Florence Welch - Florence And The Machine

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Worn AtLondon MCM Expo May 2010


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I want to cosplay Florence. (strange choice you may think). I LOVE her red hair, and she has nice legs which she likes to show off. Her fashion is often Bohemian ..and sometimes pretty Hot. =P I have lots of outfits to choose from. She is a beautifull woman, with an enchanting voice.

Planning this for May 2010 Expo. For masquerade I would like to do a 'Florence live' perfromance. :)

Expo update:
Florence costume was completed for Expo(Just!) ..there were a few safety pins holding bits together. But the masquerade stage perfomance was really enjoyable. It was great to see people smiling and joining in clapping along to the song and 'waving their hands in the air like you just dont care' with me. Then the birthday surprise was a really special moment I will treasure, having the whole of Expo singing happy birthday to me will stay with me forever! ^_^ I still dont know who spilled the beans on that one.
I'd love to cosplay Florence again.. so a new outfit and another song hmmm ...


VIDEO - Florence masquerade performance is now up on YouTube. Woohoo. ^_^
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_ol1PHGuLI


Comments

Fables posted on 8 December, 2009 - 17:50
Oooh the red hair looks really good on you! Cant say ive really listened to Florence unless shes on the radio in a taxi or something, but ive gotta admit youve got me intrigued now :3

FairyPorchQueen posted on 8 December, 2009 - 18:56
Good choice yet again, my bf loves her music hehe. I think there is a relemblance! but i think you are prettier LOVE her style.

Neko-Chan posted on 8 December, 2009 - 19:12
YES. YES. YES. I knew you reminded me of someone!!! xD Not in a bad way ofcorse. Awesome job man ;D Cant wait to see it done!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 8 December, 2009 - 21:26
Its wrong that in the pic you look more fem than she does :)

Ranma1-2 posted on 9 December, 2009 - 01:10
^__^ aww guys you say the nicest things. Prettier!? No way. She is only 23. I am just an old tabby who has managed to learn how to do the makeup basics. :) My wife thinks Florence looks like a bloke in drag in some photo's. Whilst I think that is a bit harsh I do think she has a strong jaw line.. another reason why I thought I'd be able to pull her off quite well. Actually I saw a photo of her and thought "my gosh that could be a picture of me doing a cosplay!" and the idea was born. ;) But she does wear some gorgeous clothes. I think I know which dress I want to try - I will see if my mum has anything similar in her vast colection of sewing patterns.

FairyPorchQueen posted on 18 December, 2009 - 22:15
Yes i was thinkin you look more femanine too! :D I may have to agree with your wife there too. And yes much prettier :) she does have gorgeous clothes i saw one of those kinda feathery neck things in topshop, but sooo much money i wanted one :( feathers were black and green and so shiney......

Ranma1-2 posted on 19 December, 2009 - 01:44
Aww thanks sweetie. ^_^ Yeah feathers are WIN. Don't know why I like them so much but I do. Sadly true they are real expensive. :/ I keep my eyes open when I am trawling the charity shops and market stalls in case somebody has something with feathers on it going cheap. ^__^

Wildeth posted on 29 December, 2009 - 09:55
OMFG! xD this should be insanely awesome, i love her!

Ranma1-2 posted on 30 December, 2009 - 19:18
Oh I'm glad you love her. My first step is to get an awesome wig that is near identical to her hair (instead of the makeshift wig in my makeup test).

FairyPorchQueen posted on 30 December, 2009 - 20:02
Cant wait to see what sexy wig you pick ;)

Ranma1-2 posted on 30 December, 2009 - 20:34
I will try our indoor markets first. If I can't find exactly what I want I will probs order it from int.

