Doris - Vampire hunter d


Hyper Japan Spring 2012

UK representative for WCS




Finally getting this awesome collaboration with Lex underway, who is my rather sexual D.
Doing a version based off of an Amano design - needless to say a lot of design, interpretation and research has been required!

Bribing Lex to make my wig, cause I suck, by making the prosthetics!


BabemRoze posted on 19 October, 2011 - 19:15
Wow! I've never seen this but the hand looks incredible :D!

My__RoadOfBlood posted on 19 October, 2011 - 19:19
The hand looks incredible, wow!

tripletriad posted on 19 October, 2011 - 19:34
That hand! *_*

No thanks posted on 19 October, 2011 - 19:39
Oh my GOD that hand looks AMAZING

Leolarua posted on 19 October, 2011 - 20:17
that prosthetic job is amazing, wow

Raine posted on 19 October, 2011 - 21:45
Cant wait to see this when it's done~ It's going to look epic :D

Sephirayne posted on 20 October, 2011 - 12:53
Oooo! Really looking forward to this. Love the hand and the corset progress is looking great.

ToroSonyCat posted on 20 October, 2011 - 19:26
Wow, that hand is so creepy but awesome!

Yuka posted on 27 November, 2011 - 20:15
This is looking really cool so far, I can't wait to see more progress!

Amy-Lou posted on 28 November, 2011 - 10:03
Are those seed beads?! You crazy lady, it's looking fabulous.

Sands posted on 28 November, 2011 - 21:53
maybe they are... it costs and takes so long ;__; so many hidden beads no one will probably ever see or appreciate

Amy-Lou posted on 29 November, 2011 - 11:01
Beaded pants, that's true attention to detail!

DarkVampirePrincess1994 posted on 4 December, 2011 - 01:52
how did you make your hand look like that omg its sooo real *pokes your hand*

Zaiburst posted on 30 December, 2011 - 23:58
Looks great laura, that design looks really distinctive. When are you wearing this?

Moonchild posted on 18 February, 2012 - 22:27
Amazing work as usual!! You look stunning =) x

Speckles posted on 19 February, 2012 - 18:49
The details of this costume are superb. I wish you luck at hyper japan :)

Nomes posted on 25 February, 2012 - 20:13
Congratulations on the win. This is an incredible cosplay.

Speckles posted on 26 February, 2012 - 00:11
Congrats to you on your win! You did a fantastic job, do us proud!

Manticore posted on 27 February, 2012 - 12:06
OH GOD! Laura! Darling! I loved Doris so much! Thank you so much for letting me take photos! you were amazing as hell and Congratulations! Well done for getting to Nagoya! I knew you were going to win the moment I saw you! Just stunning! you did Yoshitaka Amano proud! and when see him! Kiss him for me!

tripletriad posted on 27 February, 2012 - 12:06
I'm in love *¬* Congratulations on the win!

Kitticus posted on 27 February, 2012 - 12:30
Amazing cosplay such detail!! Absolutely loved seeing this costume and your performance with D! Absolutely fantastic!! Also a huge congrats on the win! Go kick some ass in Nagoya for us UK Cosplayers ^^

Amy-Lou posted on 27 February, 2012 - 20:55
Congratulations again on a well deserved win, go do us proud in Nagoya :) Bonus points for use of David Tennant in the skit!

Pandora-Chi posted on 28 February, 2012 - 16:21
Congratulations on the win! Everything about this cosplay and stage performance was breathtaking to see - I love the way the dress drapes and the amount of detail inputted - absolutely gorgeous work!

Plasticsharkattack posted on 28 February, 2012 - 17:37
So amazing, this is perfection - you guys are gonna do the UK proud! The cosplays are beyond perfect, and watching the live performance at HJ gave me tingles and goosebumps. <3

KiraraYumi posted on 28 February, 2012 - 23:35
Congratulations, you guys are going to leave a great impression in Japan! The dress is gorgeous! And the more I look at it, the more little details I can see~!

Sephirayne posted on 29 February, 2012 - 15:34
Beautiful costume. You look stunning. Congrats on the win, looking forward to seeing you take part in the WCS 2012 x

PaperTiger posted on 29 February, 2012 - 20:59
this is mind numbingly beautiful!!!! *bows down to your epicness* <3

Ranma1-2 posted on 1 March, 2012 - 01:01
Beautifull! ^_^

Progress Journal

19th February 2012


D's sword. I sculpted the handle in medium chavant, and the sword was several pieces of plywood cut and glued to shape. I made a two part fibreglass mould for the sword, and cast it in a slightly different method to what I was originally planning on.
First, a layer of gel coat was applied on both sides of the mould, then I fibreglassed the handle, but only layed a strip of fibreglass matting down the length of each side of the handle. The mould was then put back together and fast cast resin was poured into the mould. This gave me a completely solid blade to work with when I cracked open the mould that I could sand down to shape.
I'd have liked to have spent more time seaming the blade and making it perfect but I think its as good as I could get it in the time frame.

19th February 2012


Lex ordered a wig for me and loosened the curls up a bit. I then back combed the hell out of it and styled it into shape and sewed a bunch of extension clips along the hairline.
For the pearl details I literally threaded 3 strands of the wig hair onto a needle and threaded beads straight onto the hair and tied them off. Took ages but it turned out really well!

19th February 2012


These were the finished top halves of the sleeves. I had to create my own patchwork and beaded fabrics to match Amanos design. Tried to emulate the silk and black lace/embroidered details as much as possible, a lot of this was my best guess as the design is quite tricky to interpret

26th November 2011


The back of the dress has this really weird detail thats hard to make out, there seems to be all this fabric just bunched up and hanging off the back of the dress, I considered making it a hood but thought that would be a bit ridiculous on a wedding dress...
So instead its just draped fabric down the back. Again a lot of the fabric was dyed, beaded, cut up and sewn together to match her design. I also used a lot of fabrics that Lex is using in her D costume so that both of our costumes have elements that pull through together.

26th November 2011


Sleeve detail, all pinned in to place at the moment. I was trying to emulate the fabric patterns on Doris's dress as much as possible, so most of the fabric was hand dyed to match, strips of fabric sewn on and beaded to copy her design.
Its taking ages!

19th October 2011


Lining with the boning, didn't want to boning channels to be visible on the outside, had to hand stitch the 2 sides of the corset together.

Corset is actually finished, just don't have a photo of it yet.

19th October 2011

Corset stuff

Bits of the corset all in parts, so many layers to it!

19th October 2011

Corset Drafts

Decided to make a corset for this costume that I'd then have various, dresses, skirts and sleeves under and over it. This was my initial pattern I mocked up for it