Costume :Holo
Variant :"Pink" Outfit Variant
Source :Spice & Wolf
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2013

Costume Photos

May 2013 - Sunday Masquerade 4

May 2013 - Sunday Masquerade 3

May 2013 - Sunday Masquerade 2

May 2013 - Sunday Masquerade

Anklet Detail

Sash Clip Detail

Wig with Ears

Finished Tunic

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Reference Image 1


Costume Information

Awards : London MCM Expo May 2013 - Sunday Masquerade (Parade) - Judges' Choice Award (First Costume Construction)
Time Taken : Five months (not continuously)

I really enjoy the Spice & Wolf series, so I decided to cosplay as Holo. It's my first time in making a costume, so it's been a bit of a learning curve in what works...and what doesn't ^_^. Nevertheless, it's been extremely fun to do :)


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Thanks for your comment. Looking forward to seeing some progress. Holo is a brilliant character.

by ST212 on Sunday, 21 April, 2013 - 21:16
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Wow!! Yours looks great so far, coming together nicely. Love the ears!

by ST212 on Wednesday, 8 May, 2013 - 11:12
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Nice progress c:

by cowiee on Monday, 13 May, 2013 - 19:59
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Many thanks for both of your comments :)

by Kuchiito on Thursday, 16 May, 2013 - 21:42
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not familiar with the source but looking at your references you're doing a brilliant job on this. this is a real quality project coming together. the wig looks superb, and you've matched the glass beads really well! good luck, i'll be following this one x

by loramarsden on Friday, 17 May, 2013 - 11:16
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I adore this version of Holo ^_^ The series is wonderful and your detailing really captures the beauty of it ^^;
Dont worry about learning as you go along hehe, thats how ive been ever since i started cosplaying, i dont feel right if im not learning something new with each costume <3
I think when this is finished it will look spectacular! Good luck with it <3

by Moonlight_Requiem on Friday, 17 May, 2013 - 16:36
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loramarsden - Thank you very much :) Admittedly, the blue beads are not glass, but hard plastic, however if they look like glass, that's great ^_^.

Moonlight_Requiem - I can understand that it wouldn't feel right not to learn something each time ^_^. Thank you very much too :)

by Kuchiito on Saturday, 18 May, 2013 - 00:44
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Rhia, It was an absolute pleasure to finally meet you and your partner on Saturday. Both of your costumes looked great and many congrats on the win.

by ST212 on Monday, 27 May, 2013 - 16:11
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Congratulations on winning the Judges' Choice Award

by ArcaneArchery on Monday, 27 May, 2013 - 21:41
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beauiful and congrats on the award :)

by FlyingMammal on Friday, 31 May, 2013 - 09:39
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Thank you for all of your kind comments :)

by Kuchiito on Friday, 31 May, 2013 - 20:21
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I think perhaps my favourite thing about this costume was how you used the wig hair to make the ears. It made them blend perfectly, and I don't think I've seen it done before! There was so much attention to little detail, and impeccably constructed too. I'm looking forward to seeing what you make in future :)

by Mighty Odango on Tuesday, 11 June, 2013 - 21:38
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Thank you so much :) I'm very happy with the ears; I'd always wanted to make them out of the same wig hair from the beginning, so that they would flow together. I'm glad it worked ^_^

by Kuchiito on Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 - 23:36

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It's all over... (Posted 27th May 2013)

So, the Expo is now over (until October), and it was brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and winning an award in the Masquerade was a definite shock too ^_^. It was great to meet people on here, as well as others, to see in person the amazing work that went into their costumes.

It was one awesome weekend, and I hope I can attend again in the future :D

Complete! (Posted 24th May 2013)

The costume is finally done, and I'm very happy with how it's turned out. I shall update with pictures of the completed costume after the Expo :)

Finishing Touches (Posted 17th May 2013)

The costume is almost complete :) I need to adjust the cloak slightly so the fabric hangs the way I would like it to ^_^. The anklet which I made...well...didn't really work the way I expected it to, so I've essentially scrapped it and started again. However, once these areas have been completed, alongside a few other finishing touches, the costume should be done ^_^

Dual Wield: Hairdryers (Posted 4th May 2013)

Today I managed to complete the pouch, which is good. Currently working on the tail faux fur. I need to dye the chosen fur with acrylic paint to get the ideal match for the wig; at the moment I have a hairdryer in each hand, hoping to get at least one section dyed and dried by tonight :)


With less than a month to go... (Posted 1st May 2013)

Hi ^_^

After reading the manga and watching the anime (now reading the novels), I decided to cosplay as Holo (with my partner as Lawrence). Currently, most of the costume is complete, just a couple of adjustments here and there. "In progress" pieces left are the anklet, pouch and tail, which should be done soon.

I shall try to upload some pictures too. If anyone has ideas on how I can improve, please let me know; this is my first time making a costume, so I'm sure I've missed a trick somewhere ^_^