FairyPorchQueen posted on 30 December, 2009 - 21:04
good thinking ^___^

Saffron posted on 22 February, 2010 - 21:56
You make a lovely red head, can't wait to see more of this :)

Ranma1-2 posted on 22 February, 2010 - 22:03
Thanks Osaka ^_^ I'm really looking forward to cosplaying Florence. Ive seen some lovely red wigs on eB but I've gotta wait a lil bit to buy cuz Midland Expo is only just gone. .. She is defo on for May Expo though. I have a performance idea for the masquerade show too. :)

Blinx posted on 23 February, 2010 - 21:35
Oooh this is interesting, your test looks good =]

Ranma1-2 posted on 23 February, 2010 - 23:47
Thank you Blinx. :)

Charlie-Bear posted on 2 April, 2010 - 00:35
OMG I love Florence! I think you'll suit her really well. Cannot wait to see your performance in May *_*

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 April, 2010 - 01:00
Yaaaaaay more Florence love. ^_^ Thanks hun. I'm looking forward to doing her and I have the performance routine sorted. Shall be quite special. ;) I need to make a decision on which costume to go for and then make a start.. I want Chiffon batwings! :P

Captain_Marvelous posted on 6 April, 2010 - 17:47
Its gonna look sooo amazing!!! :) shame we arent going to May :( we cant wait to see you as Catwoman :) (thats still on right XD)

Ranma1-2 posted on 6 April, 2010 - 18:01
Aww shame no May for you..:/ You'll have to catch it on YT, hopefully Tony will be there to record Expo and masquerade. I'm still looking for the right wig. :S I scanned eBy and there just aren't any close enough for my liking.. The colour and style is so important. If I get the hair right the cosplay will look Fab, and be instantly recogniseable as Florence. So I'm planning a trip up town to the big indoor market, even though it probably means paying more.. I'll Know when I see the right one! Now that I have the design of the costume fixed in my mind I can also make a start on putting it together. Yep LFCC Catwoman is most defo still on :)

FairyPorchQueen posted on 6 April, 2010 - 18:10
LOOOOOOOOVE your design!! its beautiful

Ranma1-2 posted on 6 April, 2010 - 19:13
Aww thanks, that's really nice ^_^ I'm quite excited now that I know what the costume is going to look like. Chiffon batwings are SO Florence :) And even though lots of her stage costumes are black I love the white ones she wears in the vid too, and I thought a white costume with sparkly bits and silver glitter shoes would be a better costume for cosplay. So even people who don't know who she is will still see a beautiful sparkly stage costume. ^_^

Member-XI posted on 6 April, 2010 - 20:16
I LOVE Florence and the Machine, I think you will look amazing in your outfit, the design looks lovely. I'm so going to be on the look out for you at expo :)

Ranma1-2 posted on 6 April, 2010 - 20:53
Aww thanks, you are all so nice ^_^ If you don't spot me around the show hall you might see me in the masquerade show. I have submitted my application for the perfomance category on Sunday. ..waiting to hear from the panel if I am chosen for a slot. If I do get a place I have something special planned for this Florence performance. ^_^

FairyPorchQueen posted on 7 April, 2010 - 12:03
Its lovely! and i love batwigs too hehe ^__^ seriously you will be mauled with people asking you for autographs, you look so much like her. My bf will HAVE to get a photo with you!

Wildeth posted on 12 April, 2010 - 07:13
I can't get over how similar you look to her, it's amazing :O

Ranma1-2 posted on 12 April, 2010 - 11:47
^_^ Thanks. It will be reeally nice if people do recognise this as a Florence cosplay, especially pic requests.

Wyrdsister posted on 13 April, 2010 - 02:00
Nice wig! Really close, this is going to to be another epic costume!

Ranma1-2 posted on 13 April, 2010 - 10:53
Thanks Steph. :)

redheadgirl posted on 17 April, 2010 - 09:14
Looks like a really good cosplay :) u'll do well. May i ask where u plan to Wear it to ? Thx again for the comment

Ranma1-2 posted on 18 April, 2010 - 00:41
Thanks Redheadgirl ^_^ Florence is for London Expo in May - I'm waiting to hear if I have been selected for a perfomance slot in the masq comp. And also I should be wandering around the Expo and meeting friends before the masquerade comp starts.

redheadgirl posted on 18 April, 2010 - 09:42
Oh yeah my hair is naturally red ... altho i do get it made lighter for a more vibrant color . Im so gunna look for u on expo .. i'll be there both dayz so. If u see elektra your welcome to say hi .

