Kitri du Lac

Costume :Princess Kraehe (retired)
Variant :Anime
Source :Princess Tutu
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Collectormania Glasgow 2014

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Costume Information

Cost : £200
Awards : Overall Intermediate at Nan Desu Kan 2012, Superhero Superstars at Glasgow Comicon 2013
Time Taken : 18 hours

First worn at Nan Desu Kan in 2012, and then laterly at Glasgow Comicon 2013.

Kraehe's standard 'bodice of doom' tutu. Basic cotton for the bodice and top layer of the tutu. 9 1/2 layers of tulle underneath, gradiated and quilted. 39 individual quill feathers around the outside. Basic shop-bought black tights. Pointe shoes dyed black, with ribbons and heel elastic.

Make up consisted of red contacts (which unfortunately got damaged so arn't actually in any photos!), purple eye stripes and red nails. Created the upside down ponytail out of an additional hair extension, hairspray and hair gel.

I chose to make it cause I love ballet so this is one of my favourite animes. I chose Kraehe from it because I don't feel I can pull off red-heads with my darker skin tones, so Tutu wasn't an option.

The hardest part was figuring out how to keep a strapless, backless bodice upright, but the most time consuming part was sowing the feathers onto the tutu.

The easiest part was doing the pointe shoe ribbons and elastics, simply cause it's familiar.

It was good fun to wear, but very difficult to navigate conventions in! And dancing on carpet is a nightmare.


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you look amazing ^^

by nanahara on Saturday, 31 August, 2013 - 17:14
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Gorgeous. You are obviously a real Ballet student ..I love your hands - so gracefull ^_^
Oh my gosh you went for the bodice of doom! Well done, I dont know how you got it to stay put.
You shouldnt be put off cosplaying PTutu, I think you would easily be able to pull her off too. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 31 August, 2013 - 23:10
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This looks lovely!

by InfiniteJester on Monday, 2 September, 2013 - 00:37
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@nanahara - Thank you very much!

@ Ranma1-2 - Thanks for the compliment about my hands. I'm always getting told in class I have stiff fingers so it was lovely to get a compliment on them! Yeah I am a ballet 'student' in that I attend class 2/3 times a week, but I'm not in training to be a professional and I am no where near that level. I just do it for fitness and pleasure!

@InfinateJester - Thanks for the compliment!

by Kitri du Lac on Wednesday, 4 September, 2013 - 14:28
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Beautiful costume and incredible posture <3

by TheStarlightFairy on Thursday, 5 September, 2013 - 00:18
Avatar Image have still earned your pointe shoes though, so that means you have put in Lots of love and dedication. :)

Speaking of hands, I noticed how Kraehe has an unusual pose with her arms above her head but hands actually pointing out - more like say Flamenco dance. Do you know of anywhere in the real world of ballet where that pose is seen? It is very dramatic and gives her a very imposing air.

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 12 September, 2013 - 19:42
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I know the pose you mean - it's my go to pose for photographs at cons. It's called open fifth (fifth indicating the hands above the head, and open indicating the hands are outwards). I have to confess I've never actually done it in class as it is a very...violent position really. I can only recall seeing it used in some Swan Lake productions during the entrance of Odile, albiet with one arm as she's holding Von Rothbart's hand. There's a really pretty example of it here -

Thank you so much for the compliments! Achieving my pointes was a dream come true.

by Kitri du Lac on Thursday, 12 September, 2013 - 20:32
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Aha thanks for that. Yes hands are so full of language in dance. Yes that pose does seem violent somehow. Very dramatic. I'm sure thats why they have Kraehe doing this as her entrance pose. Although we find out she is not really a villain like we first assume. I really love PTutu anime. It is so full of ballet language and the story is so touching. I cried real tears. ^_^
I need to get the full version on DVD.

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 12 September, 2013 - 23:33
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You look positively splendid in this outfit. You bring the grace and poise that a costume like Krähe commands.

by Ashy-kun on Friday, 13 September, 2013 - 03:15
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Aah you make an amazing Kraehe! Your poses are so graceful and perfect <3

by Freyarule on Friday, 13 September, 2013 - 13:44
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Holy crap this is so amazing! The outfit and the poses... absolutely stunning!

by Cavahn on Monday, 16 September, 2013 - 23:49
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Thank you guys! That really means a lot!

by Kitri du Lac on Tuesday, 17 September, 2013 - 10:54
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really cool and my head is having trouble getting round how that dress is staying on O_o

by adamphillip on Tuesday, 24 September, 2013 - 11:37
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You look stunning in this costume, and I'm amazed the top of the dress stays up so well. The tutu looks so well made, and you pull the character off so well.

by The-oncoming-storm on Saturday, 28 September, 2013 - 22:37
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This is amazing, you look so elegant! And you pull the character off really well! Nice one!

by supremeoutcast on Monday, 30 September, 2013 - 09:37
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The costume itself is beautiful and I have so much respect for someone with your talents! Really well done!

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 8 October, 2013 - 13:59
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BEAUTIFUL! and well done for getting that top part to stay up whilst doing those lovely ballet moves! x

by Fizzykat on Thursday, 24 October, 2013 - 12:46
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This is really beautifully constructed. And you look so regal and poised in all these photos, so in character! :D

by HarryKurt on Saturday, 29 March, 2014 - 18:26
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The costume is beautiful, I am amazed by your talent, not only for cosplay but for the poses in the photos! Stunning cosplay :) x

by MadlyScientific on Wednesday, 2 April, 2014 - 22:04
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I love this so much! Beautiful cosplay and poses, you captured everything so well in your poses <3

by ToroSonyCat on Thursday, 24 April, 2014 - 13:14
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You make a stunning Kraehe! <3

by yuubalu on Thursday, 31 July, 2014 - 15:22
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Such a beautiful cosplay and lovely poses ^^

by BlueberryTale on Saturday, 2 August, 2014 - 14:37
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Wow this is really spectacular- cool! Well done!

by leedwood on Tuesday, 19 August, 2014 - 08:55
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This is stunning~

by RosieL on Thursday, 21 August, 2014 - 14:08
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Stunning costume. Very nicely finished!

by Carmina on Monday, 23 February, 2015 - 18:08
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Beautiful costume! You have captured Kraehe perfectly!

by White Tigress on Wednesday, 25 March, 2015 - 00:21
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by SuperZeldaGirl on Saturday, 11 April, 2015 - 17:21