Lestat (Frock Coat) - The Vampire Chronicles




I completed it! Everyone at Expo was incredibly lovely about the costume, and I got a great response. We're planning a big group for next year's expo, too!
A thousand and one thanks for supporting me!

The rest of the day's images can be found on www.pknives.deviantart.com

Anne Rice writes as Armand in The Vampire Armand about Lestat saying:

"Lestat, ever the maverick and laughing trickster. Six feet tall, a young man of twenty when made, with huge warm blue eyes and thick flashy blond hair, square of jaw, with a generous beautifully shaped mouth and skin darkened by a sojourn in the sun which would have killed a weaker vampire, a ladies' man, an Oscar Wildean fantasy, the glass of fashion, the most bold and disregarding dust vagabond on occasion, loner, wanderer, heartbreaker and wise guy, dubbed the 'Brat Prince'..."

Originally I wore this costume at the May Expo, at the evening party. However I was really, REALLY poorly, tired and sickly, and I felt I didn't do the outfit justice. I'm thankful no photographs exist! When Emi suggested I cosplay Lestat (with he Claudia) in October, I felt I wanted to, and so began work on the outfit afresh. I'd like to do a recognisable version of Lestat, and so I've chosen the popular blue frock coat/aristocratic ballroom version.


Demented Kid posted on 19 April, 2009 - 23:30
Sooooo Looking forward to this! Great work so far and much love to you for doing Lestat <3

Anonymous posted on 19 April, 2009 - 23:58
...I want to hunt you down and just photo you to death in May. Oh god Lestat. <3

RanmaSyaoran posted on 20 April, 2009 - 07:34
Now THAT's a nice cape!

GraceyDarling posted on 20 April, 2009 - 08:56
Ahhh i cannot wait to see this !

Captain_Marvelous posted on 20 April, 2009 - 09:03
AGH!!! THIS IS SO AWESOME!!! (hottest tobbles cruise has ever looked) should i cosplay armand :P lol good luck!!!

Odd-One-Out posted on 20 April, 2009 - 09:50
I see the mannequin that you lugged with you! It looks impressive.

Nocturnal Blossom posted on 22 April, 2009 - 21:45
This is going to be gorgeous - you make such a good Lestat! <3

Monkey posted on 22 April, 2009 - 22:14
Literary cosplay! Woo~! Cannot wait to see you in this you look so pretty so far and the outfit you have is gorgeous!

Ranma1-2 posted on 22 April, 2009 - 22:29
Nice score, the wig does look good quality, that certainly is a Great price. And the fangs look realistic. (I must get some of those Scarecrow jobbies) Are you Lestat during the day at Expo as well? (this Could be a silly question if you are roleplaying ^^)

PKNIVES posted on 22 April, 2009 - 23:47
Hee hee! We're keeping the vampire costumes for the evenings we think! Thanks for the incredibly kind support, I'm so pleased! X

Sephirayne posted on 23 April, 2009 - 03:42
Looking awesome. I can't wait to see the completed look. I'm such a fan of the character and the book.

nanahara posted on 23 April, 2009 - 08:13
awsome, can't wait to see this

Captain_Marvelous posted on 23 April, 2009 - 09:28
looks great ^.^ real likeness hooray for tomkinson cruise ^.^ keep going!!!

Uber-Nerd posted on 27 April, 2009 - 18:43
Really like the fabric you picked. It's fantastic. Tab

Charlie-Bear posted on 27 April, 2009 - 18:46
WOW you're going to make a stunning Lestat! The outfits looking gorgeous so far *_*

Toshi-chan posted on 27 April, 2009 - 19:42
that outfit is absolutely stunning!! really amazing details =] i'm loving those teeth as well....i got a pair that look semi-realistic its so much fun to have people ask if its really your teeth lmao but omg you make a great lestat ^.^

Captain_Marvelous posted on 28 April, 2009 - 09:01
im very impressed so far very much so ^^

MoonLily posted on 28 April, 2009 - 15:10
How did I not see this before? Loool. :P I love this film! Never read the book but plan to. I'll defo be looking out for you in this at expo! ^_^

PKNIVES posted on 28 April, 2009 - 15:51
I'm SO humbled by everyone's kind words! I will try hard to be the best Lestat I can be... OUENDAN! x

neverbeamemory posted on 21 May, 2009 - 07:26
WOW. When you told me you were going to be working on this for MCM I thought the idea was novel (no pun intended) but it'd never get out of your fantasies. Amazing to see the work that's been put into it and I can't wait to see it all....wait...thats tomorrow...