Ranma1-2 posted on 18 April, 2010 - 16:56
Yeah I'll def watch out for ya at Expo, we should get some pics together ..two redhead gals, well you know what I mean. ^_^

Manga Girl posted on 2 May, 2010 - 22:14
You are going to be an amazing Florence! :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 3 May, 2010 - 00:11
Aww thank you babes. ^_^ I hope you get to see it :)

Manga Girl posted on 3 May, 2010 - 19:29
I hope so too ^_^ And I hoping to have Cosmos finished in time for you to see at Expo :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 3 May, 2010 - 19:47
Woohoo! Great, I'm looking forward to seeing your Cosmos. :)

Enchanting_ELK posted on 24 May, 2010 - 22:41
:D looking forward to seeing this!! I think you do have the same chin actually O.O wow lol.

Ranma1-2 posted on 24 May, 2010 - 23:36
Thanks EmosLastKiss, Getting there slowly :/ The sewing machine is having trouble doing streatch stitch on my glitzy fabric..I'm gonna have to hand sew some of the seams. But the costume is defo getting there. ^_^ Updates in journal. ..not long to go till Expo now, @_@

Charlie-Bear posted on 25 May, 2010 - 00:04
This is one of the costumes I'm most excited about seeing <33 And the performance *_* Love the fabric choice, can't wait to see more photos!!

Freyarule posted on 25 May, 2010 - 07:26
That fabric is so shiny and pretty! OwO Cannot wait to see this :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 26 May, 2010 - 00:31
Aww thanks guys, keeping me going. ^_^ Today I bought the flowers for the mic stand prop. Also made my huge pearl Florence ring, cuz I was in the prop making mood ^_^ The dress should be finished by tomorrow. Good news is I have transport again, just need to get it taxed, then I can drive to Expo with all ma stuff. :)

FairyPorchQueen posted on 26 May, 2010 - 01:49
everything is looking perfect so far!! :D

FairyPorchQueen posted on 27 May, 2010 - 14:43
:O omg i want one of those rings! its so beautiful!

Ranma1-2 posted on 27 May, 2010 - 15:27
Mawi claw set pearl ring - a snip at the price at £216..or a piece of copper tubing if you're a cosplayer. :P

FairyPorchQueen posted on 27 May, 2010 - 16:14
hehe owwwyy! that will set you back alot, seriously you should sell these!

Inuyoku posted on 27 May, 2010 - 23:44
Those shoes are amazing!!!

Amy-Lou posted on 30 May, 2010 - 21:34
You are so resourceful! The way you made the shoes and that ring is really inspiring. Great performance at Expo today, your costume was fabulous :D

Manga Girl posted on 30 May, 2010 - 21:52
I loved your performance so much! I was singing and cheering along for you!! I got some fantastic photos of you ^_^

Ranma1-2 posted on 31 May, 2010 - 19:29
Thanks for the comments guys. Wow 'inspiring' thats nice. ^_^ Yeah us cosplayers can make Anything! I am resourcefull cuz it keeps the costs low! :P Yay MangaGirl.. I know I was smiling on stage so much cuz peole were really joining in. All around I saw smiling faces and clapping along to the song.. and Im sure I saw some waving their hands in the air 'like you just dont care' with me..it was such fun. And the birthday singing was so special. I will treasure that forever. ^_^

ryaoki posted on 31 May, 2010 - 23:55
made of win steve, made of win.!!

Ranma1-2 posted on 1 June, 2010 - 00:01
Cheers buddy. So nice to catch up with ya again. :)

Freyarule posted on 1 June, 2010 - 14:18
This was so awesome! It was great meeting you again in the queue and "snapping" our white chiffon XD

Ranma1-2 posted on 1 June, 2010 - 14:50
Yes I enjoyed meeting you in the queue too ^_^ and 'snapping' our white chiffon was fun :P

Elata posted on 2 June, 2010 - 17:38
You looked amazing during your masquerade performance, my friends and I had great fun waving our arms along to the song, wonderful job!

