Oerba Dia Vanille - Final Fantasy XIII




Ah where to begin, this was one of my first fairly challenging cosplays in terms of construction. I originally made it to be worn for Jcon, but have since worn it for London MCM Expo May 2011 and Manchester MCM Expo July 2011. I entered the cosplay masquerades and contests at both JCC and Manchester expo with this cosplay which was very exciting.

I first decided to make this cosplay when the game was released, as I got really into the story line and became ridiculously in love with Oerba Yun Fang, Vanille became the obvious choice.

Wig- I began with ordering the wig online, which was originally more pink in colour, similar to that of Lightning, I fixed this by adding orange low/highlights with a sharpie- which took FOREVER but I love the two tone effect it had. I also styled it by chopping in the fringe and adding the pigtails.

Skirt- This was handmade by me, and dip dyed with food colouring -something i appeared to have a lot of at the time. o.o' heh.

Beading- This was the biggest pain to get right, but it all came together in the end. I originally used leather thong to string all of the beads together, but after it proving quite uncomfortable at JCC i switched to elastic - MUCH BETTER!
The top part is two small pieces of vinyl glued together across the leather thong -holding everything in place- and the large bead is handmade with lightweight clay and painted.

Boots- These were a lucky find in my mums closet, mahoosive in size on me but once the white fur trim was added they were perfect! If i was to change anything with them I would maybe spend a little more on getting some better fur, but funds were low at the time.

Necklaces- The original necklaces i made for this cosplay were created using light weight clay and had small pieces of ribbon wrapped around the edges. Unfortunately these necklaces did not like being worn very much and died on me after one wear T_T *sob* I have since replaced them with two lovely metal necklaces i found in a sale which were then painted and had ribbon added etc. These worked much better!

Fur Buttcape- This was Originally made from cheap brown fur which i wasnt happy with, however the pattern for this was very spur of the moment -meaning i cobbled it together the night before the con as you do ^^' - but I love how it turned out. It swooshed perfectly! I have no remade that with much better fur and I am in love with it! i want one for everyday <3 XD

Weapon Holster - This was made from faux leather/vinyl type material, and held together using split pins *ahem* luckily these things saved my life when things were falling apart during this cosplays debut.

L'cie brand- originally drawn on with sharpie pen, however i have since had a real brand tattooed matching vanilles exactly- thats how much this cosplay meant to me <3

Wearing this cosplay now its all been fixed and edited is like a dream! Cosplayed Vanille for 2 days straight whilst at Manchester with my beautiful Fang- it was fantastic. By far my favourite.


CrystalNeko posted on 4 August, 2011 - 18:33
You look so cute, the costume is so well made! I'm quite impressed how you actually got a real tattoo, that's dedication!

nanahara posted on 4 August, 2011 - 19:11
epicness XD, you look amazing, and loving the tattoo ^^

Relion posted on 4 August, 2011 - 20:27
I saw you and Fang, you were definitely my favourite cosplayers of the day! I was the Aurora in the Disney group :) Yay for nerdy tattoos too!

My__RoadOfBlood posted on 4 August, 2011 - 21:08
You pull Vanille off so well and your costume is excellent, this deserves more comments. <3

SnowmanKline posted on 5 August, 2011 - 00:32
really good vanille, pulled her off awesomely nice job ^_^

Plasticsharkattack posted on 5 August, 2011 - 09:14
Vanille <3

BabemRoze posted on 18 August, 2011 - 10:35
You make such a gorgeous Vanille!

FuriePhoenix posted on 18 August, 2011 - 17:35
you make an amazing Vanille!! And to get her l'cie brand actually tattooed on your thigh? That's dedication to a character and cosplay right there!!

xLaviChii posted on 18 August, 2011 - 18:17
You look great as Vanille~

letmelive posted on 27 September, 2011 - 17:39
love this, your tattoo is amazing!!!!

Stubbled Grapes posted on 2 April, 2012 - 15:53
You make a wonderful Vanille =D