Millenia - Grandia II




An avid Grandia fan, I fell in love with Millenia the moment she appeared in the game. Upon looking at her costume design more, I also fell in love with that. Its such a unique costume, and I knew it would definately pose a challenge.

There was nothing I could buy to use for any of the parts really, the only things I did get were a plain top to use for her under-top and some platform boots that I built up upon.

The shoulders of the jacket have foam inserts in them to keep their shape, and the corset was boned so that it stood out at that angle (I dont have any hips at all, so I had to try and exaggerate her shape a lot!). Bias binding and gold guter pens were my friend for this costume, and pretty much made the detailing on it, along with a few gems I managed to find in the local craft store.

The boots were generic platform ankle boots from Shoezone, which were covered with material and decorated.

The hair is probably the main reason I choose her, really. I'd never done anything with wigs before, and I thought, 'hey, that will be fun!'. I wasn't wrong, it was a *lot* of fun to make, but dear lord it took ages. The reason why the costume cost so much to make was because I bought two high quality wigs, costing about £70 in total. The colour isn't very accurate, but at the time there were'nt any sellers that did 'anime' colours in nice wigs. It was a horrid joke shop wig, or these :P
One wig was worn naturally, with the bangs cut in, and the other was chopped up to form her 'horns'. The shape was carved out of upholstery foam, spray painted the same colour as her hair (just in case it showed through) and then covered carefully with bits of the massacred wig. I did have great visions of making the white horn bits at the end out of something impressive, but I ended up using insulation tape wrapped tightly around the hair. The two horns and her back ponytail were attached to foam underneath that velcroed onto the main wig, creating an obscene mass of hair. It sat okay on my head, but damn it got heavy after a while.

All of this was made in the very cramped conditions of student accomodation, which made spraying and ironing very fun! I also could't see what the whole thing looked like until I got to the hotel and used the full-length mirror there :D

I first made her for Minamicon 10, but re-wore her the next year alongside Mana's Elena costume and Inky's Roan. She was worn *again* when we got another mini group at London Expo 2005, where I was joined by Mana with her updated Elena and Nietche's Ryudo. Worn enough, and falling apart she was finally binned! There is so much I would change if I re-made her, but I dont hate myself that much to go through all that again XD


Heero Masaki posted on 19 August, 2007 - 18:27
Wow you uploaded photos! XD your Millenia was very inpressive! it's a shame you no longer have it, your cosplays are inspirational and I hope you continue for a while to come! :D

MangaChild posted on 9 October, 2007 - 18:30
Milleniaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I loved Millenia in Grandia II!!! You really have done this Mad character justice i never thought id see her cosplayed due to the sheer amount of detail the mad gravity defying horns and mgea puffy shoulder pads but you did it perfectly like it was no challenge at all XD

White Leviathan posted on 10 November, 2007 - 19:49
OMG Grandia costume! You look amazing as always, nice to see more fans of the series!

White Leviathan posted on 10 November, 2007 - 19:49
OMG Grandia costume! You look amazing as always, nice to see more fans of the series!

Orihime posted on 19 November, 2007 - 04:44
Still love this one, I've seen a lot of people attempt this one but I think yours is the best version.

Cat_Cat posted on 21 November, 2007 - 06:32
This is such an awesome costume... I didn't imagine anyone would be sane enough to have attempted Millenia!!! You did such a great job on it too! It's a shame that you have to bin it though T_T I don't think I would ever have the heart to part with such amazing piece of work! I'm just wondering if you could give me a bit of tips on how to make a jacket with shoulder like that? For some crazy reason, I have chosen to cos a character which have a coat that have a similar shoulder shape like that but I'm a total noob when it comes to modifying patterns so I have absolutely no clue as to how to start on making it ^^; If you could possibly shed some light on that I would be very grateful~ *kneels down and worship*

Delusional posted on 28 November, 2007 - 21:08
Wow, thanks so much everyone, your comments mean so much, I'm honoured. This was my first 'big' costume, although there are now so many things I would do differently XD I learned a lot though (I'm also really pleased by the fact that people actually recognise the character! Only about 2 people recognised me at Minami XD) Cat_Cat - I'm not sure if the way I did it is any good, but I'll PM you and see if I can help in any way XD (Might have to include a paint drawing to try and explain get how I did it across!)

Adamoluna posted on 21 January, 2008 - 20:27
O.O whoooaaaaaa I think I remember seeing you at the London Expo a couple years back... am I right? this is one heck of a costume.... could you PM me about how you made the bodice? Cus I'm currently working on a costume which requires one, but I've never made/used on before o.O yours look so good, though.

Delusional posted on 6 March, 2008 - 21:40
I cant believe you remember seeing me, aye I wore this to London Expo! Thanks for compliments, really :) I've sent you a PM, though not sure how much help I can be!

Odd-One-Out posted on 3 April, 2008 - 15:40
Impresive sewing and seam skills have led to a detailed cosplay~! I remember you saying about how it was so last minute xD;

Feena posted on 20 April, 2008 - 06:54
wow your costumes looks awesome!*.*

Prince Zarbon posted on 10 January, 2009 - 06:40

Anonymous posted on 27 May, 2009 - 13:24
Wow this is actually amazing! Such a dream cosplay, you've pulled it off SO well! <3

Sephirayne posted on 29 June, 2009 - 01:35
So awesome. I love the hat and the overall epicness. Great job. X

Bambi. posted on 25 February, 2010 - 13:30
This is amazing! *claps and cheers* Love it ^___^

DuskatNight posted on 30 April, 2010 - 18:34
That is amazingly well made! The whole costume looks perfect ^^ Well done!

tripletriad posted on 26 July, 2011 - 02:27
So gorgeous, well done!