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 June, 2010 - 19:13
Thanks Elata. I was hoping people would join in waving arms - and you did. ^_^

ryaoki posted on 5 June, 2010 - 00:59
can anyone sing, steve is the worlds best florence, because i can and its such a sweet tune

Ranma1-2 posted on 5 June, 2010 - 01:20
Thanks bud. I think Florence will return..with a different cos. ^_^

Captain_Marvelous posted on 5 June, 2010 - 01:20
I got to see you at midland! I missed you at Expo and im really regretting it! you looked so hawt! XD well the hell done! im glad you did so well :) I guess I can settle for Star Saphire :)

Ranma1-2 posted on 5 June, 2010 - 01:33
Ryuk thanks, ^_^ ..I'll try my best for Star Saphire.

Neko-Chan posted on 5 June, 2010 - 10:46
I know i've already commented. But good lord this is so amazing. A few of the photos you have from the masq - my as well be Florence. Seriously amazing job bro.

Telly posted on 5 June, 2010 - 10:48
You looked so amazing, your legs are as stunning as always! And it was so much fun singing "Happy Birthday" to you backstage. ^^

Ranma1-2 posted on 5 June, 2010 - 11:40
Neko-Chan - Wow Thanks ^_^ thats the best a cosplayer can be told. Florence will DEFinitely be returnig to Expo..in another costume. :) Telly - Awww thanks hun. It was a really special moment for me too, and I had absolutley no idea it was coming cuz I hadnt told anyone. I LOVE cosplayers, they have so much love! ^_^

Alias Cosplay posted on 5 June, 2010 - 14:27
In the excitement of the masquerade I neglected to wish you a Happy Birthday, so a Happy (belated) Birthday! :)

KhaosKreator posted on 5 June, 2010 - 14:33
Happy birthday! I hope I look as stunning as you do when I'm that age :p -Tab

Ranma1-2 posted on 5 June, 2010 - 22:45
Thank you guys. ^_^ Tab - I only look stunning in crossplay. Real life is reeeealy un-stunning trust me. Thats why I love doing the female characters so much, theres a side of me that just loves all the glamour..

Chikinpoo posted on 6 June, 2010 - 01:21
Oh my Gosh you were amazing is sundays masquarade!! I saw you in the line for it, but was totally intimidated by everyone to actually talk to anyone, lol. But I really enjoyed it. Was totally like being at a live show!! Cant wait to see you on stage again! Absolutely stunning!!

Chikinpoo posted on 6 June, 2010 - 01:23
And happy birthday!! What was it? 21? ;)

Ranma1-2 posted on 6 June, 2010 - 16:23
Aww Chikinpoo ^_^ Dont be shy, come and talk to us next time, were all really friendly. Thanks for the compliments. It was really such a lot of fun for me on stage too, the audience always give me such a warm welcome. This time people were clapping and waving their arms in the air.. oh gosh gives me the feeling of what it must be like being Florence when she is on stage. She is awesome. I wish I were 21 XD ..you gotta add another 26 Im afraid. Thats why I said I ought to quit, but people said NOOOOOOO dont quit - we love you. So here I am still. ^_^ Id love to do another Florence cosplay..a different costume and song... ;)

Bambi. posted on 6 June, 2010 - 17:45
Yay happy fun birthday times for Ranma! xD You look stunning hun! x

HotshotShan posted on 6 June, 2010 - 20:57
You look absolutely amazing : )

Ranma1-2 posted on 6 June, 2010 - 22:06
Thank you guys. ^_^

Holli posted on 10 June, 2010 - 16:25
oh excellent ! ..wow looked really good =D/..never got a chance to see it my self >_< .. watched the video thought ! very realistic! =D Just great =3

Ranma1-2 posted on 10 June, 2010 - 16:59
Thanks Holli. ^_^ I think Florence will be back sometime, but with another costume. :)

BabemRoze posted on 22 June, 2010 - 09:54
I saw this at the masquerade! :D I remember squealing at the awesomeness!! Brilliant! :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 22 June, 2010 - 12:06
Aww, thank you BabemRoze. ^_^ It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves and joining in. I love Florence, so it was my lil tribute to her. :)

