Costume :Oerba Dia Vanille
Source :Final Fantasy XIII / 13
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Hyper Japan Spring 2012

Costume Photos


See where the road would take us.

Baby chocobo's new home!

On Stage for ECG!


You can't wait for miracles.

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Costume Information

Awards : Hyper Japan 2012 - European Cosplay Gathering UK Group Representative

When I first started playing Final Fantasy XIII, I really loved Lightning's character design and her personality, and I instantly decided I wanted to cosplay as her. However, as I continued playing and the story unfolded, I grew to really like Vanille, despite her somewhat questionable Australian accent. She has many cute moments and hillarious quotes like "Sooo let's run away! Ciao!" that make her quite endearing. Despite this, she's still really disliked in the English fandom due to her voice actress, so I guess she's an underdog. I've always had a soft-spot for underdog characters, so that might be why she's been growing on me so unexpectedly as well!

I'm actually really excited to make this outfit- the bead work looks like it will be really fun and it's something I haven't done before. I'm also looking forward to choosing a wand and making it as well, since they're all very unique looking.

I'm not looking forward to making her shoes- I think they're possibly the ugliest things to exist on feet besides Crocs. The biggest difficulty with this costume will be her earrings- my ears aren't pierced and I really don't want to pierce them for the sake of a costume. I'm going to have to experiment with adhesives, clips or magnets to see if I can find an alternative.

I have ideas for a FF13 group that I'd like to form, so if all goes to plan then we should have some pretty epic photos sometime next year!

****Update 17/01/2011****
Well now I can reveal who will be joining me for the FF13 group I've planned! I'm really excited about the shoot and working with these awesome people! :D

Lightning - Felixize: http://www.cosplayisland.com/costume/view/44102
Snow - Plummer: http://www.cosplayisland.com/costume/view/22332
Serah - SachikoYumi: http://www.cosplayisland.com/costume/view/36037
Vanille - me~!
Hope - Emzone: http://www.cosplayisland.com/costume/view/20624
Sazh - Nemesis-Yojimbo (Leon)
Fang - Sands


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No doubt it will look good! :D

by Kinreal on Tuesday, 24 August, 2010 - 22:20
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yay! i'm sure you'll look great!! :3

by montblanc on Wednesday, 25 August, 2010 - 00:06
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Awesome! I think you'll suit her!

by eternal_aranel on Wednesday, 25 August, 2010 - 01:22
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Squee *w*

by Emzone on Monday, 27 September, 2010 - 04:38
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As much as I utterly abhor this character, the outfit is wonderful and I can't wait to see your work on it.

by Angel_of_Algebra on Wednesday, 15 December, 2010 - 23:24

Oooo never knew you where gunna cosplay this for May :)

If you could, i'd love to get some photos of you as my vanille since i'l be bringing my fang along ~

Your going to look wonderful, and also i understand your information on this so much, i also had my doubts about her but then loved her but then hated some factors, oh god thats ff characters for you~

by - on Monday, 27 December, 2010 - 13:07
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the collage is far too awsome, i actually cant wait to see it, id have loved to do Maqui at some point!

by ryaoki on Monday, 17 January, 2011 - 22:42
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Remote control Bhakti prop too? That sounds amazing. I'm actually really disappointed I won't get to see this.

by Angel_of_Algebra on Tuesday, 18 January, 2011 - 01:02
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Coolness. Manga can't wait to see this cosplay. ^o^

by Mangamad on Saturday, 22 January, 2011 - 16:42
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I'm looking forward to seeing this and the group. You are going to do this so well. You all are going to be brilliant.

by Sephirayne on Monday, 14 February, 2011 - 15:12
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You guys are all going to look amazing. Can't wait to see more progress!

by Thirteenthesia on Sunday, 20 March, 2011 - 15:32
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Your progress looks good, you have a relaly similar face shape to Vanille's as well! Looking forward to seeing this at Expo :)

by Kerhys on Sunday, 20 March, 2011 - 18:59
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OMG! You look just like Vanille and you look fantastic. ^_^ XD

by RebaSephiroth2 on Sunday, 20 March, 2011 - 22:10
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by KonohaKunoichi94 on Sunday, 3 April, 2011 - 16:32
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You're going to really suit Vanille! Looking forward to seeing progress!

