009 - 00:19
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OH oh oh my god it's a work of art =]

your brocade work is beyond stunning!!! =O

by Toshi-chan on Saturday, 14 November, 2009 - 08:06
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Was really glad to get to see this up close. You did a fantastic job!

-Tab

by KhaosKreator on Saturday, 14 November, 2009 - 09:36
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wow good job :) you look radical like a lady lestat :)

by Captain_Marvelous on Saturday, 14 November, 2009 - 17:06
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Gorgeous!
Interview with the Vampire is one of my all time fave films 8D
You definately look the part!

by Valentine_x on Saturday, 14 November, 2009 - 20:29
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A fantastic and beautiful costume ^^ I love the detailing <3 great work.

by DarkElf on Sunday, 15 November, 2009 - 18:56
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A beautiful costume. You looked so sexy in this.

Great to finally meet you in person as well. Thank you for your very kind words. XXXX

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 26 November, 2009 - 04:41
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ur a stunning Lestat!

by InfiniteJester on Sunday, 14 November, 2010 - 23:01
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I actually LOVE this.. <3
Lestat is my favourite character from the books. xD

by HattireandWhimsy. on Sunday, 14 November, 2010 - 23:09
 

Journal

The Upper Half. (Posted 26th August 2009)

Two months, since my last journal entry - And two months, of almost constantly thinking about how to tackle this costume. It has been so hard, I could almost cry, honestly. I can't sew and I've done it all using the hot glue gun. I know it isn't an exact replica but, I have tried my best to create something similar. The ONE thing that has kept me going on this outfit during my moments of sadness has been reading everyone's comments and being encouraged by my friends, all of you. I read them all, and always come away enthusiastic for the task at hand. Thank you.

Starting over (Posted 11th July 2009)

I cut up the blue velvet I had used in the cape, and began afresh! Making the frock coat was the hardest thing I have ever done, every single part of it was a learning exercise - It's all made with the glue gun because I can't sew! Now to add the embellishments and embroidery...

I burnt my fingers on the glue gun (Posted 27th April 2009)

Pain has been achieved...

But the clasp is done

Make up, wig and fangs (Posted 22nd April 2009)

My wig arrived today! I was very happy to see it was good quality as it had only cost my £11 from Ebay, including postage. I was naturally a little cautious but I gambled and was pleasantly surprised!

The first set of fangs I tried were from the local joke shop. They came with a vile, menthol-flavoured putty that completely failed to dry. They were also yellow. I mean... VIRULENTLY yellow. Needless to say they failed in a most epic fashion.

You get what you pay for sometimes! A friend recommended Scarecrow fangs. Well they ended up fitting perfectly and are very realistic! They also don't affect speech which is an added bonus.

I tried a quick makeup test this evening so I will upload the results on my costume page!

XXX AJ XXX

Basics (Posted 19th April 2009)

Cutting up, sewing, glue gunning, SUPER GLUING!

I'm particularly pleased with the shirt, which started life as a plain cotton £3 bargain from Primark, after adding frills and pearls to the collars and sleeves, it looks a little more luxuriant. Remember I'm no good at these things! The waistcoat I altered and the cummerbund was in my wardrobe. I don't ever remember buying it, weirdly!

Wig is styled! Parts you can't see - top hat, cane, and shoes!

Biggest dilemma: Trying not to look like a magician!