Anime_Angel posted on 19 July, 2010 - 23:19
Heya hows it going, I found a good challenge for yer if yer up for it lol, apparently I noticed that you did a red head quite well so here is a challenge I thought would be great for you lol Why don't you give Jessica rabbit from Roger rabbit a try lol

Ranma1-2 posted on 24 July, 2010 - 20:00
I would LOVE to do Jessica. ..someday it will happen. ^_^

GoldieNeko posted on 10 August, 2010 - 16:52
THIS LOOKS FANTASTIC! Very well done! And the ring looks EPIC! If I recall that thing tis HUGE! I spoke with you backstage day of the Masq and I'm stille baffled to this day how it didn't weight your hand down! XD *Thumbs Up*

Ranma1-2 posted on 10 August, 2010 - 17:32
Thanks GoldieNeko, ha ha ha ha It's only a bit of copper tube ^_^

Sephirayne posted on 2 October, 2010 - 01:50
Looking amazing here. You have gotten the look really spot on.

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 October, 2010 - 11:15
Thanks Sehpy. Florence was so enjoyable to cosplay. The costume felt so soft and flowey with all the Chiffon and I felt really glamourous. The audience reaction was awesome. I felt like I had a glimpse into what it must be like to be Florence. She's lovely. ^_^

Hanbeat posted on 19 January, 2011 - 15:14
I love Florence! Nice job! :)

Ranma1-2 posted on 19 January, 2011 - 15:22
Thank you Hanbeat. :) ..Must do another Florence costume sometime.

Hanbeat posted on 19 January, 2011 - 15:28
Yes, definitely! It really suits you. I love how she has beautiful bright red hair too! Hopefully I'll get to see you cosplaying at the one in London, in May. :D

DuskatNight posted on 7 February, 2011 - 21:47
*Collects up thoughts* Jesus you make a really convincing female! I saw you in the Masquerade and you pulled her off really well.

Ranma1-2 posted on 8 February, 2011 - 01:56
DuskatNight - Awww you really think so? Thank you. Thats the nicest thing to say to a crossplayer. Cuz it means all the effort is worth it. ^_^

Progress Journal

Shoes Finished (Posted 27th May 2010)

Working in sections I painted thinned PVA glue onto the shoes and sprinkled silver glitter onto the tacky glue.
Finally I have the Silver Glitter shoes I wanted. These really sparkle like crushed diamonds, I LOVE them! ^_^

Shoes progress (Posted 27th May 2010)

After the Evostick glue dried I added a few layers of tissue and superglue to cover the lines. Then after some smoothing down with files and sandpaper I painted the new toes over with silver enamel paint, which wasnt a bad match but isnt my intended design - I wanted silver glitter shoes. So...

Shoes progress (Posted 27th May 2010)

New round toe shape formed and taped together whilst the Evostick dries.

Shoes progress (Posted 27th May 2010)

I chopped the tips off and cut the soles back to the new shape. The remaining shoe material is left to be bent down and trimmed to form the new toe shape. Then glued with strong Evostick.

Shoes progress (Posted 27th May 2010)

Marked the new shape out onto the soles and made a template so they would both be the same.

Base shoes (Posted 27th May 2010)

These are my base shoes. I think they are too long and pointy, not Florences style, so I decided I would hack them down and round the toes.

Mawi ring finished (Posted 27th May 2010)

Finished painting the ring. gold base coat and rubnbuff metal polish, pearls painted with pearlescent paint.

Mic stand prop (Posted 26th May 2010)

This is my salvaged lampstand. I cleaned it up and made a top part to hold the mic. I bought the mic, it was only 1.99. To make the mic holder I bent a piece of aluminium into a cirle and put a long bolt through it then bent and glued some black plastic card around the inside. Then I cut a piece of plastic tube from an old vacuum cleaner for the mic holder to sit on. I hot glued it all in place and then hot glued the assembled top piece onto the old lampstand. Completed by painting the mic holder to match using acrylic black paint.

Also in the pic - these are the flowers I bought to dress the mic stand..Florence always has flowers.. I shall attatch them at the show cuz I dont want them getting squashed in the car.

