|Cost :||£18 for velvet, £16 for gold embellishments|
|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!
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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.
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!