Dinah (Manga cover art) - Bizenghast


AmeCon 2007




I fell in love with the artwork for this manga and loved the idea of the challenge of giving myself a violin shaped form. I originally planned for it to be worn over a waist reducing corset, but found that the material was too thick and warm.

The costume consists of a heavily padded out bodice made from a soft antique suede with metalwork inserted into the seams to give the violin shape with reverse appliqué detail on the front, ruffled trim and a back lacing finish. It is worn over a set of highly ruffled and gathered sleeves which were hand dyed to give a watercolour effect. Over this are the brown suede bracers, which are heavily quilted and embellished with free machine embroidery in gold. The violin strings are attatched to a set of keys which are mounted on a comb set into my wig.

This costume took a long time, and was really uncomfortable to wear! The rigid structure meant I couldn't put my shoulders back properly and had very restricted movement. I love the look of the costume however, and especially liked the dramatic effect of holding the violin bow.


Amy-Lou posted on 19 March, 2008 - 13:03
That is absolutely fantastic! I wish I'd seen it in person, would love to see some detail photos :)

Monkey posted on 19 March, 2008 - 13:04
Oh wow! O_o that is awesome. I love the Bizenghast artwork and the outfits look so pretty, but soooo difficult. I Would've cosplayed them if I knew how on earth you could! But you did it! Its amazing! I love the dress, it looks so gorgeous and beautiful and just the right shape! Love it! ^^

Angelphie posted on 19 March, 2008 - 17:25
Stunning! I love the design, and it's beautifully executed and very well made. Excellent work!

CrystalNeko posted on 19 March, 2008 - 18:02
Ooooh my god! That is a brilliant costume! *o* I didn't think it was even possible to make this costume with it's shape but you've made it REALLY well! *o* So amazing! I admire you so much for making this costume now x3

Charlie-Bear posted on 19 March, 2008 - 18:09
This is a fantastic version of Dinah's cover dress. You've made it so beautifully! Fantastic job!

HystericalDame posted on 29 December, 2008 - 00:49
This is stunning, very well done!