Mawi costume ring progress (Posted 26th May 2010)

Ring now Primer coated with white Halfords metal primer aerosol.

Mawi costume ring (Posted 26th May 2010)

Next I strapped the links onto the ring with wire twisted around tight. Then with it clamped in the vice I heated it up with a pencil blowtorch and soldered it all. I imagint this is pretty much how they made the real one. ^_^

Pic shows current state of my ring and the real Mawi one for comparison - Ok no cigar..but its close enough for me. ^_^
Now just need to paint it. ..tommorrow..

Mawi costume ring progress (Posted 26th May 2010)

Worked on my ring today.. Florence has this huge 4 pearl ring. I found out it is made by Mawi, and they are chuffed that Florence has one of their rings.

Obv mine isnt Gold and Pearls..I started with a piece of 20mm copper pipe - just happens to fit nicely around my middle finger. The Mawi catalogue says the Peral claw ring is 18mm deep so thats how big I made mine. Then I cut some more slices out of the pipe and flattened them out into strips. I bent these strips into the links with long pliers.
The pearls are just plastic beads off a toy necklace. The pearl claws I made from plastic.

dress progress (Posted 24th May 2010)

Cutting the shapes out - pic has exagerrated the reflective surface of the fabric ..it doesnt look like baking foil in real life!! It is white streatch fabric with tiny silver shimmery dots.

The sewing machine is having problems sewing the streatch stitch through it though, keeps puckering up. Maybe the tension is wrong, I dunno. I will have to hand sew some of the seams. Hate all the unpicking..takes so much time.

Pattern rough under construction (Posted 23rd May 2010)

Making progress on the dress pattern rough. It has been more difficult to get the shape of my design than I imagined, but finally I have sussed it. The front of the dress is split under the bustline. Two cross over pieces will cover the boobs closely like I wanted leaving the V neck, and the main body will also be close fitting. Having to do a lot of guessing as I go cuz the real material has some streatch whilst the rough doesnt..

Here is a pic of the &#039;rough&#039; in progres..

Mic stand prop (Posted 23rd May 2010)

..rescued this lampstand which was being chucked out..looks like I found my Mic stand. :P

Just need to make a piece to go on the top that can hold the mic. Bought a cheapie mic from the pound shop.

Wig arrived (Posted 12th April 2010)

Yep my Florence wig arrived today.. :)
This is the nearest one I could find. Ideally I would like it to have a hint of red. I wonder if it is possible to tint a wig - need to ask the experts...

Gone Shopping... (Posted 9th April 2010)

Today I scoured the market (and its a big market!) for the dress material. Originally I planned to use a lightweight white Satin for the main dress. ..Im so glad Im able to handle the fabric at the market, because none of the satins would drape like I wanted. Instead I found a glitzy fabric which is brilliant white with loads of tiny reflective silver shimmer dots all over. Imediately knew this was the one. Only prob was the price at £10 per metre! Thats the most Ive paid for anything per metre!! Fortunately all I need is one metre.:)
Then I went on the hunt for white Chiffon, plenty of Organza around but no Chiffon!..until the last seller I went to, at last real Chiffon! *sigh of relief* Its so soft and floaty..
I am gonna LOVE wearing this costume, its gonna be so Glam! ^_^

Wig wise though - I completely struck out at the market. :/ Really surprised. There wasnt anything remotely close. So I have ordered the wig online. Tis on its way. ^_^
So excited about this cosplay.

costume design (Posted 6th April 2010)

After a lot of thinking I settled on a design for Florences stage costume. I have made up my own design using elements from the two different costumes she wears in her official music video for 'You Got the Love'

The satin white teddy suit she wears would be a lot harder to pull off as a crossplay so instead I am going with a Satin white mini dress with a Greek style drape to the front, hitched up at the sides. I will add the same shiney sequins/bead detail to the front though. Then onto that I am going to attatch a white chiffon batwing/cape, fixed around the V neckline. There are fleeting glimpses of this second costume seen in the music video.
Finished off with silver glitter heels.
Also need to make my mic stand prop wrapped in flowers.
Here is my design sketch showing how I imagine the stage costume will look.