1000014 posted on 4 June, 2009 - 18:41
I always wanted to do Lestat...this will look stunning

sjbonnar posted on 8 June, 2009 - 23:54
I know I'll look terrible when I do it but...I'm planning a Lestat cosplay that's a mixture of the blue velvet coat from the movie and the Lestat I love from the novels. It makes me happy you're doing the novel version...and you actually know of the novels beyond the first three LOL

Brinny-Chan posted on 22 June, 2009 - 18:12
You've just won the internets ._. Soo cool! :3 I cant wait to see it finished! Kinda makes me want to cosplay Armand (cause Armand is the smex <3)

emichoco posted on 26 June, 2009 - 04:59
If you ever want to wear this again and/or add things to it etc, I will be cosplaying Claudia for October~ ^____^ I can't wait!! yay. Considering I have odd bits anyway. Just need to make an Opera cape and dress, and buy some little boots~! After all, a mere CHILD can't walk around by herself, non? D:

Kirei posted on 30 June, 2009 - 11:02
WOW... Just WOW. I love it. Can't wait to see it all together!

Sephirayne posted on 10 July, 2009 - 11:41
Wow! The outfit is just so stunning. I really can't wait to see it in person.

FairyPorchQueen posted on 11 July, 2009 - 19:27
oooooooooooo i love it i cant wait to see this in real life :D you look great!

PKNIVES posted on 11 July, 2009 - 19:44
Thank you everyone! I feel all inspired and happy now!

Ranma1-2 posted on 11 July, 2009 - 20:23
Frock coat is looking fabulous. Did you say this is held together with hot glue!? I'm puzzled because it looks well tailored and damn good!

Odd-One-Out posted on 11 July, 2009 - 20:42
Too good, your skills are clearly shining through.

PKNIVES posted on 11 July, 2009 - 22:23
@ Ranma - You got it! All hot glue! I retailored a cotton jacket to form the base, and built around that. Can't say it's my own skills, more like good fabric, I used the velvet I was creating the cape from originally! Seams are neat because I've glued down folded velvet! Still can't sew. @ Odd One Out - Thank you my dear!

sjbonnar posted on 11 July, 2009 - 23:34
It looks awesome!

RanmaSyaoran posted on 12 July, 2009 - 15:40
*________* Wow! I still can't belive this is done with hot glue, it looks too well tailored!

Ranma1-2 posted on 12 July, 2009 - 16:05
Ordinarily I'd say learn to sew! But this looks so good I'm thinking 'don't fix things if they aren't broke!" ...cept maybe if you learned to sew you would not burn your finger with hot glue anymore, you'd stab it with a needle instead =P Someday I want you to show me how you tailor with hot glue like that!!! :)

Toshi-chan posted on 13 July, 2009 - 17:42
I LOVE IT!!! It's soooooooooooooo prettiful ^.^

Sephirayne posted on 13 July, 2009 - 18:05
Looking great. Love the jacket. Really loving the fabric.

emichoco posted on 14 July, 2009 - 09:50
Such progress!!! It's looking utterly fantastic, darling! I only hope that my Claudia will be on par with this costume! :( The only thing I have to make will be the cape~ Shall I make it out of blue or black velvet?

Lavi-3 posted on 16 August, 2009 - 16:56
This looks so detailed and pretty. Can't wait to see it completed :)

PKNIVES posted on 26 August, 2009 - 18:22
Thank you so much you lovely, lovely, people. I'm so tired... Your comments bring a ray of sunshine into my day!

Kaka Extreme posted on 26 August, 2009 - 18:23
holy crap that is bloody amazing! the gold detail work is just mezmerising once and for all! some awesone skills a see here! Damn Im really looking forward to seeing this when it is finished! *_*

Charlie-Bear posted on 26 August, 2009 - 18:26
Whoa! the coat is just beautiful this is turning out to be amazing *_*

sonia_leong posted on 26 August, 2009 - 18:42
Oh my, this is ultimate sex. I will kill myself if I don't get to see this in the flesh

FairyPorchQueen posted on 26 August, 2009 - 18:58
OMG this is looking so sexy :D

Sephirayne posted on 26 August, 2009 - 19:37
The progress is looking so stunning. I so can't wait to see this in person.

Amy-Lou posted on 27 August, 2009 - 10:44
This is incredible, it looks so well tailored and the embelishments are devine! I'm shocked you did this with a glue gun, it's so neat! I'd say this is the perfect time to learn to sew, but you seem to be fine without the ability :)

1000014 posted on 31 August, 2009 - 19:53
I'm very happy to be your Armand! But...I didn't know you were in Birmingham ;D

neverbeamemory posted on 8 September, 2009 - 12:22
OMG the detail on that coat is outstanding! You're going to look so Epic!