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 20 April, 2011 - 19:50
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The whole group is going to look amazing!!!

I'm not even an FF fan but this will rock!

by MangaChild on Monday, 25 April, 2011 - 13:09
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Ahhhhh your gonna look awesome :3 can't wait to see ya @ expo

by tousen_218 on Sunday, 8 May, 2011 - 11:38
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Oh wow! Love the test shot. You really look like her.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 - 19:15
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The test shot looks beautiful. Lovely wig as well!

by cowiee on Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 - 19:56
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looking good your going to pull this off so well ^__^

by SnowmanKline on Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 - 20:04
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Just read your info box and read your piercing concerns - just so you know, Claire's sell pierced earring converters. If you did find some earrings similar to Vanille's you would be able to wear them. The converters work like clip-ons. You push the pierced earring post into the converter and then the post is bent so that you can wear them as a clip-on earring.

Just putting an option out there for you :)

by Mungojerrie on Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 - 20:26
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Excited to follow your progress on this one, you look very like her and great journals.

With the eyebrows - putting a ref against your test photo I'd say try a browner shade rather than matching the wig, they seem much duller on the ref shot.

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 8 June, 2011 - 15:12
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K'ya! You suit her so well and the progress looks amazing!

by Uni on Wednesday, 15 June, 2011 - 10:24
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<3<3 Looking amazing as always!
keep at it!

by Emzone on Friday, 17 June, 2011 - 02:55
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You look so fantastic as Vanille!

by sjbonnar on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 10:07
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Adorable Vanille! *_* I hope you post more photos soon! :3

by MoonLily on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 10:58

You make such a cute vanille!!

by - on Friday, 15 July, 2011 - 15:50
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You make such a GORGEOUS Vanille - The detail is just beautiful <3

by Pandora-Chi on Saturday, 16 July, 2011 - 21:16
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Beautiful Vanille. and can't wait to see the group photos :D

by Strawberry_Sprite on Monday, 8 August, 2011 - 19:56
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You really suit Vanille and I love the group preview.
It's great to see that you've managed to get all of the main characters together and hope I get to see them at Aya ^_^

by Tsuchinoko on Tuesday, 9 August, 2011 - 20:10
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Your group looks amazing!
This costume is fantastic ^^

by LinkyLex on Sunday, 14 August, 2011 - 21:06
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Well done on the masq performance, super bouncy Vanille action :D
The finished thing looks great and I can't wait for your group plans!

by Amy-Lou on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 13:03

Wow, absolutely beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to document in the journal - I've really enjoyed following your progress ^_^

by Donna on Friday, 26 August, 2011 - 17:43
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This suits you so much and looks fantastic! I love all the detail and I can't believe all the effort that went into those beads. Hope to see the your group together sometime in future :D

by Angelphie on Saturday, 27 August, 2011 - 21:22
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you suit this costume so much and you did a wonderful job! loved looking through the process in the journals too. i cant wait to see the full group :D

by Leolarua on Friday, 27 January, 2012 - 15:29
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Congratulations again on the ECG place! You did a fantastic job fixing up the weapon and Bhakti is so fun :D

by Amy-Lou on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 18:24
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Wow! Vanille's outfit is my favourite of the FFXIII crew and this is near as damn perfect! I'm looking forward to hanging out with you in Paris and very much hope we can get to know each other before then ^_^

by Nomes on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 19:26
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costume looks great! Seeing these photos confirms my suspicions that it was you as vanille who i walked past at hyper japan when I was Rapunzel ^_^

