Leonie Bridgerton (Masquerade Ball) - Neo-Victorian


FushiCon 2011




*This variant of this costume is now retired*

My original Victorian character. This is in a Neo-Victorian style not Steampunk or Arcanepunk etc so please don't base my costume on those genres.

*Character Bio to follow*

I test ran a closest cosplay at the Kita Prom then the outfit was updated for the Fushi Frock Night.


~Please see my journals for more details on the construction of this costume as well as progress photos~

The skirt was handmade and the corset recovered by gaming_goddess with some slight alterations/tidying-up done by myself, Frederica_la_noir and Quinzel.

I borrowed a one-hoop skirt from gaming_goddess to help poof out the skirt.

The shoes, gloves, bag and fan were bought from ebay.

The mask came from the British Museum gift shop.

The wig is the one I use with my Zatanna cosplay.


I first wore the full version of this costume at the FushiCon 2011 Frock Night. I adored the fabric used but the "corset" (a fashion one, not a proper one) was not holding my shape well and I felt a little frumpy and self-conscious in it. I hope to get a proper one with a matching skirt at some point, they're just a little pricey in the style I'm after.


J-Po posted on 27 March, 2011 - 22:06
so beautiful !!!

gaming_goddess posted on 9 April, 2011 - 17:58
I love this outfit - it is very cute. Plus we matched :D :D

Leonie Heartilly posted on 9 April, 2011 - 20:51
Indeed we did ;D

Elle posted on 17 October, 2011 - 07:34
your corset is beautiful.

CrystalNeko posted on 2 December, 2011 - 22:17
This is so pretty! I love how the dress drapes, this kind of dress really suits you!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 3 December, 2011 - 15:10
Thank you!

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Progress Journal

20th November 2011

Skirt and train

This was finished at Fushi with the help of Quinzel.
The train was just an extra bit of fabric that was hemmed quickly using wonderweb to give a neat edge and then one end was tucked into the waistband of my skirt and hidden under the corset to keep it in place.

~ I'm wearing a hoop skirt under the skirt in the photo.

20th November 2011

Corset finished- back view

This was finished at Fushi with the help of Freddie (Frederica_la_noir).

I borrowed the laces from my Zatanna corset.

20th November 2011

Corset finished- front view

This was finished at Fushi with the help of Freddie (Frederica_la_noir).

I know it looks kinda shapeless... It was a "fashion" corset, not a proper one.

16th November 2011

Masquerade mask

I saw this in the British Museum gift shop when I visited back in September and it was just too pretty to resist. Seeing how the ball at Fushi is a masquerade one this seemed the perfect use for it (and it goes quite well with my dress colour!).

16th November 2011


Silver engraved locket. It opens and you can put small photos inside.
Sorry the photo isn't very clear.

16th November 2011


Cream lace fan with tassel on the handle.
From ebay again.

16th November 2011


Reticule= handbag

White lace drawstring bag. Sadly I couldn't get it in cream.
Another ebay find.

16th November 2011


Cream satin with pearl detailing around the elbow area.
Bought from ebay.

16th November 2011


Bought from ebay. They're wedding shoes but I thought they had a slight vintage look about them with how the front is styled.

18th October 2011

Hoop skirt

I borrowed a one-hoop skirt from gaming_goddess to help poof out the skirt.

17th October 2011

Corset progress- one side covered

Rich (Squall_wolfheart) added the eyelets.

17th October 2011

Corset progress

Ria (gaming_goddess) covered the corset for me as she had re-covered one before for her Codex cosplay. She worked out the panels and sewed them together on her machine before adding it to the corset.

~ Photo shows inside and outside of corset.

17th October 2011

Corset- before

We planned to use an old corset of mine that I don't wear often and cover it with the material to match the skirt. This is only a plastic boned "corset" from New Look so not a proper one but it's ok for this. I can always add some steel bones later and I want to do other outfits for this character anyway.

17th October 2011

Starting on the new skirt

Updating this for the Fushicon masked ball (2011) and making the skirt and corset from the same material.

I bought some taffeta for this in a lovely purple shade that changes slightly depending on the light. Ria (gaming_goddess) kindly lent me one of her hoop skirts and pinned the fabric around me as she could make the skirt without a pattern. She sewed the back seam and I hemmed the bottom and sewed in the zip after she had pinned it in place.
Just need to remove the excess fabric from the waist and hem that.

~Photo shows Ria adjusting the skirt on her dressmakers dummy.

17th October 2011

Old outfit- test run

This is how the costume looked when worn for the Kita 3 prom (2011). I put it together using items I already owned so wasn't quite the look I wanted, worked as a test run for the character in general though.

16th October 2011


I am a sucker for romance novels set in the Regency period and Julia Quinn is one of my favourite authors for this genre.
My character's surname actually comes from her most well known series of books about the Bridgerton family.