Organic Angel Alexiel (Artbook) - Angel Sanctuary


London MCM Expo October 2007

2nd Place in the Masquerade at London October Expo 07




I think that this is my most favourite costume to date ^_^ And it has certainly started off somewhat of a cosplay fetish of mine now, wings!

I started planning Alexiel way back after the May Expo, but I didn't actually get started on the contruction until just before the Midlands Expo in September, eek ^_^' And it turned out to be a pretty large project! But well worth it in the end :-)

I remade and remodelled a number of aspects of my Alexiel costume for Amecon in August 2008. The dress was originally made out of a soft, stretchable muslin like cloth, but for Amecon it was remade in a more shimmery silken material. I also remade the boot cover from PVC and had new gloves, with new buckles/belts attached to them. I also remade the headband and attached a small black jewel, suspended from the centre with 'invisble' thread ;-) The PVC was actually quite fun to work with, and fun to wear ;-) although very warm of course! The chest piece took a lot of hand sewing, but I was pleased with the result.

For Amecon I was also able to wear the wig that I had originally intended to wear for Alexiel's first outing! Unfortunately due to postal strikes at the time it arrived too late, but at last I was able to put the original wig to good use and I really love how it turned out ^_^

So now we get to the wings... Oh yes, the wings... ^_^' Well actually I had a lot of fun making them! Even if it put me off using glue guns again for a while due to all the burns ^_^' But it's not put me off so much since I am very much seriously considering a wing commission business now. It was wonderful working with so many feathers, and each one was individually cut into shape at the ends and trimmed to make them look neater before they were glued onto the harness I had made.

Alexiel has three wings, which was always bound to be a challenge to recreate! I was unable to do so for October Expo 2007 when I first wore this costume, and had to satisfy myself with just the two, but for Amecon I was finally able to create and wear all three! I don't have many pictures of this as of yet but am hoping for more once my latest Cosplay Snap photoshoot comes through :-)

To date I have no created a pair of wings, then extended into a trio of wings, a pair of black feathered wings for sjbonnar's Uriel cosplay, a chibi pair of wings for my Ball Alexiel costume, and a pair of bat wings for Morrigan :-) I even got recognised from previous costumes at the Amecon cosplay Ball due to my chibi wings and referred to as 'the wing lady' lol ^_^' But it's true, I'd feel like I was missing something now if I didn't have a costume sporting at least a few feathers!


Cosplex posted on 2 November, 2007 - 00:05
You make a great alexiel!!! I just love your wings!! But I agree is it a major hassle trying to take wings on the trains!

Efia posted on 2 November, 2007 - 15:26
Aye it is! Next time I'll be driving down I think ^_^' With my third wing in tow :-) Thank you so much for the comment!

Alias Cosplay posted on 2 November, 2007 - 19:46
This really suited you, you looked lovely ^_^ Can't wait to see this with the third wing.

Orihime posted on 19 November, 2007 - 03:40
You always have the best costumes @_@ I loved this one, especially the fabric choices and attention to detail.

Farfle posted on 22 November, 2007 - 15:42
You look gorgeous! The detail in this costume is amazing ^_^ I love your wings <33 I know what you mean though, I was sooooo put off by glue guns after using them to make my wings too x_x the number of times I've burnt my fingers on them...>_>;;

CrystalNeko posted on 25 November, 2007 - 13:41
Aww wow! You look so pretty! X3 There is so much detail in the costume that it's amazing! Can't wait for the 3rd wing! x3

Kaka Extreme posted on 2 December, 2007 - 19:02
oh just realised i seen you at expo lol you looked awesome in that costume! and glade you won 2nd place! £195! O_O thats a lot! but payed off! :D

Kamiko posted on 12 February, 2008 - 16:05
Hehe I remember seeing you and thought how cool your cosplay was *__* wish I had been hatter then XD totally awesome outfit! Its actaully very fitting for you as you look so much like Alexiel too! *__* lucky!

ryaoki posted on 15 April, 2008 - 21:43
i loves this else i got a picture of it YEY

Lunar_Kitten posted on 20 April, 2008 - 17:44
I was helping out behind the cosplay desk at that particular London Expo when you came over, and I remember thinking how lovely this outfit was. Yay for your award!

Leadmill posted on 23 April, 2008 - 13:00
You made an amazing Alexial Elsa well done!

LittlePidgey4 posted on 15 June, 2008 - 18:25
Remember seeing you at masquerade! You were amazing! *___* Costume is made of BRILLIANT WIN!!

Efia posted on 16 June, 2008 - 15:24
Yay ^_^ Thanks so much Little Pidgey! That's lovely of you :-)

Georgi posted on 4 September, 2008 - 23:50
Your Alexiel is so spot on!!!! You're amazing!!!

Efia posted on 4 September, 2008 - 23:52
Thank you Georgi ^_^ I'm glad you like my costume!

MoonLily posted on 5 September, 2008 - 00:54
Yay it's pretty Alexiel again! ^_^ Yoooou better do angel sanctuary next year again! (Wiiiiings...:P) I'm seriously considering Mika! O_~

Amy-Lou posted on 5 September, 2008 - 15:35
I loved this at Expo and now it looks even better! Trimming the feathers makes such a striking silhouette, the effort has really paid off, you look stunning :D

Mangafan2000 posted on 1 May, 2009 - 13:22
This has to be my favorite costume you have done :) It looks so amazing and really suits you. Makes me want to try making wings... <3

Toshi-chan posted on 3 May, 2009 - 10:10
0.o this is simply gorgeous i love love love love love your wings as well xD

Kaythenia posted on 29 May, 2009 - 11:47
Ah ha! Found you! It's Midna from london expo, the one who's doing the crazy cosplay with the black wings. this is one truly stunning cosplay, you've done a fantastic job.

Naraku posted on 18 March, 2010 - 00:11
wonderfull photos!

Delusional posted on 18 July, 2010 - 20:45
Can't believe I forgot to comment on this - probably my favourite Alexiel ever. The costume suits you so well, and the wings are just perfect. I love this so much!