White Leviathan posted on 21 September, 2009 - 22:48
I love this film! Realy look forward to seeing this, I'm sure you'll do him justice!

JakeX posted on 24 September, 2009 - 20:18
i honestly do love the jacket so far!! it looks beautiful =3

Manga Girl posted on 5 October, 2009 - 23:14
This is absolutely beautiful! <3

visiting_wizard posted on 20 October, 2009 - 22:42
Be warned; my housemate will glomp you and crush your ribs! :p

Sensei_Kate posted on 26 October, 2009 - 00:09
ola!! it was so great to see this costume along with the rest of your group in person at expo this weekend, you guys were amazing!! mucho love xxxx

Zaiburst posted on 26 October, 2009 - 16:17
wow, this costume looks amazing. I wish I got to see you D:

HotshotShan posted on 14 November, 2009 - 00:02
My goodness it's beautiful, those are some gorgeous photos, the make-up, hair...ughhh....just wow.

Ranma1-2 posted on 14 November, 2009 - 00:19
New pics are beautifull. That blue velvet looks so lush! Love all that Gold brokade work too. You put a lot of work into this costume, and you look Amazing in it! ^_^

Toshi-chan posted on 14 November, 2009 - 08:06
OH oh oh my god it's a work of art =] your brocade work is beyond stunning!!! =O

KhaosKreator posted on 14 November, 2009 - 09:36
Was really glad to get to see this up close. You did a fantastic job! -Tab

Captain_Marvelous posted on 14 November, 2009 - 17:06
wow good job :) you look radical like a lady lestat :)

Valentine_x posted on 14 November, 2009 - 20:29
Gorgeous! Interview with the Vampire is one of my all time fave films 8D You definately look the part!

DarkElf posted on 15 November, 2009 - 18:56
A fantastic and beautiful costume ^^ I love the detailing <3 great work.

Sephirayne posted on 26 November, 2009 - 04:41
A beautiful costume. You looked so sexy in this. Great to finally meet you in person as well. Thank you for your very kind words. XXXX

InfiniteJester posted on 14 November, 2010 - 23:01
ur a stunning Lestat!

HattireandWhimsy. posted on 14 November, 2010 - 23:09
I actually LOVE this.. <3 Lestat is my favourite character from the books. xD

Progress Journal

26th August 2009

The Upper Half.

Two months, since my last journal entry - And two months, of almost constantly thinking about how to tackle this costume. It has been so hard, I could almost cry, honestly. I can't sew and I've done it all using the hot glue gun. I know it isn't an exact replica but, I have tried my best to create something similar. The ONE thing that has kept me going on this outfit during my moments of sadness has been reading everyone's comments and being encouraged by my friends, all of you. I read them all, and always come away enthusiastic for the task at hand. Thank you.

11th July 2009

Starting over

I cut up the blue velvet I had used in the cape, and began afresh! Making the frock coat was the hardest thing I have ever done, every single part of it was a learning exercise - It's all made with the glue gun because I can't sew! Now to add the embellishments and embroidery...

27th April 2009

I burnt my fingers on the glue gun

Pain has been achieved...

But the clasp is done

22nd April 2009

Make up, wig and fangs

My wig arrived today! I was very happy to see it was good quality as it had only cost my £11 from Ebay, including postage. I was naturally a little cautious but I gambled and was pleasantly surprised!

The first set of fangs I tried were from the local joke shop. They came with a vile, menthol-flavoured putty that completely failed to dry. They were also yellow. I mean... VIRULENTLY yellow. Needless to say they failed in a most epic fashion.

You get what you pay for sometimes! A friend recommended Scarecrow fangs. Well they ended up fitting perfectly and are very realistic! They also don't affect speech which is an added bonus.

I tried a quick makeup test this evening so I will upload the results on my costume page!


19th April 2009


Cutting up, sewing, glue gunning, SUPER GLUING!

I'm particularly pleased with the shirt, which started life as a plain cotton £3 bargain from Primark, after adding frills and pearls to the collars and sleeves, it looks a little more luxuriant. Remember I'm no good at these things! The waistcoat I altered and the cummerbund was in my wardrobe. I don't ever remember buying it, weirdly!

Wig is styled! Parts you can't see - top hat, cane, and shoes!

Biggest dilemma: Trying not to look like a magician!