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 20:01
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Brilliant costume and congrats on the ECG 2012 Team win :D.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 29 February, 2012 - 16:30
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Congratulations to you and dahlia! Well done!! And amazing Vanille love! You suit her so well

by Manticore on Thursday, 1 March, 2012 - 20:33
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Well done to you! A very well deserved win~ :D

by Ino on Thursday, 1 March, 2012 - 23:39
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Many congratulations on your win at HJ. You and Dahlia looked fabulous!

by sarmander on Monday, 5 March, 2012 - 15:57
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You make such a beautiful Vanille!
Seriously love your journal entries, they're really inspiring.. @__@; It's so interesting to see all the processes that this costume has gone through. Really shows how much hard work has gone into it! A deserved win for both of you. :)

by Natsumi on Tuesday, 6 March, 2012 - 00:51
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Excellent costume,i posted a a couple of shots from Hyper Japan on my site.

by TheSnake on Thursday, 12 April, 2012 - 13:45
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Way too pretty!

by MiniPlum on Tuesday, 20 November, 2012 - 00:59
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Aww y'got my picture in your gallery there ^_^ (HJ). You guys performed fantastically and looked awesome; glad you like the photo!

by Heorot on Wednesday, 2 January, 2013 - 02:42
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you look really great! :)

by cookie on Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 - 16:35
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All the yes for this showcase!

by Nomes on Monday, 23 December, 2013 - 20:35
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This costume is so beautiful and so are you! Congratulations on the showcase!

by Littlegeeky on Monday, 23 December, 2013 - 21:48
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Grats on the showcase :)

by Siouxsie James on Tuesday, 24 December, 2013 - 23:29

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Pre-Aya paint job (Posted 20th February 2012)

This is the result of a 12 hour non-stop painting session. I literally sat down at 5pm to start painting this and didn't stop until 5am. Then I had to go pack for Aya and finish the paint job in my dorm room. LOL organisation???

Binding Rod Progress (Posted 20th February 2012)

Some more progress pics of the binding rod that I found. I think I made this prop in the most awkward fucking way possible. If I remake it, I'm going to do it completely out of wood instead. :/

Beads (Posted 20th February 2012)

I think I was so sick of looking at beads by the time I was done making this costume that I didn't remember to upload any of my progress shots.

Oh well. Have a metric fucktonne of beads!

Bhakti Progress (Posted 20th February 2012)

Installed the eyes and antennae, and then finished making the stickers and doing all the weathering. I've attached him to his base now and I just need to finish up the wheels and maybe give him one more coat of PVA to make him shiny and then he's done!

Bhakti progress (Posted 20th February 2012)

Spent the entire day painting this guy!

Bhakti progress (Posted 12th February 2012)

Just need to finish the eyes and then I can start painting him. :]

Bhakti (Posted 12th February 2012)

Found a better reference image to upload :)

Weapon modelling complete (Posted 15th August 2011)

That's me done doing the modelling for Vanille's weapon. Just need to wait for it to dry so I can poly-fill in all the cracks (there's none now but they'll form as it dries), sand it down and then paint it!

Torture device!! (Posted 14th August 2011)

Vanille's normally bizarre but relatively harmless looking binding rod now looks like a torture device...

Folding Fail (Posted 9th August 2011)

I've worked really hard to try to get this prop to have 5 points of articulation (2 for the top antlers to fold down, 2 for the base of the antlers to swing around and fold down, and 1 for the staff to fold in half) so my Binding Rod could fold up and go in Vanille's holster as it should.

Unfortunately it's not really turning out as planned. I'm considering scrapping the whole articulation aspect and just making it into a pretty stationary prop to hold, rather than stressing out trying to make something just so I can have one or two photos of it hanging from my butt. It wouldn't even be a convenient way to carry the prop as I'm horrendous for walking into things (spatial perception = zero) and I would end up smacking it into something or someone!