Costume :Frederic Chopin
Source :Trusty Bell a.k.a. Eternal Sonata
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2008

Costume Photos

Amecon 08 (Saturday) - 001

London Expo May 08 (Sunday) - 002

London Expo May 08 (Sunday) - 001

Work in progress - full costume (back)

Frederic Chopin - Official artwork


Costume Information

Cost : Unknown... (didn't keep track of it)
Time Taken : 5+ months (on and off)

Ever since I first saw the press release about this game from Namco Bandai more than a year ago, I vowed to myself I will buy an Xbox 360 for this game. And I have decided to cosplay Chopin before I even played the game! Seriously... the costume designs in this game are just absolutely gorgeous...

Cloak - Commission piece. I painted the silver trim and the pattern on the back of the cloak with some Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint (Pearl). Also did some "hand embroidery work" on the white collar and attached a short gold chain onto the back. The massive "pendant" decoration that is hanging on the back of the cloak is mostly made out of epoxy putty. The whole thing is attached to the cloak by a combination of fabric glue and sewing threads. The cloak fastener is made out of wire with some Modelight slabbed onto it. The brooch is made out of a combination of cardboard, mod-roc and Modelight.

Coat - Commission piece. Again, painted the silver trim at the bottom of the coat with some Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint (Pearl). Stitched on a couple of small pieces of fabric for the fastenings to hold onto. The rope-like thing that acts like a belt is some curtain trimmings I bought from John Lewis, painted brown with some fabric paint. On the back of the coat there are 2 heart shaped buckles made out of some (leftover) epoxy putty. The pocket watch is made out of styrofoam (and a clear PVC sheet stuck onto the clock face)

Shirt - Commission piece. Not much customization on the shirt itself but the jabot needed a bit of work since originally it was attached to the shirt by the use of a safety pin... I stitched it onto a piece of fabric that act as the collar and stitched some lace onto the edges of the jabot to make it look.... prettier~ *dies*

"Shirt extension" - This frilly skirt-like thing is modified from a plain white skirt that I bought from H&M. I cut the bottom half of the skirt off at an angle and stitched some lace onto the edge. Then painted the blue gradient with fabric paint.

Pants - Commission piece. I am now waiting for the gold metallic braid I just bought from Ebay to arrive so I could work on decorating them....

UPDATE on 25/03/08:
The pocket watch of doom is finally done!!! Now I can move on to work on the cane! And possibly remake the top hat... and add more deco on the pants...


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Wow! This is looking really good! Can't wait to see it finished! ^___^
I think I am being roped into being Jazz for a ES group at some point. It's the only one I can really pull off... :(

by SherlockHulmes on Thursday, 1 November, 2007 - 17:48
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Oh wow it's looking sooooooooo good. I'm getting all fangirly just looking at it. I want to get some pictures of you Xx

by Tak on Thursday, 1 November, 2007 - 19:30
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Seriously cool!
Definitely been waiting for someone to cosplay him!
And that cane is brilliantly detailed!

by Ninodog on Saturday, 10 November, 2007 - 14:21

Thats looking excellent! :)

by Momo on Monday, 12 November, 2007 - 14:28
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Wow! Just wow! I've already said this once but I'll say it again I love your Chopin cosplay! Ever since I saw Eternal Sonata I've always wanted to cosplay as Chopin myself... Purely because he plays the piano and is a composer like I am XD [wanna-be composer xP] So be warned if I ask you for random advice XD
I so can't wait to see this at the expo now! X3

by CrystalNeko on Sunday, 25 November, 2007 - 23:34
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My favourite composer... plus the costume looks totally amazing!

by White Leviathan on Monday, 14 January, 2008 - 21:23
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OMG! this is so accurate! i cant wait to see it finished!! i really hope you decide to wear it to the london expo october. ^_^

by Fizzykat on Sunday, 27 January, 2008 - 12:04

Too good! Too good! We are not worthy! Auuugh!

by Adziu on Tuesday, 26 February, 2008 - 15:41
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:o everything looks just perfect! i cant wait to see it when its finished!

by Kaka Extreme on Tuesday, 11 March, 2008 - 12:30
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by Fizzykat on Tuesday, 11 March, 2008 - 12:59

Woah this is infinately bad@ass. *_*

by TRiPPY on Sunday, 16 March, 2008 - 18:35
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Dude why did you tell me your 3d was rubbish? LIAR!

by Odd-One-Out on Tuesday, 18 March, 2008 - 22:59
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This is looking amazing!

by stripey_dani on Wednesday, 19 March, 2008 - 05:20
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WOW! I've started playing ES and I can finally appreciate the characters more. Your Frederic cosplay is stunning. It's so accurate and I cannot believe how wonderful it is! I really look forward to seeing this completed!

by Charlie-Bear on Friday, 21 March, 2008 - 22:10
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That latest photo of it looks amazing. You're making me nervous when I think about trying to make the costume myself-- you've definitely set a high standard for Chopin cosplayers. ^^

I hope you don't mind if I bug you slightly regarding some of the tougher parts, especially the props. ^^;

by Redkun on Wednesday, 26 March, 2008 - 06:47
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@Redkun: You have got to be kidding! I'm sure your costume would turn out much better than mine! I did not do most of the sewing myself... because I know with my pathetic sewing skills I would not be able to do the original design any justice! My effort are on the customization of the "base costume" and all the accessories/prop making ^^;

And feel free to ask me anything regarding the props but I'm not sure how much help I would be... since most of it are actually result of trial and error XD

by Cat_Cat on Wednesday, 26 March, 2008 - 21:47

you look awesome! :D wish I could have been to May expo ;_; from what i hear sounds like expo was pretty good.

by Heero Masaki on Tuesday, 27 May, 2008 - 22:28
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Uwaaah, I can't believe I missed you too! D8
Your Chopin is too awesome!
Your costume and Lina's photography skills = mega win 8D

by CrystalNeko on Tuesday, 27 May, 2008 - 23:35
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I Love This Game The Outfits Are So Nice Too.
I Can't Believe What A Great Job You Did, The First Chopin Cosplay I've Seen And It's Amazing!! =)
Great Work! ^__^

by KamikazePenguin on Wednesday, 28 May, 2008 - 11:29
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As I said before, was VERY impressed! You did a great job on all the small details and you must show me how you made yr sword (I know you explained it to me but I forgot >_<;)

by Orihime on Monday, 2 June, 2008 - 04:23
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This cos is Fantasmo

A true real life representation of the character

by MangaChild on Wednesday, 11 June, 2008 - 15:21
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This is probably the best Chopin I have ever seen! REALLY well done!

by sjbonnar on Wednesday, 11 June, 2008 - 19:35
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I am so happy I got to see this at Expo :D You make an excellent Chopin and you put so much effort into the details. Wonderful stuff!

by Amy-Lou on Monday, 16 June, 2008 - 11:40
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This is officially the coolest costume this year, definitely my favourite, I really hope I get to see it again!

by White Leviathan on Friday, 22 August, 2008 - 16:38
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I love the character designs in Eternal Sonata and your Chopin is just so..luff. xD

by CrystallineKnight on Sunday, 15 February, 2009 - 19:36
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Wooow this is such a beautiful costume! *__*
Some lovely detail on the accessories you have there, nice work!

by Pem on Wednesday, 17 June, 2009 - 18:57